A man gets a tattoo that matches his mate’s without telling her – ruining the sentimental meaning

A man has left his best friend frustrated after he got a tattoo that matched one of hers – because his actions ruined the sentimental meaning behind the ink

A man getting tattooed
The man got the tattoo without his friend knowing (stock photo)

Getting a matching tattoo with a family member, friend or partner is not uncommon, but in most cases two or more people involved decide on a design together.

But one man on Reddit took a different approach when he decided to get a tattoo to match his best friend’s because instead of talking to her and finding an ink they could both understand and share, he copied simply one of their existing tattoos instead.

The US man said he got a rabbit tattoo after showing the artist a picture of his friend’s ink for reference, and while he thought she’d love it, it actually drove her “crazy”.

in the his postHe explained, “My girlfriend Jenna and I have been friends since we met freshman year about three years ago. We met during orientation when I offered her to sit at lunch and we’ve been best friends ever since. It’s almost weird going a day without spending time together.

He doesn’t understand why his friend is upset (stock photo)


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“About a week ago I was in Las Vegas with my crew for a bachelorette party and we all decided to go to a tattoo parlor and get tattooed together. It was a pretty spontaneous decision, and the next tattoo I was planning on getting was pretty big, so I kind of blanked out what I was going to get.

“I ended up getting a rabbit tattoo and showed the artist a picture of my friend Jenna’s tattoo for reference. We’ve been friends for years, so why not get matching tattoos? I didn’t even tell her we were getting a tattoo.

“Today we were planning to have coffee and hang out together, so I thought this was finally the time to surprise her. I took her to her favorite coffee shop, bought us both coffee and grabbed a table before showing her my tattoo.”

The man’s plan fell through when Jenna told him she had the rabbit tattoo done in memory of her grandfather, saying the sentimental meaning behind the ink is now ruined since he copied it without her permission.

But he still doesn’t think he’s wrong as “a lot of friends get matching tattoos.”

He added: “She was super surprised, but not in the way I expected. She was really mad about it. Apparently, this tattoo represented her grandfather and was very meaningful to her. I explained that it reminded me of her so it was very meaningful to me too.

“She stormed out of the coffee shop and didn’t text me or call me back at all today. A lot of friends get matching tattoos, so I’m not sure why she’s upset.”

Commenters on the post were firmly on the side of the man’s friend, with many of them insisting he actually “stole” the tattoo rather than getting a matching one, as the woman had no idea beforehand.

One person said: “You stole her tattoo. You didn’t get a suitable one, you copied hers. It’s the equivalent of photocopying someone’s essay and saying you worked on it together, of course she’s crazy.

“I don’t even know how you could fix that because you permanently stole the art on her body and put it on yours to try and change the meaning of it in the process.”

While another added: “You don’t get matching tattoos without discussing it with the other person involved. Why do you think this is a good plan?”

And a third wrote: “Lots of friends get matching tattoos as with something they agree on and do together. You and your girlfriend didn’t get matching tattoos. They just took a picture of her and went behind her back to get a copy of it.”

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