Tattoos are something that many of us have, and even more crave. They can be the ultimate way to show off our uniqueness as well as showing the rest of the world that we’re so dedicated to something, we’re willing to have it permanently inked on our skin. That’s not all. Some tattoos incorporate many smaller pieces to make a larger design, some take over entire areas of our body, and certain tattoos can be a little addition that give us a daily reminder of why we got the addition.
So what about when you get a tattoo that you need to hide from your loved one? That’s right; some of us need to keep our designs a secret just in case not everyone is in love with the ink as us. One man got the ultimate addition but knew that he had to keep it a secret from his girlfriend until the time was right.
Some secret ink
Some of us love heading to the tattoo parlor to top up on our ink. After all, having something permanently etched onto our skin can be the ultimate way to show the rest of the world that our body is a canvas – and we’re ready to get painting.
While many tattoos can be a way to show off our individuality, one man was going to have to keep a secret. That’s right; he was going to keep it hidden in plain sight for months until the right time to show his girlfriend. He had no idea how she would react.
Hitting it off
Vince Murdock is a 28-year-old living in Antelope, California, but it looks as though he gets to travel all around the world regularly. Vince is a mixed martial arts fighter meaning he often jets off to take place in the latest matches. However, he was about to meet someone that would change his entire life. That’s right; Kira Feightner is a 25-year-old living in California, and the pair immediately hit it off.
They began dating in March 2017, but Vince was already sure he had met his one. It looked as though the couple were off to a good start. Vince was already covered in many tattoos as the fighter loves to add to his ink. It is one of the many ways he helps to define himself. Thankfully, Kira also has a number of tattoos and doesn’t seem to mind her boyfriend’s artistic additions.
Although he already had several tattoos, there was one that Vince couldn’t get off his mind. The fighter had to get the addition, but there was a catch: there was no way that Kira could see the new ink, he had to keep it a secret. Thankfully, there was a good reason for his hidden tattoo. Kira just had to wait a few months before she would be able to find out what her boyfriend had been up to this entire time.
Vince’s tattoo was about to become more than a permanent part of his collection; it was also set to change his life forever. In fact, it was so monumental that Vince needed the perfect moment to show it off to Kira. Amazingly, she never had any ideas that she had been looking at Vince’s new tattoo for months before he finally showed it off.
Some time apart
The couple had been together for 14 months when Vince decided that he wanted to add a tattoo to his collection. However, the fighter had to be careful as there was no way he could let Kira see his design. It looked as though that worry was about to be a thing of the past as Vince was set to jet off halfway across the world. He had been given a chance to fight in Australia and jumped at the opportunity.
Sadly, it meant that he would be away for two months. On the other hand, Vince wouldn’t have to worry about Kira seeing the hidden ink on his leg. As if that wasn’t enough, the time away from each other meant that Vince could think of the ultimate plan to show off his tattoo as soon as he got back.
Crafting his plan
Thankfully, the weeks soon flew by, and it wasn’t long before Vince was back by Kira’s side. It looked as though their time away from each other was all Vince needed to prove to himself that he had found someone that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Kira was on his mind, but there was a secret that had been holding him back. Surely there was no way they could be together forever if she didn’t know about his tattoo?
The pair share many hobbies and friends. It was time to combine the two as Vince thought about how he would show off his new tattoo. Kira and Vince love the outdoors so decided that a hike with their friends was the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather. They all packed their bags as Vince prepared to share his secret at last.
The final reveal
The group walked and walked until they came to a part of the trail that was perfect. They were entirely surrounded by nature, and there was no one around to interrupt as Vince plucked up the courage to reveal his tattoo to Kira.
The fighter asked his girlfriend to rip off the tape that had been covering the ink. Sadly, Kira didn’t hear what Vince was asking her to do meaning he had to shout for her to rip off the tape to see what lay underneath.
On one knee
Vince immediately fell to one knee as Kira finally realized what the tattoo was all about. It turned out that Vince was asking for Kira’s hand in marriage and he had crafted the perfect plan to make sure it was the most memorable proposal.
Yes, the tattoo was Vince’s proposal. Not only did he want to spend the rest of his life with Kira, but Vince was so dedicated to the proposal that he had it inked on his body as a permanent reminder of his love.
Sparking the idea
Many began to wonder how Vince had come with the grand plan in the first place. However, Vince knew that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Kira almost as soon as they met. He just needed to find the best way to ask for Kira’s hand in marriage.
Proposals can be a significant event for many of us, but some people want to make sure their’s is different from the rest. Perhaps that’s why Vince went to such lengths to make his proposal the most memorable?
Designing the proposal
It turns out that Vince has always loved his tattoos and has shown his passion for the designs by having many inked over his body. It was while he was getting another tattoo that Vince thought about having the proposal tattooed on his leg.
He had been through it all before. Now, Vince just needed to design the proposal. The fighter opted for the worlds “Will you marry me?” alongside two checkboxes – one marked with “Yes” and the other marked with “No.”
