Family is what this whole life thing is about, right? For most of us, the greatest love we feel is when we are with our family members. It’s only natural to want to express that love with an illustration that captures your unconditional feelings. Family tattoos act as reminders that no matter how rough times get, you can always count on the ones you love. In some cases, family tattoos also those who are mourning a loss. A tattoo can act as the perfect memorial that will keep a loved one’s memory with you for life.
We decided to take a look into the family tattoos that people are getting today to get a better understanding of current trends. We discovered that infinity symbols and the word “family” were the two most ubiquitous so we decided to feature others that you likely have not seen before. These tattoos are deeply personal designs that reflect so much love and devotion. Check out these family tattoos that celebrate all things love.
25. For His Wife
This tattoo looks just like a photograph. It was snapped at the wedding and the husband has decided that he wants it with him forever in tattoo form. Photorealistic tattoos are very cool but be sure to find an artist who you can trust because they can go wrong very easily!
24. For His Parents
This beautiful image is another photo tattoo that was shared with a caption informing viewers that the subjects were his late parents. The detail in this tattoo is astonishing and the artist should feel very proud of their tidy work.
23. For the Whole Family
Here’s a cute and colorful portrait of the entire family. We imagine this was based on a beloved photograph. We love the way the color for the botanical aspects of this tattoo have been applied to make it appear like an impressionist painting.
22. For His Herd
Now, let’s take a look at some other ways folks are using tattoos to represent their family other than a portrait. These elephants who are holding tails look adorable. Just a simple black line is really nice here.
21. For the Fur Family
We all know that family is what you make it and many of us have a “chosen family.” For this person, her two dogs were the family members she wanted to celebrate most. We can’t argue with that! We love dog tattoos!
20. For Her Kids
Here’s an entire scene that’s been imagined in a unique and original style. The image seems to symbolize that this family will be there for one another with love come rain or shine. The subtle use of blush, peach, and aqua inks really made this design a standout.
19. For New Additions
The moment your baby arrives it feels monumental and miraculous. For many, an indexical memento of the very special time is attractive. Some people take molds of their newborn’s feet while this individual has chosen to press their baby’s foot in ink to capture all the little lines in it. Then, the artist made the ink last forever.
18. For a Mom & 2 Daughters
This tight-knit group, a mom and her two daughter, decided to get some matching hearts. Far from original, this idea is replicated often for a reason. It’s so sweet! Each person has a heart that corresponds to them. There’s a lot of love here.
17. For the Baby Girl
Polaroid tattoos are popular these days as they capture a sense of nostalgia and a lighthearted tone. We find a cute little boy emerging from the frame here. The artist has really managed to capture the joy a child feels when they look lovingly at their parent.
16. For Little Arthur
This tattoo belongs to a parent who really loves their baby, Arthur. A cute little sketch-style tattoo with a watercolor effect gives so much electric energy to the piece. We bet little Arthur will love it now but might not be so proud of it during his teenage years.
15. For His Son
How about this adorable father-son tattoo with a lovely red background and rose? This feels like a fresh and fun adaptation of other similar tattoos of family members. Elements of neotraditional tattoo design like the lines on the leaves of the flower and the background itself give this design plenty of style.
14. For Precious Moments
It’s amazing how gentle our pets can be with new additions. Here, we find a scene of a baby boy interacting with the family dog and it is just so pure! You can’t get back those precious moments but you can cherish them forever with a tattoo.
13. For the Other Half
Here’s a fun one! We love colorful, cartoonish tattoos so we are big fans of this couple’s design. The pair seem like a fun pair who love to enjoy a beer while flying to their next adventure. The rainbow line at the bottom is a nice touch as well!
12. For Abuela
The person who shared this stunning portrait tattoo captioned the image to let viewers know they were looking at his Abuela. For those of us fortunate enough to have old photographs of our grandparents, portraits inspired by them are great because they will carry over some of the vintage charm.
11. For the Little Dandies
A mom decided to get a tattoo that celebrated her four sons. In the design, the little boys seem to be floating along with a dandelion. To be honest, our allergies are acting up just looking at it, but we appreciate the very original idea.
10. For the Cuddles
What a tender tattoo here of a mother and her two children. The characters are tattooed in subtle and sharp lines. The family members are flanked by botanical themes like flowers and butterflies. We love the clear sweetness of this image.
9. For the Cool Kids
This dad got this tattoo for his two sons who both look too cool for school (actually, they’re just wearing sunglasses). We like the impressionistic style and the neatness of the linework. These two look like a couple of characters!
8. For the Good Times
Tattoos that capture fleeting moments are often the most powerful. We find a tattoo of a child wading in water in front of a landscape. Color has been applied to the child in the tattoo which gives the design so much vibrant life and visual interest.
7. For Ohana
Ohana is a Hawaiian term meaning “family.” We find members of the family wearing the term of endearment in two matching tattoos. For a brother and sister, this is a very sweet idea.
6. For the Greatest Love in the World
Here’s another one of those trendy, watercolor tattoos. We find a mom holding her child in front of a galactic, splattered background. The color choices here are stunning and while it does look slightly like a bruise, it will probably appear much more vivid after healing.
5. For a Couple of Sisters
Paula and Denise are sisters and the subject of this floral-inspired tattoo. We find the pair on a swing looking away from the viewer. Flanked by flowers, it’s clear these two share a love for summer days and time spent in the sun.
4. For His Daughters
This father decided to go the polaroid route, which is a popular chose these days. The half sleeve tattoo looks dramatic and is full of minute detail. Take a look at the portrait of Malia above and you will see tons of tiny dots used to shade the texture of her skin and eyebrows. Malia’s eye is the most arresting aspect of this design for us.
3. For the Three of Them
Here’s a whimsical tattoo that acts as a a representation for this woman’s family unit. We find the humans transformed into cure rabbits. The colorful scene is mostly contained inside of a heart shape. The rich colors pack a punch in this magical design.
2. For His Sister
One brother decided to honor his sister with a highly stylized tattoo design that finds the pair gazing at a passing comet or shooting star. The sister embraces her little brother as they both stare into the night sky. What a touching scene!
1. For Home
Here’s a clever idea for a family tattoo! This person has gotten a photorealistic design that features the facade of her childhood home. Considering the detail versus the small size, you could consider this a micro tattoo. There’s so much detail for such a small amount of real estate, including light being reflected from the windows on the home. As most of think of home as being synonymous with family, tattoos of the home you grew up in are a smart nod the place that housed the ones you love and the site of so many pleasant, warm memories.
There you go! We hope you enjoyed these family tattoos that celebrate all things love and the people we love sharing our lives with. These tattoos are so inspiring so if you are tempted, come up with your own way to show your family you love them and to remind you of the memories you share with them.
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