The Best Mommy and Daddy Tattoos -- Get Inspired and Show Us Yours!
Are you a mom or a dad with a great tattoo? Take a look at some of these inspiring ideas and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line "TATTOO" to share yours! We'd love to see them.
Compiled by Amanda Hawkins and Lindsay Tigar
The first tattoos I got for my kids was a dirt bike for my son Trevor, 8 and a Robot "Plex"(from the Show Yo Gabba Gabba) for my son Logan, 3. When I first thought about getting a tattoo for them I wanted to remember them as children and figured what better way to memorialize their childhood then to get their favorite things tattooed on me. My son Trevor loves dirt bike riding and has been riding since he was 3 and my son Logan loves the show Yo Gabba Gabba and most of his first words and sentences were influenced by that show. -- JessicaJessica
Celtic Elk Tattoo
When Ed was born, I wanted a tat that represented him. Some friends had footprints and birth dates, but since Ed's initials were E.L.K., I wanted a Celtic black work elk. I initially wanted it on my lower back but I'm not terribly subtle. My cousin (his godmother) found me a tattoo artist and it took until after midnight. It’s my favorite piece to date. --Maribeth
Lightning Bolt Tattoos
Before our daughter Rosalie was even born, my husband and I had been planning to get lightning bolt tattoos since we were giving her the middle name Lightning. When she died suddenly this past November, we were invited to Maui to stay with some very kind friends. We realized that that was the perfect place and time to finally get our lightning bolt tattoos. We received them on the day we scattered her ashes in the Pacific, on a small beach behind a Zen temple in Paia. After we'd finished scattering them, a huge rainbow appeared over the cliffs and a sea turtle showed itself in the waves near us, bobbing in and out of sight for a few minutes before finally waving a flipper (seriously) and swimming off. --LeelaLeela
I am a 47-year-old lesbian with seven biological children. I wanted to get a tattoo to honor them, but wanted it to be something really original. So I had each of them (who were ages 8 to 21 at the time) draw their own initials in some sort of creative, artistic way, and then took their artwork to a tattoo artist. He put them on my arm and surrounded the initials with a tribal design. The tattoo was a birthday gift from my partner, Julie. --ReggieReggie
Hummingbird and Lion Tattoos
Both of my tattoos are based on animals that represent my kids. When I was pregnant with my son Delano, a hummingbird came to sit on a branch outside my window every day. We used to joke that it was his spirit animal. But once he was born, it was clear it was true -- he flits about constantly with a ton of energy and curiosity and a short attention span. He has a constant thirst for information, not to mention he is always looking for sugar. Clara's middle name is Leona, the first word she said was lion and she has the temperament of one: she's calm and easy going but has an iron-will and a fierce temper. Her bird is an owl so I swapped the girl's wings for owl wings. I like to think of these two characters as her cosmic protectors. --SaraSara
Mother Owl Tattoo
This is a tattoo of a mommy owl with two baby owls on each side of her behind her wings. Being a mom you always want to protect your kids. It's like a mother hen, but I consider myself a "mother owl" instead. I am also pregnant with my third and last boy so I will be adding a third baby owl once the new baby arrives in May 2012. -- JessicaJessica
I like to commemorate "big" birthdays with a tattoo (I got stars on my middle fingers for my 35th). So for my 40th birthday, I got a ruby gemstone tattoo to honor my daughter Ruby, who was 7-months old at the time. She loves it, too! I ask her, "Where's Ruby's tattoo?" and she pushes my hair back to look behind my ear. Funny thing though: I recently applied a temporary tattoo of a small flower on her foot and she hated it! She pretty much whined until I removed it. So tattoos might not be in her future, as much as she likes mine. --JuliaJulia
“These tattoos are identical to my kids’ birth certificates. I always wanted to get a tattoo on my forearm, but could never think of something worthy of permanent view in an area I couldn't easily cover. Then my daughter was born and I knew. These tattoos are a constant reminder of how delicate and important my kids’ lives are to me.”
-- Jon, dad to Kyle Ann and EvanJon
Gaelic Dove Tattoo
"This is my mommy tattoo for my first child, Finley. Before I got pregnant, I'd been told there was a good chance I would be unable to successfully carry a pregnancy. Mo Stoirin is Gaelic for "My Treasure" or "My Darling One,” which is precisely what Finley is to me. This tattoo is a tribute to the wonderful gift that Finley has been not only to myself, but to my entire family."
