Fatherhood Tattoo Ideas

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Fatherhood Tattoo Ideas
Many men celebrate becoming fathers with tattoos. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Many people choose tattoos for the permanence of the art form. Once inked, a person has a constant reminder of why he got a tattoo. Because of this, many people mark themselves as a celebration of milestones in their life. Fatherhood is one such occasion, and many dads choose to get a tattoo to celebrate their children.

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Tattoo your child's name or initials. This is a common way of marking fatherhood. By having your child's name on your body you will always have her close to you. Adding your child's date of birth may also help memorialise that specific day. Pick a font that fits the style you want with your tattoo.


Find your favourite picture of your children. While this will take considerably more time, money, and pain, tattooing a portrait of your children will ensure you have a constant reminder of fatherhood. Find a reputable tattoo artist first, as portraits are very difficult to tattoo. You can do this by asking to see artist portfolios, or if you see someone with a well-done portrait tattoo, simply ask him where he got the tattoo done.


Tattoo the footprints of your son. Before leaving the hospital, parents are given copies of their child's footprints. These are a personal memento which can easily be tattooed onto your body. It will remind you of the feeling you had when becoming a father. If you have multiple kids, footprints are generally small enough to have more than one set tattooed. If you are concerned about space, consider tattooing only one footprint of each child.

Fatherhood Tattoo Ideas
A tattoo of your child's footprints will remind you of how you entered fatherhood. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Get Personal

Some ideas for fatherhood tattoos will be inherently personal. Try thinking of special connections you have between yourself and your child, for example, nicknames. If you referred to your child as your little bear cub, consider tattooing a bear cub to remind yourself of your child. Special places, songs or books can also be ideas for fatherhood tattoos. By creating this small piece of art, you will be memorialising something special you experienced as a father.

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