Photo by CAgirl1214
I recently read an article on tattoos in Sactown magazine. Ben Barry, one of tattooed interviewees said, "Some people hate on tattoos and stereotype you, but [tattoos are] something beautiful that you're trying to show the world."
I love that. And it seems to be true of parents who get tattoos to honor their children too. They really just want to show their beautiful children to the world. These parents love to be able to think about and "carry" their children, even symbolically, when their kids aren't by their sides (in one case, even when the "kid" is off fighting a war in Iraq). For moms and dads with tattoos of their kids or their kids' names, the tattoos represent parental honor, pride, and love.
I recently talked to four moms about kid-honoring tattoos, theirs or their husband's, and what these tattoos mean to them.
Tattoo of Koi Fish and Son's Name (pictured above): Husband of CAgirl1214
"My husband is extremely family oriented so he felt like the tattoo was a good way to honor our son and to let him know how important he is to him. He also likes to get tattoos as timeline markers so that every time he looks at it, he thinks of that time in his life — this one being the birth of our son (and first child).
He wanted the koi fish in the tattoo because it's a Japanese symbol of luck, love, strength, etc. (depending where you find it), and I guess it's kind of willing all of those things on our son.
When I look at the tattoo, I think it's amazing. It's incredibly well done down to the last detail, and it's by far my favorite of all of his tattoos. I love that he got our son's name tattooed on himself because I think it's sweet, and good daddies are the best thing in the world. I don't have a good relationship with my dad, so it completely melts my heart to see a dad who loves his child to the extent that my husband loves ours."
Tattoos with All Six Kids' Names: ShyCtryMom
Photo by ShyCtryMom
"My proudest accomplishment is having my children, being a mom. I love being able to show them off. "Carrying" their names on my shoulders, to me, is just another way of showing my love for them. The tattoos make me feel like they are with me always, even when they are far away. My oldest, Tristan, is currently serving his second tour in Iraq, and when I see his name on my shoulder, I pray that it is keeping him a little safer, by being carried on my shoulder."
Tattoo with Twins' Names: mamaoftwins9197
Photo by mamaoftwins9197
"I have several other tattoos that all have personal meaning to me, and it just seemed important to get my kids' names as well. I want to show them off to the world, and this is a way for me to do it when they are not with me! I love to look at my tattoo...I get nostalgic when I look at this particular one. It makes me think of them, and I smile every time!"
Kids' Portrait Tattoo: lyric2005
Photo by lyric2005
"I chose my calf was because it was a place where everyone would be able to see it. I already have a tattoo on my back, so I wanted a different place to show the kids off.
It makes me feel proud to have such beautiful children and how God has blessed me with them. I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2005, after my son was born, and I didn't think that I was going to have any more babies. I am very proud of my children, and I love that I can show that even more through my tattoo."
These stories are so heartwarming. Thanks, mamas, for sharing your pretty tattoos and the stories behind them.