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The History of the 'Mom' tattoo

The History of the 'Mom' tattoo

May 10, 2018

It’s understandable that ‘Mom’ tattoos have been one of the most common traditional tattoos for as long as any of us can remember.  She’s been there for you since day one, and you want to keep a piece of her with you forever. This Mother’s Day, we thought it fitting to give a little American Traditional history lesson on the birth of the ‘Mom’ tattoo, and how it’s evolved over the years.

It’s widely believed that the first person to wear the now-classic “Mom” heart tattoo was an Irish sailor who penned the design with an Irish folk song “Kissed Me Darling Mother” in mind.


Sailor Jerry popularized the design, integrating it into his iconic flash. By the end of the 20th century, it had become a common American traditional design that can be even be found outside of tattoo shops. The 'Mom' heart has been spotted in fashion, in bakeries, in cartoons, and in popular art. 

The classic heart and banner have been tattooed on uncountable sons and daughters worldwide. Many chose to embellish the design with other traditional elements such as sparrows or flowers, while others add more personal touches like quotes, and birth/death dates, or replacing the heart altogether.

 

 

 

 

Mom tattoos aren’t just for birth mothers, either. Many people get them to celebrate their stepmothers, adoptive mothers, or other matronly figures in their lives. 

Do you have a 'Mom' tattoo, or do you plan on getting one? Let us know in the comments!



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