Relationship tattoos are either romantic or cringeworthy. It’s sweet if you’re together forever … and awkward if you’re not. As in: Should you keep that tattoo of your ex? Should you still break up with that guy, right after he tattooed your name on his abs?
But here’s something nice: Against all odds, some couples have actually chosen cool, occasionally tasteful designs for each other. We spotlight our favorites below.
1. Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s matching “IV” tattoos.
Yes, feel free to weep over this video.
2. Woven arrows.
A family crest you’d actually want to wear.
3. Lea Michele’s “#5.”
In honor of the late Finn Hudson.
4. Sun and moon.
This analogy is a little overdone, but the tattoos are sweet.
5. Downward-pointing arrows.
A unique alternative to wedding bands.
6. Miley Cyrus and Liam’s favorite snack.
Now she’s a true Australian.
7. Steph and Ayesha Curry’s initial rings.
8. “Love” written in cursive.
The ribcage is a sexy location.
9. Wedding bands.
These look like actual rings.
10. An upside-down heart.
A modern take on Ireland’s traditional Claddish ring.
11. King and queen of hearts.
These two somehow pull these off without looking like casino regulars.
12. X and O wrist tats.
Simple and nice.
13. Contrasting triangles.
They’ll still look cool even if you break up.
14. Lightning bolts.
Calvin Harris would appreciate this one.
15. Lifeline with a heart at the end.
I wonder if these are their actual heartbeats?
16. Abstract symbol.
Not really romantic, but still looks cool.
17. Coffee molecules.
These two must bond over their shared love of coffee.
A less overt way of saying “I love you.”
19. Bears walking towards each other.
Another one that would still work even if you break up.
Simultaneously show off your grammar skills and your love.
21. Arrows pointing towards each other.
This one’s super interesting.
Very clean and nice to look at.
23. The number of years you’ve been together.
A cute way to celebrate an anniversary.
24. The equal sign.
Why not get political with it?
25. Small airplanes.
They’re timeless and represent a shared interest.