Things I Love Thursday: BFF Tattoos

This week is short and sweet thanks to my spotty and almost non-existant internet connection here in Indy. Susannah and I celebrated Tuesday (and you know, like, our friendship) with BFF tattoos while on our trip. We looked up a few shops and decided to head over to Irish Ink on Mass Ave to check it out. Turns out it was perfect time to squeeze in two walk-ins so an hour later we were getting stenciled up. 


SB and I have been planning on doing this for ages but we'd never just done it. We also didn't know what we wanted to do. We knew we wanted something silly but sentimental, and we toyed with a bunch of ideas for a while. We finally came up with this one while drinking New Old Ladies (totes our drink). It really just seemed appropriate. Silly enough for us, but still special. And it can stand on it's own.

Ben McQueen at Irish Ink did them for us, and we were/are stoked on them. Susannah and I have decided to make our girls trips an annual thing so hopefully we'll have plenty of other silly tattoos, photos and stories to add over time.



The tattoos are totally doofy and you're probably all side-eyein' us right now. But I'm super happy we were able to make it happen. Love that girlllllll. 

Today I'm on the road, headed back to Nashville to a house full of silly boys and sassy pups. It's been a super awesome trip and I'll definitely do a recap shortly. I'm sending off a roll or two of film today so I'll have to wait to get that back. Anyway, happy Thursday!

Any of y'all got a BFF tattoo? What of/where?

59 comments:

  1. Oh wow I really love these BFF tattoos! I really would want that too and I love the goofy idea of your tattoo. <3 Really lovely piece, just gorgeous.

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  2. OH MY WORD. How are you guys the most adorable things ever!
    So happy you guys got to spend this time together.

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  3. I think they are very cute. I wish I had a bff I could do this with. and what a great way to remember your trip.

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  4. What a great idea! Tattoos are very personal and is such a great commitment, just like your friendship. Cheesy, but true.

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    1. I couldn't agree more! Tattoo = Commitmenet ^^

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  5. Two of my best friends and I got matching tattoos in college - little skulls, from the sketchiest double wide trailer tattoo joint in Kentucky ever. I still thank my stars we didn't get some terrible infection!

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  6. What a sweet idea! I saw your instagram pic and was super curious as to what you guys ended up picking! I love them! Totally special and unique :)

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  7. The tats look sweet. I've always wanted to do something like this but none of my friends are really that much into tats.

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  8. My BFF and I have silly matching tattoos! We have cute little crabs with big eyes wearing matching purple polka dot bows. It was something we always joked about and then decided to just do it for our birthdays this year :)

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  9. Doofy? These are excellent! Great, traditional sailor/girl head tattoo.

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  10. absolutely beautiful traditional tattoos.

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  11. These are really cute. I wish I had a BFF who was into tattoos too! I always want to get one with my sister, but that has next to no chance of happening haha.

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  12. Oh these are so great i love the style of them!

    Rose x

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  13. what a sweet idea! the tattoos look great (: i don't have any matching tattoos,
    but my bff and i kinda talked/goofed around about it, so who knows what the future will bring!
    xo, cheyenne

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  14. So cute! My bestie and I have matching conjoined twin gingerbread ladies...we're both hooked on watching/reading things on oddities and it was a cute, goofy way to show it :)

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  15. Aww I absolutely LOOOVE them!! I think it's great that you two don't take yourselves too seriously, it makes life more fun :) I've been wanting to get a tattoo with my BFF but she keeps chickening out. Love your blog, happy Thursday <3

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  16. These are so cute! I actually have a few matching tattoos: diamonds with my sister http://tinyurl.com/cs3v5xq, the outline of Florida with a heart over Tampa with two friends http://tinyurl.com/cc2pxh5, and a scarab with the cheat code from the Sega Aladdin game (lol) with my brother http://tinyurl.com/c9qr5fb. I love the special bond that matching tattoos forms!

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  17. so cute! i love them! my bff and i have talked about doing this for a long time (over 5 years at least!) but haven't thought of the perfect thing. i have matching tattoos with my husband (who is my bff) we got black bears in the smokey mountains because we are DORKS and love tennessee and kitschy vacation themes. haha.

