How to Pick a Wedding-Ring Tattoo Design

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If your love is eternal, then go ahead and ink it onto your ring finger with a wedding-band tattoo. More couples are opting to get wedding-band tattoos in addition to or in lieu of metal wedding bands. Take your time to decide what you want, where you want it and who is going to do it so you are as happy with your band as you are with your new spouse.

Deciding on a Design

  • Think about what makes you special as a couple; the design or designs should represent your identity and uniqueness. You may opt to do coordinating tattoos as opposed to matching tattoos. One couple on Inked Weddings, a site for alternative brides, chose a nautical wheel for the groom and an antique compass rose for the bride. Couples may wear inked bands instead of metal bands as a choice or because they work with their hands, such as in iron trades or as musicians, while others may wear them under their regular wedding bands. This may have influence over your design as you may not want the tattoo to show under the metal bands. Initials, wedding dates and names are ways to personalize your design. Infinity and love designs show the everlasting love of your marital commitment.

Design Placement

  • When selecting your design, take into consideration where you want the design to be on your finger. According to TheAlternativeBride.com, the skin on your fingers is thinner than other traditional tattoo sites. The underside of the finger by the palm does not hold ink for long periods of time. Best practice is to get a design on the top of the finger or one that wraps to the sides of the finger but does not go all the way around. Everything Wedding Rings says color fades faster on one’s hands as they are exposed to more UV light, so you frequently see more designs with black ink; take this into consideration. Consider how far up your finger you would like the design to span. Some people like to use the entire space from the knuckle to the base of the finger. For example, a design that simulates an engagement ring with a stone would fill much of the space.

Try It Out

  • Once you have narrowed down design preferences, try them out. Simulate your band design with a henna tattoo. Find a henna tattoo kit or a henna artist in your area and create the design. Henna tattoos are temporary and give you a close representation of how your design will look on your hand. If you cannot do a henna tattoo, use a fine felt-tipped marker or carbon paper to transfer the design to your finger. It is less lifelike but still gives you an idea of what to expect. If you do not like your design, this gives you a chance to make changes to the design or proportions.

Find an Artist

  • Selecting the right artist is very important in the quest for the perfect wedding-band tattoo. The artist has to be able to draw a small, intricate design on a tender and delicate area of your body. Check that she has completed many -- not just a few -- bands in her career. Ask for photo examples of her work. Everything Wedding Rings states it is fine to look at the artist’s work, tell her you’ll have to think about it and come back in a couple of days so you don’t feel pressured. For unique designs, you need to source an artist that draws her own designs. Discuss with her that you want a true custom design and it should not be used on anyone else. She should let you keep all copies of the design to ensure it does not get reused. As with all tattoos, discuss sterility procedures before moving forward.

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