Mother son tattoos are so excellent because they showcase the special bond shared between a mother and her son. These matching tattoos and complimentary tattoos are unique symbols of familial love. They range from funny and cute to deeply profound and touching.
We wanted to get a better sense of the mother son tattoos families are getting so we searched through recently shared images to get an idea of the types of designs found within this ink genre. We were pleasantly surprised to discover the range of mother son tattoos and just how tender they truly are. We found 100 designs to share with you!
Check Out These Mother Son Tattoos!
Lots of Love
“I love you mama” and the response, “I love you more,” form the subject of these complimentary mother son tattoos. The designs are complete with matching bird tattoos.
“It means no worries for the rest of your days,” Timon and Pumbaa sing in The Lion King. We found matching symbols here signifying the phrase on the wrists of a mother and her son. Subtle and cute!
We 100% did not expect to find Star Wars mother son tattoos, but we should have known better! This pair got stormtroopers together. What a choice!
Lots of Life
Here we find a very ornately designed word, “life” tattooed in different sizes but maintaining the same shape. Mom chose to add some color while her son left his all black.
Mama Bear & Cub
How sweet are these mother son tattoos? We find a forest setting framed in the back of a mama bear who is walking alongside her cub. If you and your mom and son both love nature, you could do no better!
They Just Fit
This mother and her son really wanted to get a point across. We have puzzle pieces that fit together with imagery of a key and a lock which also fit together. We got it! It’s sweet.
Phoenix in the Family
If you and your son or mother share a “go bold or go home” sort of mentality, these giant Phoenix back tattoos might be something worth considering. According to the artist that shared these images, the son got all black ink while mom went for more vibrant color.
Each Other’s Guide
We find matching compasses in these mother son tattoos. The design also includes a meaningful reference to a Bible verse this family holds dear.
Love, Forever Knot
Two hears and an infinity symbol form these creative and intricate-looking tattoos. For mother son tattoos, there is a trend of mom getting colorful ink while son opts for black and grey.
Mama Bears Are It
More mama bears! We love this cute mother and her son who got these handsome, matching bear tattoos.
We’re having a bear moment here. Here’s a ghostly bear. This could be a reference to something but the person who shared it offered few details. Our best guess is that these are “boo bears.”
This mother and her son must both enjoy time spent in the ocean. If you and your mom or son surf together or engage in another activity often, consider it as inspiration for your mother son tattoos.
The tattoo artist took a picture of this mom and her son doing a pinky promise and then tattooed their likeness on their forearms. One says “No matter what. The other, “No matter where.”
“Only the strong survive,” is the message of these two tattoo designs that showcase this mother and her son’s faith. Mom chose to lighten things up a bit with the addition of some flowers.
To the Moon and Back
These mother son tattoos are the perfect representation of the phrase, “Love you to the moon and back.” We find a heart and part of Earth paired next to what looks like the surface of the moon. Clever!
Love You Can Count On
“Because of her, I will not fall,” the son’s tattoo says while moms reads, “For him, I will fight them all.” The tattoos match up when placed next to one another, creating a perfect circle of text.
Dot-work tattoos are so interesting to look at and harken back to the oldest forms of tattooing. We love these hearts. One is filled with tiny dots while the other is a solid outline.
Chip Off the Old Pot
Ms. Potts and her son chip are the subjects of these mother son tattoos. The splashes of color look so ethereal!
Feather & Arrow
We find a feather and arrow in both of these matching tattoos. The artist has paid a ton of attention to detail making these tattoos appear truly fine. Find yourself a tattoo artist you trust and you will get great results like these.
For these mother son tattoos, the pair have gone with black and white ink roses with the word “believe” worked into the stems of the flowers. We hope they believe in one another!
Did you expect to see calipers in these mother son tattoos? We were pleasantly surprised. Truly excellent things happen when you think outside the box and go your own way. We encourage you to do the same!
This mom and her son got childhood doodles tattooed on themselves. We think it’s slightly weird but very, very sweet.
Land & Sea
How sharp do these two tattoos look? Small tattoos are a great option if one of you wants something understated (and not a lot of commitment).
What you are looking at are ambigrams created by the son. He and his mother do not share the same last name so they smashed up their surnames to look the same. A creative way to go, no doubt!
Wow! These might be some of the most dramatic mother son tattoos on the list. These designs are very original and the fact that one comes from the other is a tender thought.
You can always go with a classic! Swallows have been a mainstay of traditional tattoos for decades as sailors used to get them to show their sailing experience. This mother and son chose wisely.
The person who shared this image shared that the number 11 is meaningful to both mother and son. They even got the tattoo on 11/11 at 11:11. Can you say commitment?
If you have a family crest or any sort of imagery that’s meaningful for your family, you can always go this route. These bold harps are rather neat!
