Senior citizens and fresh tattoos are not typically words you hear mentioned in the same sentence, but there are plenty of people out there who either get their first tattoo late in life, or they continue getting new tattoos as they age. There are an increasing number of stories of octogenarians waltzing into a tattoo parlor for their first tattoo. There is a myth out there that old people can't get new tattoos, and it simply isn't true.
Because the last two generations of young adults have so widely embraced tattoos as a form of self-expression, getting a tattoo has rapidly become about as normal as having pierced ears. These days, nearly one in twenty people who get their first tattoo are over the age of But in retirement, concerns about what your clients, bosses, and associates might think of you quickly melt away.
Think again. Dame Judi Dench recently unveiled her first — an 81st birthday gift from her daughter. Susan Sarandon, who just turned 70, added to her tattoo collection this year, whilst Helen Mirren, 71, declared that she would like a full sleeve of snake tattoos.
One more check of my bag: A handful of protein-rich snacksmy ice pack to ease any sciatica flare-ups in my lower back, and my "tush cush," an orthopedic seat cushion that eases the pressure and pain in my back. I was ready. Inching ever closer to 40, this was it: Time for my first tattoo.
Rosenthal, nowdid not always like tattoos. Blame it on the generational divide: according to Life magazine, only 6 percent of the population had a tattoo in -- a number that has more than tripled since. When her granddaughter Meredith got her first tattoo at 17, Rosenthal, then 85, did not approve.
Judi Dench has just unveiled her first tattoo — at the age of 81 — a surprise birthday present from her daughter. Inspired by this, we asked our readers about the tattoos they got later in life and why. After the older generation in my family, including my father, had passed away, I decided to do something for myself and for others in a wider context.
The traditional gift for a 70th anniversary is platinum. Encouraged by her son's mother-in-law, Andrea Phelan, earlier this month Smyth got her first-ever tattoo. Phelan, 61, had always wanted a tattoo but could never decide what she wanted "I thought I would get sick of it".
Getting your first tattoo can be intimidating. Whether you just turned 18 and have been waiting for years or are older and seizing a moment, the excitement of picking out art can be complicated by worrying about the safety hazards of the process. Brodsky gave us the rundown on all the things you should have in mind when it comes to your first tattoo, from what to get to what to look for when it comes to a safe, clean session.