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Kid Tats: A Guide to Getting a Tattoo Dedicated to Your Child

Kid Tats: A Guide to Getting a Tattoo Dedicated to Your Child

For some moms, stretch marks aren't the only permanent reminders of their children's births. As discussions on Circle of Moms (and Angelina Jolie's infamous upper arm) reveal, many are getting tattoos to honor their offspring.

Moms who are fans of "kid tats" describe them as "forever symbols" that proclaim their love for their children in  new, creative ways. Barbara H. explains that she'd never been interested in having a tattoo until her daughter came along, but then "felt a strong urge to have a tattoo to remind me of that special day." Jeanne V., a mother of two who is eagerly anticipating an upcoming tattoo appointment, says she too wants to create lasting impressions of her kids: "I am going to get my daughter's name and birth date on the inside of my left wrist all shaded in lavender, and on the inside of my right wrist I am going to get my son's name and birth date all shaded in blue."

But other Circle of Moms members insist there are better ways to demonstrate love for your children. "I would hate to have anyone's name put on my body in permanent ink," says Amanda B. "As you age, skin texture and elasticity change and soon what was a colorful picture of a butterfly is a grayish, oddly shaped circle. I prefer to show my kids I love them by telling them every day." And Christy F., thinking of her professional image, declares that "I wouldn't, period." She believes that a tattoo of any kind is a bad idea:"If you plan on working, ever, unfortunately a tattoo on your neck is going to stick out like a sore thumb. It's great to love your kids that much, but it's all in the heart and doesn't have to be printed on your body."

Still, there's one thing moms agree on: like a tattoo, your bond with your child is forever. As Shelley A. puts it, if you're going to get a tattoo, an image that represents your offspring "is pretty much a safe bet. (LOL) I don't plan on breaking up with my son anytime soon."

If you do decide to get a kid tat, Circle of Moms members say there are a number of practical matters to consider: namely where, and what.

 

 Location, Location, Location

"I want to get one I'm just not sure what it will look like or where I will put it" says Kimmy G. Tyrae O. advises tats in hidden places. "I will be getting a tattoo of my daughter's name soon, but it's not going to be on my neck. That is just too visible and if I ever want a job in customer service or where people will be seeing me, that would be a horrible place to get it (unless it can be covered with hair)."

A Canvas for Creativity

Initials are popular ways to etch your child onto your body, but many Circle of Moms members try to be more unique. Ashlyn W. turned to an artist to create an original sketch for her tat. She had her two-month-old son's feet scanned and printed, then sketched onto her back for the tattoo artist to use as a the tat template. Gwen L. went with a tiger to evokes her son's name (Tyger). "No initials or anything else," she says. "I know what it means and that is all that matters."

The possibilities for tats symbolizing your kids are endless says Sadie E.  "My sister-in-law got her son's name on her shoulder blade with two handprints on the upper part of the shoulder blade, as if he was resting his hands there like most newborns do while burping or resting," she says. Margaret C. chose a Pisces Zodiac sign with koi fish around it to symbolize her son's February birth. Her husband got the same tattoo. "Except mine is on my foot and his is on his shoulders," she says.

For Kimberly, tattooing is a family affair: "All of my tattoos (I have large ones) are symbolic of my family and me," says Kimberly. "There is a custom star piece starting on my foot and going all the way to my knee made up of 26 stars representing me, my husband, my children, my siblings, their spouses, their children, and my parents"

And Tiffany D. has decided that the right tattoo design is worth waiting for. She wants her sons' signatures, so she'll be waiting until they're old enough to sign their names themselves. "Then I'll get their signatures [tattooed] on me."

Would you get a kid tat?

