Tattoos are becoming commonplace, and younger generations are more likely to get one (or several) than their parents. One poll found that 47% of Millennials (aged 18 to 35) have at least one tattoo, compared to 36% of Generation X (aged 36-50), just 13% of Baby Boomers (aged 51-70) and a mere 10% of those older than 70 years of age. This means that a lot of parents and grandparents may have a problem with your tattoo. However, it’s possible to win Mom over with some of these meaningful and deeply personal design ideas.

Mom’s favorite flowers

Most moms will have a favorite flower, so getting a tattoo of the flower to represent them is a great way to show how much they mean to you, as well as having a pretty tattoo that can be a standalone piece, or look great as part of a sleeve or mixed into another design. You could even treat your mom to her own flower tattoo as a present instead of buying her a bouquet, as her tattoo will last a lot longer.

Mom’s advice

You mom has probably got a little saying that she’s always said to you, or a piece of advice that stuck with you. Getting these words inked onto you serves as a good reminder and will hold a lot of meaning. Lettering goes well when it’s incorporated into another design, so you don’t need to make your tattoo all about the phrase. Mom will be particularly pleased if you get it done in her handwriting, as this will involve her in the process, as well as making it that little bit more personal.

“I love you more”

Most moms will say, “I love you more,” as a typical response to, “I love you.” This creates a great opportunity to get matching tattoos together, yours saying “I love you,” while your mom’s says “I love you more.” If your mom isn’t into the idea of getting her own tattoo, another classic that your mom might have always said to you is, “I love you to the moon and back,” which makes a good tattoo for you to get in honor of her.

Portrait tattoos

As a fan of tattoos, there’s no way to honor a person more and show them how much they mean to you than getting their portrait inked onto you forever. Maybe there’s a stunning photo of your mom when she was younger that would make a great tattoo, or perhaps you want to get one of her as she is now. Black and white is always a good way to go with portrait tattoos, and make sure you go to an artist that specializes in portraits, as they really know how to make the design pop and look as realistic as possible.

The one time it’s safe to get someone’s name tattooed

Your mom has always been there for you, and you know that she always will be. Getting someone’s name or initials tattooed onto you is usually seen as a bit of a risk, or even a curse, as it often leads to an imminent breakup and a tattoo you regret. That’s unlikely to happen when it comes to your mom. Getting ‘Mom’, her name or her initials is a really simple way of showing how much she means to you.

A lot of moms don’t like tattoos, yet millennials are getting more than ever before. Get your mom to come around to the idea of tattoos by getting one to honor her that it will be difficult for her not to love. You may find that you even end up getting matching ones as she starts to appreciate the art and sentiment behind a deeply meaningful tattoo.