Getting your first tattoo is a wonderful experience but what makes it even more special is sharing it with a friend. Getting a matching tattoo as best friend tattoos takes the relationship to a whole new level and lets the world know that you and your bestie are there for each other no matter what. If you had doubts that your friend was a true ride-or-die, seeing them getting permanently inked up with you should erase all uncertainty!
Best friend tattoos come in all shapes and sizes and can be as gorgeous or as silly as you and your bestie like. The best of the best friend tattoos are ones that are unique and represent a certain aspect of the friendship. Be sure to get inspired by the tattoo designs on this list, but think of ways to make them your own. While most of the designs are matching, don’t let that box you in. You can choose two different designs that complement each other and play to each individual’s aesthetic and personality. Here are 30 best friend tattoos that we absolutely love.
Check Out Some Meaningful & Cool Best Friend Tattoos Below!
Don’t Be Koi
When in doubt, turn to nature. These brilliant and beautiful best friend tattoos koi fish look so elegant. And, each fish stands (swims?) on its own.
This trio of friends was inspired by Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles of PowerPuff Girl fame. If you and your friend(s) share a love of something, let that be the inspiration for your best friend tattoos!
These simple, yet effective matching tattoos get the job done. We love the design that incorporates flowers into the wings.
It looks like these two friends kept that promise they made. You don’t need to go all out for your best friend tattoos. If you’d like to keep things as cool as you are, go with designs that are meaningful without a lot of fuss.
The Other Half
Yin and yang is a concept about how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary. That seems a lot like friendship. This pair of friends clearly felt the same way.
Goten & Trunks
Like the PowerPuff Girls, these friends turned to animation as inspiration and got these Dragon Ball Z best friend tattoos. We love that both characters are in the same, matching pose.
Sun & Moon
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. These sun and moon tattoos aren’t breaking any new ground, but they are gorgeous and understated designs that work well as best friend tattoos.
Ride or Die
Well, you can get right to the point if you want. These buddies got matching “ride or die” best friend tattoos on their chests. Nothing is coming between these two pals.
These animated avocado halves are adorable. Now, we’re craving guacamole. Best friend tattoos that fit together like this are some of our favorites!
For the Birds
Let’s give them something to squawk about. These friends got a pair of colorful, matching birds that we absolutely adore.
Spoonfuls of Love
We’re not sure what’s going on with the spoons, but we love soup as much as the next. “So you’ll think of me… and I’ll think of you too” is such a sweet sentiment.
These best buds got a UFO and alien micro tattoos that are delightfully weird. If you think your friendship is out of this world, let your tattoos express it.
Love as Big as a Whale
What a romantic tattoo design that gives each person a piece to tell. We love this whale sailing through the night sky.
Again, you can get as whimsical as you like. We have no idea what this turtle and dino have in common, but it’s cute.
T & J
If you’d describe your friendship as a bit looney, consider tunes like Tom and Jerry. These are some fun ones.
These two friends must keep an eye out for each other. This very simple black line design looks excellent on each. A truly well-done design.
We love a good pun tattoo and these ghoulfriends are not taking themselves too seriously. Honestly, they’re just bootiful.
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These very, very small micro tattoos of crystal balls certainly charm. Even a small tattoo is a big commitment.
Rainbow tattoos are always a winning choice. These friends have paired their rainbows with the word promise. We hope it was to always shine on each other.
Friendships span the globe. These matching tattoos are a reminder that no matter where you are, you’ll always have a friend. This is a popular friendship tattoo design and it’s easy to understand why so many besties would want it.
These moon-cats are just precious. We love how the shapes of the designs compliment each other.
These flower tattoos look like they’re from Silly Symphonies or some other classic Disney cartoon.
We did not expect to find satellite tattoos, but people surprise you. These charming and sharp space-themed tattoos appear to be in communication.
Good Times and Bad
These friends are living for the drama. These very cool matching mask designs are a beautiful reminder of a friendship’s highs and lows.
These matching mini wine glasses are a blast. These friends are probably the life of the party.
We’re not crazy about bugs, but these tattoos did catch our eye. The beetle designs share the same shape, but each person has asked for something a little different to fill it out.
PB & J
These friendship tattoos belong to Kelly and Rachel who love to work out and drink margaritas together. If you’re going to personalize the design, this is how it’s done.
Snakes are not first of mind for us when we think of best friend tattoos but they clearly have won these two hearts. Opposite colors offer individuality and variety. They look fantastic!
Friends That Dagger Together…
Would these two friends kill for one another? If their best friend tattoos are any indication, it could be likely. Get you a bestie that will give their all for you!
In these best friend tattoos, we find two gorgeous rose tattoos with the word “besties” in each stem. What a sweet idea!
Forged in Fire
We find a skeletal hand holding a flame and a living one above its warmth. We’re not entirely sure what these best friend tattoos symbolize but we love that these two chose to get creative with their matching tattoos.
These best friend tattoos use white ink to get the eyes to look so… eye-popping. If you love to see each other, eye tattoos could be the perfect option for your design.
