Inside: 25 Honoring Dad Tattoo Ideas.

What better way to show love and admiration for the man we call Dad than to get a tattoo in his honor? Thoughtful (and permanent), tattoos are a gesture of true devotion, and lots of people are getting ink that shows their love of their fathers.

And for those who’ve lost their fathers, a dad tattoo can be a touching tribute. Some dads get their own dad tattoos to give credit to their favorite role in life — as Dad, of course.

That idea is mom-approved! And we’d bet that all these tattoos are dad-approved as well.

Dad Tattoo Ideas

Honoring Dad Tattoo Ideas

This list of beautiful tattoos — all in honor of Dad — will make grown-up daughters (and sons) start itching to get inked. Some are bright and bold. Others are simply gorgeous in black and white. So many styles to inspire! There are sentimental scenes and symbols for those who wear their (ink) hearts on their (skin) sleeves. There are funny doodles for fathers who love nothing more than a good “dad” joke. Still more options take something like a handwritten note and turn it into art. There’s a tattoo out there to represent every type of dad. (Or even if the perfect one isn’t out there yet, there’s a tattoo artist capable of creating it.) Take a look at these 25 incredible dad tattoo ideas for father-centric inspiration.

What is a Memorial Tattoo

A memorial tattoo is an expression of deep feelings regarding a person or event. People will often get a memorial tattoo to honor the life of a hero or loved one. Body art is also used to memorialize relationships or life-altering events.

Dad Tattoo Ideas

These Dad tattoo ideas are perfect to honor the man you taught you so much in life!

1. A Note from Dad

2. Military Dad Tattoo

3. Circular Saw Blade: A saw blade has never looked so pretty!

Dad Tattoos

4. Beach-Themed Tattoo: This super cute tattoo of a beach scene is a great way to honor a wave-riding, laid-back dad.

5. Anatomical Heart Dad Tattoo

6. Darth Vadar Tattoo: Because after all he is your father!

7. Father & Son Stick Figure: The father-son stick figure drawing may be one of the most endearing dad tattoos ever.

Dad Tattoo Ideas

8. Sentimental Tattoo: It’s true … our dads are never truly far away — they are always in our hearts. And these little birds, perched on a seesaw, represent that sweet sentiment.

Tattoo Ideas to Honor Dad

Finding the perfect reminder can be tough, but here are a few ideas that will help! I love the hobby dad tattoo idea! What is your Dads favorite hobby?

8. Sentimental Tattoo: It’s true … our dads are never truly far away — they are always in our hearts. And these little birds, perched on a seesaw, represent that sweet sentiment.

9. Robin Dad Tattoo

10. Dad’s Lighthouse Tattoo: This lighthouse tattoo by artist Tony Costello is a perfect tribute to a dad who’s always guided his family through the storms.

Tattoo Ideas

11. Heart Dad Wrist Tattoo: Wrist tattoos are popular, and this sweet and simple one carries a special meaning: love for dad.

12. Pineapple Dad Tatoo: Tattoo possibilities are endless, as this pineapple tattoo demonstrates. Dad likes pineapples? Why not get a pineapple dad tattoo!

13. Heart & Flower: Tattoo artist Ryan Mills created this pretty piece with Pops in the banner. We love the heart and the yellow flower.

14. Hobby Tattoo: Tattoo artist Will Walsh created this piece with a chef knife and paintbrush in honor of a dad with a passion for both cooking and art.

Father Ideas

15.  Anchor and Heart Tattoo

16. Anchor Tattoo

17. Father-Daughter: This beautiful silhouette of a father and daughter was done by tattoo artist Craig St. Peter. What makes it even more special is that the heart balloon was drawn by the daughter.

Father Tattoo Ideas

Hey Dad, this one’s for you!

18. Musical Dad: The cool black and gray in this excellent tattoo by Meg Felix give the harmonica a realistic silvery look. Dad must be a musician!

19. Dapper Dad Tattoo

20. Papa Arm Tattoo: So subtle and delicate, this one-word tattoo speaks volumes of the bearer’s love for Dad — and the placement is perfect.

21. Watercolor Memories: Watercolor tattoos are all the rage for a reason: Just look at those beautiful colors in this twist on the father-child silhouette theme.

Sleeve Ideas

22. Nostalgic Photo Tattoo: Hold on to a special childhood memory forever with a design like this one, which is based on a photo of a sweet remote control car moment with Dad.

23. Golf Club: Anyone who grew up helping their dad carry golf clubs around a course every weekend will find this tattoo design meaningful.

24. Flower Power Dad Tattoo: Because love never stops blooming, and also because this is an appealingly cool and edgy take on the usual flowers-and-hearts thing. Dad will surely dig this tattoo.

25. Guitar Dad Tattoo: Carefully planned tattoo details — including the delicate line drawing of a horse’s face on the bottom of the guitar — paint a vivid picture of this rocking dad.

More Tattoo Ideas You’ll Love

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  • Small Tattoo Ideas for Men – Small tattoos for men can be significant or just a whim of an idea. Maybe you already have a sleeve full of ink or your back is full of tattoos that you can’t show off and you want just something small to show off.
  • Half Sleeve Tattoo Ideas for Women – Many choose to show their passions to the world in an artistic way. From traveling, taking photos, makeup or maybe just reading. There are many passions out there – it’s just deciding which one you can live with forever.