Mum’s the Word

Made popular during World War II, the traditional “mother” tattoo was sported by many sailors wanting to keep their mums close to their heart during their time at sea. As with most tattoos of the era, Sailor Jerry flash shows various examples of the “mom” tattoo.

Sailor Jerry flash

Almost 70 years on the tradition is still going strong. Hearts, scrolls and other old-school designed tributes to the most import lady in our lives are often requested. Dynamic tattooers Jake and Rob both wear ink in celebration of their mums.

Jake Fraser’s homage to his mum Marnee

Rob Abell’s tribute to his mum Rosemary

Tattoo by Rob Abell (photo courtesy of client Jake – his mum Rita was chuffed)

And let’s not forget that mums themselves sport their own tattoos – often in celebration of their kids! New mum and regular Dynamic client Sandi chose to celebrate the birth of her first baby with some beautiful script. She now has plans to do the same with recently arrived bub number two.

Tattoo by Rob Abell

To get a tribute to your mum call the shop on 03 9428 0444 or email


Get your mum (or your kids’ mum) a tattoo voucher for Mother’s Day – we just can’t guarantee they’ll want your name in a heart!


Photos from Rites of Passage Convention 2012

Introducing Ron Earhart from Analog Tattoo, San Jose. Ron will be working at Dynamic this week and has limited appointments available. He also bought over some over his amazing artwork, including a custom skateboard, a hand carved skateboard deck, original artworks and prints for sale.

Available for purchase for a limited time in store at Dynamic.

The man, Andre Malcom also from Analog Tattoo will be here in store at Dynamic this week.

Here is Nate Banuelos from Guru Tattoo, San Diego working his magic. If you’d like the opportunity to be tattooed by any of our guests then contact Dynamic

The smiling face of none other than Jason Kundell of Artwork Rebels, Portland

Rob Abell got lost on his way to work at the wharf that morning and decided to help us tattoo instead

The ever handsome Matt Collins with his handy walking advertisement customer, displaying lots of Matt’s prior work

The master Trevor McStay in action

Our stand at the convention. Here is Trev’s beautiful daughter Tarlyn, all grown up and giving Dad a run for his money, under the watchful eye of our artists

Tarlyn McStay…. watch out Dad

Thank you to all of our customers and visitors who came along to Rites of Passage to see us