I’ve been thinking a lot about getting a second tattoo lately. A quote in particular, perhaps taken from this poem that’s been lodged in my mind for years.
While researching tattoo ideas (fonts, placements, etc.), I found so many symbolic, meaningful ideas that represent parenting and children (in addition to the ones I posted last year).
Whether it’s the emotional connection between parent and baby, or just the inspiration of childhood, these thoughtful mom-focused tattoos are so much more than just pictures. Take a look at some of my favorite tattoo ideas — from quotes to symbols:
Resilience 1 of 25A word that defines pregnancy, motherhood, childhood, life...
Shel Silverstein Quote 2 of 25"And she loved a little boy very, very much
even more than she loved herself"
- The Giving Tree
Be the Wind, Not the Cloud 3 of 25This quote is actually an original interpretation of a passage in the I Ching, which is an ancient Chinese text. I love it — especially in the context of parenting.
Scarlet 4 of 25This tattoo belongs to Family Style's Jaime Morrison Curtis, celebrating her daughter Scarlet.
Source: Prudent Baby
Celtic Symbolism 5 of 25The celtic knot for motherhood, with each of her children's birthstones above.
Family Number 6 of 25This tattoo actually represents 5 sisters (with their initials inside of the 5), but I love using this idea for an entire family or just your kids.
Nothing is Permanent 7 of 25A Buddhist reminder, especially poignant for parents. Nothing is permanent — the good and the bad.
Geo-Coordinate Tattoos 8 of 25Angelina Jolie has the coordinates of each of her children's births, in degrees, minutes, seconds. A sweet idea — especially for adoptive parents.
Source: Tattoo Galleries
Heidi’s Ink 9 of 25Although they now split (a bad omen?), Heidi Klum tattooed Seal's name on her arm and added a star for each kid.
Autism Tattoo 10 of 25I especially love how each of the boys' names are written in their own handwriting.
Kids’ Names 11 of 25A pretty Henna-inspired way to tattoo children's names.
Source: Andrea Bard Yinger/Instagram
Butterfly-Shaped Names 12 of 25Denise A. Wells has a variety of motherhood-related tattoo designs on her Flickr stream.
Source: Denise A. Wells/Flickr
Name + Birthdate 13 of 25This is actually a tattoo of her own name and birthday, but it can easily be replicated for a child.
Source: Chacha Chua/Pinterest
Shakespeare Quote 14 of 25"And though she be but little, she is fierce."
-A Midsummer Night's Dream
For Math-Loving Moms 15 of 25All values (from zero to infinity) are less than love.
Safety Pin 16 of 25Another example of how you can tattoo kids' names.
A Tattoo for her Birdie 17 of 25Blogger Jessica of TART had this gorgeous tattoo done for her daughter Rowan.
Symbolic 18 of 25This is the description to this mom's tattoo:
"The symbol means so much to me...It's an aperture at f-stop 4 with six components that come together and give focus. That represents my family; four kids making six of us, total. The ring, of course, the circle of life; a never ending circle that neither ends nor begins. Overall, it represents my passions. My familial passion. My photography passion. Life changing passions."
Source: Mishelle Lane/Flickr
A Friendly Reminder 19 of 25...for everyone!
"Smile, happy looks good on you."
Shooting Star 20 of 25Each star represents a child, and the colors represent their birthstones. The shooting star is for their son who passed away.
Scrabble 21 of 25This dad tatted his kids' names (and his own) in Scrabble letters.
Heart-Shaped Name 22 of 25Here's a simple, pretty idea to replicate.
Source: modo visual/Flickr
Childhood Handwriting 23 of 25This mom froze time on her wrist, capturing her children's handwriting as it was.
Footprints 24 of 25A small, tasteful representation.
Tiny Feet 25 of 25The story that accompanies this tattoo is heart-wrenching and beautiful (click through to read it), and the size of this tattoo is actually how small her son's feet were when he was born weighing 1 pound 6 ounces.
Source: Adventures in juggling/Fyeahtattoos.com
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