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05-28-2012, 08:26 PM
I know this is not weight related but its something I have always been wondering...why are people so scared of getting tattoos? some poeple say they would like to get some but dont cause they always talk about when they get old the tattoos wont look the same..etc, but what if you dont even get to be old? What if youre just avoiding something you want for nothing? :?: I personally wont care if my tattoos look weird once im old and wrinkly...they look good now and im so happy of having them :) i would probably still love them when im old because I will know I didnt keep from doing something I wanted.

05-28-2012, 09:04 PM
Hey you know what? Our grandchildren's generation will have THE COOLEST GRANDPARENTS lol That's all. :P I love my tattoos.

05-28-2012, 09:45 PM
What I wanna know is who would look at my old wrinkly body close enough to see a old wrinkly tattoo?
Even more so if it's in a place that's gonna be covered up most of the time. Like I don't think granny is gonna wear a backless dress or a tank top with low rise jeans and show off her ink.

I for one am gonna be all inked up.(i already have one) And if anyone asked me what I'm gonna do when i get old. I'll say. "Same thing you'll be doing when your old...what's your point?" ^.^

Personally I don't know why people have issues with tattoos now-a-days...I mean I can understand the older people saying this, but not people our own age. Tattoos are personal and shouldn't really be questioned. (Unless to hear the story behind it) That would be like asking a person why they wax their private areas when shaving is less painful. @.@

05-28-2012, 10:41 PM
I don't know! I have a friend going in for her first tattoo on Wednesday and I'm SO proud of her! She's been talking for years about getting this small tattoo on her foot and she's finally doing it. She's ABSOLUTELY terrified of it. I keep telling her it's not going to be that bad but nothing I'm saying is changing her mind lol.

I don't get it so much about tattoos but I really get "WHAT ABOUT WHEN YOU'RE OLD?!" about my stretched lobes. And you know what? Then I'll effing have stretched ears when I'm old! I'll just have to keep going up in sizes as my ears lose elasticity and self stretch ;D I'm not a teenager. ****. In 2.5 years I'll be 30. I'm not pretending I know everything I'll ever like in my entire life, but I'm pretty sure my stretched ears aren't going anywhere.

They are part of who I am. With each size I stretched up I thought I looked more and more like the "actual" me. When I got to 00g I said "That's it. That's me." and I stopped. Same thing with the tattoos. They are a part of ME. So what if they get old and wrinkly, the rest of me will be old and wrinkly as well.

05-28-2012, 10:42 PM
I lol'd at the cool grandparents thing..hehe..but exactly! Its not like we are going to be any different just cause we have tattoos..were going to be doing the same thing any old person will be doing...I just dont understand why people get so worked up about it...just relax and enjoy your life..if u like and want a tattoo then get it..if you dont like them, then just dont worry about it or other peoples'

05-29-2012, 01:47 PM
It's also possible to get tattoos retouched so that they don't look faded and worn out, so I don't think that's a great excuse. I think some people like the idea, but don't really want one and those kinds of excuses bridge the gap for them. Once the first one is placed, it feels more natural to get a second.

05-29-2012, 02:02 PM
Going for my first tattoo in the next few weeks - it just took me 45 years to decide what I wanted to see in the mirror every day! ;) The fact that my spouse and my mother are absolutely horrified tells me that I'm on exactly the right track, finally.

05-29-2012, 02:07 PM
I don't have any tats, just a personal preference; I am the odd one out, I am the only woman I know who does not have one...statement itsef :lol: BUT I have million stretch marks...those are like tattoos and they will look bad when I get old :D

I think people should quit worrying about old age. As long as one follows the simple rule; never tattoo your boy/girlfriend's (Or even spouses) name...tats are cool and why to regret them?

05-29-2012, 02:42 PM
There are a lot of reasons people are afraid, reluctant, or ambivalent about getting a tattoo. Some of the reasons are legitimate concerns and some are based on misinformation or irrational fears. I think it boils down to this, if the concerns keep you from getting a tattoo, you don't really want a tattoo as much as you may think you do.

