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05-09-2011, 05:13 PM
Inked for Mom

A brief history of the "I Love Mom" tattoo for Mother's Day.
By Noreen MalonePosted Friday, May 6, 2011, at 1:03 PM ET

When it comes to honoring one's mother, there are the things you do—the flowers you might have ordered for this Sunday—and, just as important, the things you don't do: I'd like to remind my own sainted mother of the bail she never had to post, the terrible men I haven't dated, the tattoos I decided against. But while the materfamilias Malone might weep at the sight of even the most delicate design peeking out from beneath her daughter's shirt, a tattoo dedicated to Mom is in fact one of the most iconic American maternal tributes.

The classic image that we think of as the mom tattoo is the chubby red heart with Mom splayed across it on a ribboned scroll, which caught on among servicemen during and after World War II. Many of these soldiers were so young when they shipped off that a mother's love was more tangible than a sweetheart's. That iconic heart design is attributed to Sailor Jerry, one of the 20th century's most famous tattoo artists and a member of the Navy. (Sailors have always been at the vanguard of tattoo culture in the West, thanks to their voyages to distant, more inked-up lands.)

Interesting - read the whole thing.

Slate (http://www.slate.com/id/2292954/)

05-10-2011, 07:14 PM
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