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11 modern tattoos for moms and dads who want to honour their kids

Thinking about getting inked soon? Grab some inspiration from these modern parenthood tattoos.

By Emily Rivas

11 modern tattoos for moms and dads who want to honour their kids

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Animals

Whether you’re part of a wolf pack, parade, sleuth or a flock, you can honour parenthood with an adorable animal + offspring tattoo.

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Fingerprint

If you’re over tattoos of baby feet and hands, this one’s a great alternative.

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Colouring book

Although this may not honour your kids directly, it definitely serves as a handy colouring book. Thanks for the anytime activity idea @rebellenoire
(David Beckham also let his daughter doodle on his arm – see all the celebrity tattoo tributes here!)

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Seasonal flowers

Celebrate the month your baby was born by getting a tattoo of the flower in bloom during that month or season. Not only will this tattoo add a pop of colour, but it’s also easy to combine with other tattoos you may already have.

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Tiny hearts

A heart for each kid—it doesn’t get any cuter (or minimalist) than that!

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Roman numerals

This slightly obscure tattoo is the perfect way to commemorate the day your little ones were born. The stacked dates look pretty cool—and each one is unique, which is good if you’re worried about getting a similar tattoo each time you have another kid. Alternatively, you can also go for location coordinates à la Angelina Jolie.

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Names

While you could always get your kid’s name in simple script, adding a little something extra will set your tattoo apart from all the other parents’. Arrow tattoos are super trendy right now, so this is a great way to combine the best of both worlds. Getting creative with the typography will also make your tattoo unique. 

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Kid writing

There’s something about getting a tattoo in your kid’s writing that really pulls at the heartstrings. This tattoo is great for capturing a moment—you can look back and remember what your kid was like at the age he wrote it. Celebs like Taye Diggs are big fans of these. 

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Zodiac sign

If you’re big on astrology, getting your kids’ zodiac signs is a cool way to honour them. 

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Constellation

Not a fan of of how zodiac tattoos look? An awesome alternative to that—if you still like the idea of an astrological tattoo—is to get the constellation version of your kid’s sign. A subtle and pretty alternative that’s minimally invasive.

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Celtic knot

Celebrate parenthood with the Celtic knot that depicts exactly that. This symbol portrays a parent and child’s embrace with two hearts that are continuously intertwined with no beginning or end. As more kids enter the picture, you can place dots—one per kid—anywhere inside or outside of the knot.

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