If a tattoo is important to you, you'll get one, and if it isn't, you won't. It's just like the thousands of other things people talk about wanting to do someday (like traveling, going back to school, starting a business.... whatever). If the person REALLY wants to do it, they will, and if they don't it was just another "fun to think about, but probably won't ever do for a thousand reason"things in life.

I'm "on the fence" about a tattoo myself. I've been planning on getting a tattoo to celebrate my first 100 lbs lost, and I said I would do it after I'd maintained the loss for at least two months. The deadline has passed, but I'm no closer to getting a tattoo because I don't yet know what I want, or where I want it. I do want it in a place that I can see it any time I want to (so I've been thinking of the top of my hand or forearm where I and everyone can see it, or on the underside of my wrist where most people won't see it).

I have chosen my tattooist (because I admire the work he's done for friends), and I did ask him about distortion (because I want the tattoo to be prominently displayed and because I'm already 43 and starting to sag and still have another 150 lbs to lose, I was somewhat concerned about distortion).

The tattoo artist gave me some great suggestions (locations and types of tattoos to avoid and types that would be less prone to distortion - like geometric and abstract designs).

Because I want additional tattoos to celebrate more milestones, he suggested a "charm bracelet" design for my wrist or ankle, that I can add additional tattoo "charms" to the bracelet. I loved the idea, but can't decide on my first "charm."

Overall, I want the designs to all be done in celtic knotwork style. I want a four leaf clover and a wolf (both to symbolize me), a frog (to symbolize hubby).

The decision making process has been a lot more difficult than I expected it to be, because I want the first tattoo to be extra special. I keep changing my mind, and maybe that means I'm not quite ready, or maybe it just means I haven't found or envisioned the right tattoo yet.

05-29-2012, 02:47 PM
I have million stretch marks...those are like tattoos and they will look bad when I get old :D

Not long ago, I was watching a stand-up comic on television talking about how he found his girlfriend's stretch marks incredibly beautiful and sexy because to him they looked like "tiger stripes."

It made me rethink the stretchmarks, and I realized that I kind of do like how they look. Not so much the new ones (reddish/purple), but the old ones (the pearly white or silvery ones) really do look kind of pretty.

Now varicose and spider veins, not so much.

05-29-2012, 06:44 PM
Not long ago, I was watching a stand-up comic on television talking about how he found his girlfriend's stretch marks incredibly beautiful and sexy because to him they looked like "tiger stripes.".

Are you talking about Katt Williams?? I saw a video of him doing stand up comedy and was talking about woman's stretchmarks and tiger stripes :lol: I thought it was hilarious!! Maybe us women do really worry about things like this when men don't even care at all..We always worry about how we look and whatnot and men dont even care or notice!

05-29-2012, 09:48 PM
i have to jump in on this one... my parents and most of my family friends are tattoo artists. its actually a wives tale that tattoos automatically look bad once you get older. i have a few random points to make, so i will just do it separately:

1) tattoos start to look bad because people care for them wrong. people tend to forget to put sunscreen on their tattoos, even 20 years later, this is the best thing you can do for your tattoos. healing during the initial tattoo is also very important, if you use the wrong products during healing, it will effect the overall look of your tattoo

2) people tend to choose designs that are overly complicated. the more complicated your tattoo is, the worse it will distort over time. opt for simple lines and designs, and if you want something detailed, consider making it a little bit bigger, you will be grateful you did in 20 years

3) people neglect to get their tattoos touched up, every 5 years or so i get my tattoos touched up. it wont change the look of your tattoo, it only maintains the look, and keeps the colors and lines bright and sharp.

4) people choose the price of their tattoo over quality. if you are considering a tattoo, shop around, look at portfolios, and dont even think about the price. just because your brothers friend will do it in his garage for 25$, doesnt mean you should get it from him!