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TaylorCrawford TaylorCrawford 3 years
I just had my boys' names tattooed on the back of my shoulder surrounded by stars. I disagree with the people who were against tattoos in the article. Family members of mine have had them for over thirty years and they still look great. They can be touched up if neede, as well. My mom even experienced a large amount of weight gain and loss and they still look nice. You don't have to get a tattoo on your neck, as the other contributor mentioned. If you choose a location on your body that is covered by clothing, there is no way it would interfere with your professional image. I consider my tattoo to be a fun way to express my adoration for my children. They think it is really neat, as well. My three year old said " Now I'm always on Mommy's back!" My mom gave us all a rule when my siblings and I were old enough to ask about tattoos. Nothing on our arms, face or neck. That way we could never experience issues with a job or end up with a tattoo we wanted to hide and couldn't. I don't have any other tattoos, and don't plan to get more necessarily. My kids are so special to me that I wanted to express that in an artistic way.
MichelleFenske MichelleFenske 4 years
I got my son's name tattooed on my wrist and i don't think its stupid at all... l love any sort of tattoos so anyone wanting to get it done, i say GO FOR IT!!!!
KristinaKaitlynGlen KristinaKaitlynGlen 4 years
I have my sons foot print with his name and date of birth! He loves it!!
jennasotirkys jennasotirkys 4 years
Just because some people don't agree with tattoos, doesn't mean they are bad. I have a tattoo of my daughters name and she loves it, and she's 3! It's a form of art and when other people see it and ask 'Who is Ivy?' I get the joy of gloating about my little girl!! You shouldn't degrade someone just because you don't agree with what they do. And it doesn't mean I'm a bad mom because I like to express myself with ink. On the other hand, I do think it's dumb to get someone's name that isn't your family. Boyfriends and girlfriends don't always last, but family is forever. Therefore I flaunt my tattoo because I love my daughter, and I enjoy good artwork. I tell her every day that I love her, and she's a brilliant child.
KrystalMcNichol KrystalMcNichol 4 years
@Linda: Your calling me an idiot for getting my daughters newborn feets inked on my OWN rib cage? Thats a bit rude! Why are you so fast to judge? And in CAPITAL letters no less. God will help me Linda. Help remind me there are all sorts of people out there with their own opinions. "doesn't derserve to be having the baby" Wow Linda WOW! Did you like the taste of your own feet in your mouth!?
rhondamaiorana rhondamaiorana 4 years
I agree to a point about putting your childs name on you only if they passed a away like my little girl did .I am having one done on my back but thats it I dont have any other tatoos on me even though i think there cooland if they have a story to it
PaulaRedding PaulaRedding 4 years
I have 4 tattoos to one of them is a picture of my son who only lived for nine hours unlike those very lucky mums out there that could carry there children i never got that pleasure so i had him tattooed on my shoulder blade for my benefit not for public display (he dose come out now and again) but my son will be with me and always will is that so wrong i dont think so i also have my other children initials on my my children are my life and tattoos are for life
JaimieW JaimieW 4 years
I'm 25, gave birth twice and I have a total of 4 tattoos. One of which is of my sons feet prints, angel wings, his name and date. I lost him at 38.5 weeks. Your telling me that getting a tattoo in remembrance of my son makes me looove him less? Absolutely not! If anything it's a topic starter. How many people can talk about their child they have lost? Not too many. I'm saddened our life was shortened together, but I did get to cuddle him for 38.5 Weeks and I'm very proud to call him my son. So think about who you call an idiot next time.
ElizabethCaires ElizabethCaires 4 years
Ok....this comment is kind of my own opinion and a reply to Linda who commented on 9/8/11. I have my daughter's footpring and her name tattooed on my foot. I am VERY proud of it, because then it gets people to ask about it and about my daughter. It is my favorite tattoo that I have, and I have several. And to Linda....I think you're an idiot and the way you talked in your comment kind of offended me. They don't tattoo you while you're pregnant, so the tattoo has no effect on the baby. And if you go to a good shop, the risk of infection is so low. I have never gotten any infection from a tattoo. To some people, myself included, the tattoo is a way to show how much you love your child, but is not THE way to show you love your child. I still tell my daughter everyday that I love her. And it's stupid to think that people would tattoo their babies when they're born....just because someone has tattoos doesn't mean they can't be an amazing parent.
CarrieRydelek CarrieRydelek 4 years
I am a mother of 2 girls I got both their zodiac symbols on the inside of my ankle. I did not do this to bond with my girls but because I wanted another one. I love zodiac symbols so my husband designed one for me and I love it. This is speical to me and it always will be.
AmandaCarrington44302 AmandaCarrington44302 4 years
I am 41 years old and have several tattoo's. I have 2 butterflies on my arm that were chosen by my boys who are 10 and 12 years old. They love them and they are a constant reminder of my boys to me.
kristipeake kristipeake 4 years
i have 2 tatts dedicated to my kids...one on my upper arm and one on my wrist...i plan on getting 2 more one on each shoulder blade and i have no regrets about my tatts i have for my kids....they are by far my favorite ones i have
BrendaHuesca BrendaHuesca 4 years
First off if a woman wants to tattoo her childs name or watever she has a right & people like Linda should b less judgmental & also know that having a tattoo does not make yu an incapable mother!! After I had my son I got my first tattoo, which was his newborn foot with his name on my back under my neck :) &i loove it
