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As a mum, the most the most important people in our worlds are hands-down our children. For this reason, why not honour them with a tattoo?
We’ve put together a list of tattoos to celebrate your children so even when they’ve flown the nest it kinda feels like they’re always with you.
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30 Tattoos to celebrate your children
1. STORK AND BALLOONS
A cute stork bearing blue and pink balloons is peak cuteness when it comes to tattoos to celebrate your children. Add the names of your kids inside the balloons in a pretty script or simple lettering.
2. MOTHER AND CHILD SYMBOL
A classic mother and child tattoo never gets old. There are lots of styles to choose from, but we love this simple silhouette that forms an infinity symbol with the word ‘Forever’ on the right side. A powerful image showing that love lasts until the end of time.
Source: Jeannie Alyce
3. BABY FOOTPRINTS
Few things in life are sweeter than baby footprints. Instead of the usual clay print, why not get tattoos to celebrate your children? Like this one that lists the names of each child with a tiny foot to match.
Source: Tattoos for You
4. NAME HEARTBEAT
No mum can forget the first time they hear their baby’s heartbeat. Immortalise the image on your skin with a sweet tattoo. You can personalise it as much as you want with details like the baby’s name, date of birth and meaningful symbols.
5. MUM AND DAUGHTER
A wonderful mum and daughter drawing makes an amazing tattoo to celebrate your childrem. Choose something simple and graphic or a more realistic illustration. Add your child’s name and birth details to complete the piece.
Source: Cafe Mom
6. YOUR KID’S DRAWING
Kid’s drawings are works of art. They also make brilliant tattoos to celebrate your children. This mum turned her kid’s art into an inner arm tattoo that forms a heart shape, complete with wacky hair and colours that are out of the lines. Genius!
7. ELEPHANT FAMILY
A family of majestic elephants walking in line is way better than those stick figure car stickers. This black and white tattoo is inked on the upper back just below the neck. Get a colourful tattoo if you’re feeling adventurous.
Source: Ratta Tattoo
8. HAND AND FOOT PRINT
Baby foot and hand prints make great tattoos to celebrate your children. Go big and bold like this mumma with fancy, swirly name lettering on the bottom. Or get a smaller print with your child’s initials and DOB. It’s perfect on the arm or ankle.
9. SLEEPING BABY
We love mother and child tattoos to celebrate children. Here’s a lovely illustration of a sleeping baby being cuddled by her mum. The child’s name is at the bottom and the date of birth curves softly over the figure.
10. CUTE ANIMALS
There’s something about cute animal tattoos to celebrate children that make us melt. This one shows a mother and baby elephant with the child’s name placed over the birth date in Roman numerals. Also try other animals like deer, dogs and birds.
Source: Tattoos by Ceez
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11. YOUR KID’S HANDWRITING
As for genius tattoos to celebrate children, your kid’s handwriting is right up there with kid drawings. This mum inked her child’s note saying “Mom, I Love You” on her upper arm. Aweeeeeee. It’s a perfect reproduction down to the uneven scrawl.
12. DETAILED FOOTPRINT
We can’t get enough of baby footprint tattoos. This one is made up of words and numbers that cleverly form the shape of a foot. Tiny heart symbols sprinkled over the art complement the baby’s birth details inked in beautiful script.
Source: Thirteen3 Tattoo
13. FLORAL BABY NAME
Take it from Hollywood celebrities. Pretty flower name tattoos are amazing to celebrate the birth of a daughter. Pick your fave flower and go for something realistic like this rose tattoo or an elegant flower symbol with your child’s name.
Source: Bagwa Tattoo
14. GRAPHIC ARROWS
Jump on the arrow tattoo trend to celebrate your children. We like this one that shows graphic arrows shot through with the children’s names in pretty script. A more subtle take like an arrowhead symbol with the name trailing behind is also beautiful.
