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DW and I are coming up on 24 years of marriage. I'm a welder and machinist and we have run a small business together for 23. I haven't worn a ring in over a decade, as I work daily with machinery that can easily kill me if anything from rings to clothes gets caught.
***As a fun but fact for the mechanics and trades folks here, we have a drill press that weighs 6800#!
Anyway, DW asked me to try the silicone bands a decade ago, and I broke one every month... In the end, I went back to being "ringless" yet again.
Fast forward to last month and DW asked again if I would try silicone bands, so I surprised her and had her write our anniversary date on a post-it note in her unique handwriting and we had a "tattoo date". I had the tattoo artist use her post-it note (and a digital scanner) to scale the design and make a "transfer". I also had him add a thin border line above and below the date; ultimately a very simple design.
Since my hands are really just "Finger shaped clamps", the artist recommended tattooing only the top part of my finger and halfway down the sides. Apparently, folks that work their hands hard have poor success with ink retention as you get closer to the palm.
The actual tattoo process took 10 minutes or less and DW is absolutely thrilled! It was my first tattoo, and may be my only one, but I can only say that I wish I had done this sooner!
I hope this helps anyone else that has safety concerns with jewelry!
Kuddos to you for doing that. I might have to take the plunge and get inked myself soon.
However on top of that, I don’t know if I have some kind of minor psychological condition but basically I can’t wear anything that encircles or in any way restricts any part of my body: watch, ring, necklace, turtleneck sweatshirt, tight socks, etc.
So I must admit I have never worn my wedding ring very much.
In contrast, my wife has never taken hers off.
But tattoos aren’t my kind of thing either.