Keeping it covered
Although Vince was thrilled with his new addition, he didn’t want to ruin the surprise. No, the fighter wanted to keep the tattoo hidden from Kira until the perfect moment. There was just one problem: it was a permanent tattoo.
Thankfully, Vince had a plan. The fighter used Kinesio tape to keep the ink covered. The tape is used to help people recover from injuries or soreness in their muscles. Being an MMA fighter gave Vince the perfect excuse.
Selling his story
Vince told Kira that he had injured himself while in the ring and that he needed to make sure his leg was kept strapped up at all times. It was a believable story. Vince just needed to convince Kira there was no reason to doubt his tale.
The tape is extremely adhesive meaning that it stays in place for a week before it starts to lose its stick. All Vince needed to do was make sure that he changed it every now and then, so there was no chance of accidentally revealing his tattoo.
Sure, Vince had thought about all aspects of keeping his tattoo covered, but Kira still couldn’t help but ask about the tape. Being an MMA fighter meant that Vince often needed to find ways to recover, but this injury seemed to be taking longer to heal than most.
Kira would regularly poke his leg and ask about the tape. Vince was careful to stick to his story until Kira forgot all about her questions and accepted that the tape was going to become a part of their everyday lives.
A grand moment
It looked as though Vince needed time to plan the actual proposal. The fighter confessed that he would have been happy to propose anywhere at any time as he just wanted to ask Kira to become his wife. However, he knew Kira would want something larger.
The fighter believed that his girlfriend would want a memorable moment that she could think about for the rest of her life. Vince just needed to find a way to make sure that everything went to plan.
Surrounded by love
Vince thought the best way to make sure that the proposal went to plan was to combine their passions. Hiking was the perfect answer. Both Kira and Vince love getting out in nature, so an outdoor proposal seemed to be a good idea. The best bit?
Vince could also have the support of all of his friends who came along on the hike as well as having someone there to film the engagement. Now, Vince just had to hope that it would all go to plan. There was only one way to find out.
Plenty of secrets
Now, Vince just needed to grab the ring before they could head out on their hike. It turned out that it wasn’t just the tattoo that he had been hiding from Kira; the fighter had also planted the ring box in the house where it could have been discovered at any moment.
Vince tucked the box into one of his boxing gloves and left it there for four months until he needed it. Although he worried that Kira might have found it, Vince knew that it was now or never to propose.
The perfect spot
The group were soon well into the trail, but there were some problems. Vince had worked so hard to keep his tattoo a secret and wanted to make sure that the entire proposal was perfect. However, he just couldn’t decide on a spot.
It looked as though there were many picturesque places along the trail, but none of them were perfect. Plus, Vincent still needed to pluck up enough courage to get down on one knee. After all, there was still plenty of the trail yet to come.
Help from friends
The group carried on walking down the trail, and it looked as though Kira still had no idea what Vince was planning. Thankfully, the fighter had let his friends in on the secret so they could help pull off the perfect question.
Suddenly, one of their friends spoke about a spot up ahead that was great for taking pictures. Vince knew what they were really trying to do. It was the perfect excuse to break away from the track and have some time to themselves.
Searching for perfection
Kira started to climb down the steep rocks, and it wasn’t long before Vince was following his girlfriend to the secluded spot. It was perfect. It looked as though their friend really was telling the truth about how beautiful it was.
The spot was home to a waterfall, and it seemed being off the track meant the couple pretty much had the place to themselves. Sadly, the water was so loud that Vince needed to shout so that Kira could hear to rip the tape off his leg.
In the moment
Kira grabbed the end of the tape and pulled it off. She wanted to look a little closer, but Kira didn’t have to wait long to find out what was on the tattoo. Vince dropped to one knee and pulled out the ring he had been hiding.
The fighter admits that he had an entire speech planned for the moment but forgot it all as soon as he was on one knee. Kira had been so close to the mystery tattoo this whole time, yet she had no idea what Vince had been planning all these months.
Cementing their decision
Although Vince had kept Kira waiting for months, she didn’t leave her boyfriend waiting for long as Kira soon said “yes” to the grand offer. It was official – they were engaged at long last with one of the most memorable proposals of all time.
However, the couple needed to cement their decision. There were two blank boxes next to the proposal, but that was all about to change. All Kira and Vince needed to do was wait a couple of weeks before they could head back to the tattoo parlor.
The final touch
The tattoo parlor asked Kira to mark her cross in the box to make sure the answer came from the couple themselves. The mark meant the tattoo artist could go over the check with tattoo ink to mark it permanently on Vince. This was the perfect everlasting touch to the tattoo.
That’s not all. The answer was finally sealed forever meaning that Kira and Vince were free to get on with planning their wedding. The pair would have to work hard if they were going to top the proposal.
It turns out the pair have been busy since their grand proposal in September 2018 as Kira and Vince now plan on tying the knot in Summer 2020. Believe it or not, but Kira has chosen her dress, and it appears as though the plans are under control.
Vince states there are no more plans for any grand tattoos for the big day, but could that be the fighter’s way of trying to throw Kira off the scent? It looks as though only time will tell.