There are two different ways to think about mom tattoos. Some tattoos are gotten by moms about their family, while others are in celebration of or in tribute to someone’s mom. For the purposes of this list, we will be looking at mostly tattoos gotten by folks in loving tribute to their moms. Think of hearts with the word “mom” or mom tattoos with initials or dates that are especially meaningful.
However, mom tattoos come in all shapes, and you can get creative with your ideas! While some tried and tested designs are popular today (and many have been for generations), you should listen to your heart. After all, tattoos are the ultimate form of self-expression, and nothing is more personal to us than our moms. That means the more specific and special you make your mom tattoo, the more you will love it. If you need inspiration, you’ve come to the right spot. Find some excellent ideas for your mom tattoo below!
Home Is Where…
Your childhood home could be the perfect subject matter for your mom tattoo, as many of your most beloved memories occurred in it. This one has the added message, “home is where my mom is,” which is just the icing on the cake.
Her Happy Things
For your mom tattoo ideas, consider objects that she always loved or that you associate with your mama. A ball of yarn, her favorite flowers, or a piece of jewelry she always wore are just a few examples of what you can go with.
For this mom tattoo, we find a mama and her cub flanked by beautiful flowers. It’s a sweet and affectionate design that’s surprisingly popular today.
Mom Patch Tattoo
Patch tattoos are a pretty big trend today. They are a novel and fun way to turn a basic tattoo into something special.
The most popular and classic mom tattoo is a heart with a banner saying “Mom.” They have been popular for decades and are inked a lot today.
From an Old Photograph
A great mom tattoo idea is to take a photo of you and your mom to a tattoo artist. They can create an outline drawing from the photo that looks really fresh and clean like this.
Another popular trend among mom tattoos today is to get the text written in mom’s handwriting. This is the case for the above “Love, Mom” tattoo. How sweet is that?
Here’s a straightforward design that finds a purple rose as a tribute to mom with the word “Mom” underneath. For your mom tattoo, consider getting a tattoo of her favorite flower.
A Bunch of Flowers
In this half-sleeve tattoo for mom, we find gorgeous flowers, dragonflies, and some important dates. If you are remembering a mother who has passed, consider getting the dates she was alive.
Sparkles and Bubbles
In this energetic example, we find a heart in place of the letter “O” and some bubbles and sparkles, which bring the tattoo to life.
Celtic Knot Meets Mandala
This Celtic knot that symbolizes a mother and her daughter is very popular among mothers and daughters today. It’s been married to a mandala design that’s a very fresh and unique idea.
A sweet mom tattoo finds a mother and two children snuggled up together. This could easily be a tattoo on a mom or simply one in her honor.
If you’re tied to the idea of just black ink, consider going all red to make a statement. Red pops differently and always looks more visually appealing and interesting.
One of our favorite mom tattoos on this list finds a mother and daughter in an embrace. What’s innovative here is the scene that is created inside the shape of the characters’ hair. How dreamy!
Here’s a mom tattoo that includes a portrait inspired by traditional tattooing. It’s a simple design with just enough detail without being overdone. Bravo!
For mom tattoos, folks have come up with various ways to create a heart out of unique materials. For instance, this ball of yarn is shaped like a heart with simple lettering underneath. If you don’t want “Mom” on your body, consider initials instead.
Neo-Traditional Rose Mom Tattoo
Neo-traditional tattoos employ thick lines and simple shapes, usually with a limited number of colors. This old-school rose tattoo checks all of those boxes.
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We found peony blossoms tattooed with very thin and crisp lines in this heart shape. We like the idea of flowers framed in this way.
Traditional Mom Tattoo
Here’s a straightforward traditional tattoo that includes birds and banners that says, Mom. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when older designs like this one still hold up today.
A Fingerprint and a Message
Here’s a memorial tattoo that includes this person’s mom’s fingerprint and a message in her handwriting. “Love you, pumpkin. Love mommy,” it simply says.
Mama elephant tattoos are really popular today. For wildlife-inspired mom tattoos, elephants are second in popularity after lions. It’s easy to see why in this beautiful tattoo.
A Bike Pedal
One of the most offbeat mom tattoos we encountered finds a bike pedal and a banner that reads “mom.” We assume that mom was an avid biker. Think outside the box for a tattoo that’s even more meaningful to you.
