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50 Mother-Daughter Tattoos That Are Simply Breathtaking

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We mothers and daughters go through a lot with one another. We have an unbreakable bond, an understanding of each other like no one else ever could. We are one another's best friends and confidants, our safety, our home. For that reason, getting a mother-daughter tattoo seems like the perfect way to honor that relationship. Mother-daughter relationships are definitely worth celebrating if both parties are up for it. 

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Getting matching ink is a big commitment, but the nice thing is that a mom isn't like a boyfriend, or even a regular friend -- she's someone who will always be there when needed (and sometimes even when she's not, because she loves her kid). The bond between a mother and daughter is so special, and when someone is lucky enough to have a really close relationship with her mom, why not go ahead and celebrate it? 

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After looking through all of these lovely mother-daughter tattoos, I am inspired to check with my own mom to see if she wants to get one. And if she goes for it, I'm booking the appointments ASAP! Be careful -- these photos might make everyone want one, too.

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1Celtic knot.

While traveling in Ireland together, Bri and her mom got tattoos to commemorate the experience. It's the trinity, the Celtic knot, and so very pretty.


2Rune on fingers.

Mom definitely approved of her daughter's first tattoo. The two got matching symbolic runes on their fingers.


3Sun and moon.

This mother and daughter are like night and day -- well, at least when it comes to their tattoos. I love how they are different, yet created in the same style. So sweet.


5Together as a butterfly.

This mom and daughter decided on getting the monarch butterfly to honor the matriarch of their family -- Grandma. Each has a full butterfly tattoo, but they can also put them together like they did here. Love.


6Three birds.

I adore bird tattoos, and these "three little birds" tattooed on three daughters, along with on the arm of their mother, make this ink even more special.




We'll always see our wrist tattoos, so what better way to connect with our moms than by getting matching infinity symbols?


9Matching hamsas.

These matching, intricate hamsa tattoos are perfect for mom and daughter. They symbolize protection -- and a mom and daughter who are protective over each other.


10All about "her."

These tattoos are simply the sweetest. And they prove we don't need anything elaborate to make a big statement of love.


11Roses and butterflies.

I adore the placement of these tattoos -- a sweet butterfly on their shoulders with a gorgeous rose.


12Mother and daughter stick figures.

Many moms and daughters rely on phone convos to stay in touch, so this adorable stick figure tattoo idea couldn't be cuter. No matter how far away they are, they are always connected.

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Tattooed by artist Matt Headley in Kansas, these orchids were done on Mother's Day. Aww!


14"To the moon and back."

Done by Dawn Webb of Paradise Tattoo in Florida, these sweet moon tattoos have one of the best parent/child sayings ever.



The amazing mom here is the one who suggested she and her daughter get this sweet tattoo. I'm smiling just looking at it.


17Sweet mini tattoo.

While counting down the days to her wedding, this daughter and her mom got these matching butterfly tattoos since they would no longer be sharing a last name. But they will forever share this.


18Tiny hearts.

The tiny hearts tattooed behind this mother's and daughter's ears are so delicate and pretty.



These stunning mother-daughter tattoos were done by Matty Tattz and Holly Green at SkinFlix Tattooz in Northampton, Pennsylvania. Who needs a Hallmark card when we can get a tattoo like this? Love it!


20Anchors for generations.

This anchor is a tattoo that three generations decided to get. First, Mom and her two daughters got it, and then Grandma (who is 67 years young) decided to get her anchor the following week. I love the slight differences in each one, yet they are all each other's anchor.

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21Fingerprint on the heart.

Tattoo artist Sean Miller of Relentless Tattoo Company in Niagara Falls created these special tattoos for a mom and her daughter.

22A sweet melody.

With the lyrics of a timeless song parents often sing to their little ones, these simple tattoos allow a mom and daughter to remain individuals while staying connected. 

24A rose by any other name...

Roses aren't just for the romantic. These meaningful floral pieces carry an important message of love between a mother and daughter. 

25A promise.

When getting to a certain age, moms become best friends -- and there's nothing cooler than that. 

26A shared passion.

When a passion is shared with Mama, why not commemorate it forever with a tattoo? This subtle design is a nod to Alfred Hitchcock's horror film The Birds -- a "spooky" passion Mom passed to her little girl. 

27Happy hobbies.

Moms teach us so much, and how to excel at pastimes is just one of them. We love this deeply personal tattoo. 

28Tea time.

Always make time for Mama ... and don't forget to share a cup of tea with her!

30A wise choice.

Women often get their wisdom from their mamas, and what better way to honor that than with a tattoo of the cutest, wisest animal out there?

31Mama bear.

A mama bear will always protect her cub, and this tattoo is a forever reminder of that fierce love. 

33Flowers say it all.

Daughters stem from their mothers, and this tattoo coupling perfectly represents that special bond. 

34Knowing one's roots.

If Mama is the one who keeps the family grounded, this tattoo perfectly encapsulates how deep the roots of her love go. 

35Simple beauty.

Sometimes the most subtle pieces speak the loudest. We love the bold lines and delicate designs this mother-daughter duo chose. 

38If called upon...

When a daughter leaves her mother's house, some of the most precious moments happen when they call one another up. 

39Little bird.

This detailed and colorful tattoo is so gorgeous, moms and daughters of all tastes can appreciate it. 

40Pinky promise...

When a daughter's heart belongs to her mother (and vice versa), the heart can never truly break. 

41Perfectly proud.

Daughters and mothers don't just share a family, they share a cultural history. This tattoo perfectly shows off their pride in both. 

42Disney delight.

Mother-daughter pairings are rare in Disney, so this makes this sweet tattoo all the more purrrrfect. 

43Sweet swings.

This tattoo perfectly shows how in sync moms and daughters can be, no matter where they are in the world. 

44Lovely lyrics.

This Carole King song became a mother-daughter anthem thanks to Gilmore Girls, and turns out it serves as a pretty sweet tattoo too. 

47To the moon and back.

When mothers and daughters love each other to the moon and back, it deserves a sweet commemorative tattoo. 

49Cutie cranes.

There is something undeniably poetic about this simple tattoo, and we can only imagine what it means to the women who inked it. 

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