Photo Credit: Sarah
When you're looking to get inked, it's a pretty safe bet to get kids' name tattoos. You might not always love Fido or that boyfriend from college, but you'll always cherish your kids. (Right?) From wanting to hide a scar, to covering up an ink they were tired of, read the creative reasons that these parents decided to get a tattoo in honor of their babes.
Our 12 Favorite Kids' Names Tattoos
Delano and Clara Leona
SaraSara, a mom of two, decided to get these kids names tattoos based on special memories she has with each of her children. The hummingbird represents her son, Delano, as the bird sat on a branch outside her window every day while she was pregnant with him. Clara, whose middle name is Leona, is represented by a lion -- not only was “lion” her first word, but her mom says she has the animal’s energy, as well.
Kyle Ann and Evan
JonBirth certificate footprints served as inspiration for Jon’s tattoos. The dad to Kyle Ann and Evan had identical versions of his children’s tiny feet inked on his forearms.
SarahSarah, mom to Abigail, says she always wanted a tattoo to represent her daughter, and had the work done soon after her baby girl turned 9 months old. The nine stars represent nine months of pregnancy, and the butterfly is Abigail's Celtic animal sign.
GillianGillian says she had her daughter’s name, Lily, tattooed on her wrist so that when she grows up and starts life away from home she will still always be with her.
Lexus, Rylee and Wynter
Mom-of-three Kemah never really liked the looks of a dragon tattoo on her leg, so she masked it with another tattoo that includes her children’s names, Lexus, Rylee and Wynter.
Avary, Garrett and Claire
Flickr/Melissa BoumsteinButterflies, flowers and vines were favorite things of mom-of-there Melissa Boumstein of Blue Springs, Mo., as were her children, of course, so she knew she wanted to incorporate the kids’ names with a nature theme for this tattoo, her second. The tattoo artist came up with the custom design.
Joaquin, Elias, Javier, Anne, Carrie and Allison
Flickr/Sarah VelaAustin, Texas mom of six Sarah worked with Megan Emery of Bijou Studios in her town to create this ocean-themed tattoo that includes not only seaweed, sand dollars, starfish and a seahorse, but all her kids’ names.
Charles and Marcus
Judy PughYou go, Grandma! Judy, grandmother to Charles and Marcus, got these tattoos of her grandsons’ names on her shoulders when she was 50 years old.
Nate and Ben
Patrick ChristensenPatrick, a dad to two boys from Queens, N.Y., says his tattoos are a physical representation of his sons that stay with him even when the kids aren’t around.
Flickr/Awesome MediaWhat began as an attempt to mask a scar on his upper left arm, became a tribute to Rob’s son, Daniel. The tattoo features the four natural elements -- fire, water, earth and air -- as well as his boy’s name and birthdate.
Flickr/connor KellerDad Conor, of Tampa, Fla., and his wife got tattoos in honor of their son, Avin.
Alison BucaloMom and dad Alison and Keith, parents to a boy, Emmett, love this one-of-a-kind tattoo that pays tribute their son. The numbers in the corner show Emmett’s birthday, the middle image of a scorpion represents his Scorpio sign and his weight is the lower right corner.