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Dad Tats: The Tattoos Of Fatherhood

By Serge Bielanko |

A Dad and His Dog

If you think about, it really has been the cool people getting tattooed since the beginning of time. I mean, way back when, it was the warriors and the pirates and probably the vikings too: although theirs were more than likely only half done or half-baked since they were pretty fond of their Cold Clam Schnapps and its doubtful many of them could squint and focus long enough to get much done in the name Land-Ho, let alone in the name of  body art.

Then came the soldiers and the greasers and the rock’n'rollers.

Nowadays, every other pro athlete has two sleeves of ink up and down his arms. And so do half of the young celebrity chefs and practically every urban bartender from London to L.A.

These days we can put a new name on the Cool List.


See, it seems legions of newer fathers are turning to the ancient art of tattooing to show the entire world just how much they love their kids. And at the same time, more and more sons and daughters are getting tattooed in the name of Dear Old Dad, too.

Tattoos and basically everything and anything having to do with getting inked is still extremely hot/hip/and cool these days. And for a rapidly growing number of dads and the people who love them: there is no better canvas in this world then the skin upon their very own bones when it comes time to paint a daddy’s love.

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 Twenty Tattoos That Celebrate Fatherhood

Daddy's Little Brace Face

Sometimes big Technicolor tattoos capture an essence lost in black and white. Sometimes they don't. But no matter what you think of this one, you have to admit that this proud dad managed to land himself a nice big slice of Teenager Pie when he decided to memorialize that all-important era of his daughter's youth known as The Brace Face Years. Something tells me when that girl is seventeen she is not going to want to be anywhere near dad at the beach. Oh well, Pop. You tried.
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You can also find Serge on his personal blog, Thunder Pie.

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Serge Bielanko

Serge Bielanko writes about fatherhood for Babble Dad and about marriage stuff for Babble Voices at He Said/She Said. His writing has appeared in Esquire and The Huffington Post, as well as on his personal blog, Thunder Pie. He lives with his wife and two kids in central Pennsylvania. Read bio and latest posts → Read Serge's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “Dad Tats: The Tattoos Of Fatherhood

  1. Hazel says:

    “Tattoos and basically everything and anything having to do with getting ink’d is still extremely hot/hip/and cool these days.” Says who, a blogger writing something called “Dadding”? Uh….right.

    Also, learn how to use the past tense of nouns. “Inked.” “Tattooed.” It’s called a dictionary–try it!

  2. Geez says:

    @Hazel–who p’d in your cornflakes this morning? Also, there’s no such thing as the past tense of nouns.
    I enjoyed this column, Serge.

  3. S. Lee says:

    The last one is sweet! Ultrasound Baby : )

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