Anyone who’s ever so much as considered getting a tattoo will be familiar with the age-old retort from well-meaning friends and relatives: “What will that look like when you’re 60?” And so, with thoughts of sagging skin and ever-changing body shapes in mind, many people are discouraged from going under the needle. But really, they needn’t have worried at all – because, as these awesome-looking seniors prove, you can still rock tats no matter how old you are.
This guy, for instance, still looks as much a consummate professional as he would have done three decades earlier. Indeed, his tattoo sleeves are far from saggy, stretched or scruffy. And isn’t it amazing how simply dressing smartly can alter perceptions?
These harmonious tattoos, meanwhile, are a wonderful sign of permanent love. Plus, there’s clearly been no regrets where this gray-haired couple are concerned. And although their bodies may have aged, the artwork on them is just as beautiful as it was on the day it was etched.
Nobody wants to argue with a senior citizen on the best of days; after all, their life experience far outweighs yours, and we’re always told to respect our elders. It’s safe to say that nobody will be crossing the path of Beryl, though: with her striking neck tattoo and stretch piercings she means business, no matter what her age.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one’s probably worth at least a short novel. The mutual bond shared between this inked-up couple is illustrated even well into their senior years through their striking body art.
Here’s one colorful sleeve that has certainly retained its vibrancy over the years. From the rose to the “rise above” strapline, every inch feels imbued with meaning and history. And in your later years, this is a sure sign of a life well lived.
Floral tattoos are virtually timeless, as this woman so wonderfully proves. And despite her advanced age and the ravages of time on her skin, her ink still suits her just as well as when she first had it done.
His mustache may have turned a glorious silver, but this guy’s art still looks amazing. Plus, he seems to have preserved his youthful looks through a self-portrait tattoo – an ingenious idea if ever there was one.
Tattoos are a part of your identity: from the moment they’re etched onto your skin, they’re with you for the rest of your life. And while you may hear scare stories of regretting them in your old age, that’s clearly not true for some people. This guy, for example, is still mightily proud of his arm and hand tats.
A survey undertaken by the Harris Institute of Research last year revealed that 86 percent of people have absolutely no regrets about their inkings. And when they look as good as this woman’s, even into old age, that statistic isn’t so surprising.
The survey also divulged that more women than men get tattoos and that men are half as likely to have them removed later. If you’re anything like this guy, though, you won’t want to be removing them at all. Just look how his colors still pop!
However, while the rhetoric of those against large or full body tattoos is a tired one, there’s also some logic to it. Those hoping for a career in the corporate world, for instance, may find themselves facing rejection due to their ink.
That’s hardly a hard and fast rule, of course – though facial tattoos, like this guy’s peculiar line-up of flags, are probably more prone to fulfilling that prophecy. It’s a shame, though, because this presumably well-traveled guy still looks great.
Of course, it’s easy to cover up arm tattoos with a shirt or jacket. Then again, if you’re as dapper as this gentleman, you might just get away with having them on show.
At the end of the day, though, it doesn’t really matter what your tattoos are of, or what they look like; it’s about what they mean to you. That said, it does help the perceptions of those around you if they look as cool as this, particularly when you reach a certain age.
Some people might argue that only certain types of art look good when you’re older; interests do fade, after all. This guy blows that theory out of the water, however, with his stunning range of tattoos – not to mention that quirky translucent shirt.
This woman’s colorful arm tats, meanwhile, boast a life full of fun and adventure. And while she no doubt had her fair share of critics when she got them, she’s still rocking them with style.
On the other hand, some people don’t actually get their tattoos until they’re older, like retired teacher Geoff Ostling. He was 62 when this photo was taken in 2009, and he didn’t get his first tat until he reached his 40s. Still, it didn’t impede upon his teaching career at all.
While tattoos were once few and far between – the reserve of sailors or gangsters – one in five U.S. adults now boast body art. And like this guy, whose eagle is still flying high, it seems people are starting to become more accepting of how their tattoos will look in future.
And so the next time someone claims your tattoo will look awful when you’re old, show them these photos. Proof, if any more were needed, that tattoos can still look awesome – whether you’re old, young or somewhere in between.