17 Tattooed Brides Who Prove That Ink and Wedding Gowns Can Be a Timeless Combination | 22 Words

It wasn't very long ago that tattoos were the hallmark of outlaws and low-lifes. But in the past couple decades, tattoos have gone very mainstream, appearing on people from all walks of life.

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So when it comes time for a woman to walk down the aisle, she can choose to cover up any body art she's gotten, or she can wear it proudly as a part of her wedding day aesthetic. These bold brides chose the latter, and the resulting pics show that a wedding gown and tattoos can, in fact, be a match made in heaven!

A sleeveless dress can be the perfect vehicle for showing your inked sleeves.

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It can be something a little more subdued on the arm...

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...or a bolder piece.

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As people get more comfortable expressing who they are with tattoos, they're less likely to hide that expression on their big day, even if it's still considered "untraditional."

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There's a safe bet that the husbands in these pics are also sporting a fair amount of ink, but the traditional suits or tuxes do a better job of hiding their body art.

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Sometimes, the flowers on your wedding day won't just be the centerpieces.

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As you can see in the background, bridesmaids are following suit, though their work can still run the risk of upstaging the bride on her big day.

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Even if you were inclined to cover up your tattoo, you'd have to find a gown that covers all the right places. As if finding the right dress wasn't hard enough already...

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The pieces might be sentimental or artistic, as they are in this photo.

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No matter what the design is, they tend to really "pop" when accompanied by a white gown.

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"Traditional" is all relative these days, isn't it? So there's no reason to curb your expression in front of your loved ones.

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It's a safe bet that your tattoos might compete with your flashy ring, but it's the bride's decision to make!

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It's hard to think of a more fitting slogan for a bride to wear on her big day.

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Together, the betrothed can even sport matching pieces, which add to the age-old belief that a married couple are two pieces meant to fit together for life.

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They're not all huge. Sometimes, they can serve as an understated accessory.

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They also tend to look more in place with outdoor weddings, which are also getting more popular.

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As this last pic shows, even a tattoo will have a hard time taking the attention off the bride's nervous, excited expressions on her wedding day.

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