Boots & Blossoms
Here’s an original idea for best friend tattoos! We find black boots with flowers popping out for a tough-yet-sweet design. Bravo!
Your best friend can absolutely be your soulmate for life! With these best friend tattoos, we find the word “soulmate” on each along with cute little smiley faces.
Two of Hearts
In these best friend tattoos, we find two hearts in different color inks with flowers sprouting out of them. If your besties make your heart sprout blossoms, you better celebrate that with your best friend tattoos!
For these best friend tattoos, it was the pink flamingos for them. If you both share a love for a certain animal or object get them tattooed for a unique and original tattoo design.
Barbed wire tattoos are making a comeback! Here, we find matching best friend tattoos in the form of barbed wire hearts. It’s equal parts tough and sweet.
These best friend tattoos look like they connect to one another! We love matching tattoos like this that fit with another half. What a stunning effect!
Another Way to Get There
Here’s another example of two best friend tattoos seeming to come together to form a butterfly. Finger tattoos are a huge trend right now and you’ll be in good company if you and your BFF get one!
These best friend tattoos were inspired by the animated movie Spirited Away. If you and your bestie share a love for a certain film, let that inform your friendship tattoos!
Yep! These best friend tattoos are of cute little, smiling oranges! Feel free to get weird! It always pays off with a tattoo! The more unique and original the better!
In these best friend tattoos, we find a design that comments on their long-distance friendship. If you and your BFF live apart but know that you’ll circle the world to be with them, a similar design could be great for you!
We find some best friend tattoos that are super cool! They say “As above, so below.”
These best friend tattoos really rock! These are nice micro tattoos that are easy to hide but look so fun when they’re out!
With these best friend tattoos, we find some individuality in each design with one person opting for pink flowers and the other sticking to just black ink. Both cranes are so cute!
Here’s some more citrus on our best friend tattoos list! Lemon looks fantastic no matter how you slice it!
We find a pair of baby cows for these best friend tattoos. If you share a love for animals, something similar would make for cute nature tattoos that you can both share!
How cute are these sushi babies? The person who shared this image of their best friend tattoos wrote that the pair have been besties since first grade. They’ve come so far!
Some think that simplicity is bliss and we find that to be the case in these best friend tattoos. They are simple line drawings of roses. Beautiful!
Tim Buron Fans
These best friend tattoos celebrate some of the characters created by Tim Burton. Again, if you love the same movies, turn to them for tattoo inspiration.
Lot’s of Soul
Do you think of your best friend like a sister? “Soul sister” best friend tattoos could be perfect for both of you!
These best friend tattoos were gotten as a nod to the pair’s love of dumpster diving. That little raccoon is so cute!
How fun are these Hawaiian shirt best friend tattoos? We’re not sure why but we don’t care! It’s so weird that it’s wonderful!
Friends with Faith
These best friend tattoos celebrate the pair’s shared sense of faith. The flower details are truly gorgeous on both tattoos that differ slightly from one another.
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With these best friend tattoos, we find the smallest lock and key on the planet! What a cute idea and an adorable place for it on the fingers.
There you go! Epic best friend tattoos are beautiful symbols of love. We hope you and your friend are inspired by these tattoo designs and you’ll consider getting some matching ink together very soon! You get to make your own rules so don’t feel the need to copy the best friend tattoos above. Instead, come up with your very own scheme that will be so special to the both of you!
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Check Out Some Meaningful & Cool Best Friend Tattoos Below!
- 2 Don’t Be Koi
- 3 PowerPuff Girls
- 4 Beautiful Butterflies
- 5 Promise
- 6 The Other Half
- 7 Goten & Trunks
- 8 Sun & Moon
- 9 Ride or Die
- 10 Avocados
- 11 For the Birds
- 12 Spoonfuls of Love
- 13 Stay Weird
- 14 Love as Big as a Whale
- 15 Unlikely Pals
- 16 T & J
- 17 Friends Forever
- 18 Ghoulfriends
- 19 Magic
- 20 Promises
- 21 Anywhere
- 22 Meow!
- 23 Flowery Friends
- 24 Satellites
- 25 Good Times and Bad
- 26 Cheers
- 27 Best Bugs
- 28 PB & J
- 28.1 Slither Together
- 28.2 Friends That Dagger Together…
- 28.3 Botanical Besties
- 28.4 Forged in Fire
- 28.5 Eyes
- 28.6 Boots & Blossoms
- 28.7 Soulmates
- 28.8 Two of Hearts
- 28.9 Beautiful Birdies
- 28.10 Tough Love
- 28.11 Connected
- 28.12 Another Way to Get There
- 28.13 Spirited Away
- 28.14 Cuties
- 28.15 Long-Distance Besties
- 28.16 As Above
- 28.17 Rock On
- 28.18 Paper Cranes
- 28.19 Sour
- 28.20 Matching Calves
- 28.21 Kawaii Sushi
- 28.22 Ornamental
- 28.23 Tim Buron Fans
- 28.24 Lot’s of Soul
- 28.25 Raccoon Buds
- 28.26 Tropical
- 28.27 Friends with Faith
- 28.28 Teeny-Tiny
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