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:
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. In your hand
Write a message in each other’s handwriting.
You could get each other’s names inked.
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?).
9. Mother of dragons
Speaking of fierce animal moms, nothing like a dragon to show your shared fiery side.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
16. Remember your roots
Design detailed trees with established root systems.
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:
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.
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?
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.
21. Day and night
One of you is the moon, the other is the sun (or, ahem, son).
A beautiful balance. 🌞🌜
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.
23. Favorite phrase?
Split it in two: To infinity… And beyond!
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:
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.
26. An infinite love
A simple, sleek infinity sign demonstrates your connection.
It makes for a touching wrist 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.
28. Half a heart
One half on one of you, and one half on the other, creates a whole.
29. A warm embrace
Take the linear tattoo style to a deeper level with a fine-line tattoo that connects you together.
30. Picture replicated
Get a special photograph replicated as an outline 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:
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.
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.
34. Mountains, deserts, sea
Tattoo natural phenomena you love in the same style.
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
37. Olive branch
Forever a symbol of peace.
38. Free as a bird
Birds live in flocks, but they also have their freedom.
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.