What were you inking! The embarrassing matching tattoos that brand couples for life
20:08 GMT, 12 July 2012
The most permanent emblem of love possible, next to a wedding ring, is walking into a tattoo parlour with your other half to have identical drawings etched onto your skin.
Like a friendship bracelet, or a Best Friends Forever broken heart necklace, these matching tattoos are a symbol of commitment, connectedness and, most importantly, eternity.
From identical hearts to complementary quotes and 'you had to be there' symbolic drawings, these couples take saying 'I love you', to a whole new level.
Two becomes one: Youthful scribbles that have meaning behind them give matching tattoos a personal touch
Without any fear of eminent break-ups, these brave couples chose to live in the now, branding themselves with permanent reminders of the ones they love.
Handfuls of celebrities continue to set a trend for matching tattoos, despite all of them getting a divorce shortly afterwards.
Katy Perry and Russell Brand debuted their matching 'Anuugacchati Pravaha,' tattoos, meaning 'go with the flow,' in 2010 shortly after they got engaged.
Spread the love: Matching tattoos are often pictorial representations of a couple's more intimate personal jokes
Completing quotes: The matching tattoos may not have meaning when viewed alone, but when brought together, they often have a powerful, if not overt, message behind them
Basketball player Tony Parker chose to
demonstrate his devotion by copying Eva Longoria's neck tattoo of his
jersey number 'Nine'.
And most famously, Angelina Jolie got
'Billy Bob' tattooed on her left shoulder and her then husband Billy
Bob Thornton had 'Angie' written on a mushroom tattoo on his right calf.
Since their breakup, Jolie had hers
replaced with the coordinates of her children's birth places and
Thornton had her name turned into an angel.
Cupid's arrow: These couples take being joined at the hip literally
Puzzling love: Matching jigsaw pieces are are obvious way to tell the world you fit together
It's in the wrists: Tattoos that flow on from one arm to another are popular ways for couples to feel 'joined'
Identical: Matching tattoos leave an everlasting bond, no matter what the symbol
His n' hers: One couple took their shared love for Tim Burton regulars Jonny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter to new levels
Key to my heart: Cliched symbols are popular when it comes to matching tattoos, with hearts being the most popular