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Dad Tattoos, Dad Tattoo Designs, Dad Tattoo Meanings, And Dad Tattoo Ideas

Updated on August 10, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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Some of the most meaningful tattoos can be dad tattoos or father tattoos. Dad tattoos are not only limited to men as women commonly seek tribute to symbolize their father. Since dad tattoos can be sported by men and women, there are a host of father tattoo combinations, meanings, and ideas.

Dad tattoos are chosen for several different reasons, but they usually all point back to a father being honored as a tattoo. Father tattoos are popular among both sexes but differ between men and women. Women will typically get a dad tattoo to honor their father. It may come with phrases such as "Daddy's Girl" or "Daddy's Angel." Although some men get dad tattoos, the majority of men that get father tattoos get it to represent the fact that they are a father. This types of dad tattoo designs usually bear the name of their children.

Some men and women may choose to get a father tattoo as a memorial tattoo. As a memorial tattoo, there are a variety of different ways that one can properly represent their father. Many people choose to depict a symbol or element that gave meaning to their dad. For example, if your dad was in the military, perhaps you would choose a national flag or dog tags. If your dad was into Nascar, you may choose to get his favorite driver inked. If your looking for a father tattoo as a memorial, make it meaningful to him and yourself. Try thinking what your dad loved and apply it to your tattoo.

Dad tattoos can also be designed with mom tattoos. This is also a great way to give tribute to your parents and rightfully so. Our parents play major roles in our life. I know some of you may only have a father or perhaps only a mother. You may have a grandpa or a grandma that is more like your parents. Who played that special role in your life? It may be an uncle, cousin, or friend. If your out searching for tattoo ideas, maybe such a tattoo is down your alley.

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A dad tattoo or a father tattoo can actually represent a variety of different meanings. As you can see below, one father tattoo may symbolize something different from the next. However, in general, most symbolize a special recognition to their father. Remember though, in the end, your dad tattoo represents what you want it too. With saying that, below are some of the meanings behind dad tattoos.

  • Protection
  • Honor
  • Guidance
  • Guardian
  • Love
  • Bond
  • Everlasting
  • Family

Dad Tattoos


Above, we briefly discussed a few ideas for dad tattoos. Although every tattoo artist has stencils and tattoos to choose from, you may want something unique. Many tattoo artist are willing to make a pattern for you when advised. As I stated above, it is important to apply elements and symbols that played a role in your dad's life. What did your father enjoy? What made your father happy? Where did your father work? For example, if your dad was into muscle cars, you may want to apply one in your tattoo. If your father was a coal miner, you could add a coal lamp or hard hat to your tattoo. What made your father special? If your dad was a police officer, you may choose to get dad inked and have "HERO" under his name. This is your dad tattoo, make it special and meaningful.

Now, if you are a father looking for a tattoo, there are plenty of ideas for you as well. One of the most common father tattoos usually involve getting your children's names tattooed. You may be a new father or have children in their teens. If your a new father, there are a few different symbols that may be considered. Baby footprints or hand prints are always popular choices. Any symbol or element that is related to children can be used. This includes blankets, building blocks, toys, cars, or dolls. You may want to choose to get your child's name inked and have it surrounded by building blocks or legos. Your child may have a special talent that you want to portray in your tattoo.

You can also portray your child's personality in your tattoo. This can be meaningful and fun at the same time. Your child may be like the Tasmanian devil. He or she may run around getting into everything. If your child has a nickname, get it inked! You can also choose from thousands of symbols and elements. You may want to get hearts or stars portrayed in your tattoo. If you are very family oriented, you may want to choose to get a wolf tattoo. The wolf tattoo can represent "family" and "protection." If you want to stay basic, perhaps a simple name tattoo will do just fine.

Photos Dad Tattoo Examples


One of the main reasons that someone would choose a father tattoo is because they have lost their father. For such people, a dad tattoo is a very powerful and symbolic tattoo to wear. If you know your father or not, you have a father out there. We have all gone through hardships, some more then others. This may not pertain to your situation, but if it does, there are many ways to show respect and appreciation for your father.

As with most memorial tattoos, the cross is one of the most common symbols found within father memorial tattoos. The cross represents love, faith, everlasting, sacrifice, and spirituality. All these meanings correspond and translate with the meanings behind memorial tattoos. Another common symbol found in dad tattoos is the heart. Although many consider the heart to be a feminine symbol, both men and women can sport such a symbol.

Father tattoos also may be designed with mother tattoos as a memorial for both loved ones or for other reasons. For many of us, our parents are the most important figures in our life. In many cases, mom and dad are our best friends and two of the few people that are there through thick and then. These types of tattoos can be decorated with flowers, birds, and a variety of symbols.

There are a variety of appropriate symbols that can represent your father. Common symbols include tools, anchors, barbed wire, and animals. Be sure to take advantage of the great pictures in this article to help you with your own father tattoo.

Great Dad Tattoo Designs


There are some important things to remember before you get your father tattoo or any tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. Make sure that you fully understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked and find out later that your tattoo represents something different from what you first thought. Be sure to do your research first!

Never rush to get inked! Men and women that choose to get inked on an impulse usually regret their tattoo later on down the road. Don't make this same mistake. Remember, you are planning to wear this for the rest of your life. You don't want to go through the process of laser removal and cover ups. Be sure to make the right choice the first time around.

Father tattoos are meant to be special and very meaningful. You want to make sure that you go to a tattoo artist that you know and trust. Ask them for examples and don't be afraid to ask questions if you have concerns. If you are not sure if father tattoos are for you, be sure to follow the links below to view more tattoo symbols, ideas, and meanings. As always, thanks for your time.


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      jinali 3 years ago

      Mbigram tattoo mom dad

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Lots of creativity in these tattoos. I know they would be such a tribute to any father.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Ricky, Long time no see...The Dad tattoos are beautiful, the one on the hand ( RIP ) is sad, like you stated, " Everyone has their own reason. ) Thank's again....

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      These are really awesome tattoos. I love my dad lots but I'm not into tattoos but for anyone who is these are terrific. Passing this on. How have you been Ricky? Was wondering where you had gone to. Hope all is well with you and your family. Hugs.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi lyric!

      I have been missing you and wondered where you had been ----I know, life! I thought maybe you had finally written about all the tattoos there were to write about, but not so. The Dad tattoo is great. Wow, such variety too.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Oh well you know what I think about tattoos!!! I would never, ever, dream of having one myself but I am somehow fascinated by them. A great hub however as always!!

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Such an incredible assortment. Once again you have put such a lot of work into this comprehensive hub.

      Well done Ricky

      Happy Valentine's Day