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After All This Time?
“After all this time? Always” The text beneath these Harry Potter tattoos reads. For mother son tattoos, anything is fair game as long as it’s done for love.
We find two matching trees here with the roots showing. We wonder if these trees came from a children’s picture book or cartoon. Something about them is so nostalgic.
Peanut butter and jelly is a match made in heaven. We love the idea of little pieces of bread that fit together. The addition of the little hearts is lovely as well.
Okay, so we are straying a touch with this one. These olive branch tattoos belong to a mother, her son, and her daughter. Fun for the whole fam! We are impressed with how fine the lines are here.
Need to a save a special date? Do it in Roman numerals for a bold, classic, mother son tattoo.
If you and your mother or son share the same birth sign, astrology tattoos are totally a fun thing you can share. Look how excellent these two fish, symbolizing Pisces, look together.
Cheese is always the answer! Mother son tattoos do not have to be at all serious. If you’re not taking yourself too seriously, express yourself however you want. These two wedges of cheese are very fun!
Does that green thumb run in the family? These mother son tattoos of potted plants is just so cute.
Little Bit of Luck
Want to celebrate your Irish heritage together? These two shamrocks on the wrists are a great way to do it.
You can go all minimal with your mother son tattoos. These understated V’s look fantastic. Bold, black, and subtle, you will be surprised how impactful a simple letter can be.
Paradise Mother Son Tattoos
Does your family love spending time at the beach? How about on a mountain? Wherever your happy place is, consider tattoos that will transport you there.
How clever are these tattoo designs? The mountains represent distance which can never truly separate this mother and son.
Abstract & Fun
Mother son tattoos can be anything you want them to be. If that means getting abstract shapes with little dots in them, you better go for it. Look how great these turned out!
Here we find a drawing from the biggest tearjerking children’s book ever written, The Giving Tree. It’s even more poignant that these tattoos belong to a mother and her son.
Birds of a Feather
Mother son tattoos do not have to be in your face. In fact, you and your mom or son might get more from something that matches but does not necessarily scream
“I’m a mama’s boy!!!”
Black Rose Mother Son Tattoos
These black roses are certainly big on mood. Placement in a similar area is a common practice, but feel free to do what’s best for your mother son tattoos.
See? “It’s good to be different.” We have 100% confidence that this mother taught her son not to be afraid to stand out from the pack.
Here are some howling wolves that express a shared love for wildlife. How fun is the very smoke-grey, ombre effect?
You Are My Sunshine
A tattoo artist who excels at very fine lines like this are true artists. These sun-filled waves are certainly stunning.
For their mother son tattoos, this duo got one big tree next to one that’s smaller. Metaphors rooted in nature are perfect for these types of tattoos.
A goat and a bird? Why not! Some of the stranger mother son tattoos we found can be seen in the above image. We have no idea what’s going on but we love them!
Keep It Skeletal
It’s peace and rock for this mother and her son. If you’ve got a metal mama or you are, yourself, a metal mama, do what you do best.
We find a pair of cowboy hats with the word “Yeehaw!” written below each. To each their own!
How cute are these puffy penguins? One looks like a mom and the other like her chick. If you came for the penguin content, we delivered!
Lots of Love
“Mom, I love you!” one tattoo says while the other responds, “I love you more!” We like when tattoos are done in the other person’s handwriting for these mother son tattoos. It adds such a personal touch.
Always Have the Same Moon
Okay! We find some ornate crescent moons that compliment one another. These quirky designs are really beautiful and I bet this mom and her son enjoy sharing such statement pieces.
Is mom a ham? Is son a ham too? Then, ham mother son tattoos are in order. Ham it up!
Micro tattoos are another smart way to go if you are not looking for something that is “too much.” These two light bulb tattoos on the ankles will be easy to hide and will look sharp once they’ve healed.
Bee Matching Mother Son Tattoos
Looking for buzz-worthy mother son tattoos? Go with the bumblebees! Look at all the tiny details the artist has included in these matching bee designs. Remarkable!
These mother son tattoos were done without a machine in a process called stick and poke. These abstract circles are each different in their own way but it’s clear that both are meant to look like the other. Very cool!
The Only Holiday
This mother and son know what’s up! Halloween is THE holiday and that’s not up for debate. They both got ghosts with the text “Forever Halloween.”
Heartbeat Mother Son Tattoos
We find a mother son tattoos connected by the pulse of a heartbeat. Done in just black, it’s clear the point this pair is trying to get across.
A Couple of Fish
For your mother son tattoos turn to the sea for inspiration. We find two dazzling fish tattoos that really look fantastic side-by-side but will not look lonely whenever this pair is apart.
Pooh & Piglet
How cute are these little characters? Most of us enjoyed their company as children so it’s fitting that they have inspired some really great tattoos.
