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Should you really get your partner's name tattooed on you this Valentine's Day? | Radiant Cherry Red Tattoo Ink


Getting your significant other’s name tattooed on you may seem like the perfect romantic gesture this Valentine’s Day. What could be more romantic than permanently etching the name of your beloved into your skin...forever? But is it really a good idea? Should you really get your lover's name tattooed on you? The answer is probably no...

You may be in a loving and committed relationship now, but that’s not to say you always will be.  Although most people in relationships have every intention of staying together forever, sadly of course this isn’t always the case. Relationships can be messy, with sour break ups filled with sadness or hate, and looking down at a tattoo of your ex-partner’s name in bold black script after the relationship has ended will be a crappy, permanent reminder of some of this.

That’s not to say that all relationships end in tears, of course plenty of people stay together forever and have a loving and beautiful permanent bond with their partner, but do you really want to take the risk of getting their name on you for the rest of your life? Some people may even say that a tattoo would ‘jinx’ the relationship – even those who aren’t even superstitious.

A tattoo is more of a commitment than a marriage is, and if your marriage does end and you want to get rid of your ex's name, then even though there are some brilliant tattoo artists out there that excel at cover-ups, you’ll still be aware yourself that the original tattoo exists underneath the new ink. Of course laser is an option too, but still, would you want to put yourself through that whole process?

Some tattoo artists flat out refuse to tattoo names, and for good reason. They may suggest you have a good long think before you book the tattoo, or they may try and sway you to get something completely different. Many couples get matching tattoos, or something that simply reminds them of their partner (which is still risky business, but at least at the end of it all, you aren’t left with someone’s literal name, their identity marked on your skin til the end of time).  

So, you may wish to go big with your declaration of love during the romantic month of February, but before you do, think long and hard about your decision before you do something you might regret! There are plenty of other less permanent alternatives such as chocolate and flowers that won’t leave a terrible reminder should things go south!....

Love Toni 

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  • Antonia McLoughlin