A little distraction: Mother & Son Tattoos

My youngest son Jake (little Man’s Daddy) has been bugging me for over a year to get a tattoo with him…so we scheduled our mother & son tattoo appointment at Neenah Electric Tattoo with Jake Davel, on St. Patty’s Day.

We knew we wanted a Dragonfly and we tossed ideas around, for a little while back and forth.  We settled on this one. Jake had his drawing/rendition of this tattoo all drawn up when we showed up, we just needed to figure out how big we wanted it.

mother & son tattoos featured by top US blogger, Lisa BongeanNow before you FREAK out we did not get it in the same spot, no full back tattoo for this MiMi.    I got mine on my foot and Jake got his on his knee. We have a history with some dragonflies on our excursions, so this is our symbol.  I love the water colored style tattoos that are so popular now.

I may have taken a few pics and videos. So enjoy if you have never been tattooed or if this is not your thing, you can feel free to delete now. Tattoos are not for everyone.

mother & son tattoos featured by top US blogger, Lisa Bongean
Jake went first and is shown here after it was finished with his protective film over the top that we have to leave on for 72 hours…

Jake placed a transfer drawing on my foot to see if that is where I liked it.   Nope, I had him move it, see the first one?  Do you also see how I made him place it with my shoe on so it would not be half covered when I wear my flats…mother & son tattoos featured by top US blogger, Lisa Bongean

Now here it is with the outline finished. It is a little bigger than I have anticipated but Jake said if I went smaller I would loose the detail. I love the detail in this tattoo and that is why I picked it, so I am happy.

mother & son tattoos featured by top US blogger, Lisa BongeanJake was amazing, talking to me asking me things to distract me from the pain, but I am pretty tolerant so I was just fine. The tattoo studio was very eclectic and very clean.  He spent lots of the time cleaning and prepping, the artwork in the studio was amazing, lots to look at, retro furniture and just very comfortable.mother & son tattoos featured by top US blogger, Lisa Bongean

Now the color being added…mother & son tattoos featured by top US blogger, Lisa Bongeanmother & son tattoos featured by top US blogger, Lisa BongeanTwo days later and here is what it looks like. Yes, it is supposed to look like a mess, it is healing and when that layer of film comes off it will be beautiful in about a week!

mother & son tattoos featured by top US blogger, Lisa BongeanWhen they are all healed up Jake & I will have our picture taken together.  It took about 2 hours and it was $200, for the both of them. I can’t wait til that film comes off, it is really nice though. I can shower , wear a sock and I don’t even know it is there.

Hope you enjoyed getting TATTOO’D with Jake & I!

57 responses to “A little distraction: Mother & Son Tattoos”

  1. Joan Avatar

    I love your dragonfly! ❤️

  2. Cindy Gordon Avatar
    Cindy Gordon

    I love it! I have been thinking about a dragonfly tattoo forever. A watercolor one as well. Not sure where to put it.

  3. Tina Rosenberger Avatar
    Tina Rosenberger

    I love it.

  4. Kimberly Espinoza Avatar
    Kimberly Espinoza


  5. Charlotte L Ferrara Avatar
    Charlotte L Ferrara

    I think it is beautiful. My daughter is covered in tats.

  6. Sandie French Avatar
    Sandie French

    Your mother/son tattoos rock! I’ve always wanted one, but chicken out..good for you for not! I’m 69 years young this year…may celebrate my 70th with one!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Do It!

  7. Ellen R Avatar
    Ellen R

    Love it and how neat you did it with your son. It is a beautiful tat…maybe you should add that as an optional activity at future retreats! But be honest how much did it really hurt??

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      It hurts… but I’m ok with it…it’s like someone dragging a needle across your skin to score it..

