Tattoos have for years been the domain of the younger generation. Many tattoos are received as an act of rebellion, a rite of passage, or simply because they want a tattoo. Some of course have the "drunken night" tattoo as well. But very few people envision the over 50 crowd getting their first tattoo.
An article in the Washington Post reveals that there are a rising sector of those near retirement age getting their first tattoos. Many of their tattoos commemorate loved ones or major life events.There are advantages to waiting as they tend to be more thought out on what they get, and they don't have to worry as much about body changes.
Many are getting tattoos later in life because they don't care as much about what other's think about their choices, a sort of freedom that comes with growing older. Also, many don't worry about the pain that comes with getting ink, as experiences of live--childbirth, surgeries, the aches and pains of getting older--has increased their threshold.
So don't be shocked it next time you are in a tattoo shop, there is a sweet little old lady sitting next to you wanting to tell you all about her grandkids.