Back in the day, if a guy had any kind of sentimental ink, it was assumed to be something along the lines of a heart with the word "Mom" across it. These days, though, men are getting more meaningful and creative pieces. Especially dads. These days, dads use their ink to celebrate, embrace, and memorialize being a father. If you or your partner are thinking of getting some ink work done, why not get some inspiring ideas of cool tattoos for dads? Being a parent doesn't mean you have to give up your edge or suddenly become a minivan driving, belted jean shorts wearing, bad joke telling dude. You can still be just as rad as ever.
Though my husband has yet to take the plunge and go under the needle, he has expressed that he would be interested in getting one someday as long at it had some type of significant tie to our son or his journey in fatherhood. As it turns out, plenty of men share his sentiment and there are many ways to honor parenthood through tattooing.
So if you're interested in getting a little ink yourself, wanting to find inspiration for your partner, or are just curious, then check out these cool tattoo ideas for dads.