Matt Damon got four tattoos of his daughters’ names next to his wife’s name

That first photo in the Instagram posted above is of Matt Damon’s arm. The second photo on that post is of Matt and the nice man who wrote all those names on his arm, Daniel Stone. Well, not all of them, just the four on the left, which, if you didn’t know, are the names of Matt’s daughters. The script is unique, I wonder if it’s Matt’s own handwriting. That would be a nice touch. The Lucy tattoo (for his wife) he’s had for a while. I don’t know what that string-like ink is above it. It looks like a first attempt at Lucy but they messed up, so they tried again below.

Most outlets are going with the “aw, what a neat dad!” angle and I won’t dispute it. A person’s kids are with them forever so if someone was going to permanently memorialize something, a child (or pet) would be a good way to go. I like Matt’s tattoos themselves. I’m always thinking about the tattoos I will never actually get, but I’m sure if I ever did get one, it would be something written. And it’s not like Matt didn’t have inspiration, his best buddy Ben Affleck also tattooed his child on himself. Not his actual children, but his inner child, for sure.

Matt’s next project is Ford v Ferrari with Christian Bale, which I will absolutely go see. I do like both men as actors but my reason to see it is the car. My number one, all-time, favorite car is the Shelby Mustang (I realize the movie is about a Shelby Cobra). I desperately petitioned to name my daughter Shelby in honor of my one true love (I… did not get far). OMG, that could be my tattoo – “Shelby” written in script on my wrist. And when people asked if it was for my daughter, I could say, “it was supposed to be… “ and really freak them out.

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  1. Kittycat says:

    If I am lucky enough to have children I would get a tattoo with their names.

  2. Sierra says:

    I love Christian Bale but dislike Matt Damon so struggling to decide whether or not to go see the movie in the cinema…

  3. Becks1 says:

    I think its nice, as tattoos go. I have never found something that I want permanently inked on my skin, but it seems your kids’ names would be a good idea. (and I mean, when I was in high school I was a republican and I wanted an elephant tattoo. My parents were like…..yeah, no. LOL. thank goodness!)

    • Yvette says:

      LOL! This made me laugh so hard. :) Thank goodness I’d just set my coffee cup back on my desk.

  4. Naomipaige99 says:

    Still cannot stand him. He was cancelled a long time ago.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I’ve never liked him, but his daughters have lovely names, especially as mine is amongst them…😉 😀

  5. Chelly says:

    I met him once and he was super nice, I get how easy it is to like him. Then he’ll say something so left and “bro-tastic” to the media or on social-media that I can also see how it’s easy to cancel him all together. I’m always split w him, but hes a really good actor and always seemed like a stand up husband and father.

  6. Erinn says:

    I have some script on my forearm, if my palm if face up, it’s on the part of the arm closest to my body. I do wish I’d gotten it done a hint larger though, as it’s blurred more than I’d hoped it would in the last 9ish years. That’s one of the biggest keys to having a good text tattoo – something large enough that there’s not spots that are really tight.

    I figure if it gets too bad, I’ll turn it into a flower stem or something and get an addition/cover up kind of thing.

  7. Léna says:

    “single needle” tattoo. Will not last very long.

    • Erinn says:

      I’m waiting to see how some of those age. I’d be fine getting one if it fades out in a pretty way – but it’s going to be a while before you see any really clear photos of the aging process.

      That said – most people don’t take PROPER care of their tattoos. You need to expose that sucker to as little sun as possible. My husband has beautiful colorful tatoos, and people still think they’re only about a month old when they see them because they’ve been kept so well.

      • Léna says:

        I know! Taking care of tattoos is important. I also have a big colorful one (3 roses) and the healing process was a pain in the ass, but I really have to hydrate it a lot compared to my other tattoos! I looked crazy on beach last week covering one arm to avoid as much as possible the sun on this tattoo

      • Erinn says:

        The great thing is that my husband is now super into sunscreen! If it took an expensive tattoo to get him to use it religiously, I’m okay with it haha. But he has a good chunk of his right bicep tattooed – two different pieces.

        He’s devastated at the moment because his artist is moving from Halifax NS to Montreal QC – and while Halifax is still a drive for us, a whole different province is a lot more of a hurdle haha.

        I want to get a partial sleeve done, but I cannot make my mind up to save me. I have tiny script on my forearm, but I have a larger full color piece on my right thigh. And oh my god – the pain I had the two days after getting it done were killer. I almost preferred that horrible itchy, peeling phase. But I was also not yet diagnosed with a pain disorder at that point in my life, so I’m assuming that was half the issue right there, the other issue being that it’s hard to get anything done while keeping the area elevated when it’s your leg.