Flower name tattoos are wildly popular today. In this haunting example, we find the name “Aurora” tattooed in honor of a mom with the name.
For the Teacher
Here’s a really fun one that takes the classic heart mom tattoo and makes it even more special. This person’s mother is a teacher, so the tattoo contains elements that reflect her profession.
An Anchor with Pearls
Anchors are symbols of strength, safety, and stability and they are well-represented among mom tattoos. This one takes it to another level with the inclusion of pretty flowers and a pearl necklace.
“This tattoo is for you mom,” the person with this tattoo shared. “I miss you with my whole heart & my spirit will forever be changed because you are no longer here.” What a special tattoo with so much personal meaning.
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Why yes, it’s Mrs. Potts from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Characters that you and your mom bonded over make for the perfect subject matter for your mom tattoo. Think of childhood books and movies that make you feel warm and nostalgic.
For a mom who loved coffee and vanilla, we get this darling mom tattoo with both plants represented. You can go with subject matter that’s well-traveled but be sure to spin it for something unique.
Surprisingly, Jurassic Park was the inspiration for this kawaii mom tattoo. Dinos don’t come any cuter than this!
Gustave Klimt is one of the world’s most beloved artists. His painting called “Mother and Child” is most appropriate for a mom tattoo and captures the sweetness and care we received as children from our mothers.
There you go! What did you think of these 30 mom tattoo ideas? We hope you found some that will work for you and that you can show your tattoo artist for reference. Remember, you want an original piece, so don’t rip something off. Create something that celebrates your mom in a way she deserves. Keep reading for even more motherhood and family tattoos!
A Close Look
Here’s one of the new motherhood mom and baby tattoos that’s gotten thousands of likes on Instagram in recent days. It’s an extreme close-up with a scant amount of detail. However, it’s still easily recognizable as a mom and her baby.
Florals and natural elements help to sweeten any tattoo. This somewhat abstract motherhood mom and baby tattoo looks fantastic thanks to those pretty blooms.
We saw a few truly beautiful tattoos that celebrate the act of breastfeeding. Simple lines and some alluring leaves help make this tattoo a true standout.
Here’s a symbol for motherhood that you will see often among Celtic knot tattoos. Some natural elements have been added to bring it to life along with some cute ornamental details that help provide balance.
For the Pediatrician Mama
The person who shared this image described it as belonging to a mother who is a pediatrician. It’s meant to be a reminder of patience.
Here’s another one of the motherhood mom and baby tattoos that’s been created with just a few, simple lines. We find a baby snuggled up right next to mama.
In a Heart
Heart shapes are not as common as you might expect among these motherhood tattoos that express love. We find one here with the addition of the baby’s name for an added, special touch.
Express Yourself with Color
By far the most common motherhood mom and baby tattoos are completed with just black ink. But, you can have a vibrant design that’s bursting with color if that’s your taste.
Snuggles with the Cub
We will see a number of nature and wildlife-inspired tattoos as we continue on this list. To kick that off, we see two beautiful cats in a sweet portrait.
With Your Little Angel
If your little baby is also your little angel, consider getting them tattooed with a pair of wings. The artist has created a neat border around the subjects with natural elements that really add romance and depth.
How sweet are these foxes!? They’re snuggled up together among the flowers and the whole scene just looks so electric and bright.
More Cute Cats
As promised, even more, wildlife-inspired motherhood mom and baby tattoos. This pleasant picture is filled with detail from the tiny lines in to create the texture of the cats’ fur to the delicate work put into the blooms of the flowers. Bravo!
Paring down your design to the base, sum of its parts also has merits. One of our favorite motherhood mom and baby tattoos on this list is this simple design with basic shapes and just a touch of random color.
Take a look at all of the fine lines used to compose this tattoo. Those minute details and a couple of pops of color really make this design appear energetic and full of life.
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If you want to go minimal, try and think of one attribute for you to highlight. This person has gone with tiny red dots for the cheeks. We think those little dots really go a long way in making this tattoo even more expressive.
Motherhood Elephant Mom and Baby Tattoo
One of the things we see time and again are these motherhood elephant mom and baby tattoos. Parents love the idea of elephants symbolizing their family and they almost always look fantastic. We’ll see a couple more before this list is over.
