Dads' Stories Are On Their Skin

Dads are so important in our lives and the lives of our children. If the sight of a tattooed man with his child makes your heart leap, do we have a collection for you! We found some of the coolest, most interesting and heartwarming pictures of tattooed dads and their kids — and the stories to go along with them.

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Erich Wetzel's tattoo picture

Erich Wetzel

Erich, dad of one from Fairbanks, Alaska, and currently deployed in Afghanistan

"I had wanted to get a tattoo themed towards my wife, but I didn't want to get the cliche girl's name tattooed on my arm. After a few days of playing around with it, I got the design where I wanted it. I wanted it in such a way that the average person would just think 'nice traditional tattoo' and not pry into the meaning behind it, as it is really just for she and I. Some of the tattoo is just traditional flair to hold it all, but the key elements are themed towards her. Start with the star, which is her favorite, and is always over my heart. Next is her favorite flower, soon to be in her favorite color and then I have the revolvers to remind me how far I'd go to defend her. The phrase comes from her friends calling her 'lady luck.' I didn't want to tattoo a name as mentioned earlier, and didn't want to get 'lady luck' tattooed on me either so I wanted to come up with a phrase that she and I would understand, and it clicked... 'anything for luck.' "

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Shannon June 18, 2012 | 6:22 AM

Aww this is great. I'm not a huge tattoo person myself, but I love a guy with tattoos. That is, as long as they have meaning. I don't understand why people get random tattoos all the time, but if it's a memory or holds a special place in your heart than why not.

queena June 18, 2012 | 12:53 AM

I took my son to get his first tattoo when he was two months away from turning 18. I knew he was going to get anyway in a couple of months and I didn't want it to be something he did rebelliously. It was a pretty good day as I remember. At that age there isn't a lot of quality time with mom. I wound up wanting one myself. Although it was a couple of years before I got the nerve. By then he had two. His girlfriend had been bitten by the bug and had one as well. Now I have three...and so does he. Lol...it is definitely addictive. But along with the story, there is something very sweet about a man with a tattoo(s) taking care of his baby. It's kind of like the lion and the lamb...or that's the best analogy I could think of. Enjoyed these pics.

brian June 12, 2012 | 12:34 PM

this is really a touching story. i'm not a tatoo guy but this makes me potentially rethink a tatoo as a visual aid to spark thoughts of loved ones who have passed. very cool!

Ashley June 11, 2012 | 7:21 AM

Love these dads and their beautiful children.

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