AnitaChesley AnitaChesley 4 years
I am a grandmother of one granddaughter 7 and twin 9 month old grandsons. I did not get my first tattoo until my daughter was in High School. I gave it a lot of thought and it was my personal choice and no one else's. I got my daughter's, nephew's and my initial on my upper arm. It is not visible unless I wear no sleeves. I love roses so I got a rose on my calf that will never die. When my granddaughter was born it was by the grace of God that she survived. We were told that if my daughter had not had a doctor's appointment that day by the next my granddaughter would have been dead. I have always loved the poem by Miaya Angelou (forgive the spelling) Phenomenal Women. When my granddaughter was 5 I had a tattoo done on my right shoulder to shoulder blade that says Phenomenal Women with a women's face in the middle. My daughter and my name are under it with my granddaughter's name in the middle. I get compliments on it all the time. I knew it was meant for me to do because as soon as everyone sees my granddaughter they say the woman looks just like her and the artist that drew the picture had never seen her. It was just a freehand drawing. After the Twins were born I got my last tattoo. It is two hearts over my heart with their names going through them. The heading is my TwinKings. My tattos are my expression of art. I can't draw so I had someone else express it for me on my art canvass which is my body. You don't see them unless I want you to see them. Tattoos are truly a personal preference. I would not change any one of them that I have. My daughter nor my grandkids have been neglected. They know that they are loved. I tell them everyday that I love them eternally. They may not understand it now but one day they will. I don't just show them.
LauraWalker18725 LauraWalker18725 4 years
Though I personally would never mark my body up with something permanent, I also do not judge another persons feelings on tattoos. I have never really liked tattoos, but have many friends with them. I do not judge and find it interesting that another mom, or person would find it necessary to diss, or put down some one they know nothing about other than they have a tattoo. Linda G. you are a moron, really! It shows that you were raised by judgmental parents and it rubbed off on to you. . . I have no tattoos, my husband is a Stanford graduated, and wished I'd get one (A Tat)! So are you going to go so far as to tell me I don't deserve children (which I can afford) because I support a persons right to have a tattoo? You have shown your colors to all and we are all having a good chuckle. You are narrow minded and small thinking.
DeannaBailey92251 DeannaBailey92251 4 years
I could not believe my eyes when I saw the title of this article! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!? I love my kids, just like any other mom, but really -- do I feel the need to display it on my body for the world to see?? NO. And seriously... does the world really care?? NO. I am 41 years old and SO glad I never fell into the trendy path of getting a tattoo... YUCK!
CassandraMettler CassandraMettler 4 years
There are other places to get tattoos, besides on your neck. I can't think why that would be the only place someone thinks of when they think of tattoos. I have 3 tattoos. Only one shows, unless I wear long sleeves. It's a nice small tattoo on the inside of my right wrist. I had a friend draw up a picture that matches "An Irish Blessing". It can be easily covered with a large bracelet, think 2" X 2". Or even by a large band aid if I had to. I don't regret any of my ink and I'm old enough that most of the elasticity is gone from my skin so there shouldn't be so much of a problem of any of my tattoos becoming unrecognizable. I don't feel the need to get ink to show that I love my daughter, but she and I both have ink showing our heritage. Mainly Irish on my side. She has 2 one for my side and one for her dad's side. I think getting ink is a personal decision for each individual. If you don't like tattoos that's fine, no one says you have to like them. But by the same token don't go bashing someone for getting a tattoo of their choice for their own reasons. And to Linda Guilbeau...No tattoo artist worthy of the title would EVER tattoo a woman who is obviously pregnant. They have a list of questions on a form that you fill out when you go in to get ink done. I've filled out that form 3 times, twice at the same shop. Respect a person's choice, even if you don't agree with it.
ShaunnaSutcliffe ShaunnaSutcliffe 4 years
I find the comments on tattoos uneducated and close minded. Some people like gold jewelery, some silver. I love to wear white whil some mothers don't dare. It's all a matter of taste. I am a very successful career woman and I have tattoos. Also tattoos don't cause infections & a butterfly will never look like aa circle. We are not talking prison tattoos for goodness sake, professional tattoos by clean talented artists will look good as long as they are taken care off properly.
AmiePerault AmiePerault 4 years
@Linda. U should be ashamed of yourself. And if u must know I graduated college with a 3.93. The only "stupid" thing about me is letting ur rediculous comment bother me
AmiePerault AmiePerault 4 years
I love my kid tattoos. And no one would know they exist unless I was in a bathing suit. Luckily, I don't work in my bathing suit. Times have changed. Tattoos, if done right are amazing works of art. I would never put anyone's name on my body. But. My kids aren't "anyone." they know I lov them not by my tattoo but because I tell them. I was goin to get more tattoos anyway, so why not my kids names? It's a tattoo I will never hate or get sick of! Some people bronze their babies shoes. I get works of art done on my body.
BethDaly65826 BethDaly65826 4 years
If you work in a professional environment, simply get your ink in a place that will not show in an office environment. I got a Celtic mother's heart on my shoulder with my children's names written on it.
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