Up, Up, & Away
By far, one of the most popular mother son tattoos comes in the form of a quote from Toy Story. “To infinity and beyond” is a common phrase tattooed on many mothers and their sons.
If you’re a mother and daughter pair who both have a deep appreciation for nature, you very well may love tattoos like these. We find a bear and an eagle filled with a mountain landscape. How beautiful!
Another popular tattoo scheme comes in the form of a heart that appears to be cut out from another design. Watercolor tattoos are a huge trend today so it’s natural for us to see several examples on this list.
Here’s an interesting concept that holds so much meaning. In these mother son tattoos, we find two characters locked in an embrace that forms multiple hearts. Work with a tattoo artist with an eye for design and you could walk away with something equally as creative.
Over the Moon
Similar to the bear and eagle tattoos, we find two crescent moons filled with a landscape. The arrow is a nice touch that helps the overall designs feel balanced.
Right Through the Heart
The tattoo artist really nailed these matching mother son tattoos. We find a dagger through a heart that contains a scene of a mother holding her child. The traditional elements of these tattoos really look timeless.
Mom & Bub
Here’s a pair of tattoos that are tributes to Pink Floyd. If you are a mother and son duo who share a love for a certain band, why not celebrate it?
Pride Runs In the Family
We find two Pride swords for this mother and son. We love to see this sort of support among members of the same family.
Here’s a pair of mother son tattoos that are a celebration of The Rolling Stones. This is the second example of a mother and son pair who decided to rock out with their matching tattoos.
More Stormtroopers! In addition to these tattoos, we also saw a mother and son with lightsabers. Star Wars proves a shared passion for many!
Wow! These two hearts filled with birds are beautiful. The blue and red really pop off of one another. These tattoos truly soar!
Keeping It Weird
Okay! We find two aliens pointing at one another from their perspective hiding spots. We’re not sure why, but these really stood out to us. The weirder the better!
Lots of Lotus
These ornamental lotus mother son tattoos were not something we expected to see. But, we were pleasantly surprised by these beautiful designs that symbolize resilience and rebirth.
A Couple of Cooks
This mother and son must really get down in the kitchen together. We find matching chef tattoos with all the tools of the trade.
Who doesn’t love dolphins? Here’s yet another example of a watercolor tattoo that really nails it. If you share a love of nature, you could do no better.
This is actually a tattoo that symbolizes the whole family. According to the photo’s caption, each bird represents a child. You can include the whole family with something similar!
These splashy orca mother son tattoos really bring a lot to the table. The orcas would have looked fantastic on their own but the rainbow element really adds so much energy.
Okay! Here are mother son tattoos that are rather witchy. We’re clueless as to what the story behind them is but we really loved how these tattoos turned out.
This mom has her son’s name tattooed on the top of a heart and her son has her name on his. Although the placement of each tattoo is different, they still match really well.
Get creative with your mother son tattoos and you will find that the energy you put into coming up with the perfect design will be well worth it. Minimalist tattoos like these look understated and sophisticated.
Micro tattoos are also an option! We’ve seen a bunch of rather large tattoos but you should feel free to go small. This is especially true if one of you is squeamish about needles!
Calaveras or candy skulls offer a unique way to celebrate family and heritage. These black and grey designs look great but we encourage you to explore color if you’re thinking of something similar.
A Guiding Light
The lighthouse is a symbol for hope and guidance. It’s the perfect subject matter for mother son tattoos for this reason. If you feel like each other’s guiding lights, consider the same.
At first glance, we thought we were looking at seahorses but the caption on the photo informed us that these are actually dragons. If you look closely at the designs, you will notice that they include Celtic knots.
Semicolon tattoos are popular mental health tattoos. They symbolize solidarity so it is only natural for them to show up among mother son tattoos.
Lock & Key
Here’s another version of the lock and key puzzle pieces. It’s a popular design scheme. Detailed line work and excellent shading make these tattoos really shine.
Day & Night
“Good night, sleep tight” and “See you in the morning,” are two sentiments shared often between a mother and child as they grow up. The phrases make for meaningful and nostalgic tattoos.
Appropriately, we find a big and little dipper as subject matter for these mother son tattoos. If you both enjoy stargazing together, something similar could be perfect for you.
Time After Time
Two hourglasses make for mysterious mother son tattoos. Perhaps they symbolize that this pair always has time for one another?
Your mother son tattoos can be a bit obscure. You don’t need to slap anyone in the face with your overtly sentimental tattoo. If you want to keep things simple, get an animal that you both love tattooed.
We encounter origami once more with these dinosaur and bird tattoos. Often, simplicity is bliss and we find that with these rather straightforward designs.
Around the World
For a pair who have seen the world together, a tattoo that celebrates a sense of adventure could be a wise choice. These tattoos turned out nicely.
