Great Tattoo Ideas for a Dad

Written by natalie saar
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When a dad gets a tattoo, it can show his family how much they mean to him and reminds him of his children. He needs to find an artist who specialises in the type of tattoo he wants, whether it be a portrait or an ornate script. Finding the right artist is a key part of getting the perfect tattoo.

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An ambigram is a text that looks the same right-side up and upside down. No matter what angle you view it from, you can read what it says. An ideal place for this kind of tattoo is on the forearm, where people can see it from different angles. "Dad" is a common one, while some tattoo artists can do more complicated phrases, such as "Proud Dad," as an ambigram.


Some artists can use a photo and create a tattoo that looks almost identical to it. The dad never has to carry around a picture of his family because it is on his body. Depending on how many kids he has, he will have to put the portrait on a large part of his body such as his back or bicep. These tattoos are usually done only in black ink.

Portraits take a lot of skill. Also, if the person gains or loses weight, the tattoo can be distorted.

Family History

Every family has a history, so a dad can get a tattoo of something that represents his family history and his status as the father. Getting a tattoo of the family crest or of his last name are good ways to show his pride in being the head of the family. The artist can add accents, such as stars, around the crest to represent children.


If a dad wants a tattoo, but can't have something very obvious, he can get his kids' names discreetly tattooed on his body. Names are small and not showy, but still show off his pride in his kids.

A more ornate option would be a family tree with names or pictures. The dad's name can be at the trunk of the tree and his kids are the branches. He can have branches added as necessary.


A tattoo of a scene involving his family makes a dad's memory permanent. It can be a scene with figures that look like his children or it can be something that symbolises his family. For example, he can get a tattoo of his family vacationing on the beach, or he can get a tattoo of a lion protecting his pride. A dad is a protector and provider, so these show off his role.

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