Truth be told, there are some seriously questionable celeb tattoos out there (Avril Lavigne and Brody Jenner's matching tats of each other's names immediately spring to mind). But one type of ink stars will never, ever regret is the kind that honors their children. In fact, there are perhaps a surprising amount of celebrities who have tattoos for their kids: portraits of their offspring, ink of their children's names, or any type of design that somehow represents their kids. It's a permanent reminder that their kids will always be with them, and a permanent way to show their children just how much they mean to their parents.
Forget whipping out a faded school photo from their wallet like an average parent — these stars instead show off their proud parent status by inking reminders of their children on their bodies for life. No matter what fame and fortune, incredible career heights or great successes these celebs have achieved, without a doubt, their proudest accomplishment will always be their kids. Permanently.
From Angelina Jolie to Eminem to Hilary Duff to Robert Downey, Jr. and every star in between, check out 16 celebs with tattoos in honor of their children.
Eminem has a portrait of his daughter Hailie on his arm.
2. Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff has son Luca's name tattooed on her wrist.
3. David Beckham
Becks is covered in tattoos, but no doubt four of his most meaningful are the names of his four children with Victoria Beckham.
Adele has her son Angelo's name inked on her hand.
5. Taye Diggs
Taye Diggs has "I love Daddy" scrawled across his arm in son Walker's handwriting.
6. Julia Roberts
Thanks to some stealthy AF paparazzi shots (and an interview with Ellen DeGeneres), the world now knows that Julia Roberts has her children's names tattooed on her lower back.
7. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie has the coordinates of her children's birthplaces tattooed on her arm.
8. Kanye West
Yeezy got daughter North's birth date inked on his wrists.
9. Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum has tiny tattoos of her children's initials, she revealed to People in 2008. (They're in the stars.)
10. Lenny Kravitz
The Hunger Games star and rocker sports a "Z" on his finger for daughter Zoe.
11. Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor's tattoo honors his wife and daughters with their names.
12. Jaime King
Jaime King explained the meaning behind her dagger tattoo in an Instagram post, revealing that it represents her son James Knight.
"I wanted a sword for every Knight had their special one [and] to represent ‘the sword of truth,’ which I believe means to live authenticity, cut through any illusions — to be a spiritual warrior," she explained. "It says Knight in the blade. There is a heart at the helm representing the loving trinity of myself, my husband [and] child."
13. Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon has her kids' initials tattooed on her back.
14. Victoria Beckham
Like hubby David Beckham, Posh Spice also has tattoos honoring their children — stars representing each of her kids.
15. Michael Bublé
The crooner revealed via Instagram that he had tattooed his son's name on his wrist.
16. Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr. has a tattoo in honor of his son, Indio.
Now, we'll just have to see who follows in these celebs' footsteps.