Tribute To Grandparents

Xavier in Tattoo Ideas

This month of September, which is also National Grandparent's Month, we will pay our tribute to our dear grandparents the Tattoodo way.

They are the people who are most like our parents, only with more cookies and endless stories. They are also the ones whose hips almost broke from chasing us on their front porches, the ones who would sit us on their laps and tell us stories from 19-who-knows-when, and the ones who would send us home sixteen-pounds heavier from all the stuff they would shove down our mouths whenever we come to visit. When we fight with our parents, and our friends won't understand us, we run to them for their comfort. Even some of us who are all grown up with lives of their own still cling to their grandparents once in a while to relive that childhood feeling, when the world gets too rough on them. SEE ALSO: 9/11 Memorial Tattoos Gramma, Grampa, Granny, Pops, Abuela, Abuelo, Franny, Papa, Ye Ye, Lola, Lolo, Oma, Opa, Maman, Mawmaw, Papi or whatever way you may call them, they do fully deserve our love and respect for the tireless compassion they have shown us. Some of us may have lost one or both of our grandparents, but there are ways to keep their memories alive. Featured here are tattoos from grandkids who showed their appreciation through the beautiful art of tattoos.

Cassie's Granparent's portrait tattooed by Erin Burge of Sweet Siren Studio in BC, Canada
Cassie's Granparent's portrait tattooed by Erin Burge of Sweet Siren Studio in BC, Canada

Cassie's Granparent's portrait tattooed by Erin Burge of Sweet Siren Studio in BC, Canada. In this stunning work, Burge captured the youth and beauty of the couple, looking more young and alive than ever in this tattoo.

Traditional style leg piece of a fishing reel with a candle and the name Georgie Porgie (nickname of the owner's deceased grandfather) tattooed by Theo Mindell of Spider Murphy's Tattoo in San Rafael, CA.

Work in progress memorial tattoo by Miguel Angel of Latin Angel Studio in London, UK.
Work in progress memorial tattoo by Miguel Angel of Latin Angel Studio in London, UK.

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Freehand Grandma's girl tattoo by Jon Hall.

Silly grandma portrait tattooed by London Reese of  MD Tattoo a Studio in Northridge, CA.
Silly grandma portrait tattooed by London Reese of  MD Tattoo a Studio in Northridge, CA.
Silly grandpa portrait, also tattooed by London Reese.
Silly grandpa portrait, also tattooed by London Reese.

Custom tattoo by the owner done at Perfect Image in Waterloo Ontario. The meaning behind this is the owner's grandfather was nicknamed Buck, hence the animal representation, while the tree-ring texture symbolized time and strength.

Tattooed by Pauly Lingerfelt of Downtown Tattoos in New Orleans, LA.
Tattooed by Pauly Lingerfelt of Downtown Tattoos in New Orleans, LA.

Zombie Gramps tattooed by Josh Woods of Black 13 Tattoo Parlor in Nashville, TN. This is a creepy take on a grandparent tribute tattoo, featuring a zombie version of their grandfather.

Popular memorial quote tattoo, artist unknown
Popular memorial quote tattoo, artist unknown
Opa Steam Engine tattoo by Les Collier of Searchlight Tattoo in Centerville, Georgia.
Opa Steam Engine tattoo by Les Collier of Searchlight Tattoo in Centerville, Georgia.

Beautiful portrait tattooed by Ryan Mullins of Art Junkies Tattoo Studio in Hesperia, CA.

Elvis Presley-themed grandmother memorial tattoo by Jake Bussie of Alkali Tattoo in Janesville, WI.
Elvis Presley-themed grandmother memorial tattoo by Jake Bussie of Alkali Tattoo in Janesville, WI.
Amazing portraiture work of Nikko Hurtado on Drake's back.
Amazing portraiture work of Nikko Hurtado on Drake's back.

Grandmother portrait tattooed by Mike Tidwell of Hidden Hand Tattoo in Seattle, WA.

Amazing couple portrait tattooed by Phil Young of Hope Gallery Tattoo in New Haven, CT. Tattooed by Steve Rowes at Tattoo Alchemy in Montclair, CA.

A cable spool tattoo, in memory of  the client's grandfather. Done by Jesse Dickson of Smitty's Place Tattoos in Bremerton, WA.
A cable spool tattoo, in memory of  the client's grandfather. Done by Jesse Dickson of Smitty's Place Tattoos in Bremerton, WA.

Impressive portrait tattooed by Russ Abbott of Ink & Dagger Tattoo Parlour in Decatur, GA.

Another military grandfather portrait tattooed by Jimbo of Off the Map Tattoo in Grants Pass, OR.

Some go with simple tribute tattoo with a deeper meaning such as this tiny one. The heart locket tattooed on the client's arm was said to be the first jewelry her grandfather ever gave to her grandmother and was then passed on to her.

Headpiece tattooed by Eva Huber of Long Street Collective in Columbus, OH.
Headpiece tattooed by Eva Huber of Long Street Collective in Columbus, OH.
Waveform tattoo by Lisa Sinner of Liquid Amber Tattoo in Vancouver, BC. The tattoo owner writes in a blog, describing his tattoo,
Waveform tattoo by Lisa Sinner of Liquid Amber Tattoo in Vancouver, BC. The tattoo owner writes in a blog, describing his tattoo,

This design consists of two things that I will always love in my life. Music/Sound and my grandmother. At my grandparents surprise wedding anniversary party in Scotland, my grandmother said the words “If I live till I’m a hundred, I’ll never forget it” when she was handed the microphone.

She had cancer and passed away soon afterwards.

Simply, I took the audio wave-form, did some noise reduction so you could see the transients, and then had it tattooed on my fore-arm, with all the words written below. As seen here.

The client wanted a canary for her grandmother, who used to raise the bird and a rose for her grandfather who developed Alzheimer's before he passed away. Done by Jules Croucher at Ink Spot Tattoos & Piercings in Christchurch, New Zealand.

And finally, here is Frank Iero (former guitarist of My Chemical Romance), with his memorial tattoo for his grandfather, done by the amazing Kat Von D.

Do you have a tribute to grandparents which you'd like to share? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!

Looking for a unique tattoo to get in dedication of your grandparents? Hit us up at Tattoodo, with hundreds of artists at your service.

Xavier

@Xavier

When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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