Mommy Tattoos: Paying Tribute to Your Kids With Ink

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — When she was just 14 years old, Courtney “Partypants” got her first tattoo. Since then, the tattoo artist has acquired a few more.

“The number of tattoos I currently have could vary depending on how you want to count them, but I think the most accurate would probably be between 22 to 25,” Courtney said.

But out of all the tattoos on her body, the ones on her hands are the most special.

“These were drawn by my daughter when she was just three years old,” Courtney explained. “It was after my son was born and she did a little self portrait of the two of them.”

They’re called mommy tattoos, or ink to honor your kids.

“I got these tattoos on my hands as a reminder to push forward, work hard,” Courtney said.

She’s not alone. Julia Roberts has her children’s names permanently marked on her lower back, and Adele sports a few tattoos dedicated to her son Angelo.

Here in the U.S., more women than men have tattoos: 23 percent of women versus 19 percent of men. Courtney says she gets a lot of requests for so called mommy tattoos.

“Over the last few years, I’ve had a lot of clients coming in wanting to do tattoos either based on their children’s names or footprints or date of birth,” Courtney said. “Anything important really incorporating children is a big theme in tattooing.”

But if you’re going to take the plunge to immortalize your kids, there are a few things to keep in mind.

“A lot of people also want to get portraits of their children but portraits can be difficult and a lot of tattoo artists maybe don’t specialize in it; they don’t always translate,” Courtney explained. “Children’s artwork makes some of the best tattoos and it’s something that no one else could possibly have.”

And when it comes to tattoos, they can go both ways. Dan Dings is hoping his new ink will put a smile on his mom’s face.

“My fondest memory of being a kid is when she would take me to the local pawn store and we would buy spider man comics,” Dings recalled. “I want to pay tribute to my mom because she’s the best. She’s like my favorite person and one of my best friends.”

It’s a way unlike any other to say “I love you” this Mother’s Day.

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