24 Matching Tattoo Ideas For Best Friends

From minimal outlines to statement pieces.

maisie williams and sophie turner

@kat_painetattoos / Design by Camden Dechert

Sure, BFF necklaces or bracelets are good ways to pledge your friendship, but why not try something a little more permanent? For the BFFs that know their love will last forever, matching tattoos will prove you’re ride-or-die no matter where life may take you.

Because all friendships are unique, you may have a special design idea in mind, but you may also want to see some more inspiration before taking the leap together. BFF tattoos can be exact matches, slightly related, or complete opposites—this type of ink is as individual as you and your BFF. Ahead, see 24 stunning tattoos for you and your best friend.

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Always With You

Best Friend Tattoos Always with You


If you and your BFF are practically inseparable, an “Always With You” tattoo will keep you connected no matter where you go. The thin script emphasizes the daintiness of the design.

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Moon And Sun

For the BFFs who are complete opposites, a moon and sun is a great way to symbolize your friendship. Getting a design that’s simple linework creates a minimal tattoo that will go with any style.

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Avocado Halves

Best Friend Tattoos Avocado


Show everyone that they avoca-don’t love their BFF as much as you with these matching avocado tattoos. The thick outlines and face on the food give it a cartoonish whimsy.

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Lotus Flower

Lotus flowers are all about purity of mind, soul, and body. If your BFF helped you find your zen, matching lotus flowers are a great way to show your spiritual friendship. The overlapping petals give it a minimal design, rather than a realistic one.

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Head in the Clouds

Best Friend Tattoos Head in the Clouds


Why not get something whimsical to match with your BFF? The stunning line work provides an artistic interpretation if the two of you love adventuring and daydreaming together.

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Linework Heart

Is there a simpler way to show your love than with a heart? This simple linework heart is a minimal way to show your affection for your BFF without too much detail.

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Wine Glasses

Best Friend Tattoos Wine Glasses


Are you and your BFF the kind of people to call happy hour “wine o’clock?” Then consider matching wine glass tattoos! The design here is basic enough that the bare elements are present, but enough detail is paid to show the wine in motion.

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Matching Semicolons

A semicolon is a symbol of never stopping, only pausing briefly. And in recent history, the semicolon tattoo has become a symbol for overcoming mental health issues.

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Intricate Sleeves

Best Friend Tattoos Sleeve


If you and your best friend are both really into tattoos, consider going to the same artist to get intricate sleeves that coordinate but don't quite match. For those with the deepest of bonds, working together with the artist to design each element can be such a meaningful experience.

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Remind yourselves that you’re shining gem with these matching diamond tattoos. Placement on the inner wrist means it’ll always be visible to the person getting it, but it’s slightly hidden nature makes it feel personal.

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Simple Lavender

Best Friend Tattoos Lavender


A flower, such as lavender, is a great tattoo idea for best friends. Signify the flourishing and growth of your relationship in a minimal design.

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Anime Characters

Best Friend Tattoos Anime Characters


Do you and your BFF have a favorite cartoon or anime you love to watch together? Colorful designs from the show (here is Dragon Ball Z) are a great way to show off your favorite activity—each of you can get whichever character(s) speak most to you.

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Sugar, Spice, and Chemical X

Best Friend Tattoos Powerpuff Girls


You don’t have to only have one BFF to get matching tattoos. For the trio who understands the strength of girl power, these Powerpuff Girls designs are a great way to tie in your personality and interests.

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Pinky Promise

Whatever your promise to each other might be, this tattoo is a symbol of the deep-rooted trust and safety you feel confiding in your best friend.

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Butterfly BFF Tattoo

Best Friend Tattoos Butterfly


Butterflies hold a deep representation of the self, and many cultures consider it a symbol of the soul. Keep the soul of your BFF with you at all times with a butterfly tattoo.

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To Infinity and Beyond

Calling all Disney fans. This Toy Story-inspired tattoo quotes Buzz Lightyear's iconic catchphrase.

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No Matter Where BFF Tattoo

Best Friend Tattoos No Matter Where


For the BFFs who live hundreds of miles away or know they will physically separate one day, this tattoo reminds you that your best friend is there with you, no matter how far away you may be.

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Watercolor Heart BFF Tattoo

Best Friend Tattoos Watercolor Heart


For the besties who love to explode with color, these matching watercolor heart tattoos are a great way to show it off. These tattoos also “fit” into each other, meaning one is the outline and one is the inside of the design. It’s a great way to show that your best friend completes you like no one else.

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Constellation BFF Tattoo

Seeing your BFF’s constellation in the night sky may be enough to remind you of them, but why not get it tattooed so that the reminder is constant? This design uses realistic elements, like dotted lines and circle/star symbols, to mimic the look of a real star map.

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Evil Eye

Best Friend Tattoos Evil Eye


Symbolize a spiritual bond or ability to get through anything together with matching evil eye tattoos. This small yet meaningful design is sure to remind you to ward off bad energy as you enjoy life's adventures.

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Artful Figure

Best Friend Tattoos Face with Rose


Having a BFF is all about growing together and enjoying the beauty of your adventures. What better way to show this off than with matching designs that put a rose front and center? We love the timeless feel of the face and line work.

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Dainty Hearts

Best Friend Tattoos Dainty Heart


Keep your best friend close on your ring finger, which was believed in the past to have a direct connection to the heart. This also makes a great ring replacement tattoo.

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Creation of Adam Tattoos

We love this modern, minimalist take on the Creation of Adam painting on the Sistine Chapel. Ink on your wrists, the back of the neck, shoulders, or anywhere else you see fit—just be sure to have your tattoos pointing in opposite directions as if they're reaching out for each other.

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Flower Power

Floral tattoos are popular at ink studios everywhere, but these matching tattoos stand out for their modern simplicity.

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