It’s a Sign
We find the ASL sign for love in these very simple yet effective mother son tattoos. If you feel the need to express love, this is a reminder that there are so many ways to do so.
Look at Charlie Brown! We find the character in two modes in these mother son tattoos. It’s clear this pair share a great sense of humor.
First Things First
“Family first” puts things right on the table. If you would like to celebrate family, a simple phrase like this gets right to the point.
“Strength is what we gained from the madness we survived,” is a powerful sentiment that’s been turned into beautiful tattoos. If a quote captures your special bond, feel free to get it tattooed in pretty script.
Here’s another pair that’s got a great sense of humor. The son’s tattoo says “Momma tried.” Momma’s tattoo says, “I tried.” We hope you got a big kick out these as well!
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We leave you with beautiful portraits of cows. We find a mama cow and a calf which feels perfectly fitting. Letting nature be your tattoo inspiration is always a wise decision!
There you go! We hope you enjoyed these mother son tattoos and they will help you come up with your own matching tattoo ideas. Like we said, get inspired and go with something unconventional. We came across a lot of similar designs when we were curating this list. Talk to a tattoo artist and see what they might have up their sleeve. They are artists and will come up with something incredible for your mother son tattoos. We have no doubt about it! Now, go and get some ink!
- 1 Check Out These Mother Son Tattoos!
- 1.1 Lots of Love
- 1.2 Hakuna Matata
- 1.3 Stormtroopers
- 1.4 Lots of Life
- 1.5 Mama Bear & Cub
- 1.6 They Just Fit
- 1.7 Phoenix in the Family
- 1.8 Each Other’s Guide
- 1.9 Love, Forever Knot
- 1.10 Mama Bears Are It
- 1.11 Boo Bears!
- 1.12 Surf’s Up!
- 1.13 Promises
- 1.14 Strength
- 1.15 To the Moon and Back
- 1.16 Love You Can Count On
- 1.17 Dot-Work Hearts
- 1.18 Chip Off the Old Pot
- 1.19 Feather & Arrow
- 1.20 Believe
- 1.21 Calipers
- 1.22 Doodles
- 1.23 Land & Sea
- 1.24 Ambigrams
- 1.25 Black Rose
- 1.26 Matching Swallows
- 1.27 11/11
- 1.28 Harpers
- 2 More Mother Son Tattoos!
- 2.1 After All This Time?
- 2.2 Roots
- 2.3 PB&J
- 2.4 Olive Branches
- 2.5 Special Date
- 2.6 Pisces
- 2.7 Cheesy A’s
- 2.8 Plants!
- 2.9 Little Bit of Luck
- 2.10 V
- 2.11 Paradise Mother Son Tattoos
- 2.12 What Distance?
- 2.13 Abstract & Fun
- 2.14 Giving Tree
- 2.15 Birds of a Feather
- 2.16 Black Rose Mother Son Tattoos
- 2.17 Be Different
- 2.18 Howl
- 2.19 You Are My Sunshine
- 2.20 Standing Tall
- 2.21 G.O.A.T.’s
- 2.22 Keep It Skeletal
- 2.23 Yeehaw!
- 2.24 Penguins!
- 2.25 Lots of Love
- 2.26 Always Have the Same Moon
- 2.27 Hams
- 2.28 Good Ideas!
- 2.29 Bee Matching Mother Son Tattoos
- 2.30 Handpoked Goodness
- 2.31 The Only Holiday
- 2.32 Heartbeat Mother Son Tattoos
- 2.33 A Couple of Fish
- 2.34 Pooh & Piglet
- 2.35 Up, Up, & Away
- 2.36 Shared Wanderlust
- 2.37 Painted Hearts
- 2.38 A Shared Heart
- 2.39 Over the Moon
- 2.40 Right Through the Heart
- 2.41 Mom & Bub
- 2.42 Pride Runs In the Family
- 2.43 The Stones
- 2.44 Troopers
- 2.45 Birdies
- 2.46 Keeping It Weird
- 2.47 Lots of Lotus
- 2.48 A Couple of Cooks
- 2.49 Swimming Together
- 2.50 Swirling Together
- 2.51 Rainbow Orca
- 2.52 Some Magic
- 2.53 Name Names
- 2.54 Two Drops
- 2.55 Tiny Moons
- 2.56 Calavera
- 2.57 A Guiding Light
- 2.58 Dragon Duo
- 2.59 Semicolons
- 2.60 Lock & Key
- 2.61 Day & Night
- 2.62 Dippers
- 2.63 Time After Time
- 2.64 Foxy
- 2.65 Origami
- 2.66 Around the World
- 2.67 It’s a Sign
- 2.68 Charlie
- 2.69 First Things First
- 2.70 On Strength
- 2.71 They Tried
- 2.72 Moo!
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