Friendship is magic, as the My Little Pony reboot has taught us. After the usual basics of food, shelter, and sleep, humans core needs are security, safety, community, and love. We’re pack animals at heart, in need of affirmation, validation, and all-around connection. So, friendship is more than magic, it’s a true, real human need. Some folks are comfortable just expressing that friendship love with streams of emojis after some cocktails with their bestie; others yet need to make sure the hospital knows the first person to call is neither mother nor spouse, but best friend. And then some folks go even deeper into hardore friendship tattoos.
There are also just so many pop culture best friend pairs to get inscribed on your body. Finn and Jake from Adventure Time is a popular pair, while some deeper cuts like CatDog are also favored. Naturally, The Simpsons come up frequently, as well as Beavis and Butthead. When pop culture can’t capture the love, besties have turned to classic imagery such as pinky swears, traditional handshakes, and floral hearts.