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15 Cool Tattoo Ideas for Moms

tattoos for moms

I’m not a very impulsive person — I tend to plan and dwell and weigh my options — but about a year ago I found myself in a tattoo parlor, inking my wrist. My husband (who is very much a tattoo lover) was planning on getting a tattoo of our son’s birthday in roman numerals, and before I knew it I found myself in the chair getting the number  27 tattooed on my wrist. To be fair, I have a long and eerie connection to the number 27 — way beyond superstition or coincidence — and it’s the most appropriate tattoo I could ever think of. It’s a reminder of the significant constant in my life — as well as my 2.7 baby. It’s me.

But now that my son is old enough to say, “Mommy, what’s that?” and “Mommy, draw on me,” I think, CRAP. What did I do?

When it comes to my own body, I love the idea of personalizing myself with something meaningful and important — but what about my child? With his pure, virginal, undamaged skin? Skin that I made from scratch? As much as I want him to be his own person — comfortably and confidently — I wonder how growing up with two tattooed parents will affect him. I wonder how that discussion will go. I wonder if it will encourage or discourage his own tattoo ideas. I wonder if it actually matters at all.

But then when I think beyond my newborn’s untouched skin — when I think about the person I’m raising him to be — I’m not sure I’ll be as anti-tattoo as I am now. We don’t have much say in the way we look, the way we act, the way we were made, but tattoos are a way of taking ownership of our bodies. Marking our stamp. Who am I to deny him that? I just hope it’s significant and creative. And that he thinks about it for longer than 20 minutes.

What about you? Are you an inked mom? If you’re looking for tattoo ideas, here are 15 cool ideas — especially for parents:


  • Let it Be 1 of 15
    Let it Be
    An important reminder for parents.
  • Matryoshka Dolls 2 of 15
    Matryoshka Dolls
    A unique approach to symbolize your little girls.
  • Love is enough 3 of 15
    Love is enough
    Another reminder for parents.
  • No Fear 4 of 15
    No Fear
    We included this one only because it's a discreet tattoo location for moms who want to hide their ink.
  • Make a Wish 5 of 15
    Make a Wish
    A symbol of the hopes and wishes you have for your children. You could even correlate the number of birds with the number of children you have.
  • Roman Numerals 6 of 15
    Roman Numerals
    Similar to my tattoo, these date tattoos are pretty for tattooing birth dates.
  • Children Names 7 of 15
    Children Names
    A beautiful calligraphy tattoo of two daughter names.
  • Dates 8 of 15
    Dates
    A pretty location for your children's birthdays.
  • Handwriting 9 of 15
    Handwriting
    This tattoo is of her mom, dad and brother's handwriting, but wouldn't it be cute to permanently capture your child's handwriting?
  • Balloon Lift 10 of 15
    Balloon Lift
    Here's a sweet idea: Add a balloon for every child, niece, nephew and grandchild, until you have a bundle of balloons to lift you up.
  • With Every Heartbeat 11 of 15
    With Every Heartbeat
    A sweet way to remember the tiny heartbeats that were once inside of your body.
  • I Carry Your Heart 12 of 15
    I Carry Your Heart
    Another way to remember your pregnancy.
  • This Too Shall Pass 13 of 15
    This Too Shall Pass
    Probably the most appropriate mantra of motherhood.
  • Color System 14 of 15
    Color System
    LOVE this idea for mom and dad.
  • Vivian Girls 15 of 15
    Vivian Girls
    This tattoo of Henry Darger's Vivian Girls would be such a creative way to symbolize your daughters.

1. Polyvore; 2. Pinterest; 3. vi.sualize; 4. Tricia Nae; 5. The TumTum Tree; 6. Wisdom of Wounds; 7. B Dunlap;  8. Pinterest; 9. Emily Harvey; 10. Pinterest; 11. We Heart It ; 12. Tattoologist; 13. Pinterest; 14. Design Crush; 15. K. Miller Photographs

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