Mother and Son Tattoos: 39 Design Ideas

Mother and Son Tattoos: 39 Design Ideas

There’s something undeniable about the bond between mother and son.

What better way to mark this lifelong tie, or to express your gratitude and love, than with matching mother and son tattoos?

Maybe something fun and lighthearted feels like a good fit, such as your childhood superhero.

Or maybe you’re looking for something a little more meaningful, like getting each other’s fingerprint patterns tattooed.

Still looking for ideas?

The following list will help you have a design in mind before you make a booking with your favorite tattoo studio.

In this article: 📝

  • Fun mother and son tattoos
  • Meaningful mother and son tattoo symbols
  • The best matching mother and son tattoos
  • Line mom and son tattoos
  • Minimalist mother and son tattoos

Fun mother and son tattoos

Your bond is tight. Strong. Unbreakable.

But it’s also formed through fun memories and light-hearted moments – maybe even a wish that was made years before your son arrived.

Honor your rare connection with one of these fun mother and son tattoos:

motherhood mother and son tattoo

1. Childhood heroes

Which superhero was a childhood favorite? Batman? Spiderman? Captain America? Or maybe it was a character from Star Wars or The Lord of the Rings?

Why not honor this long-loved hero with a tattoo?

Fun mother-son tattoos Flower power

2. Flower power

Is there a flower you both love?

These designs don’t need to match.

As long as you both have the same flower somewhere in the final design, you’ll still think of each other every time you see it.

Fun mother-son tattoos Rock on

3. Rock on

Which rock band had you two turning up the volume and dancing around the living room?

The Rolling Stones? Pink Floyd? Nirvana?

Tattoo the sign of the horns on the inside of your wrist to celebrate your shared love for a good ol’ rock ’n roll guitar riff.

tattoo ideas for mother and son

4. Chip off the old pot

Mrs. Potts and her teacup son Chip from Beauty and the Beast – the most famous Disney mother-son duo.

You can pay tribute solo or wait until your son is all grown up for a matching tattoo opportunity.

mother son tattoos dinosaur

5. Dino baby tattoo

What kid doesn’t have a favorite dinosaur growing up?

Pay a sweet homage to your son’s wide-eyed wonder with a tattoo of his favorite dinosaur.

doodle tattoo ideas for mother and son

6. Doodle

Recreate a childhood drawing as a fun memento – the more colorful, the better!

You could even expand your tattoo to capture the entire family with one of your son’s many hand drawn portraits.

handwriting mother son tattoo

7. In your hand

Write a message in each other’s handwriting.

You could get each other’s names inked.

mother-son animal tattoo

8. Mom and baby animal tattoo

Tap into your wild side with a mother-son animal tattoo.

You can go as fierce or as fluffy as you like.

Don’t stop at furry creatures – there’s plenty of food pairings that are simply meant to be (peanut butter and jelly anyone?).

mother dragon tattoo

9. Mother of dragons

Speaking of fierce animal moms, nothing like a dragon to show your shared fiery side.

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Meaningful mother and son tattoo symbols

Every tattoo carries a specific meaning, but there’s something truly special about mother and son tattoos.

Celebrate your mantel as a mother bear and the one-of-a-kind bond you now have with one of these meaningful tattoos:

Fun mother-son tattoos Connected heartbeats

10. Connected heartbeats

This one’s a bit more sentimental, but it can look very slick if it’s done right.

Tattoo a heartbeat graph along your arms so that, if you sit side by side, they connect.

Meaningful mother-son tattoo symbols Hakuna matata

11. Hakuna Matata

You might remember “Hakuna Matata” as the song from The Lion King.

“It means no worries for the rest of your days!” sang Timon and Pumbaa.

Did you know that there’s also a symbol for this phrase?

It looks a bit like a treble clef combined with an infinity symbol and is perfect for mother-son teams who loved this Disney classic.

Meaningful mother-son tattoo symbols Celebrate your uniqueness

12. Celebrate your uniqueness

Ask your tattoo artist to take an impression of your fingerprints and get the other’s tattooed somewhere that feels right.

Of course, this one is particularly symbolic since our fingerprints are formed in the womb.

Meaningful mother-son tattoo symbols Family tree

13. Family tree

Work with a tattoo artist to create a design for your family lineage.

This design could be quite literal and look like a traditional family tree, or it could be quite abstract, something only the two of you understand the symbolism behind.

matching tattoos for mother and son Honor your heritage

14. Honor your heritage

Where does your family heritage lie?

Is it African, Celtic, Hispanic, or Nordic?

