Mother's Day may have passed yesterday in the US...so we realize we're late on the mommy homage over here, but it's the thought that counts, right?! At least that's what most moms we know would say. All over the social media landscape people were posting pics of their matriarchs with heart warming sentiments. Lots of love was felt, and although it was raining in New York, we certainly saw tons of awesome kids taking their mommies out for boozy brunches and more. Here at Tattoodo, of course, we celebrate in the best way we know how: with awesome mom tattoos!! We've gathered up some sweet pieces that shout out to some of the strongest women we know.
As you may have realized many of these Mom tattoos are done in the Traditional style...banners, roses, and, most often, hearts are nice little add ons to an Americana Traditional tattoo that proclaims love for ur mom! It's also worth noting that this is such an iconic design within trad tattooing, partly because sailors and soldiers got these pieces to remind them of their loved ones when they left for war. That's pretty much true to how many of us look at tattooing now...we like to get the things we care about most on our skin because it means we carry them with us no matter where we go.
Mother's Day began in the US thanks to a woman named Anna Jarvis. "The first Mother’s Day was observed in 1908, and it was given federal recognition in 1914." The celebration was meant to give props to all those ladies who have devoted their lives and bodies to the well being of their children. In her own words, '"The purpose of Mother’s Day,” Jarvis told The Inquirer in May 1913, “is to make men and women realize their individual responsibility to right the wrongs of motherhood and childhood, not only in the home but also in the industrial world, and in the name of ‘mother’ to inspire men to carry forward the work for the home, which would mean not only its uplift, but would deepen their brotherhood toward each other.'"
Apparently, however, Jarvis was not down for all the crazy gift giving...in the 1920's, when greeting card companies and the floral industry had turned Mother's Day into a spending riot, Jarvis fought against the capitalist quality of the holiday she had fought so hard to create. She even decided to make white carnation pins, and sent them off, for free, to many organizations so that no one had to buy a thing. She also said of pre-made cards, “A maudlin, insincere printed card or ready-made telegram means nothing except that you’re too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone else in the world.” And we totally get it...which, is partly why we agree with the sentiment of this tattoo collection title. It is totally the thought that counts. What do we think makes mom's smile? How about breakfast in bed, a walk in the park or loving words that show the sincerity of the heart.
Really, it's all about just spending time with your mum and lettering her know how much you appreciate her being there. And if you throw in a mom tattoo, we hope she'll be ultra pleased that just as she made a life commitment to care for you, you have made a lifetime commitment to always love her and keep her close to your heart.
And for those of you with no mums, or moms you'd like to forget, we totally feel you. Holidays like this can often be totally alienating. Check out this list of a few of the worst moms in history...like Chinese empresses who kills their kids and wire hanger hating Mommy Dearest. Or, instead of being bummed out, hit up one of your friends moms! We're sure they'd love an excuse to mother you!