13 Meaningful Tattoos Parents Got to Honor Their Kids (PHOTOS)

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tattoo for sonPeople get tattoos for all sorts of reasons -- some of those reasons are awesome and others are mistakes that end up covered up by more ink or an expensive and painful trip to get laser removal. Getting some ink to honor your kid, however, is absolutely a forever kind of thing. Essentially risk-free unless you end up with an evil little bugger in which case your tattoo will serve to remind you of a time you had a little sweet child o'mine.

I gathered up some dads and moms with tattoos who went under the needle to get something to honor their child. Some are sweet and simple, some intricate, all symbolic.

Tim is a father to two boys. He got these blocks for his son Aidan. And he also got a train with his son Samuel's name spelled out in the cars. Check out that photo and more parents with tattoos ....

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Tiffany has her little peas in a pod.

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 Andrea's dad's name, who passed away when she was 13. Very meaningful.

Ginger has three hearts for the three babies who own hers.

Joye's butterflies are for her kids. The dragonfly is for her husband.

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 girl to him.

Christina got this for her son Mikael and it's tribal for "first born."

And this one is for her younger son Jaiden who is a Taurus.

Below is the tattoo my husband got for our son, Hunter Johan. It's a banner that wraps around to show the tattoo he got for our daughter, Penelope Jolene.

The Day of the Dead skull lady is for me. The top tattoo is his last name and family crest. It's what he calls the family arm.

This is on my forearm. H in a designed heart for Hunter.

And P on the other side of the same forearm for Penelope.

Do you have a tattoo for your kid? Would you get one?


Images courtesy of Tim Lingle, TL, Tiffany Kelly, Andrea DiDonato, Ginger Summerford Gorrell, Joye Prue, Arturo Santana, Christina Lubrano Watson, CLW, Hans Gutknecht, HG, Michele Zipp, MZ



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Cooki... CookieMama13

Yes i do have .... I have My daughters name Dani on my left wrist & i have the chinese symbol for daughter on my lower neck ..... I also hjave a cupid (which was my 1st tat when i was 21 ) for my baby boy  Rico who died ..I was 6 mos when i lost him ....girl on a swing

Sheila Baker

I have a celtic heart with my son's name over it on the back of my left shoulder.

nonmember avatar Brandy

I have 3 dolphins overlooking my nickname Babidoll with the "I" as a sword for my daughter Avalon and the "O" set as a clock for my daughter Kali. I will be figuring something out for my unborn child to add her somehow with us

Christina Kaye Lawrence

i have 5 tattoos...one for my son who passed away the day he was born---its angel with wings and his name and one of the others for my other two sons is their names with chinese symbol for brother in middle.......i want more and trying to come up with one for my 2 step children

nonmember avatar Christina

I had my boys write their names down. Then had each of their names put on my wrist, in their handwriting. I love them and will always be able to look at them and know how they wrote at age 4/6. It's very special to me.

Sarah Elizabeth

I have my daughters name on my left forearm and I plan on getting her foot prints from my wrist up to the name and if I have more kids and I can have them walking up my arm all the way to my heart

Deborah Tokar Schneider

Not sure how I even found this as I don't follow blogs. I think I was researching that new "binky" study. I love your writing and will come back to read more. I might also suggest this site to a friend who is undergoing chemo and has been leaving notes on caringbridge.com. She too has an incredible sense of humor, is bright and I think would be inspirational to others going through any crisis.

Deborah Tokar Schneider

I have no tattoos, but my my kids and grandkis are forever tattooed on my heart.

Miriam Jane

i have my sons initials on my back right below my neck. and after my fiance and i get married i plan on adding his kids initials as well. the most meaningful tats are those for loved ones.


Jacqueline Husar Moshref

The only one I like is the H and P in the heart, but that's just me. I don't have any tattoos in honor of my daughter, but I do of my Mom, who passed away in June 2010. Something to honor this child in my life, tho, will be the subject of the next tattoo. Just need to find the perfect image!

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