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  18. I have two friends who have the most adorable BFF tattoos. One has a tea cup and the other a tea pot. They are beautifully patterned, and when they hold hands it looks like the tea pot is pouring into the cup.

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  19. LOVE them!! I love that is says new, old lady!
    My husband and I got mourning dove feather tattoos last year. I wanted a wedding tattoo but didn't want our names used or anything typical because I felt like that was one big JINX. So we opted with the feathers that belong to a bird who stay together for life.

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  20. My BFF and are are also part of the matching tattoo club. Every time I look at it it makes me smile and has definitely become my favorite tattoo. LOVE yours! :)

    S├ęcia

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  21. Oh how cute! I wish that I had a bff to have fun like this with! Great choice with your tatts ladies!

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  22. Oooh love them, such beautiful tattoos! BFF tattoos are a great idea! x

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  23. My BFF and I have been talking about getting matching tattoos for a while no. You make me want to get it done NOW! :)

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  24. This is really sweet and cool!

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  25. Super cute! My bff and I took a trip to Santa Barbara when she was extremely sick and we didn't know if she would make it. We popped in a tattoo shop much like you did and both got the celtic "everlasting love" knot. Mine is on my inner forearm and hers is on her wrist. She pulled out of her sickness thankfully and we are still bffs. :) We even own houses around the corner from each other now!

    Erica

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  26. My BF and I have matching number 1 bands around our arms. We weren't really planning them, but I wanted mine done, and he didn't have any tattoos, so jumped in and got it too. I love that they are really subtle, and most people don't even notice that we both have them.

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  27. my husband is my BFF and we have two matching tattoos. one of them is our wedding band. :)

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  28. Aww, your new tattoos are adorbs!

    Haha, my bff wants us to get matching tattoos so badly, but I'm a stick-in-the-mud. Too picky and fickle and scared of pain to do that just yet... She got a tattoo of a drawing of mine, though! Um, so my tattoo is there ~in spirit. ;)

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  29. That was such a cute post!!! :) I really love the sentiment behind the tattoos as well!

    I got a tattoo done about 2 months ago with my BFF and we had a key. We both designed a key and then got the tattoo guy to incorporate both designs into one and we both love them! :) Xx

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  30. Your guys' tattoos are fabulous...and I LOVE that drink. :)
    My best friend and I have "Love is watching someone die." together. There's a nice long story behind it but I'm really glad I got it with her. :)

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  31. Love your matching tattoos, and that drink! :)

    My best friend and I have "Love is watching someone die" tattooed together. Long story behind it but I love it.

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  32. cute! I have matching tattoos with my BFF too

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  33. My best friend and I have matching butterfly tattoos on our wrists. The story behing them is that her mum sadly died when she was a really really little girl, for a few reasons the family has always believed that her mum is now a white butterfly, (who would always turn up when mum's shouldn't!!) Becca would be having a sneaky smoke outside somewhere and her mum would keep flying around us. When we were on private land her mum would fly around us again and we'd instantly re-think what we were doing. Although I never met her mum, whenever I see a white butterfly I always say "Hello Hilary!" and give her a little wave!
    Best friend tattoos are the best!
    x

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    1. I love that.... I just got a butterfly tattoo in memory of my Mom as well

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  34. I love the tattoo(s)!! I think it fits the two of you perfect and they look great! My BFF and I wanted to get a BFF tattoo for our 20th anniversary but we haven't figured out a design yet & (I) keep chickening out. Hopefully we'll get our act together & do something for our 25th next year.

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  35. love it! my sister and i got sister tats last year. we love them. they're anchors with 2 yellow roses for texas. mine has a banner that says "younger" hers says "older"! pretty painful but worth it. :)

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  36. Awe! So cute. :) I hope you've enjoyed Indianapolis. It's not so bad. lol One day I hope to have a matching tattoo with someone. (I haven't met that someone yet though. Ha!)

