40 Meaningful Tattoos Parents Got To Honor Their Kids

Michele Zipp | Dec 10, 2019 Beauty & Style
40 Meaningful Tattoos Parents Got To Honor Their Kids

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The love between a parent and child may get complicated over time, but typically it is a forever thing. So getting some ink to honor one's kid -- or kids -- is a beautiful way to celebrate that special bond. After all, once a person becomes a parent, it is a role they'll have for life. Plus, it is essentially risk-free unless one ends up with an evil little bugger, in which case the tattoo will serve as a reminder of a time LO was a sweet child o' mine. But honestly, getting a tattoo in honor of our children is something that we think is pretty safe to say one won't regret. So why not get a piece that will last as long as that special love does?

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Even if it's a parent's first tattoo, there are plenty of ways to get inspired. Whether one likes a lot of color, or black and white, or if one has a lot of kids, or just one -- there are so many options. The hard part will be picking just one.

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These moms and dads went under the needle to get something to honor their child. Some are sweet and simple, some intricate, all symbolic.

Here are 40 meaningful parent tattoos that will probably make others consider getting their own. 

  • A Blooming Bond 

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    Becoming a mother is the ultimate growing and blossoming experience. The vibrant colors in this beautiful motherhood tattoo are stunning and celebrate that growth. The many different flower designs are a really pretty and feminine combination. 

  • Sweet Baby

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    This sentimental parent tattoo shows a detailed line drawing of a mother and her baby. And the small heart and name just make it that much sweeter. We love the red heart with the black lines of the drawing. 

  • Mother & Daughters 

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    This mother and daughters tattoo is so cutesy and feminine. The sketchbook style and watercolors add a fun touch and remind us that there is no reason to be afraid to color outside the lines, even on a tattoo! 

  • Elephants 

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    Elephants have the longest gestation period of any mammal -- an unbelievable 95 months long! So, in some ways, what better animal to represent the journey of motherhood? This parent elephant and baby elephant are a cute way to show a parent-child relationship in ink form. The design has a fun carnival vibe. 

  • Footprint 

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    This baby's footprint is personal and special. We like how they incorporated the name and birthday of the child. This design is easy to add to if brothers or sisters enter the picture. Just select a space with room for more tiny footprints! 

  • Symbolic 

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    At their best, tattoos are both beautiful and personal. A symbolic tattoo is deeply meaningful and can be a real conversation starter. This tattoo artist wrote: "A mother's love surpasses all logic." We couldn't have said it better!

  • Butterfly 

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    Butterflies are a classic idea for a tattoo but this one avoids being cliche. This butterfly design is simple and beautiful. The curvy lines and hearts give it a whimsical feel and the kids' names are a nice touch. 

  • Traditional Mermaid 

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    For any mom who loves mermaids, this black-and-white tattoo can serve as pretty awesome inspiration. It has so much detail and it looks gorgeous. 

  • Mother Knot 

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    This knot symbolizing the love between a mother and child is a great way to show the strong bond. The pink and blue colors are a nice complement as well. This could also look great in black and white for those who prefer a monochrome graphic look. 

  • Birds of a Feather 

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    Attention mama birds! This is a great way to show the love for all the little birds in mama's nest. This little bird family is a sweet sentiment. The branches and red hearts add a sense of movement and more birds and branches can always be added later. 

  • 'The Giving Tree'

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    This sweet tattoo by Nina Himes is a stylized version of a picture of a daughter sitting on the stump from the book The Giving Tree. The tattoo uses black lines and that red dress and bow, and we find it so darling.

  • Great Script

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    Our kids are our heart, and what a beautiful way to honor that bond than with a name tattoo in a great script with a heartbeat line. There is a saying that having kids means a mom's heart walks around outside her body, so we love this as a nod to that idea. 

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  • Flower Children

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    In some ways, children are the flowers on a growing family tree. Simply beautiful, this tattoo by Carrie Metz Caporusso features great script and a sweet flower.

  • Rocket Boys

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    Here's one perfect formula for getting a tattoo to honor a child. Pick something the kid loves. Tattoo his or her name with it. It's that simple and that wonderful -- just like this mom did when she got her sons' names tattoos with a rocket. Really rad work by tattoo artist Andy Beswick.

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  • Name in Blocks

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    Tim Lingle

    Take a look at some of the child's favorite things to play with and that may bring some tattoo inspiration. Tim is a father to two boys. He got these blocks for his son, Aidan.

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  • Beloved Trains

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    Tim Lingle

    Choo choo! Dad Tim also got a train with his son Samuel's name spelled out in the cars. This is a great way to remember that train phase that it seems like so many kids go through. 

  • Three Hearts

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    Ginger Summerford Gorrell

    Not everyone wants to have a large or elaborate tattoo. This design is sweet and simple but still totally filled with meaning. Ginger has three hearts for the three babies who own hers.

  • For the Sweetheart

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    Seeing this tattoo gives us all the heartfelt feelings. It perfectly shows the sweetness of a little girl, her love of Cinderella, and the love a mom has for her little one to capture this in a tattoo. The skirt detail captures that feeling of twirling in our favorite dress. 

  • Classic Handprint

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    Art Santana

    How sweet that the kids can see their little handprint on dad Art's arm -- it's like they will always be daddy's little girls to him. This is a handprint on the arm that really represents the handprint a child makes on one's heart. 

  • Favorite Things

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    Artist Kristian H. Alexander of Drop Dead Tattoo in Staffanstorp, Sweden, made this great tattoo featuring a few of Julia's favorite things. That kitten is just adorable and this is a great snapshot of who Julia is as a child. 

  • Hidden Meanings

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    Paul Schembri

    Sometimes we look beyond the obvious. This mockingbird is the logo for a company called Atticus, and so this dad got that to honor his son, named Atticus. His daughter's middle name is Rose, and a tattoo design was born.

  • Memories

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    Erika Waxman

    Another sweet elephant tattoo! We love the typewriter font on this tattoo done by Sweety of Rivington Tattoo, and using something that reminds us of our kids when they were just babies is the perfect imagery.

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  • Horoscope Inspired

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    Andrea DiDonato

    This symbol is a twist on Andrea's son Tyler's horoscope sign -- Capricorn -- which he shares with his mom. Tyler's middle name, Frederick, is also the name of Andrea's dad, who passed away when she was 13. Very meaningful.

  • Peas in a Pod

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    Tiffany Kelly

    A mom and her baby are close as ... well, peas in a pod! If a person can think of it, it can be a tattoo. We love the vibrant green of these peas in a pod.

  • First Born

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    Christina Watson

    When one thinks of tribal tattoos, don't just picture the traditional armband! Christina got this for her son Mikael, and the design is tribal for "first born."

  • Butterflies

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    Joye Prue

    Nature is always a good choice in a tattoo, especially when it comes to a tattoo to honor our little ones. Joye chose sweet butterflies to honor each of her kids.

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  • Family Banner

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    Hans Gutknecht

    A name in a banner is a classic way to honor someone -- this one is in really great script and wraps around with the names of his children. This is a large tattoo, which makes it a bold and distinctive choice.