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These Badass Tattooed Seniors We Captured Prove That You Shouldn’t Worry About Your Tattoos When You’re Old
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These Badass Tattooed Seniors We Captured Prove That You Shouldn’t Worry About Your Tattoos When You’re Old

‘TattooAge. Never too old,’ is a photography project where we photographed 25 elderly people with tattoos in their living rooms. In these photographs, they show their aged tattoos and share the stories behind them: from a gift from a grandchild to the memory of a lost loved one. Some of these cool people got their first tattoo ideas done as late as 80.

In addition to the cool photo project, we also published a book with the same name. Besides photographs, it includes teaching material on tattoo culture, which could be used in the academic community. It discusses the meaning behind tattoos, people’s experiences, and life lessons, such as dealing with loss, aging, etc. The exhibition showcasing the brave older people with tattoos began its tour across the Netherlands on September 20.

People often assume that tattoos are only done at a young age, so they ask the senior citizens whether their tattoo aging process involved fading or sagging. With this project, we not only want to tell the stories behind the tattoos but prove that age does not matter. It’s a fact – you are never too old for a tattoo!

More info: getoud.nl

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Hans

Hans shares what his tattoos mean to him

Albertina explains why she chose a swan tattoo

Thomas talks about how people react to his tattoos

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Zenozenobee
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3 years ago

Well, that's for every remark tattooed people get about "come on, did you even think how it will look like when you will be an old man/woman with tattoos?"

Brivid
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3 years ago

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So if you liked tattoos before, you probably still do. And if you didn't like them before, this proves nothing.

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Sheila Robinson
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3 years ago

My Mother got her first tattoo when she was 88. She told them she was 90 and they did it for free! It's on her lower arm and very visible and she loves it, makes her feel like a bit of a rebel amongst the other old ladies!

Neurotic_Octopus
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3 years ago

Hans had to go with the bright purple skivvies....

Anne
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3 years ago

He seems an awesome dude to hang with!

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
3 years ago

Well, that's for every remark tattooed people get about "come on, did you even think how it will look like when you will be an old man/woman with tattoos?"

Brivid
Community Member
3 years ago

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So if you liked tattoos before, you probably still do. And if you didn't like them before, this proves nothing.

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Sheila Robinson
Community Member
3 years ago

My Mother got her first tattoo when she was 88. She told them she was 90 and they did it for free! It's on her lower arm and very visible and she loves it, makes her feel like a bit of a rebel amongst the other old ladies!

Neurotic_Octopus
Community Member
3 years ago

Hans had to go with the bright purple skivvies....

Anne
Community Member
3 years ago

He seems an awesome dude to hang with!

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