Adoption & Tattoos

    Adoptee and tattoos. Adoption doesn’t get any more permanent than this. Are you an adoptee with ink? Please email us your photos and a little blurb about what it means to you.
    Eva Miller
    This tattoo is of my birth mom Jeannie Hammond, she sent this picture to me when I was three years old in 1983. She wrote on the back of it “I will always love you”, Your mom, Jeannie. The picture and the tattoo means the world to me, it’s the only thing I have that she touched. I never got a chance to speak to her because she passed away.
    Janice Flores
    Janice Flores
    Left tattoo: Is honoring my adoptive parents, It reads, ” To Janice Carol with Love from Mommy & Daddy”.  It is my mom’s exact handwriting from a book she gave me when I was 4. This past June when my birth mother rejected me I was so hurt and broken that I had this tattooed on me to remind me that I had people that loved and wanted me.
    Right tattoo: I just has done a few weeks ago. After being strung along by my birth mother, I decided to find my birth father on my own. I found out he died when I was 4; however, his brothers and sister have been AMAZING to me. My Aunt Norma sent me a letter my Dad wrote in 1966 and the words on my arm are his exact writing. I love both tattoo’s and both bring me great comfort!! If I ever get a decent picture of my birth father I plan on having that tattooed as well.


    My natural mom adopted me back this past July.  We celebrated by getting matching tattoos!!! My adoption-back was an incredible experience!!!  My 43rd birthday was 2 days later and it was the best birthday I’ve ever had!



    November 29th 2009…the date I found out I was adopted. I got the tattoo on 10/31/2010. I just wanted a reminder of a day that has truly changed me for the rest of my life.



    I got this on my left forearm, right where my baby’s head was cradled the very first time I got to hold him before he was placed for adoption.

    I’m Adopted and A Birth Mother so this tattoo represents SO many people. First off it represents my Birth Parents, My Parents, and myself, it also represents my Son, the amazing Parents that adopted him, and again myself. 

    For personal reasons there is no coloring, no extra images, or flare to it. I didn’t want anything to take away from the meaning of it. And didn’t want anything to ‘glamorize it’ as being a Birth Mother is not an easy thing, its the hardest thing I have ever had to do and don’t find anything ‘glamorizing’ about it.
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    Susan Weikum-Johnson
    It is my Korean name and the Korean imperial seal.


    If you have a tattoo that you would like to be featured please email all entries to [email protected] Subject: Tattoo 
    Thank you all for sharing such amazing pieces of ink along with your powerful meanings!


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    Jessenia Parmer
    Jessenia Parmer
    I'm Jessenia. I am an adult adoptee with 10 years of experience advocating and fostering relationships with adoptees, and over five years of experience teaching adoptive parents how to have a successful and genuine relationship with their adopted child.


    1. Thank you for sharing! Those are all so beautiful and meaningful!

    2. Eva Miller says:

      Thanks for sharing jae.

    3. I love what these represent to each of us and how these bring comfort to us!
      Thanks for sharing!!

    4. I love what these represent to us and the comfort they bring to us!
      Thanks for sharing!!

    5. Sam Walton says:

      Very informative thanks for sharing.

      Tattooing Dalby

    6. Good Information about Adoption & Tattoos.

    7. John smith says:

      Nice post ,i praise you for the statement-I had this tattooed on me to remind me that I had people that loved and wanted me.Thanks to share this information.

      Tattooing Dalby

    8. PottiJo says:

      Beautiful and meaningful tattoos. Thank for posting. I've had my first tat this week.

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