Look into your lineage and see whether there are any symbols that feel right for you to share.

Matching mother son tattoo

15. Around the world

Celebrate your shared love for travel with matching maps of the world or maybe a plane, a train, a boat, or a bicycle.

Family tree mother and son tattoo

16. Remember your roots

Design detailed trees with established root systems.

Pinky promise mother and son tattoo

17. Pinky promise

Pinky promise hands symbolize the connection you’ll always share.

The best matching mother and son tattoos

Baby is all grown up, and your bond has matured with them.

Seal the love with one of these touching mom-and-son matching tattoos:

mom and son matching tattoos

18. Stick figure love

One of the sillier mom-and-son matching finger tattoos.

We love the simplicity of this stick figure tattoo, and its childlike style.

You could even take inspo from one of your son’s many art pieces you’ve collected over the years.

matching tattoos for mother and son Mama bear and her cub

19. Mama bear and her cub

Bears are known for being incredibly protective over their cubs.

If there’s something in this dynamic that resonates with you two, or bears remind you of the adventurous summers you spent camping together, why not opt for matching mama bear and baby cub tattoos?

Matching anchors mother son tattoo

20. Matching anchors

Anchors carry their weight in meaning – stability, steadfastness, or a sense of falling into place.

Or perhaps for you, it shows that you’ll always be the other’s support.

The other appeal of anchor tattoos? Versatility.

Be as creative as you like.

Day and night mother son tattoo

21. Day and night

One of you is the moon, the other is the sun (or, ahem, son).

A beautiful balance. 🌞🌜

matching mother and son tattoos

22. The divine breath of live

Celebrate the creation of your miracle baby with this matching mother and son tattoo in the spirit of The Creation of Adam.

to infinity and beyond matching tattoo

23. Favorite phrase?

Split it in two: To infinity… And beyond!

I love you mother son tattoo

24. A declaration of love

“I love you, mama,” and “I love you more.”

Line mom and son tattoos

The beauty of line tattoos is the significance of one continuous line leaving a bold impact.

If this resonates with you, try one of these line-inspired mother-son tattoos:

geometry tattoos for mother and son

25. Geometry rocks

Pick a design that resonates with you, like an animal you both feel an affinity for and transform it into a striking geometric tattoo.

Many people tend to fill the design with shapes and patterns that mean something to them – a circle may represent unity, while a triangle may mean connection.

infinity mother son tattoo

26. An infinite love

A simple, sleek infinity sign demonstrates your connection.

It makes for a touching wrist tattoo

Celtic Motherhood knot tattoo

27. The Celtic Motherhood knot

Also known as the Celtic Mother’s Knot.

This is the ultimate symbol for mother and son, designed to represent a mom’s eternal love for her children.

An especially poignant pick if you have Celtic roots.

heart mother son tattoo

28. Half a heart

One half on one of you, and one half on the other, creates a whole.

 fine-line mother son tattoo

29. A warm embrace

Take the linear tattoo style to a deeper level with a fine-line tattoo that connects you together.

mother and son portrait tattoo

30. Picture replicated

Get a special photograph replicated as an outline tattoo.

compass mother and son tattoo

31. Find your way home

Compasses and coordinates help us orientate ourselves.

Minimalist mother and son tattoos

When your connection can’t be described, sometimes less is more:

mother son astrology tattoo

32. A love for astrology

If you’re feeling your babe’s astrology vibes, honor that energy with simple horoscope tattoo.

Better yet, you can get your zodiac signs tattooed on each other if your signs find harmony.

motherhood mother and son tattoo

33. Black sheep

It’s good to be different.

Your son may always a feel a little like the odd one out, but he’ll always find a place to belong with you.

natural mother son tattoos

34. Mountains, deserts, sea

Tattoo natural phenomena you love in the same style.

minimalist mother and son heart tattoo

35. Hearts abound

A simple heart says it all.

It makes for a very cute shoulder tatto.

36. Little boy forever

No matter how big they grow, they’ll always be a baby in your eyes.

Keep the memories strong with this minimalist son tattoo for moms by tattoo artist Ahmet Cambaz

motherhood mother and son tattoo

37. Olive branch

Forever a symbol of peace.

Mother son tattoos

38. Free as a bird

Birds live in flocks, but they also have their freedom.

matching mom and son tattoos

39. Minimalist momma bear

Last but not least – a subtle tattoo with a strong presence.

At the end of the day, what matters is that your mother-son tattoo means something to both of you.

That it makes you laugh, pulls on your heartstrings, and helps you remember each other.

Happy inking!

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