15. NAME SCRIPT
Here’s something super simple but oh so beautiful: your child’s name in pretty, flowing script. It’s elegant, meaningful and looks amazing anywhere on your body. Plus, you can go as big or as small as you like.
Source: Pierce Me Up
16. FAMILY PORTRAIT
The best parts of this family portrait tattoo are the quirky lines and colours bleeding out of the lines. Isn’t it just like the kid art that you hang on the fridge? The next obvious step is to get it tattooed, of course.
17. MOTHER AND CHILD PORTRAIT
Love realistic art tattoos? This lifelike mother and child portrait from Tattoo List will inspire you. Just make sure to go to a professional tattoo artist who has years of experience doing this kind of work.
Source: Tattoo List
18. ABSTRACT MOTHER AND CHILD
This abstract take on the mother and child tattoo is just the thing if you’re looking for something subtle and elegant. The softly curving lines are beautiful on their own, but you can always add more details like names and birth dates.
19. CUTE HEART BALLOONS
Looking for cute tattoos to celebrate children? Look no further than this picture book artwork. It shows a little boy and a girl holding cute balloon hearts. If you look closer, you’ll see that the balloon strings are actually the kids’ names written in script.
Tattoos to honour your kids (cont.)
20. TRENDY ABSTRACT ART
Another on-trend tattoo idea: abstract art. Curved lines form an elegant portrait of a mother and her child in black ink. This would look amazing on the inner or outer arm, on the back or anywhere on the legs.
Source: Tattoo Inspiration
21. MEANINGFUL SYMBOL
If you are wondering what this tattoo symbolises, it is how the parents of children with Down syndrome “rise up and move forward.” The artist Mica May said the number three represents the three 21st chromosomes that result in Down syndrome. So powerful and life-affirming.
Source: Mica May
22. INFINITY NAME
A mother’s love for her children is infinite, as shown by this elegant infinity name tattoo. The names of the children, and in this case a bible verse, follow the curve of the symbol. We love how customisable this is. You can add birth details or a sentimental quote.
Source: Tattoo Sera
23. BIRTH PLACE COORDINATES
Angelina Jolie’s love for tattoos extends to her children. This one shows geographical coordinates of the place of birth of each of her kids (plus Brad Pitt’s birth place in Oklahoma). It’s simple, unique and meaningful.
24. MEMORABLE DATES
A memorable date like a birthday makes elegant tattoos to celebrate your children. Dates are small enough to be inked anywhere on your body–perfect for mothers who are getting a tattoo for the first time.
25. ZODIAC SIGNS
Even if you don’t believe in astrology, you have to admit that zodiac signs and symbols look amazing inked on the skin. Opt for simple symbols for each of your children like this one, or an elegant constellation of stars.
26. BIRD FAMILY
A bird family or flock of birds tattoo can mean whatever you want it to mean. The birds sitting on a flowering branch represents the mother, father and their two kids. A brilliant tattoo idea for animal lovers.
Source: Good Housekeeping
27. MATCHING TATTOOS
Matching mother and child tattoos are perfect for when your kids are older. Celebrate your special bond with an endless variety of precious tattoo designs. We like this one that says “Forever,” “For Always” and “No Matter What” in beautiful script.
Source: Bello Blog
28. MORSE CODE
How unique is this Morse code tattoo? It represents the letter S and L, the initials of this mum’s two children. Yours doesn’t have to be this short. A name or birthday fully written in Morse code would be amazing.
Source: Good Housekeeping
29. BIRTHMARK TATTOO
Having a hard time choosing a unique tattoo design? It doesn’t get more special or personal than a birthmark tattoo. This mum inked her child’s birthmark on the same exact place: the space just below the V of the left hand’s thumb and index finger.
30. ROMAN NUMERALS
Roman numerals are brilliant alternatives to regular numbers. They are perfect for inking the most important dates of your life anywhere on your body. You can go as bold or as subtle as you want. Add custom drawings and shapes to really make the art pop.