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15 Cool Tattoo Ideas for Moms

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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:

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15 Cool Tattoo Ideas

Let it Be

An important reminder for parents.

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Michelle Horton is the founder of Early Mama, an award-winning site that proves young motherhood doesn’t have to define or limit us. When not writing, she’s typically pretending to be a superhero in her 4-year-old son’s imaginative play. Read bio and latest posts → Read Michelle's latest posts →

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14 thoughts on “15 Cool Tattoo Ideas for Moms

  1. kelli says:

    I very recently had a miscarriage and I want something physical to remind me of the child i lost. I was researching ideas and found that some moms get a celtic knot symbolizing motherhood (mother’s love) that involves entwined hearts and then you add dots through the design to symbolize each child (including any lost)…. i want the tattoo to be more FAMILY oriented so in found a family love celtic knot and i would like to incorporate the dots into that…. id like to wait a couple years to see how many children we really have and how many dots id get but in my mind i’d like to get dots for me and my hubbers in it too (not just my children)…. maybe making the dots for my husband and i in the upper part of the design and larger than the others…. not a 100% sure … still in design process…. but i do hope to get it one day…

    thanx for posting all the beautiful tattoos!!

    ps. i do have some irish blood in me so it is appropriate in that aspect also…. and i have one other tattoo for my best friend and myself….

    1. michellehorton says:

      That’s a beautiful idea, Kelli. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  2. Elicia Johnson says:

    I’m a new mom and my husband and I both have tattoos. We got them on our honeymoon actually. But before that I had my engagement ring tattooed instead of getting a diamond. My husband got his wedding ring tattooed along with a base clef in his forearm.

    I have also wondered how long until our daughter will ask about them, or better yet, ask to get one. Luckily there are age limits to tattoos but we will be open to tattoos and probably sign for a tattoo that has significance but also requiring that she thinks long and hard about why she wants it and where it goes.

  3. Jenna says:

    I am an inked mom :) i wanted a tattoo after i had my daughter but could not decide on what, never thought of anything and got busy with life & never got it done, 2 years later after i had my son the thought came back, i really wanted one but didn’t know what. within my son’s first year i searched around for ideas but didn’t have a ton of luck, in november my mom was told she had breast cancer, i was a mess with the thought of not having her with me anymore, she was VERY lucky her surgery & radiation went well and she is still here and will be for a long time, at that point i decided i wanted her some how part of this tattoo. i came across the idea of a family tree, i ended up with a 6 inch tree on my back, on the trunk there is a heart with C+J (my husband & my initials ) in the center, my kids initials in the branches, & 2 butterflies fling around it with their bodies in the shape on a ribbon & it is all black & grey except for the ribbons which are pink :)

  4. kelli says:

    no need for the sorry but thanks for the thoughts… everything happens for a reason …. life is a rollercoaster and im learning to hold on for the ride…. there will hopefully be only good things to come in the future!

  5. kelli says:

    @jenna… that sounds like an awesome tat!!…

  6. Alysa says:

    I am way too much of an over-thinker to get a tattoo. My husband has beautiful tattoos so our kids ask about them which is fine with me. My husband would love for me to just be spontaneous and go get one, but I am too scared that I will regret it later. I would love a dahlia on my shoulder, but again, too scared. I do like that idea of the one on the side of your foot, but I wonder if it would fade…

  7. priscilla says:

    i just got my daughters two thumbprints in the shape on a heart on my calf’s one is my baby’s and the other is her sister it was a pain trying to get a good prints then do it again to make the shape of the heart but i did it and it looks awesome cute ideas in this post tho.

  8. Izzy says:

    I’m 28 and have two kids and 5 tattoos going on as many as I can afford. My first was my oldest daughters name done by a friend in his home one month before I found out I would be having another :) My second tattoo was with my mom and it’s an infinity with a sun on one side and a moon on another to show we may be different as night and day but we are always connected. My third was a lion with a claddagh as the crown to symbolize their dad and my boyfriend for almost 12 years. my fourth was two lizards and my youngest daughters name. and my newest is a goddess symbol. My girls love my art work and they love wearing fake tattoos. My oldest has already decided she wants an infinity with me when she turns 18. I think they are beautiful and so does she. If I was a smoker I wouldn’t want her to smoke but I love my art and I think it will beautiful if she does too.

  9. Jennifer says:

    All of these tats are beautiful. I have 4 children and would love to have something tatoo’d
    in their honor, but my husband is so against tattoos. Its a constant struggle for me. Do I respect his wishes or just do what I want regardless. I laugh cause my 6 year old puts on every temp tatoo he can find… one day! Lol

  10. Etienne says:

    The photo which is tagged “Children Names” i.e. the photo with “Lucy & ….” on the forearm is stunning. I would love you use that design to put my daughters name on my forearm. Could anyone help me with the font, as I have scoured the Internet to find that exact font.


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  13. Eproc Bell says:

    Nice article!

    I just remember my cousin who wants to have one but is so shy of what her grandchildren would say.

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