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Mother Tattoos And Designs-Mother Tattoo Meanings And Ideas-Mom Tattoos

Updated on September 4, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


They are the one that endures the greatest natural pain a woman ever faces and at the very least, the one that gives us life. Every son and daughter in the world has one, our mother. Some are very close to their mom, some have a distant relationship, some may not talk to their mom, and others may not know who their mom is. Sometimes, our mother didn't give birth to us but showed us the love of a mother. Even if you don't know your mother, remember, she is the one that gave you life. Even if she left you and was in the wrong, she will always be your mother. Without them, life would not exist.

A great way to give appreciation to your mother is by getting a mother tattoo. Mom tattoos can be designed in a variety of different variations. Mother tattoos can be sported by both men and women. There are several symbols and elements that can be applied to mom tattoos. Mom tattoos always hold a high level of symbolic value to those who wear such a tattoo. In this article, we will discuss mom tattoo designs, mom tattoo meanings, and you will have a chance to view several mother tattoo designs. In the end, we hope that you find what you need and are able to find a few ideas for your own mother tattoo.

Men and women choose mom tattoos for a few different reasons. One popular reason that men and women choose mom tattoos is too show appreciation to their mother. A mother is a woman that loves us unconditionally. She does anything that she can for us and teaches us right from wrong. The bond between a mother and her child is sacred and full of love. The love of a child and a woman that is called mom can reach that same level. In many ways, biological or not, she is a hero, a nurturer, and a shield.

Another reason that men and women choose mom tattoos is because they have lost their mother. For these brave souls, a mom tattoo holds the highest level of symbolic value. Sadly, there will come a time when we all will pass away. It is just the way life is. Losing the woman that gave us life or was a shelter in life can be very difficult. A mom tattoo can be used as a memorial tattoo to honor the greatest woman in your life. This is a tattoo design that some will not be able to go through with. If so, there are still other ways to represent your mother other then a memorial tattoo.


In total, there are several different ways that mom tattoos are designed. Mom tattoos can be designed with a variety of different symbols and elements as well. One great thing about mom tattoos is that you can make a design that portrays your mother's personality or character. You can do this by adding symbols and elements that symbolize her as a person. For example, if your mother loved daffodils, you can have a tattoo designed with daffodils. If your mom enjoyed to sing, you may want to add music notes to your mother tattoo. This is a great way to have a unique tattoo that would only symbolize your mom. With so many options, you are sure to find the perfect symbols and elements to portray your mother.

When it comes to mother tattoo designs, there are a few symbols and elements that you commonly see. One popular symbol that is often portrayed in mom tattoos is the rose. The rose in the mother tattoo can symbolize love and passion. Another common symbol that represents the same thing is the heart. Roses and hearts are a popular choice when it comes to mom tattoos. No mom tattoo would be complete without "MOM", "MOMMY", "MUM", or "MOTHER" being designed on it. Most mom tattoo designs have this wrote on a banner while others may portray this elsewhere.

There are also feminine symbols that are commonly used for mom tattoos. Anyone of the symbols below could be used in mother tattoos.

  • Butterfly
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Dove
  • Feather
  • Hibiscus
  • Hummingbird
  • Ladybug
  • Lotus
  • Moon
  • Swallow

Mother tattoos that are designed to serve as a memorial will portray different symbols and elements in some cases. Mom tattoos for this purpose may be designed with an angel, cross, praying hands, rosary, or wings. The cross may have a halo designed above or angel wings on the sides. You may want "MOM" designed or her name instead. Some mom tattoo designs may portray a beautiful Bible quote or a quote in general.

Mother tattoo designs may also portray a real life tattoo of your mother. This may be the ultimate way to give appreciation to your mother. If she has passed, you may feel the need to have an old picture tattooed on you. This is a great way to remember your mom. Make sure it is a happy picture that portrays the very best of your mom so you can remember her in that way. You can also choose a portrait style frame around your mom tattoo with this design.


Since the mother tattoo does hold a high level of symbolic value, we have chose to list all the meanings that can represent your mother tattoo. Most of you already know these meanings, but we thought that we would list them anyway. Anyone of the meanings below can be represented by the mother tattoo.

  • Love
  • Respect
  • Dedication
  • Nurture
  • Protection
  • Honor
  • Life
  • Loyalty
  • Everlasting
  • Bond
  • Appreciation

There are some important things that you should remember before you choose you mother tattoo or any tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research any tattoo that you are interested in. You want to make sure that you completely understand what it represents and stands for. Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that rush to get a tattoo usually end up with regrets about their decision. If you are not sure about getting a tattoo, don't get it. Wait until your completely sure. Make the right decision the first time around! If you feel that the mom tattoo is not for you or you would like to view more tattoos, please feel free to follow the links below. Thanks for your visit!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Joe, thanks for sharing your story. First and most importantly, sorry about your mom. I pray that God watches over the whole family. I truly do. I can understand where you're coming from. I'll say this Joe, tattoo or not, if you always hold your mom in your heart, you won't find better comfort my friend. Nothing wrong with a tribute tattoo Joe. That one, you'll have to think about. A tattoo in your case could be healing Joe. It goes with you always, til the end, just like true love my friend.

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      joe 3 years ago

      Mom passed a year ago my 2 sons have tatoos (mom didn't care for tatoos) my sons been saying I should get one a been really thinking of a mom one she was the best

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Max, thanks for taking the time to drop in. Hope you enjoyed them. Take care pal!

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Wow! What a great job over these ones!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia




      Thanks for taking the time to drop in. Bill, glad you enjoy this series. Thanks for passing it on Bill. Gypsy, thanks so much. I appreciate you sharing this, I can't thank you enough. FT, your right. There will always be a popularity for them. To all, thanks again!

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      freeTattoos 5 years ago from New York

      Mother's tattoos never get old, to commemorate that woman who gave birth to you. It's something special I have say. Really cool designs. ;)


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and amazing. Wow so colorful and graphic. Ricky I've got a following going for you. You do such great work on these tattoo hubs that I started a pin board Amazing Tattoos and you are getting pinned. Have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I loved my mother dearly but there was no way I was having her face tattooed on my body! Amazingly I am enjoying this series; passing it on to my son.