Getting mother-daughter tattoos is a special and unique way to signify your bond with one another. Although you may sometimes get on each other’s nerves or disagree, some moms and daughters share a love and best friendship that’s unlike any other. What better way to display your connection than with a sentimental tattoo? With so many designs to choose from (you really can’t go wrong!), we narrowed it down to 8 meaningful mom and daughter tattoos inspired by real mother-daughter duos. From small, dainty tattoos to more intricate continuous line drawings, there are a range of options to get your creative juices flowing!
3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Mom and Daughter Tattoo
When deciding on a mom and daughter tattoo, you’ll need to choose whether you want the exact same design, or if you want to each get something different that compliments one other. For example, while some duos choose to get the same flower or quote, others may decide to get complimentary quotes like “you keep me wild” and “you keep me safe” as shown in #2 in the tattoo designs below.
You’ll also need to decide on the location of your tattoos and whether you’ll get them in the same place. While the daughter may be open to having a tattoo that’s more visible, the mom may want to have it in a place that’s easier to hide. Or vice versa. The arms seem to be a popular location for mom and daughter tattoos. Behind the ear is a great spot if you want your tattoo to be easily hidden, but of course you can choose anywhere you please!
Keep in mind that the bigger the tattoo the longer it will take, and the more painful it will be. Be honest to yourselves (and each other) about your pain tolerance and choose a tattoo size that will work for both of you. If it’s both of your first tattoos, you may want to go for something small and simple, but if you’ve both gotten tattoos before, you know your pain tolerance and can choose something more detailed!
8 Meaningful Mom and Daughter Tattoos
1. Dragonfly Tattoos
These mother-daughter dragonfly tattoos are pretty and subtle, so you can really get them anywhere on your body. The minimal design is also ideal for tattoo first-timers. Dragonflies are a symbol of change and transformation, and are heavily associated with positivity. If you’ve both gone through significant changes in your life recently, the dragonfly can signify your growth and development alongside one another.
2. ‘Keep Me Wild, Keep Me Safe’ Tattoos
This two-part quote is perfect for a mom and daughter tattoo. The mom can get “keep me wild” to signify how her daughter keeps her youthful and open minded, and the daughter can get “keep me safe” as a reminder that her mom will always be there for her. It’s such a sweet sentiment that you’ll be proud to wear forever.
3. Pinky Promise Tattoos
A pinky promise tattoo signifies a close friendship or serious bond between two people. Many mothers and daughters have a best friend relationship and these tattoos can show their lifelong connection with one another. We love the minimalist, fine line design of these tattoos. Because the tattoo isn’t too bold, it’s great for those not keen on getting too much attention.
4. Face Tattoos
These mother-daughter face tattoos are so stunning. Work with a skilled tattoo artist to design tattoos based on each other’s faces. This style is called a ‘continuous line drawing’ or ‘contour line drawing’. It’s such a cool concept that will definitely be a conversation starter.
5. Minimalist Airplane Tattoos
Airplane tattoos are perfect for a mom and daughter duo who live in different cities. No matter how much physical distance is between you, the plane signifies that the other is only a short flight away and that you’re never too far from one another. They’re also great for a mother and daughter who love to travel the world together. This small, dainty design is easy to place anywhere, and is super subtle and chic.
6. Joining Heart Tattoos
We absolutely adore the idea of this adjoining tattoo. The heart is one of the simplest symbols of love, but it’s wonderful how this concept takes it a step further with the fine line design that intertwines when placed together. The tattoos are beautiful on their own, but have even more significance together. For a design like this, make sure to work with a tattoo artist who is experienced in fine line tattoos.
7. Crescent Moon Tattoos
The moon acts as a symbol of feminine energy. The crescent moon is dainty, aesthetically pleasing, and can be related to new phases in life, new chapters, or a new beginning. It can also represent motherhood and fertility, making it meaningful in a number of different ways. You can choose to both get an outline of a crescent moon, a crescent moon filled in, or each get one of both.
8. Matching Flower Tattoos
Is there a flower you and your mom both love? Or perhaps a flower that’s super meaningful to both of you- maybe it was your grandmother’s favourite flower that she grew in her yard. Or maybe, like in this example, you and your mom have the same birth month and choose to get matching birth flower tattoos. Whatever the meaning, you really can’t go wrong with matching flower tattoos!
We hope these mother-daughter tattoo designs have given you some inspiration! Whatever tattoo you choose to get will be meaningful, but it’s important to put some thought into the location, size, and design.
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