When you and your best friend have decided to get coordinating tattoos you essentially have two options. You can chose to get matching tattoos, most likely in the same location, or you can chose to get tattoos where each person has half. The range of options for this type of tattoo is nearly infinite. You, of course, can use all of the classic symbolic types of tattoos. Many people would also choose an image that is personal and represents a facet or special time in your relationship.
When you are searching together to find images that have meaning for you both and hopefully strengthening your bond even further you are going to have an overwhelming amount of options in the images available. Set aside a good block of time to have together to view the images, books, magazines and certainly the immense number of friendship tattoos you can find online. Having an enjoyable time in the process will make selecting the tattoo even more memorable and be just one more facet of your friendship. Open a bottle of wine, bake a pan of brownies or put together a big, juicy lasagne and dive into all of the information.
Narrowing the ranges of what you are looking for first will help immensely. Many choose to have contrasting halves of a tattoo if they know there will be physical distance between them, school, marriage or job transfers all cause this and it really is soothing to look at your half of friendship tattoo and know that thousands of miles away a kindred soul is doing the same. This is a daily reminder of the role that the other person plays in your life, as counselor, shoulder-to-cry-on, sounding board and hand to hold.
Freedom from choice can actually be a good thing when you are trying to come to agreement and select a friendship tattoo. Too many options can make it overwhelming and make it difficult to come to an agreement. This is your only tattoo where someone else has as much or more input as you do so will probably be the one that takes the longest to select. When you begin to narrow the options after you have decided whether you will be getting the same tattoo or coordinating halves a few things to consider are plain black versus shading or color, the intricacy and of course size. Some people have very different levels of pain tolerance and the more intricate, shaded or colored a design is the more time it will take even if it the same amount of actual ink. Another issue to take into consideration is whether one person is already tattooed while the other friend has virgin skin, a persons first tattoo is generally the smallest one they get. Take your time and make sure you are both 100% in agreement and going together to get your tattoos can only further strengthen your friendship.