Booming | More boomers are getting tattoos

Booming | More boomers are getting tattoos

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Booming | More boomers are getting tattoos

Tattoos are popular with young folks, and a whopping 38 percent of millennials and 32 percent of Gen-Xers have stepped into the water. That’s old news, of course, but what may surprise you is the increasing popularity of tattoos among boomers. Although we lag far behind the younger generations, a recent study found that 15 percent of boomers have gotten tattooed, and the numbers are growing year by year. Does that mean we are on the same page as the younger generations on at least one issue? That depends on how you look at it. Making a statement I suspect that for younger folks tattoos make a statement of some sort. That’s par for the course when you’re young, and we all go through that stage. For boomers back in the 1960s, it wasn’t tattoos, it was long hair. At first, it came into vogue with The Beatles, and it was a statement, bucking the conventional short hair look of the times. Then hair grew progressively longer along with resistance to the war in Vietnam. In the same way, tattoos have progressed, getting bigger, bolder and more colorful. Anyway, while tattoos may represent a statement for the young, they may be something quite different for boomers. For one thing, young folks don’t have any “tattoo baggage” to contend with — that is, the stereotypical vision of who likely got tattoos in the old days. It was the outlaw bikers, convicts and sailors, and it was associated with intoxication and doing something stupid. Like Jimmy Buffett getting drunk and wasting away in Margaritaville, “With nothing to show but this brand new tattoo … a Mexican cutie, how it got here I haven’t a clue.” Tattoos were not something decent, upstanding citizens did to themselves. Employers frowned on such things, and many who leaped in after too many drinks sought out barbaric ways of having them removed. Many boomers wear their tattoos proudly, […]