-- Ashlie, mom to FinleyAshlie
Moon and Star Tattoo
"My tattoo is of my 8-year-old son and I constantly tell him that I’m the moon and he’s my star. When my friends see it, they are amazed at how much it looks exactly like my son."
-- Tania, mother to Dante, of Boston, Mass.Tania
"This is a picture of a tattoo I had done to represent our family. The symbol is the ancient Atlantean symbol for life, the lightning bolts represent mother, father and children. My kids’ names, Ana, Stasha and Jack, are around the outside. Our last name is on the inside, and the letters "A" and "R" are the first letters of my name and my husband’s name."
-- Roxane, mother to Anna, Stasha and JackeRoxane
Foot and Handprint Tattoo
"The footprint belongs to my first daughter, Kamryn. The handprint belongs to my baby girl, Paityn. Both tattoos were done when they were three months. Once they start writing, I will have them write their names and tattoo them around what I have now."
-- Summer, mother to Kamryn and PaitynSummer
Name and Butterfly Tattoo
"I always wanted a tattoo for my daughter, Abigail, and from the second I found out I was pregnant it was a given. I finally got it done shortly after she turned nine months. The nine stars represent the nine months and the butterfly is her Celtic animal sign."
-- Sarah, mother to AbigailSarah
Child`s Name Tattoo
"I got the tattoo on my wrist so that when my daughter, Lily, grows up and starts her own life she will always be with me! She is my life and my angel!"
-- Gillian, mother to Lily, of Hookseet, N.H.Gillian
When I was in the tattoo parlor getting my first tattoo, I'd seen some cute ideas of kids' handprints, so that's what I decided to get -- my second baby's footprint. After I had two more babies, I got the other two. They are the original from the birth certificates. To me, they symbolize motherhood and show how much I love my babies. People have commented that they're little ones walking on my back."
-- Candice, mom to Austen, Natashia, Isabelle and Tysen, of Volga, S.D.Candice
“Originally I had a dragonfly tattoo on my leg and never really liked the way it looked so I got another tattoo to mask it. Our kids names -- Lexus, Rylee and Wynter -- cover the old tattoo.”
-- Kemah of Amarillo, Texas, mom to Lexus, Rylee and WynterFlickr/Danny Rutledge
Ankle Flower Tattoo
“I wanted a second tattoo for quite some time and I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate my kids into it. I love to take pictures of butterflies, flowers and nature -- things I wanted to include in my tattoo. I didn't have a specific picture of what I wanted so the tattoo artist designed this especially for me. I told him the specifics of what I wanted: my children's names, a vine with flowers and a butterfly. At first I thought I wanted the kids’ names to be the vine, but then I decided it might be difficult to read, so we came up with the idea of putting their names under the vine of flowers. The kids love looking at my ankle and seeing their names.”
-- Melissa Boumstein of Blue Springs, Missouri, mom to Avary, Garrett and ClaireFlickr/Melissa Boumstein
“I worked with Megan Emery of Bijou Studios in Austin, Texas, to create an ocean-themed tattoo with all my kids' names. The tattoo includes seaweed, sand dollars, starfish and a seahorse. At the top of the design there is a seagull representing me, their mama.”
-- Sarah of Austin, Texas, mom to Joaquin, Elias, Javier, Anne, Carrie and AllisonFlickr/Sara Vela
“I knew I would be commemorating my child(ren) and my journey through motherhood with a tattoo as soon as my first child was born. Motherhood is so transformative; so terrifying and empowering, joyful and painful, and like tattoos -- a very permanent change.
I have two children, and once my husband and I knew we weren’t going to have any more kids, I was ready for a tattoo. I chose to represent the kids figuratively. My tattoo has pumpkin vines and blossoms intertwined with ivy vines. The pumpkin represents my first child, a son, who has the nickname "Punkin," and the ivy represents my daughter -- her name is Ivy.”
-- Erin, mom to "Punkin" and IvyFlickr/PumpkinKnits
“My tattoo is of a turtle that I found in a kids’ book. I decided on this design because I love turtles and I thought it would be neat to have my favorite animal with my two favorite people in the world – my kids. It reminds me of how much love my two kids give me, and how much fun they bring into my life. My tattoo reminds me of them.”
