Boy mom tattoos are so very special because they realize the special bond between a mother and her son in a visual way that reads equal parts sweet and endearing. These heartwarming tattoos are fueled by love, making them some of the most prized out there. There are a couple of ways of going about boy mom tattoos. It could be a singular tattoo that a mom gets to celebrate her son or there can be two, matching or complementary tattoos shared by a mom and her son.
There’s no right or wrong way to go about boy mom tattoos and we will share a variety of designs with you for ink inspiration. Landing on the perfect tattoo design can be tricky and that’s especially true if you’re looking to get matching tattoos. Scroll through the examples below to help you come up with your own, original design idea that you can take to your trusted tattoo artist. Let’s take a look at some love!
Find Inspiration in These Sweet Boy Mom Tattoos!
Once Upon a Time
Wow! We find a mama and baby elephant surrounded by flowers in this storybook-worthy boy mom tattoo that makes up a half sleeve. “And she loved a little boy very much – even more than she loved herself,” the text reads. How sweet is that?
Study of a Cuddle
We find a porthole into an intimate moment between a mother and her son. It’s an interesting concept and looks more visually interesting than a standard photorealistic portrait.
Two Halves Make a Whole
Here’s an example of matching boy mom tattoos. Compasses are very popular symbols for this genre of tattoo as they symbolize direction. One has been broken in half for these tattoos that come together to form a whole compass. It won’t be the last compass tattoo you will see on this list.
Watercolor tattoos are a huge trend today. They look like the colors have been painted on rather than tattooed.
To the Moon
“To the moon and back,” along with her son’s name make this fluffy bunny tattoo even more meaningful. Black ink is most popular among boy mom tattoos but we promise to share more colorful designs with you as this list continues.
Here’s a design that we saw several variations of while researching boy mom tattoos. It pictures a family tree with the silhouette of a mom and her son worked into the form.
Here’s a neo-traditional design. Hallmarks of this style of tattooing are classic, simple shapes, repurposed motifs, and bold lines and colors. It proves an interesting way to show a mother and her son’s hands connecting.
Florals are the way to go and you will see them worked into almost every one of the boy mom tattoos on this list. What’s not to love about natural beauty? This sort of portrait style is fairly common so know that you’ll be in good company if you get something similar.
This mother-son pair chose to get the coordinates of the place of birth tattooed. It’s a great idea for matching boy mom tattoos but it isn’t the most original. Today, coordinate tattoos are more popular than ever before.
A Touch of Color
The above tattoo proves an interesting design in that the artist has chosen to color the natural elements of the design but leave the mother and son in just black ink. Think outside of the box and work with a tattoo artist with a point of view for something more singular.
Lioness and Cub
Among boy mom tattoos, lions and cubs are extremely popular. However, not many reach this level of execution. We find stunning attention to detail, photorealistic elements, and expert shading on display here. You’ll need to find a very talented tattoo artist for anything remotely this grand but doing your homework and paying a premium will never let you down.
A Perfect Fit
Here’s another watercolor tattoo; one that’s gone full rainbow. As you can see the heart shapes fit together and complete one another. It’s a sweet idea if you want a lot of vibrant colors.
Gustav Klimt‘s “Le Tre Eta Della Donna” is one of the most celebrated paintings today. The above tattoo is inspired by but the tattoo artist has taken some artistic liberty to make it their own. We think that really paid off.
Though not pictured, this is one of two matching boy mom tattoos. It’s clear this pair has some Pride to share. A simple heart and a rainbow banner look fantastic together even though each element is fairly simple on its own.
Mrs. Potts & Chip
A very popular Disney tattoo among boy mom tattoos today is inspired by Beauty and the Beast‘s Mrs. Potts and her son, Chip. In the above example, we find the pair forming the better part of a half sleeve but another option is to have Mrs. Potts on mama and Chip on her son. You call the shots!
As promised, here’s another set of matching compass boy mom tattoos. Complete with a watercolor effect, these designs match save for the colorful ink for each. If you and your son or mom guide one another, you might want to get something similar.
This style of tattoo is called a sketch tattoo and they are really popular among Disney-inspired designs, animated characters, and comic book tattoos. Take a look at those lines that are used to bring movement, texture, and dimension to the design.
For the Birds
Wow! These two hearts filled with birds are beautiful. The blue and red really pop off of one another. These tattoos truly soar as they are equal parts sweet and elegant.
If you travel the road less traveled, you can walk away with tattoos that only you and your son can claim. These stingray tattoos filled with a cool decorative pattern were unlike any other boy mom tattoos we encountered.
This pretty tattoo with a family tree and the symbol for adoption really warms the heart. Adoption should be celebrated and we find pride on display in this very handsome tattoo.
Keys to a Heart
A popular design scheme is a heart-shaped locket with keys to it. We find names worked into the designs on this one which make it a standout. Red and gold inks always play well together and will look smart on you as well.
Here’s a nice little portrait of a mom and her son sitting together. Done in black and grey the tattoo reads understated and poignant.
How fun are these brightly colored giraffes? As you’ve seen, animals are a big hit among boy mom tattoos. Turn to your favorite animals or other characters and elements from nature for something really special.
“Your first breath took mine away,” this tattoo says along with her son’s birthday. A meaningful sentiment can serve you well when it comes to boy mom tattoos. Is there a special saying you share? Is there an inside joke that’s been ongoing for years? Whatever it may be, inscribing it in ink will immortalize it.
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This tattoo, and many others on this list, is freshly completed which means the colors are not true to what they will look like when the tattoo heals. That being said, these stylized owls sure look interesting. We saw a lot of cartoonish owls but these were the most original. Try and achieve something similar.
The artist who completed this tattoo said that her client wanted a “Disney-fied” version of her son and cat together. We think she nailed it for this very sweet heart-shaped design.
Boy mom tattoos celebrate the special bond between a mother and her son. These designs are particularly heartfelt, as you’ve seen, and sentimental which makes them some of the most meaningful tattoos out there. We hope you feel inspired by these designs and will consider getting your very own boy mom tattoo.
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
- 1 Find Inspiration in These Sweet Boy Mom Tattoos!
- 1.1 Once Upon a Time
- 1.2 Study of a Cuddle
- 1.3 Two Halves Make a Whole
- 1.4 Watercolor Embrace
- 1.5 To the Moon
- 1.6 Family Tree
- 1.7 Going Traditional
- 1.8 Feeling Floral
- 1.9 Coordinates
- 1.10 A Touch of Color
- 1.11 Lioness and Cub
- 1.12 A Perfect Fit
- 1.13 Klimt-Inspired
- 1.14 With Pride
- 1.15 Mrs. Potts & Chip
- 1.16 Direction
- 1.17 Lion King
- 1.18 For the Birds
- 1.19 Stingrays
- 1.20 Adoption
- 1.21 Keys to a Heart
- 1.22 Together
- 1.23 Neon Giraffes
- 1.24 First Breath
- 1.25 Stylized Owls
- 1.26 Disney-Inspired Portrait
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