Split tattoos exist as long as tattoo exist. A unique design cut in two (or more) pieces, tattooed in two (or more) different parts of the body, and even on different persons …
Either in a humorous goal ( hidden messages on knuckles, two-faced characters ) or artistic purpose, they symbolize the ambivalence of the human being, his complexity and link to others. Split tattoos are often found in symmetrical limbs such as hands, forearms, feet and legs, but artist working on optical effects have succeeded in using whole bodies to display their designs.
Split tattoos can also be a very bold move toward commitment to a relationship, from family to friends and of course, the risky couple tattoo. It is perhaps not a good idea to share an intricate tattoo with someone if you start arguing any time you have to pick a movie … But if you think love is going to last, what could be more romantic than a tattoo that can only be readable if you are touching each other ? German Tattoo Artist Little Swastika have gained some fame with his impressive pieces needing more than two persons to be complete.
Want to show some love to a significant other or just to yourself ? Take a look a these 50 terrific connecting tattoos, from old school to dotwork, tribal to abstract, tenderness to epicness …
Fan of the neo-tribal abstract work of Little Swastika or not, you have to admit this is impressive.
Minimalistic abstract tattoo by Luka Musil.
Work in progress and result of this stunning connecting couple tattoo by Maika Houde.
When knuckles tattoos are revealing a strong meaning.
A bridge between two friends, brothers or lovers. By Xoil.
Other split tattoos by French tattoo artist Xoil.
Gorgeous work by Roxx.
Geometrical work by Chaim Machlev of Dotstolines.
Mandalas are great for split tattoos and very elegant on feet.
Here by Thomas Hooper.
Amazing pieces by Dillon Forte !
Nice geometrical connecting tattoo.
Thumbs tattoos by Boff Konkerz.
Traditional Japanese also fits when it comes to split tattoos. Gorgeous piece by Fabio Gargiulo.
Polynesian tribal tattoo.
Great piece by Jubss Lili Contraseptik.
Wings by Daniel Meyer.
The design doesn’t change if she closes her hand ! :)
Old school hand skull by Hans Pasztjerik.
Old school split shark !
Amazing dagger on fingers ! :o
Two example of the impressive work of Marco Galdo.
A clever placement for this tattoo, reminding to its owner not to sink !
Cross tattoo by Marina Alex.
Butterfly tattoos, of course, are making great symmetrical split tattoos on hands.
Love this one !
Two-faced character by Nick.
Many tattoo designs are continuing in the other leg or arm.
Split cupcake tattoo :)
Very cute friendship tattoo !