Tattoos are a great way to commemorate experiences, give yourself important reminders , or even show your personality and beliefs . The only thing that could make that the experience better is when you do it with someone close to you . And while most of the time that person is a BFF or partner, some get inked with their parents — like Shawn Mendes and his mom.

GQ posted on Instagram to give fans a peek at the “Treat You Better” warbler showing off the new tatt in question, a teeny tiny elephant on his middle finger.

So why an elephant? Mendes explained in the video,”I was trying to convince her to get a tattoo for a while, and this was kind of the only thing that she would do because she’s obsessed with elephants. And they’re pretty cool animals actually if you read about them. So yeah I was pretty pumped to have it. They remember faces and family and friends. They’re very humanly.”

Mendes seemed really excited to finally have found something to match his mom; he was all smiles as he said, “Hers is living on the same finger in the same spot. So it’s pretty funny when you see us together.”

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