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10 Subtle and Heartwarming Tattoo Ideas for Doting Fathers

Be the best tattooed dad you can be with a touching father child tattoo.

Xavier in Tattoo Ideas

Tattoos are one of the best ways to show everyone the things that matter the most to you in life. They're the perfect, open journal to document your best moments and milestones. To some, being a father feels like the best thing one will ever do in life. 

Tattooed dads are particularly cool and often have an appreciation for art, which they pass on to their kids. If you're looking towards getting the perfect tattoo to summarize the relationship you have with your kids, I'm going to give you some pretty, little ideas inspired by subtlety.

1. Your child's favorite stuffed toy

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Subtle tattoo idea for dads – Michela Bottin. MichelaBottin stuffedtoy lion kid tattooeddad
Subtle tattoo idea for dads – Michela Bottin. #MichelaBottin #stuffedtoy #lion #kid #tattooeddad

Let their security blanket be the sense of comfort you take wherever you go with a nice tattoo like this.

2. Their eyes

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Subtle tattoo idea for dads – Martin Mesa. blackandgrey eyes child son tattooeddad
Subtle tattoo idea for dads – Martin Mesa. #blackandgrey #eyes #child #son #tattooeddad

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They say that the eyes are the only part of the human body that never grow old. Preserve their childlike innocence for life with tattoos that capture the very eyes they saw through when they were young.

3. Illustrative portrait

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Subtle tattoo idea for dads – by Zihae. Zihae son child tattooeddad southkorean
Subtle tattoo idea for dads – by Zihae. #Zihae #son #child #tattooeddad #southkorean

If there's one artist whose style you particularly liked, let them take the wheel and illustrate a portrait of your child in a style you're fascinated by.

4. Doodle portrait

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Subtle tattoo idea for dads – by Doyo. Doyo son tattooeddad doodle
Subtle tattoo idea for dads – by Doyo. #Doyo #son #tattooeddad #doodle

Have one of your favorite portraits of your children designed in a doodle-like style to be etched on your skin to remind you of the simple moments in life.

5. Symbol

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Subtle tattoo idea for dads – Sway Tattooer. Sway anchor family tattooeddad neotraditional
Subtle tattoo idea for dads – Sway Tattooer. #Sway #anchor #family #tattooeddad #neotraditional

While your children's portraits and birthdates are a rather straightforward way to express your love for them, the use of symbolism also makes for a great tattoo to dedicate to them. 

6. Touching images in black and grey

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Subtle tattoo idea for dads – Fresh Native. blackandgrey son tattooeddad crown hands family
Subtle tattoo idea for dads – Fresh Native. #blackandgrey #son #tattooeddad #crown #hands #family

If you're more into the big picture and getting the point across, settle for a nice image of familial love in classic black and grey — perhaps from the first image of your child's tiny hands — to show just how much being a father means to you and how you aim to raise your child. 

7. Matching family tattoos with your spouse

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Subtle tattoo idea for dads – by Eva Krbdk. evakrbdk circle landscape microtattoo
Subtle tattoo idea for dads – by Eva Krbdk. #evakrbdk #circle #landscape #microtattoo

Keep your bond stronger with matching tattoos dedicated to your little ones. A couple that tattoos together, stays together!

8. Sketch tattoos

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Subtle tattoo idea for dads – by Banul. Banul southkorean sketch son family
Subtle tattoo idea for dads – by Banul. #Banul #southkorean #sketch #son #family

Encase a memory in a subtle, sketch style tattoo that will perfectly capture the sweet, understated moment in your child's life you'd like to keep with you for life.

9. Kid's drawing

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Subtle tattoo idea for dads – by Adrian Ky. tattooeddad kidsdrawing doodle
Subtle tattoo idea for dads – by Adrian Ky. #tattooeddad #kidsdrawing #doodle

Be your child's personal refrigerator door! Display their work proudly — it will impact them in a greater way you can imagine.

10. Micro tattoo

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Scribble tattoo by baam.kr on Instagram. doodle southkorean daughter drawing
Scribble tattoo by baam.kr on Instagram. #doodle #southkorean #daughter #drawing

Let's face it, not all tattooed dads have to be these large, macho men with traditional tattoo sleeves and beards. If you're that low-key tattooed dad who understands that bigger isn't always better, a nice micro tattoo for your child will still mean more to them than you can imagine.

If you're into stuff about super tattooed dads, there's more here:

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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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