Posted: Jun 04, 2012 8:00 AM
 
Tattoos definitely don't have the taboo they used to. But some moms still wonder if getting a tattoo to commemorate their child's birth is trendy or trashy. I'm on the fence, but I've made a list of things to consider before I hit the tattoo chair. You decide.

Image vs. name/birth date

Okay, so in my humble opinion I think picture tattoos are creepy, so photo re-creation tattoos are a definite no for me. But if you decide to go with a photo image, make sure to have an in-depth consultation with your tattoo artist for some tips on how to choose an image that will best represent your child. I'm thinking my kids' first names or their first and middle names. Some moms also include their kids' birth dates or an original piece (like angel wings) with kids' names or initials integrated within the art.

Location

Despite the fact that I have four tattoos, you would never know this based on looking at me. My tattoos are all located in discreet places that I would never reveal in an office environment.

Tattoos have come a long way, but I still don’t want to have to reveal a tattoo in a job interview someday. That said, I am running out of really sneaky places to put a tattoo.

This one's a keeper

The good thing about a tattoo commemorating my children is I'll never, ever have tattoo-ees remorse. A tattoo paying homage to the joy and love that my kids have brought into my world will be my way of expressing that joy and love for them.

As a mother's love is forever, so is a tattoo. Remember that when you are deciding on a tattoo design. Don't choose anything too trendy that could fall by the fashion wayside along with legwarmers and scrunchies.

I think as long as a mom tattoo is done in a classy, simplistic and fairly discreet manner, it can't be considered trashy. But the choice is really an individual one. I know I've made up my mind. What about you?

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Laura Willard June 15, 2012
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I have each of my kids' names they were given in their birth countries before we adopted them tattooed on myself. So does my husband. I LOVE them. They mean a lot to me. I used to be very anti-tat, but I've changed my mind. :) As I said in the video, can't wait for my next one...
Kori Ellis June 10, 2012
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Most tattoos I see are definitely trashy. That's not to say that I think they can't be done tastefully -- just maybe some moms don't put enough thought into it before getting it done. But for me, I'd never do it... just not my style. -- Kori
Lisa Steinke June 03, 2012
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I think they're hot! I don't have one, but would never judge another mom for getting tatted up. To each her own.
Maria Mora May 30, 2012
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I totally agree on the lack of tattoo remorse thing. :)