-- Amanda of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, mom to Kylee and DaceyFlickr/Amanda Nicely
"The tattoo on my arm is from a drawing I made from one of my son's sonogram images. It took me four years after my son was born to save the money for the tattoo. The tattoo was my Mother's Day gift to myself the year my son turned four. I wanted my son to know how special he is to me. Now, I can take him with me everywhere I go, even when he grows up and becomes independent.”
-- FrancesFrances Byrd
Grandsons` Names Tattoo
”I got these tattoos two years ago when I was 50 years old. I tell my grandsons I got the tattoos because they're the only two men in the world who will NEVER let me down!”
-- Judy of Long Beach, California, grandmother to Charles and MarcusJudy Pugh
Fairy and Dragon Tattoo
“The tattoo is of a purple fairy dragon and a little boy wizard. The dragon represents my daughter, whose name is Reese. Reese is a Welsh name and the Welsh symbol is a dragon. My son's name is Oz and people make the connection, of course, to The Wizard of Oz. Wizards are also shaman, teachers and givers of knowledge. Since he’s the older brother, the tattoo signifies him using his magic to give flight or wings to his little sister.”
-- Ameé of Seattle, Washington, mom to Reese and OzAmee Quiriconi
Cat in the Hat Tattoo
"I have five children and when they were growing up we would always read the Cat in the Hat. My tattoo is the cat smiling in the middle (that's me!) with five ‘Things’ causing chaos all around. We adopted our fifth child and she is bi-racial (Thing No. 5 has an afro). The fish represents my wife – she’s always in the middle of everything chaotic!"
-- James of St. Paul, MinnesotaJames Cave
Sons` Names Tattoo
”My tattoos represent a physical representation of my kids, something of them I can have with me all the time even when they're not around. They’re something I can show them and build on as they grow.”
-- Patrick of Ridgewood, Queens, N.Y., dad to Nate and BenPatrick Christensen
“Primarily I just wanted to mask the scar on my upper left arm, but then I decided to create a unique tattoo that’s dedicated to my beloved son Daniel. There are four elements in this tattoo – corresponding to the four natural elements – fire, water, earth and air. The name Daniel and his birth date are representing Daniel himself, meaning the element earth. There’s an eye within the sun and it represents the Egyptian symbol of power. Horus, an ancient Egyptian deity, was a guardian for children. The eye of Horus is placed within the sun, standing above the wind, the water and the name Daniel. The sun – a symbol for life – got the power for guarding Daniel through the ups and downs of life -- wind and water."
-- Rob of Vienna, Austria, dad to DanielFlickr/AwesomeMedia
Sons`s Signature Tattoo
“Mine was kind of something I thought would be neat. I have my son Wyatt’s name on me in Chinese and English and I just thought this was unique. I asked him to sign his name one day before school and I took it to the tattoo parlor and they copied it exactly on my right shoulder. My son’s signature. Definitely a one of a kind.”
-- Virginia of Raleigh, N.C., mom to WyattFlickr/
Son Playing Guitar Tattoo
“My son has played guitar his entire life. And he refurbished a broken Jackson guitar to a lime green. That is his favorite color and Wyatt also stated it was his (mojo). So my husband, Keith, went to a tattoo parlor and took a picture of Wyatt playing that guitar and they made it into this on his right arm.”
-- Virginia of Raleigh, N.C., mom to WyattFlickr/
"Jacques dedicated his new tattoo to his daughter, Polly."
-- Hanna of Gothenburg, Sweden, mom to PollyFlickr/Hanna Eliasson
“Each star stands for each of our children; Emma, Ethan and Abby. The colors correspond with their birthstones – blue topaz (December) and ruby (July). The shooting star is for Ethan, our son who passed away. I am still getting used to it and I am already planning on adding a bunch of other little stars. I figured I could easily add to it should we be lucky enough to have more children.”
-- Michele, mom to Emma, Ethan and AbbyFlickr/Moxygen
Where the While Things Are Tattoo
The New tat wifey and I got for our son Avin!
-- Conor of Tampa, Florida, dad to AvinFlickr/Conor Keller
“I chose a drawing that my son had done of his cat, Peter Parker to go on top of the Braille when he was 3-years-old. I love it and it makes me very happy.”
-- Jessica of Dallas, TexasFlickr/Sheeshoo
A cricket -- for when my oldest son, after seeing his younger brother for the first time, proclaimed what Henry's nickname should be.
