There has been a recent increase in the over 60’s getting tattooed. David Dimbleby had a scorpion tattooed on his back at the age of 75 in 2013. Dame Judi Dench, age 81, recently got ‘carpe diem’ inked on her wrist. Will she regret it? Will this stop her getting high profile roles? Probably not, what with all the make up and technology in films nowadays means no one will see this on film but she will know it’s there.
People are often advised not to get tattoos with the age old adage ‘imagine what they’ll look like when you’re older’? Well as a mature person venturing into the world of Body-Art we surely don’t need to be so concerned! All you need to think about is what to get and, perhaps more importantly, where to put it!
It certainly does seem quite socially acceptable nowadays. Whatever you chose, a tattoo is personal and may only be significant for you; it can be a way of celebrating a relationship, remembering a certain time of your life or keeping a link to someone who has passed. If you are looking for some design inspiration then Tattoo Design has a huge number of body art images for your perusal. If however you would like to read more on the subject, take a look at this recent article in The Guardian
Tattooed Elder Statesmen
Don’t forget though this is not a new trend, Sir Winston Churchill had an anchor tattoo; Sir Ian McKellen has nine written in Elvish (as there were nine members of the Fellowship) on his arm ; George Orwell had a small blue circle tattooed under each knuckle and even Thomas A.Edison had a tattoo of five dots on his forearm.
Tattoos can tell a story, the story you want to tell will be unique to you and your tattoo will be part of your future story. If you have recently joined the growing numbers of mature body art wearers we would love to hear from you!