      • PixiePaperdoll says:

        I got a full sleeve of (bright) watercolor flowers a couple years ago. I have put more sunscreen on that arm in 2 years than I have on my entire body in the 40 years before that.

    • Becks says:

      Really? I actually want to get a tattoo from this artist. I follow him on IG and his work is amazing!
      I love how delicate single line tattoos look but I do wonder how long they last.

  8. Brunswickstoval says:

    I have 4 tattoos which I love. My favourite is a huge lion with a detailed crown on my upper arm (same position as his kids names). I can’t see it unless I look in the mirror. For me I don’t want tattoos I look at all the time because then I worry I’ll notice things about them I don’t like.

    My husband has our 4 kids names on his arms in very large type. It was a type created by his father in children’s books he authored. Very unique and meaningful for him.

  9. Amanduh says:

    We named our cat Shelby FOR THIS VERY REASON!!! His full name was Shelby Cobra, but that was only used when he got in trouble with his sister, Daisy Duke :)

  10. A says:

    I think the long string-like tattoo looks like it could be the first letters of all the names made into one single symbol.

  11. Seraphina says:

    I have always wanted a tattoo but nothing meant so much to me that I would get it tatted on my body. Plus, I have an aversion to needles. I think one dot into my skin and I’d be on the floor. What’s ironic is that when I was in college it was unique to have one, now it’s unique not to have one.

  12. QueenMeow says:

    My daughter’s name was originally going to be Shelby! And my husband loved it because of the car (whereas I just think like the name-I had never heard of the car.) We decided way early, like before I was even pregnant early, that’s what we’d call a future daughter. Then when we found out we were actually having a girl, and hubs started backtracking and getting nervous people would confuse it for Shelly, which he didn’t like. Idk, but he wound up taking it off the table. I still love the name, though!

  13. Sarah says:

    Matt Damon’s wife is prettier than most movie stars.

    • Yvette says:

      Agreed. And I respect the fact that she’s gone to school at some point during their marriage and has been an Interior Designer for a few years now. She seems really nice and down to earth as well. :)

      • Granger says:

        I didn’t know that! I must admit, I’ve always appreciated that she stays out of the limelight and that we hardly ever see his kids. They seem pretty down to earth to me, and he appears to adore her.

  14. Noodle says:

    I’m giggling that the post refers to “Christina Bale” and while I know that is a simple typo, I also know how seriously Bale takes on his roles. Like, he would be the most intense woman ever. Now I’m picturing Bale as the Jolie character in “Gone in 60 Seconds”, chasing that Shelby.

  15. Cindy says:

    You know what really caught my attention? Hollywood actor, four daughters, all of them have pretty normal names. No “Apple” or “Future”. Well done, Matt.

    • crogirl says:

      Alexia is actually his stepdaughter so he wasn’t involved in naming her. I do like all the girls’ names.

  16. Lizzie says:

    i have my grandmother’s first initial on tattooed on me (my cousins also got her name and her signature) and i named my daughter after her. if i have more children i will get their names or initials tattooed on me. i think it is fun and a great thing to permanently put on your bod – if you feel you must.

  17. Kebbie says:

    I think it’s really sweet that he adopted her first daughter is raising her as his own. A lot of step parents don’t embrace their spouse’s kids so wholeheartedly.

    • crogirl says:

      I don’t think he adopted her but I might be wrong.

      • xdanix says:

        I’m not sure if he legally adopted her but he certainly loves her and treats her as his own, it’s one thing I’ve always liked about him. Whenever I’ve seen him mention her her it was always “my daughter” “my eldest” “our daughter” – never any differentiation between the way he talked about her and the way he talked about his other daughters. I think it’s sweet and lovely to see, like Kebbie.

    • JoJo says:

      It is nice but depends on the situation. I have a friend with step-kids who treats them as her own, often to the exclusion of their actual biological mom, so there’s definitely a balance to walk there.

  18. Savannah says:

    I’m really happy he got it tattooed, now he will always remember their names.
    Probably forgot their names frequently, so he decided to get them tattooed.

    I’m being bitchy, just think name tat’s are stupid. Unless the person is dead or something.

  19. Fluffy Princess says:

    Those are nice script tattoos. But, I can’t help but think they are tattoos for someone who doesn’t really WANT tattoos.

    • yo says:

      yup. you described me. i have a single line tattoo in mind, but getting it done is another story. lol.