Tattooing is fading from social stigma, and with it goes the belief that older adults can’t enjoy tattoos themselves. In recent generations, tattoos have become so common that getting them has become about as normal as having your ears pierced. A majority of young adults have a tattoo.
It is estimated that 15% of Baby Boomers have a tattoo, which has doubled with each generation. It is becoming more common to see seniors getting their tattoos, once seen as a rebellious act committed by impudent youths. Building a career often means giving up certain things, like dye your hair or your skin the colors you want. Retirement eases concerns about the impression you might make of clients, colleagues, and bosses. In addition, retirement evaporates worries about how their dream tattoo would age over the next five decades.
Most people shy away from getting tattoos for fear of how the tattoos will age or that they will look unattractive on them. This photo gallery shows you older people with tattoos who are just as impressive today as they were decades ago. These people don’t appear to be regretful – in fact, they are proud of the marks on their skin. These designs are still vibrant and colorful, and they’re well made too. Many of the arguments against tattoos are refuted by these pictures. All of them appear to enjoy them, just as we do other aspects of our bodies. Regardless of one’s age, tattoos retain their youthful spirit and energy.