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Tattoo ideas 4 min read Last updated on August 28, 2020

Many people pay tribute to important relationships by getting friendship tattoos—permanent proof of their loyalty and devotion to the other person. Such body art has been steadily growing in popularity. Some decide to make minimalist inscriptions in simple, original fonts, while others fill a whole tattoo composition with things that depict the importance of their friendship. In any case, if you and a friend decide to get a pair of tattoos, choose a good and stylish sketch worthy of your bond!

Here are 50 paired friendship tattoo ideas for you and your best friend.

Paired tattoos can be of two kinds:

  • Identical - they are the same image on two people. A common example of this is a word, phrase, or symbol that holds a special meaning for you two.
  • Complementary - tattoos for best friends do not have to be the same, they can simply be designed in the same style or have the same theme. Such sketches look great individually, but put side by side with that of your friend’s, it takes on a new meaning as it can form a whole. For example, you can each have halves of a meaningful symbol or characters from a shared favorite cartoon or book. This acts as an invisible line between you and your best friend.

Between the two, the more popular kind of paired tattoos are the identical ones, as these tattoos more clearly show that you play an important role in each other's lives. Your friendship is solid and valuable enough to warrant a permanent reminder on each other’s skin.

As a rule, paired tattoos usually include symbols, drawings, or hieroglyphs that depict friendship. You can also choose something very meaningful and known only to you two.


Friendship tattoos are often miniature, as though a secret known only to friends. For this kind of body ink to be more meaningful (aside from just being cute), ideas can be based on events experienced together, common interests, or even funny stories significant to the two of you.

Where to place friendship tattoos

Paired sketches can be placed anywhere you want! Often, people choose body parts that are always on display, as if declaring to the world the importance of their friendship. Such areas include the forearm (actually, any part of the arm is popular for paired tattoos), fingers, leg, and ankle.