-- Richie of Lincoln, Nebraska, dad to HenryFlickr/Richie Graham
"I have two daughters, a 5- and 3-year-old with special needs. I got this tattoo for a couple of reasons: The obvious, my 5-year-old's name is Hope and I always have never ending hope for my 3-year-old, Emma. She suffers from blindness and severe cognitive delays; she cannot sit up, crawl, walk or talk. I can't help but have hope for her."
-- Emily of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, mom to Hope and EmmaEmily Ledford
Mickey Mouse Tattoo
“My tattoo is of baby Mickey that was inspired by my son, Levi. My wife and I are fans of Mickey Mouse and have tattoos of the "grown-up" version -- Mickey holding a heart with ‘Kelly’ written in it and Minnie holding a heart with my name in it. We thought baby Mickey would be a great fit for Levi. Levi is our world. I am 44, and Levi is my first child. There was a time I didn’t think I would have any children of my own, so when Levi came it was all the more special."
-- Frederick of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, dad to LeviFrederick Dufford Jr.
“Kevin, my husband, personally created the tribal-esque picture, then he included his and our son Nick’s Chinese zodiac symbols on the bottom of the design. The Chinese character for fatherhood is at the top.”
-- Amy of St. Louis, Missouri, mom to NickAmy Trapp
“My first daughter, Elise, passed away from a genetic disease called Tay-Sachs. She was almost 7-years-old. I had a portrait tattoo done of Elise on the front of my left shoulder when she was 2-years-old because I knew that I would eventually need a striking visual reminder of her. It was a way of permanently preserving her beautiful face. Whenever Elise and I would snuggle together on the couch, her head would lay on the front of my left shoulder. Now that she is gone, she is still there on my shoulder, but in a different way. Although Elise’s life was short, the tattoo is a reminder that life is infinitely precious and I am richer for having had her in my life.”
-- John of Rockaway, N.J., dad to EliseJohn Ten Berge
Family Tree Tattoo
“My husband got this tattoo to memorialize our children in a family tree – now I have two grandchildren that I am planning to add in the near future. The tattoo was done over three different sessions and took about 15 hours in total to complete. The tattoo artist copied the pictures from the kids’ school photos.”
-- Joe of Newburyport, Mass.Joe Piechocki
"I love this tattoo because it’s unique and holds so much meaning -– no one else has it in the world! The corner numbers are [our] son's, Emmett Cash, birthday. The middle image is his sign (Scorpio), the lower right bottom is his weight 7’9. The tattoo also has his time of birth, 9:31, and his length, 21."
-- Alison and Keith of New York, N.Y., parents to EmmettAlison Bucalo
The Family With Wings
“I wanted to get a tattoo across my lower back for my daughters. I got a large butterfly to symbolize me with a baby butterfly on each side with their names to symbolize my girls.”
-- Mother of Danielle and EricaTK
“I decided to get my 5-year-old daughter’s name tattooed on me with candy around it since she loves sweets.” -- Shashana, mother of Zuriah, 5, from Bronx, New YorkShashana
Precious Gems for Precious Girls
“This is done in my kids’ birthstone colors for October [pink opal] and November [yellow topaz].”
-- Bambalina Cameron, mother of Chesnea and IsabellaBambalina Cameron
The Family Branches
“I got this tattoo from Faith Tattoo Gallery in Golden, CO. It is for my daughter and my family. I wanted something pretty and timeless and I love trees. My daughter is under the tree and her birthday is in her shoe. There are initials carved in the tree for my parents, siblings, sister-in-law, my daughter and my niece and nephew. The owl is a symbol from my childhood of wisdom and family.” -- Vera Widmar of Northglenn, ColoradoVera Widmar
Print in Progess
“The footprint belongs to my first daughter, Kamryn. The handprint belongs to my baby girl, Paityn. Both were done at three months. Once they start writing, I will let them write their names and have them tattooed around what I have now.” -- Summer Parham, mother of Kamryn, 5, and Paityn, 17 months, from Knoxville, Tenn.Summer Parham
“My tattoo is of my only child. I have an 8-year-old son and I constantly tell him that I’m the moon and he’s my star. When he asks about tattoos, I always say, ‘Make sure if you decide to get one it’s something you love and want to live with for the rest of your life.’ When my friends see it they are amazed at how much it looks like my son.” -- Tania Valverde, mother of Dante, 8, from Boston, Mass.
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