A Forever Proposal

Most people who are proposed to have the ring (maybe also the box it came in) and they have their memories of those few special seconds it took to say “Will you marry me?”, but there’s not a lot else to memorialize the moment. There are, after all, no traditional proposal keepsakes… er, other than this…. the same way there are keepsakes for weddings and anniversaries and such. A certain Caroline Summers, however, will be reminded of the day Alex Jennings proposed for the rest of their lives together, every time he sheds his shirt.

tattoo proposal

Apparently he had the tattoo done the morning he proposed, and the folks at the tattoo tried their best to talk him out of it, but his mind was made up. But he was sure that she’d say yes, which of course she did since the news made the rounds. (Though imagine how humiliating it would have been if she’d said no and the news had *still* made the rounds!) I can’t decide whether this is tres sweet or tres tacky — on one hand, his tattoo will be a constant reminder of the day he proposed, yet on the other hand, that tattoo is someday going to be all faded and weird looking. What do you think?

15 Responses to “A Forever Proposal”

  1. Anonymous March 17, 2010 at 8:27 am #

    Tres tacky. Double-plus tres tacky, and I can’t see a girl with common sense staying married to someone who ignores the advice of those who tried to talk him out of it. (Note those who tried to talk him out of it profited from his ignoring their advice!). Of course, the fact she said, “Yes,” brings any common sense she has into doubt, but still.
    Hoo boy, that’s one ugly tattoo.

  2. Twistie March 17, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    It’s a question inked into his skin forever, as though the answer might change at any moment. Somehow, while he did it because he was absolutely certain of the answer, it comes across as insecure and needy to me.

    If you want to get a tattoo to represent a secure relationship, it seems to me that anything involving question marks isn’t really getting the point across as planned.

  3. Toni March 17, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    Everything they said. To me, this makes the guy seem needy and impulsive. He wants the glory of an Awesome Proposal Story and can’t see beyond that.

  4. Tasha March 17, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    Nothing says romance like skin that’s still red and inflamed from the needle. “Sweetheart, this was incredibly painful, but will you…?”

  5. Gina March 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    I’m with Toni. The memory is kept in my mind of when my fiance proposed. Every time I look at him I smile and remember the tears in his eyes and the sweet smile on his face. Oh yeah, and the beautiful ring!

  6. Kristin March 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    Well, on the upside, a tattoo like that will be relatively easy to turn into something else.

    I wouldn’t mind a little tiny tattoo that we shared like a secret, but that’s one heck of a job for something he could have done with a skywriter.

  7. ChristianeF March 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

    I think if a tattoo artist thinks it’s a bad idea, it’s a REALLY bad idea. And, really, why so big? Why not a small(er) tattoo that symbolizes something special in their relationship? That’d be way less creepy.

  8. Jennie March 17, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    Considering 50+ percent of all marrigaes end in divorce… I guess he can get “married” slashed thru and have “divorce” inked below it… I can see a lot of Wreaking Balm in his future…

  9. Jennie March 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    Sorry… spelling issues… Wrecking Balm… DIY Tattoo removal..

  10. Bernadette March 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    eh, I just don’t think it’s a very cool tattoo. He’s gonna have that forever and even if the marriage lasts, the tattoo doesn’t really capture the importance of that moment. That being said, if they’re both happy I say “why not?”

  11. Anne March 18, 2010 at 1:30 am #

    While I’m all for people doing whatever as long as they’re happy, and would probably think this was kind of cute (though totally not my thing) if both parties were part of some tattoo-loving subculture and covered in ink and/or piercings and/or other body mods, with this just being one piece of some intricate back art or something, this particular case looks like it might be an extreme proposal for the sole sake of an extreme proposal as Toni mentioned.

    Also the bride-to-be looks like she’s trying to get away in the picture…

  12. Lizz March 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Hmm. I seem to disagree with most folks here. I think it’s adorable if neither of them have a problem with tats. That said, of course it’s not for everyone. But to me it shows his absolute commitment to the relationship. The fact that he’s NOT thinking about whether or not it will be removable means he’s in this for the long run.

  13. April March 19, 2010 at 4:14 am #

    I think that this guy really knows what he’s doing. He knows what’s involved and he isn’t afraid to take risks. To a guy, a tattoo is something of a big deal. He is in it for keeps. I guess it’s a guy’s way of saying, “I love you and I’m serious about it!” I think it’s quite cute, pretty cool and very romantic!

  14. Li May 19, 2010 at 1:43 am #

    This particular case looks like it might be an extreme proposal for the sole sake of an extreme proposal as Toni mentioned.

  15. Li May 19, 2010 at 3:48 am #

    Double-plus tres tacky, and I can’t see a girl with common sense staying married to someone who ignores the advice of those who tried to talk him out of it.