The first time your baby grabs onto your finger is one of the most magical moments a parent gets to experience. This mom has decided to memorialize it forever in ink form. How sweet!
This is one of the motherhood mom and baby tattoos that has garnered a ton of likes on social media. It’s a simple tattoo that’s subtly framed with a background of tiny dots which adds texture and tons of visual appeal.
Tree of Life
The tree of life has been reimagined in this tattoo that also has the shapes of a mother and her two children inside. It’s a unique play and a familiar image.
If you want your motherhood mom and baby tattoo to melt hearts, you could go with something similar. Using a very fine line, this tattoo artist has created a gentle portrait of a mother and baby bunny with plenty of sweet, little details that absolutely slay. q
Another one of the motherhood mom and baby tattoos that got a tone of likes on social media is this single line tattoo of a mother kissing her baby’s forehead. Subtle and intimate, this is one of the best tattoos on this list!
Motherhood Elephant Mom and Baby Tattoo Part II
As promised, here is another motherhood elephant tattoo. It’s a really big one that expresses a lot of love for the babies.
Fine, Fine Lines
Here’s a motherhood mom and baby tattoo all the way from Poland. We love the pattern of mama’s coat here which brings so much to this tattoo’s design. Gentle shading and attention to detail make it really pop.
If you have an appreciation for traditional tattooing, you should absolutely lean into it. These kinds of tattoos never go out of style and they rely on bold colors, defined lines, and simple shapes that make them timeless.
Motherhood Elephant Mom and Baby Tattoo Part III
Moms love these elephant designs a lot! What’s not to love about this mama and her baby with cute little flowers?
Here’s another one of the motherhood mom and baby tattoos that is all about breastfeeding and connection. The characters have been “filled” with such detail with motifs inspired by our natural world. If you’re going for mother nature vibes, something similar would be a great choice.
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A Touch of Magic
Finally, we leave you with this showstopping motherhood tattoo that has some magical elements like stars and a cloud of purple smoke. It’s an artful tattoo that really delivers on the sweetness. Find you a tattoo artist with a vision, and you could walk away with something as equally touching.
There you go! These motherhood mom and baby tattoo ideas are everything you could want them to be. They’re warm, charming, a celebration of love, and a testament to your role as a mother. We hope you feel inspired to get your own, unique design. Happy tattooing!
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 Home Is Where…
- 2 Her Happy Things
- 3 Cat Mama
- 4 Mom Patch Tattoo
- 5 Classic
- 6 From an Old Photograph
- 7 Love, Mom
- 8 A Rose
- 9 A Bunch of Flowers
- 10 Sparkles and Bubbles
- 11 Celtic Knot Meets Mandala
- 12 Cuddles
- 13 Just Red
- 14 Magic
- 15 Portrait
- 16 Initials
- 17 Neo-Traditional Rose Mom Tattoo
- 18 Peony Mama
- 19 Traditional Mom Tattoo
- 20 A Fingerprint and a Message
- 21 Mamma Elephant
- 22 A Bike Pedal
- 23 Aurora
- 24 For the Teacher
- 25 An Anchor with Pearls
- 26 Scrabble Pieces
- 27 Mrs. Potts
- 28 Coffee
- 29 Mama Dinosaur
- 30 Klimt-Inspired
- 31 A Close Look
- 32 With Florals
- 33 Connection
- 34 Symbolism
- 35 For the Pediatrician Mama
- 36 Held Tightly
- 37 In a Heart
- 38 Express Yourself with Color
- 39 Snuggles with the Cub
- 40 With Your Little Angel
- 41 Feeling Foxy
- 42 More Cute Cats
- 43 Minimal
- 44 Little Details
- 45 Rosy Cheeks
- 46 Motherhood Elephant Mom and Baby Tattoo
- 47 Holding On
- 48 So Stylish
- 49 Tree of Life
- 50 Cute Buns
- 51 A Kiss
- 52 Motherhood Elephant Mom and Baby Tattoo Part II
- 53 Fine, Fine Lines
- 54 Go Traditional
- 55 Motherhood Elephant Mom and Baby Tattoo Part III
- 56 Natural Elements
- 57 A Touch of Magic
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