  8. Sandi Avatar

    What a great memory for the two of you. You are braver than I am. M6 kids got their first tattoos when I was sick with Breast cancer, they figured if They go5 breast cancer ribbons I would not be pissed. You have to pick your battles.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Right? They got you there…

  9. Mary Andra Avatar
    Mary Andra

    I’m not a tattoo person but your tattoo sure is beautiful. Enjoy your memory with your son. That’s what really matters.

  10. Sharon Gregorczyk Avatar
    Sharon Gregorczyk

    It’s beautiful!!

  11. hilljn18 Avatar

    Aren’t you also an Outlander fan? Dragonfly in Amber

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Oh for sure!!! Sunday is the best day!!!! I watch it a couple of times that week!!!

  12. Laurie Parsons Avatar
    Laurie Parsons

    How cool! Beautiful tattoo!

  13. Jane Zagrodnik Avatar
    Jane Zagrodnik

    I have thought about it many times. Your “fly” is beautiful.

  14. Cheryl G Avatar
    Cheryl G

    You’re so brave. What a beautiful color. Great job. Awesome to get a tattoo with your son.

  15. Pris Avatar

    Way to go Lisa!!! It’s beautiful!! I got a small freeform heart done on my right ankle on my 50th bday (so 13 yrs ago). My daughter took me to her guy on Capitol Hill in Seattle. I had thought about it for a year and it had to be done “on the day” or not at all… because I did it to 1) protest the number; and 2) to do something no one would EVER expect Mama Pris to do! It took about 20 minutes. Cost $50. Hurt like … well, you know! But I love it and have enjoyed it and had lots of fun with it. Will I get another? Probably not… but then… never say “never!” 😊

  16. Pauline Avatar

    I love it. I have 3 tattoos. Did it hurt getting it on you foot? With all the bones in the foot I would think it would hurt a lot. I have one on my back and when they got down on the tail bone I thought I was going to leave imprints of my fingers in the chair lol.

  17. Dorothy Hopko Avatar
    Dorothy Hopko

    Lisa – I loved sharing with you and Jake… I had such a relationship with my son Mike…. it is so sad …. he showed up at work ( a commerical plumber project manager )… pulled out his plans….and had a massive heart attack..,at the age of 55 – three years ago….which is not right…but we do not set our plans… I have been thinking so hard about getting a tatto …. Mikie…on the inside of my wrist….something I did not mention …i have no tattos….everyone (even the artist) said that is a tender spot….I am now 82 but I think this is something I need to do…. thanks ….


    Omg that is so awesome!! Me and my kids, and grandkids, are going to get a ‘family’ tattoo. I want an acorn. I’ll have to share when we are complete!
    Thanks for sharing, yours is beautiful!

  19. A M Bartus Avatar
    A M Bartus

    Very nice tats👍

  20. Lou Sawyer Avatar
    Lou Sawyer


  21. Maggi Honeyman Avatar
    Maggi Honeyman

    Super cool! Love the water color affect. My daughters and I have tossed the idea of getting matching bees on somewhere on our feet. Maybe the time is getting closer!?!

  22. Debra Avatar

    I also love dragonflies. Your tattoo is one of the prettiest I’ve seen.

  23. Gigi Blue Avatar
    Gigi Blue

    Love your dragonfly tattoos

  24. Carolyn Gibson Avatar
    Carolyn Gibson

    The dragonfly was gorgeous and the coloring was perfect.

  25. Kim Fernald Avatar
    Kim Fernald

    I love your tattoo!!! If my son suggested we get matching tattoos I would do it in a heartbeat – that is really special ❤️

  26. Rita Nichols Avatar
    Rita Nichols

    My 3 daughters all got the same little swallow tattoo in the same place on their feet. They knew I didn’t approve so they called their Dad to meet them for a drink afterwards to show them off. They took a picture of their feet together and framed it. I have to say it’s kind of cute but tattoos are not for me.

  27. Judy McNew Avatar
    Judy McNew

    I love it Dragonflies are my favorite had my first tattoo when I turned 69 it was my first now I want a dragonfly. Mine is on my foot as well!

