Would you ever get a tattoo of your boyfriend's name? Or your girlfriend's face? Are you the subject of a tattoo, either with your current SO, or an ex?
X has a tattoo on his chest that is our names on a banner, over a heart, surrounded by flowers. It's on his left side, right over his heart. I've never asked, but I suspect the current X's girlfriend finds that a little bit annoying.
He says he doesn't regret getting the tattoo - that's how he felt at the time, and it isn't like we hate each other, so it's not a reminder of anything particular painful (at least, I don't think so). When he got the tattoo, he did tell me that if I ever broke up with him, I'd have to pay him rent. When we first separated, I reminded him that clause only came into play if I left him - ha!
But what if you had a tattoo that reminded you of a breakup that was incredibly painful? One that you'd just as soon forget? I gotta believe a constant, permanent reminder would make it difficult to move on.
Then again, if we go into every relationship just waiting for things to go wrong, and preparing for the worst, we're probably missing out on some unbelievably happy moments, don't you think? So maybe the people who go for broke, throw caution to the wind, are to be commended. Maybe we should all take a lesson from their faith, and hope, and show of trust?
Or maybe there's something to be said for people who just exchange jewelry.