Why the over 60s are getting tattoos

Why People over 60s are getting tattoos

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Why the over 60s are getting tattoos

Helen Mirren says her tattoo is a daily reminder of the importance of tolerance. Declaring to the world that you’re considering a tattoo is likely to come with a smugly uttered "you’ll regret it when you’re older" or "what willit look like when you’re 50?" from close friends or family.

In the article Borrows lambasts the "behaviour of young people between the ages of 13 and 21 and most socio-economic and popular cultural developments since 1998" but, according to new research, it’s not just the young who are making the decision to permanently mark their skin.

A recent study from Remember A Charity has revealed that five per cent of us get our first tattoo after turning 60. Isobel Varley was the most tattooed female senior citizen in the world Before she passed away aged 77, Isobel Varley held the Guinness World Record for being the "most tattooed female senior citizen", with over 90 per cent of her body covered in ink.

Varley got her first tattoo when she was 49, and went on to get 200 more, spending over 500 hours in the tattoo artists chair in total. When asked why she chose to get so many tattoos, she replied: "Originally, I was only ever going to have one, a small bird, but I fell in love with it and developed an addiction.

"The only areas not completely tattooed are my face, the soles of my feet, my ears, and some area on my hands."

Despite her numerous tattoos, Varley drew the line at having her face tattooed, saying she wanted people to be able to see what she looked like.

In 2013, aged 75 at the time, BBC presenter David Dimbleby got a two-and-a-half inch tattoo of a scorpion whilst filming Britain and the Sea for BBC1. At the time, the broadcaster said he had been thinking of Winston Churchill’s anchor tattoo when he decided to get his own.

Rebecca Morris, co-owner of Vagabond , the east-London tattoo parlour […]