50 Brilliant Tattoo Ideas for Moms Who Want to Get Inked

Sheri Reed | Jan 19, 2018 Beauty & Style
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Tattooed mamas are sure of one thing: Getting more is always the best option. But deciding on the perfect tattoo design can get pretty tricky. It's going to be there forever (wherever "there" is going to be), so it needs to be perfect. It should be a total expression of the inked person, and what is more personal than honoring a tattooed mama's children?

So, of course, before anything gets inked onto the skin, be sure to pick a tattoo artist with some experience and talent. Don't be afraid to ask to see the artist's portfolio and shop around. Because, um, FOREVER is a very real thing. 

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There are lots of cool ways to personalize a tattoo and make it meaningful for life. Names, symbols, and inside jokes all make for amazing ink.

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And the quality and color of ink today is out of this world, if a great artist is the one who does the work. This big list of 30 tattoo ideas is sure to spark some inspiration!

And let us know: What are some other inspiring tattoo ideas out there?


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  • Kids' names.

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    This mom's wrist tattoo incorporates her kids' names into a pretty infinity symbol. Delicate, meaningful, beautiful!

  • Kids' initials.

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    You can also celebrate your kids or family with their initials. This tattoo has four initials around a lovely rose.

  • Kids' footprints.

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    Put those hospital footprints to good use! This mom has footprint images for both her kids and their names and birthdates. So sweet.

  • Someone loved.

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    What better way to express love and admiration for a favorite person than with a tattoo of said person's name? It'll bring a smile every day.

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  • Something subtle.

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    This butterfly tattoo is so small but absolutely gorgeous!

  • Something bold.

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    Sleeve tattoos or a back tattoo this lovely and detailed take some time and planning, but the outcome can be a jaw-dropping piece of body art.

  • Something secret.

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    Go ahead. Get a secret tattoo that shows off the wild side. Only that someone special needs to know.

  • Something nostalgic.

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    All of us have memories we hold dear and they can inspire lots of different tattoo ideas. Here we have a simple "Home." Awww.

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  • Something symbolic.

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    Perhaps a mama has made it over a huge hurdle in life, made an important change, or is simply proud of the "free bird" that she has always been.

  • Something sacred.

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    Spiritual women can find great comfort in a tattoo that celebrates their faith. This cross is simple and in a perfect place to provide a daily reminder of a spiritual presence. 

  • Something totally badass.

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    Let's be honest: Tattoos have always been for the bold. This mom's tattoo description says it all: "Baby Jude breastfeeding and Wonder Woman me. My favorite ink yet. Means so much to me that I've breast fed 2 kids and EBF my youngest while battling breast cancer." Love!

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  • An achievement.

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    Let a tattoo be a mark of pride. This runner boasts her marathon success -- and she should! 

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  • An inspiring word.

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    Sometimes a word is all we need. This "Possibility" tattoo was done in her mom and dad's handwriting. She says, "to remind me there are never any closed doors. love this every single day that i get to see it." Can't think of anything better to say about a tattoo.

  • A good cause.

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    Whether one is a survivor or a huge advocate for a major cause, go ahead and flaunt it. Love this pretty little pink bow for breast cancer.

  • A tribute.

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    Remembrance or memorial tattoos can feel just right for those who have lost someone they love. Love this sweet daily reminder.