Many people know that the origins of tattooing begin deep within the chronicles of history...and matching tattoos is no different. Ancient tribes people are well-known for their fondness of tattooing...and while some scientists believe that some of these tattoos could possibly be linked to ways of dissolving illness or evil spirits (just check out the theories behind the 5,300 year old mummy Otzi) a lot of tribes began tattooing as a sacred right. The cultural identity signified behind tattoos like Tá moko, the markings of the Māori people, is almost immediately identifiable. The beautiful swirling linework of traditional Māori tattoos is inspiring, and although you may not see the connection to todays' tattooing practices, it is clear that humans have used tattooing for millenniums to express themselves and show where they came from, what they believe in, and what they're all about.
While the present practice of getting matching tattoos with your bff may not recall those lovely curls of Māori tattoos, think about it this way: as soon as you get a matching tattoo with someone you love they are walking around on this planet with a permanent signifier that you both belong together in spirit...just like ancient tribes people. No matter where you both end up, that matching tattoo will always show who and what you love most, and perhaps where you come from.
Matching tattoos span many cultures these days and it's no wonder why. Getting ink with your best friend, family member, chosen family member, or significant other is a tribute to the adoration and loyalty you feel for one another. Let's be real: true love is hard to find, and so it's something special to be celebrated. Getting matching tattoos is a more permanent way to honor the love you feel for someone else, and although it may be sticky sweet for us to say, that's pretty wonderful.
We've gathered these matching tattoos in hopes of inspiring you for your next ink. Just as ancient Māori people chose their tattoos based on their personalities and personal inclinations, present tattoos do the same. These matching tattoos span different tastes, genders, styles, aesthetics, and designs so hopefully you'll see that there are many awesome ways to go about designing the matching tattoos you've dreamed about. We're here to help you find the best artists or shops in your area to make your perfect ink a reality....now you just have to find the person you want to match forever!