5) last, you need to trust your artist. talk with them to see what they think will work for your tattoo, and if they think that a certain color or style may not work, trust them. they know their abilitys better than you do, and a good tattoo artist will be willing to work with you as long as it takes. and the more you both plan your tattoo, the better it will look in the long run

05-30-2012, 12:21 AM
First let me preface this by saying I am not a hater. But people should have some concerns about getting tattoos. Because as much as you (and I) would like to believe that tattoos represent freedom of expression, etc., there is a flaw in that thinking. In life, we don't really know where we will end up. And society, generally speaking, as a whole, does judge. So type of ink and placement might affect your opportunities in life. If you suddenly have a change of heart in the middle of your life and get a strong passion for politics, you might not have as much success in getting the public's support. If you were to seek out a career as an educator, you might be passed up for employment based on your appearance. Those are just a few examples of many. And while I would like to live in a world where we don't judge each other on our looks, it's likely not going to happen. And that is seen even with people who have experienced discrimination based on weight, not to mention gender, race, etc. Women are already paid less overall, and overlooked for positions they are overly qualified for. I'm just saying it may be something to consider for your future. As I step off my soapbox, I am going to research my next tattoo.... Take care.

05-30-2012, 12:22 AM
Are you talking about Katt Williams?? I saw a video of him doing stand up comedy and was talking about woman's stretchmarks and tiger stripes :lol: I thought it was hilarious!! Maybe us women do really worry about things like this when men don't even care at all..We always worry about how we look and whatnot and men dont even care or notice!

Yes that's him.

Similarly my hubby tells me my scarred right boob is his "favorite" because the scars (from removal of a tumor that turned out to be made of benign scar tissue) remind him how lucky he is not to have lost me to what might have been cancer (the tumor was found shortly before we married, and removed/biopsied shortly after).

I think we all, men and women can choose to see beauty in the battle scars of our own and others. To be sure, it's a different kind of beauty than the flawless, symmetrical beauty of youth - but it's beauty nonetheless.

Through my hubby's eyes I've learned to see the beauty in my oddly shaped, scarred right breast and in my stretch marks. I'm working on seeing the beauty in my flabby underarms, and haven't been quite as successful (about the closest I can get so far is imagining that if I were a flying squirrel the flappy underarms wouldn't be quite as ridiculous looking - unfortunately I'm not a flying squirrel).

07-26-2012, 05:44 PM
Ya know what? My skin is going to wrinkle and sag as I age. So is everyone elses, tattooed or not. None of us are gonna end up looking smokin' hot when we are 80. If my tattoo distorts a little, fades out a little, or looks slightly incongruous on an old freaking what? I doubt I'll be concerned in the slightest.

Speaking as someone who works with a lot of eldery people...on the whole they couldn't care less about how they look, much less what we think about it. lol

07-27-2012, 10:37 AM
You know what this thread made me think of?

07-27-2012, 11:38 AM
I'm already "old" by some people's standards, which is their problem not mine if they want to say I shouldn't do what I want to do because they think I'm old (and wrinkled lol).

So absolutely, I say folks who want a tat should get a tat 'cause you only live once, or twice, maybe three times, tops, or ...

That said, I HAVE always wanted to do it and haven't done so because of fear of pain.

I love the pic posted above and not because I think it is funny. I think the older version of the man is more interesting than the younger because he has had those tats for a lifetime and they are a part of him. And I DO believe his grandkids probably think he is special, even though they may not say so.

07-27-2012, 05:18 PM
I think tattoos are awesome, but as far as getting one myself, I don't think I'd ever be able to settle on any one design I'd like to have on my skin. Well, at least not permanently. I'm even an artist and have plenty of my own designs in mind that would be meaningful to me, but the odds are that years down the road I'll see all sorts of mistakes in the artwork or something, like I do now with drawings I did just a few years ago. :lol: I've occasionally thought about henna or temporary tattoos for a special occasion, and I used to do my own face painting sometimes. :)

07-27-2012, 06:25 PM
The way I see it, if you're that worried about how it'll look when you're old, don't get it! I've seen tons of tats I love but only will get ones I know I would never be ashamed of someday. Placement is an important thing to remember. The closest thing I have to a regret regarding my tats is I wish I would've thought more about job opportunities lol the musical note heart on my inner forearm in memorial to my mom is much loved but does make certain jobs unattainable. (I'd never get it removed though lol it means too much). Hopefully someday tats won't be an issue...except for massively offensive tats like my ex had because when you put F you and a hand flipping someone off in a visible spot you screw yourself lol

07-30-2012, 04:53 PM
i love that picture fuct! thats lyle tuttle, he was janis joplins tattoo artist, i actually got to meet him in seattle when i was 13 and he is one of the coolest people you will ever meet!

