Nothing compliments promises of eternal love like a tattoo. Or so think Delhi’s much-in-love couples, as they throng to tattoo parlours this Valentine’s day. Speaking to the Capital’s tattoo artists reveals a rise in the number of people getting names of their lovers tattooed on and around February 14.
“Since last week, I have been doing at least three name tattoos per day. People come in to each of my three tattoo studios to get romantic tattoos done,” says Lokesh of Devil’z Tattooz.
If getting someone’s name inked isn’t your thing, tattoo artists have plenty of other options. “The ambigram technique, which includes getting both names tattooed so you can read them even in reverse, is gaining popularity here. Getting a tattoo for your lover is the newet fad. We do five such tattoos each day around this time every year,” says KD of Kdz Tattoos. “I recently did two half hearts for a couple. When they walk hand in hand, it forms an entire heart,” he says.
Of course, like everything in love, this too comes with a statutory warning. “Every name tattoo that I do is jinxed. 100 per cent of the time, those who get it come back to get the tattoo changed,” says Mike of Mike’s Body Art Studio.
But that hasn’t stopped 24-year-old BPO employee Nishi Arora, who got her boyfriend’s initials tattooed on the nape of her neck as a Valentine’s Day gift. “He’s done the same. It symbolises permanence and commitment,” she says.