Tattoos showing up on older folks' skin

Tattoos showing up on older folks’ skin

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Tattoos showing up on older folks' skin

Michael Gardner inks Sandra Hippen’s leg at Tattoo Garden in Everett. Hippen’s first tattoo features the names of her two granddaughters. Kevin Clark/ The Herald Michael Gardner inks Sandra Hippen’s leg at Tattoo Garden in Everett. Hippen’s first tattoo features the names of her two granddaughters.

Kevin Clark/ The Herald Michael Gardner positions the proposed tattoo in place on Sandra Hippen as Dawn Steere (left) looks on at Tattoo Garden.

Michael Gardner’s office at Tattoo Garden in Everett. He says it’s important to check out a tattoo artist’s credentials and facility before committing… Kevin Clark/ The Herald Michael Gardner’s office at Tattoo Garden in Everett. He says it’s important to check out a tattoo artist’s credentials and facility before committing to a tattoo.

Courtesy photo Sandra Hippen shows off the finished tattoo with the names of her two granddaughters.

All grandparents adore their grandchildren.This grandma wanted to show the world how much.Sandra Hippen had the names of her two granddaughters prominently tattooed on her leg.“I’ve been talking about it for 10 years,” said Hippen, a retiree from South Dakota who spends summers with the grandkids in Bothell.She finally did it last week at Tattoo Garden in Everett.“I’m 63, getting my first tattoo,” she said.Getting tattooed is no longer taboo, whether you’re 18 or 80.“People start at all different ages,” said Michael Gardner, owner of Tattoo Garden . “I get a full range.”Gardner will be among the featured artists at this weekend’s Seattle Tattoo Expo , a three-day event celebrating the art and culture of tattoos for all ages. It’s for the un-inked and ink-aficionados alike.In Gardner’s 20 years of using skin as a canvas, he has tattooed every area of the body imaginable. He has done all the usual flowers, skulls and busty women as well tattoos commemorating love and family that go beyond those “Mom” hearts.Hippen found Gardner through a friend’s recommendation.“I came and talked to him and first […]