07-30-2012, 05:00 PM
It's silly really. You're going to look like a wrinkled bag of A$$ at some point, either way, right? Might as well decorate yourself with pretty pictures when you're not (if you want to). My husband has tattoos over probably 1/3 of his body. They look pretty rad right now. I'm not worried about it.

I only have a little one on my back. I'd have a lot more if I'd had the time/opportunity to get them.

07-31-2012, 05:21 AM
This thread reminded me of this poem:


When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Jenny Joseph

08-28-2012, 01:21 PM
I'm much more concered about what my boobs will look like when I'm old then what my tattoos will look like when I'm old. And honestly...I'm not that concered about my breasts (push-up bras and plastic surgery, solutions already exist).

I never understand "Aren't you worried you'll regret that when you're old?", line of thinking either. Of course I will! I hope to be 80 years old and sit around regretting a lot of the things I did in my youth. My word, that's what youth is for! Making mistakes you can look back on when you're old! Otherwise you'll have nothing to talk about in the old age home over green jello. Everyone else will have cool stories and all you'll have is "No, I didn't do anything. I was afraid I'd regret when I was old".

My great-uncle is in his 60s, he just started getting tattoos a few years ago. When he was a young buck only bikers and guys in the navy had tattoos (this is what he told me), so he never got any. Then he got older and decided he wanted to get one for one of his grandchildren that had passed away. And well, once you get one, you end up with more and more. He loves getting them. I was with him once when someone remarked to him that it was a bit odd to be getting fresh tattoos at his age, especially as his skin was starting to sag at his age, his repley was great "The skins gonna get saggy and wrinkly with or without a tattoo. At least this way it has some cool colors!", then he paid for me to get a new tattoo. :)

09-18-2012, 10:48 AM
Seriously, when I'm old, no longer able to care for myself, dying of some sort of man-created disease, attempting to enjoy my last years with my family, I'm sure my thoughts won't be "dang, I wish I didn't have tattoos on me to remind me of my youth and all the good times I had." And really, I don't care what people think about them now; I can't imagine people's opinions are going to start mattering to me while I'm walking closer and closer to the end of the line.

I think there's a difference in getting tattoos just to get them and getting them because they mean something.

Lyric Dawn
11-10-2012, 06:31 AM
Good post! I currently have 4 tatts and 5 piercings and I feel I wont regret them at all when I get old. By that time, I'll be too old to care lol. I plan on getting more tatts for rewards for weight loss goals, as money allows anyhow. :)

11-20-2012, 02:15 PM
One of those old sayings which is so true.

It's not the things we do in life that we regret when we get older.
It's the things we wanted to do but didn't.

At 66 I am really coming to understand the truth of this saying.

01-04-2013, 11:44 AM I look forward to growing old with my tattoos~

01-04-2013, 11:53 AM
Okay... Couldn't resist....One more..

05-07-2013, 02:56 AM
That's so funny!

You are going to be old and wrinkly anyway. At least you can look back on your life and remember you did some cool things.

10-22-2013, 10:55 AM
I just got my first tattoo over the summer right before I turned 30. I may get more and I figure with all the new advancements they have in plastic surgery, medicine, etc there will be a way to have the tattoo look "refreshed". Assuming no one is working on it right now. But anyway, I'm sick of a society that tells you, especially women what is considered "too old" to do. Why is it, as a child, we are constantly told we are too young but once we grow up we are told we are getting too old.

10-22-2013, 11:00 AM
I got a tattoo for my 40th birthday...on my wrist...if I was going to go through all that I wanted to enjoy it and be able to see it, not hide it

it took me a good year to decide on what I want...I have no regrets and I LOVE IT!!! I get so many compliments on it too

my boss wasn't happy lol

10-24-2013, 03:54 PM
I might do a tattoo theme on my hip area but see the lower back tattoo, I was told would not change with weight but I'm scared if I get a tattoo on my hip, butt, and definitely not my breasts. But I have an idea for a theme. I would consider putting a tattoo on my wrist but that's the only visible place I'd consider.