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  37. Best friend tattoos!! My best friend and I have been toying with ideas but we need to do what y'all did -- just walk in and get something cool! I love the design, it's so unique but very special to the two of you. <3

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  38. Love those! I have a record player on my foot I got with a couple girlfriends. We're not close anymore, but I still love my little tatt :)

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  39. This is so cute! I'm terribly nervous to get a tattoo, so I kind of live vicariously through all of my friends that get them, haha. I love the photo of you on your phone like "Psh, no big deal." Girl, you are my tattoo idol. :)

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  40. That's so super cute! I have two BFF's - one of them is working with me on puzzle pieces that fit together but have designs/art bursting out of them that match our individual personalities. The other BFF and I have semi-matching tattoos - I went and got a XIII tattoo on Friday the 13th for my 13th tattoo. While I was getting mine, he was at the sister shop in another city getting a XIII with a four leaf clover. It was only his third tattoo, though. XIII is just our lucky number, and makes us think of each other. ♥

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  41. Your tattoos are so cute! My best friend and I got matching infinity rope knots, mine on the front of my ankle and hers below the ditch on her arm. You can see mine here: http://distilleryimage1.s3.amazonaws.com/823f6222a1bc11e19dc71231380fe523_7.jpg

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  42. I love these!! My best friend and I got skeleton keys together, but mine is more "girly Secret Garden key" and hers is more "vintage key to Grandpa's attic", if that makes any sense. Anyway, we call them our "bro tats" :)

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  43. Oh gosh, I love these!
    My best friend and I have been planning our BFF tattoos for a while, too! We're big Nightmare Before Christmas fans, so ours will probably be from the movie. :)

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  44. Not silly at all! These are great. I wish I was brave enough to get a spur of the moment tattoo

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  45. I love it! One of my friends got a bff tattoo with one of our other friends and I asked her what we would get if we got one done. I mentioned we should get a classic pin up of a Waffle House waitress because that was where we use to hang out all the time and how became close friends. I know I said it as a joke but I kind of want one now. Don't know if we ever will but I wouldn't say no if she wanted too lol.

    xo Amber P.
    http://theowlsden.blogspot.com

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  46. I LOVE that Sailor Girl tattoo style. And I don't think it's nerdy at all to get matching tattoo with a good friend!

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  47. Okay, I think this is the best! If it's significant to YOU, that's what's important! Will you and Mike ever get matching tattoos? (:

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  48. sooo so cute! I love this type of dedication between friends! My bff and I have matching handprint tattoos (for high fiving) and we're planning to get a cute,sentimental script around them! and my sister and I have matching hearts <3
    bah. I love tattoos !


    XO Sahra
    EffortlessCool

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  49. one of my best friends and I have matching ms. pac-mans since our friendship was real deal sealed over a ms. pac-man table one night. my hubs and I also have a few matching tattoos, although it's not quite fair since he is a tattooer and I am not. but i guess i make out in that deal!

    I *love* bff tattoos--and yours look great too! <3

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  50. Your BFF tattoos look awesome! My friend and I have matching tattoos. They're these roasting marshmallows with cartoony faces. They're silly, but we totally love them. :)

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  51. I do! Me and my sister (and BFF). Ours is fresh also: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shelikescherries/7640635984/in/photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/shelikescherries/7640639942/in/photostream/
    <3

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  52. I love the idea of BFF tattoos. I would so do it!

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  53. I do! I do! Almost a year ago right before I moved across the country away from my best friend we went and got tattoos together. It's a power symbol that looks like a brand or embedded under our skin. Because we met in art school and both ended up working at a bank together for a while. We felt like robots so we thought a power switch would be appropriate.

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  54. Love it :)

    Me and my fella have "matching tattoos". He's totally covered, and I only have a few very large, but hidden, tattoos. He got a green star and I got a green moon. Our night skies wouldn't be the same without each other :). We've now took to booking full days of tattooing a year in advance so we can get more and more, as the place we love to go gets booked up months in advance ><.

    Love seeing the tattoos, very inspiring :) so nice to see lovely young ladies in pretty dresses, with great morals and tonnes of tattoos.

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  55. A little late but my best friend and I have nucleotides on our feet. We are both scientists. He has guanosine and I have cytidine and they hydrogen bond =)
    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=23hsroh&s=7

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