Lots of parents get tattoos, often specifically for their children. Inkluded’s regular blogger, tattooist and parent Kat Winifred, wanted to delve into this idea further…
I have been wanting to write this blog post for so long! I just haven’t managed to find a quiet moment – little people have this power to make time disappear.
People get tattoos for many reasons and sometimes that reason is for their children.
As a tattooist, I have done tattoos for various parents – from those who want to honour babies who didn’t make it much past birth, to those who have had children who experienced a tough time in their early years in terms of health. From mums who want to celebrate their breastfeeding journey, to simply the name and date of their child that they want to embed in their skin forever.
All of these situations are different but one thing remains the same… parents get tattoos to celebrate the new life they have created.
Whether it’s to honour the hardship that came with that new life or to celebrate an arrival or milestone, I think it’s really lovely to do this for our little people. I have an oak tree myself, tattooed by Hannya Jayne for my son because we held is naming ceremony at an oak tree.
Bringing life into this world is such a remarkable experience, Like tribal cultures who mark their skin to celebrate significant life events, it seems only natural for us in Western civilisation to do the same.
As mentioned, many women choose to get tattoos to commemorate their breast-feeding journey, and these tattoos are usually created once a woman has stopped breast-feeding.
A mother feeds and and nurtures a baby with her body, so it’s quite symbolic to get a tattoo on the body to honour this fact, and to honour the body – the one place where a new soul came to be a life.