Tattoo ideas for a mother & father

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Tattoo ideas for a mother & father
Getting a tattoo to commemorate the arrival of a new child can be a bonding activity for parents. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Many parents commemorate the lives of their children by getting a tattoo. These memorial tattoos are a beautiful testament to a parent's love and devotion to their child. If you are a parent who is looking to get a new tattoo in honour of your new babies or young children, there are many popular designs to consider that are appropriate for both mother and father.

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Names or Initials

Many tattooed images will lose colour, stretch and fade with time and can be expensive to retouch. If you are looking for an inexpensive tattoo homage to honour your child, you may want to consider having only the child's name or initials put into a tattoo for you. There are an endless number of font styles and ink colours to choose from and you can get name and initial tattoos small enough to hide easily if necessary. Have your tattoo artist sketch a few different variations to find the one that suits you best.

Portrait Tattoos

For the mother and father that are may be considering a larger scale tattoo to honour their child, a portrait tattoo may be what you're looking for. Most tattoo artists can use your favourite photograph of your child to tattoo a real image onto your skin. This is great for parents who have more than one child because you can use an image of all of them together. Customise your design by adding coloured borders, names and even birthdays.

Tattoo ideas for a mother & father
Use your favourite photograph of your child as inspiration for your tattoo. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Birth Date Tattoos

If you and your spouse are looking to get a small matching tattoo in commemoration of your newest child, birth date tattoos are an easy option. These tattoos can be made as small or large as you would like to have them and the designs can be made to suit both mother and father. These tattoos can be left one colour or can be encased in an image or design for a more personal touch.

Tattoo ideas for a mother & father
Birth date tattoos serve as a reminder of the experience for both mother and father. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Footprints and Hand Prints

For many parents, mouldings and impressions of their child's feet and hands as a baby are one of their most cherished possessions. For parents who are looking for a tattoo that is specifically unique to their child, you may want to consider having the image of these prints drawn into a tattoo for you. These tattoos can be adjusted for size and are appropriate for either gender to have. Like other images, this type of tattoo can be personalised with names, dates and colour to suit your personal style.

Tattoo ideas for a mother & father
Your baby's first footprint or handprint can make for a unique homage to your child. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

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