  28. Vicky Iannucci Avatar
    Vicky Iannucci

    Love them

    1. Bonita E Zobl Avatar
      Bonita E Zobl

      LOVE the dragonfly..gorgeous! I also love your latest wool how to everything book!

  29. bobbie rumler Avatar
    bobbie rumler

    I’m not fond of them but I have two daughters who have them and a husband but he came with them….more power to you…lol

  30. Darci Avatar

    Cool…💕 I like it that Jake wanted to do this with you.

  31. Linda Brown Avatar
    Linda Brown

    It is said that a dragonfly represents a lost loved one. When you see one , a real one, it is a sign of a angel. It’s interesting that Jake picked a dragonfly for both of you. A lost loved one is following both of you 😍

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      We have lost someone a son/brother…we are familiar with the story…we know…glad you know too…

  32. Kathleen winslow Avatar
    Kathleen winslow


  33. bvobaker Avatar

    That is so cool!! I love the watercolor design. Thanks for sharing!

  34. Karin Avatar

    Love it.
    Went about 20 years ago with my daughter to get a butterfly tattoo. I went first —— mistake ——— daughter chickened out. Still, I am glad I did. Your tattoos are very pretty.

  35. Kimberly Lusin Avatar
    Kimberly Lusin

    Love the tattoo design and that you and your son went together! You’re a cool mom!

  36. Sharon S Avatar
    Sharon S

    I had to have tattoos when I went through radiation and those little dots hurt,. But I love your dragonflys. My daughter has been bugging me to get a tattoo with her. You have inspired me to “maybe” do it.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Do it…you won’t regret it…long after we are gone, they will remember…

  37. Debbie Haggard Avatar
    Debbie Haggard

    I have a dragonfly on my hip – (20 years ago still too timid to put it where anybody could really see it LOL) but i LOVE yours! Beautiful!!

  38. Jeanne Vaughan Avatar

    Beautiful tattoo. I also want something on my foot so this may be the prompt to get me going. Thanks for posting

  39. Kathy Christensen Avatar
    Kathy Christensen

    I love it! The watercolor is beautiful ❤️❤️

  40. Cindy Shope Avatar
    Cindy Shope

    Love it. I want to get another tattoo. A Honey Bee. Need to save up as where I live tattoos are not that reasonable.

  41. Sandra Avatar

    I live in western Washington state, and I can’t even get a hair cut or my nails done, let alone a tattoo!!!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      So sorry you are hit harder by it…we will probably get there too…

  42. Jakey Avatar

    Hi Lisa, WOW! I’ve always been curious about the process. I love the design, and dragonflies. What a special way to share with your son. Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Jakey

  43. Rosemary Redhead Avatar
    Rosemary Redhead

    About ten years ago my sister and I had permanent make up tattoos. Eye Liner, Eye Brows and Lips. We were so excited…no more makeup but in a year’s time it was all gone 🙁

  44. Debbie Maddy Avatar
    Debbie Maddy

    Lisa it is gorgeous!

  45. Cathy C Avatar
    Cathy C

    It’s really beautiful but there is no way I could ever do that. You’re a brave one Lisa!

  46. Laurie Shain Avatar
    Laurie Shain

    I know if my son wanted me to get a tat with him I would say …”are we there yet?”…..

  47. Tammy Spencer Avatar
    Tammy Spencer

    It’s pretty. I like the “sketch” effect

  48. Debra Holstine Avatar
    Debra Holstine

    I have a dragonfly and thistle tat on my left shoulder. Love yours!

  49. Sybilla Steenport Avatar
    Sybilla Steenport

    Thank you for sharing this experience Lisa. How neat. My son and I have always talked about getting matching tatoos. It would be the mouse from the book “Good Night Moon”, thats on every paige of the book, At the age of 4 he pointed it out. He’s now 21 and we have not yet gone through with it, Thanks for the encouragement!

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