Have you ever wanted to do something for your mom to really make Mother’s Day extra special? What about a tribute to your mother, considering everything that she has ever done for you? After all, don’t we always just get flowers and call it day? NOT THIS YEAR. Just remember that most bouquets only last 2 weeks … BUT ink and knowledge are forever!

If you’re wondering where I’m going with this, just hang on! The most iconic tattoo is actually, the mom-heart tattoo! The official, mom tattoo has been paying tribute to mother's all around the world since the 1700’s (Yes, I’m SO serious). This specific tattoo design has been around for several decades, way before any guy we ever knew got it, haha. However, up until 1920, they were usually done to memorialize mothers who had passed and has been recognized as the most timeless and traditional tattoo in Western tattooing. All of this is pretty cool, right? I'm sure you're second guessing anything you already got mom for her special day or are completely forgetting any last minute gifts that you thought would have been perfect.
The mom-heart tattoo has been a long tradition with nautical roots. If you don’t believe me, legend has it, an Irish sailor, inspired by lyrics “saluted my father, kissed me darling mother” in the folk song “Rocky Road to Dublin” got the first heart-based mom tattoo and popularized the idea.

Have you ever heard of Norman Collins? He’s also known as Sailor Jerry and was a US Navy sailor who learned the art of tattooing at a young age. After serving, he moved to Honolulu and became famous for tattooing sailors (goals). Along with flash tattoos, his heart and banner mom tattoo became an iconic design which is still popular today, go Jerry!!

Many US Navy sailors were younger than 20 when they went off to fight in WWII, which means many didn’t have wives. Along with patriotic ink, tribute tattoos for their moms were common among these gentlemen.

A sailor staring down a long stint at sea- including the possibility of not returning home-often wanted a heart tattoo to keep his loved ones close. Sometimes these hearts were just images. Other times, they read "Mom" or featured the name of a special girl. Hearts still remain one of the most popular tattoos for both sailors and civilians.

These mom-hear tattoos were one of the most classic pieces of art on skin and I’m glad to hear that time is catching up! I mean who better to thank than mom, right?

Check out these local tattoo parlors for you and mom to add some ink and make it a memorable day!


Hamlet of Wallkill

2 Tone Tattoos


Gallery Tattoo


Lady Luck Studio


Sterling Tattoo Design And More


Artistic Creations


No Man's Land Tattoo Parlor


Millennium Tattoo


Queen City Tattoo


Doc Rivers Electric Tattoo


Hudson Valley Tattoo Company

Wappingers Falls

Graceland Tattoo Inc

Wappingers Falls

Woodstock Tattoo Studio


Metamorphosis Tattoo


Karma Tattoo


Art in Soul III

New Paltz

If you have any mom-heart ink tattoos, NOW is the time to share it! Also, if your plans for Mother’s Day includes getting your mom inked on your body or adding to, you know I would LOVE to see this. Feel free to drop comments below of your experience!