Why are more women over 50 getting tattoos?

Lorna Jones in her Artymess studio

Lorna Jones in her Artymess studio

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Feature Writer

THE first thing you notice about Lorna Jones is her tattoos.

Wearing a sleeveless top, her brightly coloured inkings stand out – especially a large dragonfly resting on a poppy that covers her left shoulder.

Tattoos have become a passion of the full-time artist. As well as the ones on her arms she has a striking still life of an ammonite and a moth on her calf and she is toying with what to get done next, and where.

Her beautifully drawn tattoos would be striking on anyone – but perhaps what makes them even more eye-catching is that Lorna is 58.

What’s more, she has acquired her five colourful tattoos in the last two years.

Lorna is part of a growing trend for mature women to have tattoos. Last year Lady Steel, the wife of former Liberal leader Lord Steel, hit the headlines when she revealed that had a pink jaguar tattooed on her shoulder to celebrate her 70th birthday.

Lorna’s first tattoo was a Singer sewing machine on her right shoulder when she was 56.

The mother of four and step-mother of one has always been an artist and it was her love of art that led her to get a tattoo.

“I had been thinking about getting one done for a long time and it just seemed right,” she says as we chat in her studio at The Point, Eastleigh.

“It used to be that you went into a tattoo studio and picked an image from one of the pictures. Now it is an art form.

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Lorna with one of her many Singer sewing machines, which inspired her first tattoo

“I searched round for the right artist and then had to go on a year waiting list to get it done.”

Lorna has designed or co-designed all her tattoos. Her first features a Singer sewing machine – she collects them – roses that represent her children, and a small dragonfly which is her personal emblem.

“I first trained as an illustrator years ago,” says Lorna, a textile artist and art teacher who runs her own business, Artymess.

“Art is a big part of my life and body adornment seemed like the next thing.

When I saw the way tattoos were evolving, I realised there was the potential to have one that was a lovely piece of art.”

She admits that her children were a little bemused but adds that they like her tattoos.

A year after her first tattoo, Lorna was made redundant.

It was a very difficult time for her and it prompted her to get her second tattoo – the large dragonfly and poppy image on her left shoulder.

“It was really traumatic being made redundant,” she says.

“The tattoo reminded me that I had the strength to carry on. I’ve always identified with dragonflies and it shows my dragonfly wings that carry me to new places.

“Getting it done was a bit of a rite of passage.

“It’s become a bit of a talisman for me,” she says holding it with her opposite hand.

She went on to get the ammonite and hawkshead moth on her calf, a pair of sewing scissors on her arm and she and her partner both got similar tortoiseshell butterfly images on their forearms.

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“We aren’t married so it felt like a bit of a commitment ceremony,”she says.

She says that seeing them makes her feel happy – that’s why she has had them all in places where she can see them rather than, for instance, on her back.

“I like my body but they do make you look at it in a more positive way. They are comforting and colourful. I am passionate about colour and beautiful things.”

Lorna says that she has only ever had positive reactions to her tattoos – which she covers up when she goes into schools to do art workshops with children.

“Earlier today an old woman in a charity shop said ‘aren’t they beautiful!’,” she laughs.

“When I was younger it would have been frowned upon. No ‘nice’ woman would have had a tattoo!

“It’s far more acceptable these days. I guess it’s nice to be part of that attitude change. I haven’t regretted any of them for a single moment.”

Lorna is currently considering what her next tattoo will be.

“As soon as I get one done, I start thinking about what the next one will be,” she says.

“They say it releases endorphins, having it done. I like the process of it – you go in and lay there and come out with something beautiful.

“It’s my alternative to things like getting facials or my hair done!”

Lorna hasn’t decided yet whether she will go on to have full ‘sleeve’ tattoos – but she doesn’t see any reason why she won’t carry on getting them done for the rest of her life.

“My friends know that this is typical of me,” she laughs.

“I’m not one to do things by halves!”

  • For more information about Lorna’s textile art, Artymess, visit artymess.wix.com/artymess or search for Artymess Textile Art on Facebook. TATTOO artist Karen Faith says that she is seeing more and more mature women coming in for tattoos.

 

Tattoo artist Karen Faith says a growing number of older people are getting tattoos done.

The owner of Tattooz by Design in Shirley, Southampton, Karen says that attitudes to women having tattoos have changed hugely over the years.

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Karen in her tattoo studio in Shirley

She sees a lot of older clients of both sexes but says that mature women seem to be even more interested in getting tattoos.

“I had a woman getting her first tattoo in her 80s,” Karen says.

“I think women like to see me because at 52 I’m older myself, so it makes them feel comfortable.

“They get them done for a real variety of reasons.

Sometimes it can be because they have lost someone close to them.

For some people it’s often deeply spiritual “They can definitely boost body confidence too.”

She adds that both attitudes to tattoos and techniques have changed, opening up a new market.

“People now see tattoos as a form of art and expression – they’re not just for criminals!

“Tattoo techniques used to be very basic but people like me are freehand artists.”

She adds that mature women tend to get feminine and discreet tattoos – at least for the first time.

She jokes that she has had so many herself that she just has one big tattoo.

“I’d say to anyone thinking about getting a tattoo to consider how it might affect their lifestyle in future. But if it feels right in your heart, do it.

“It’s great that people feel they can express themselves.”

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11:16am Tue 16 Jul 13

bigal007 says...

hmmmm sexy foxy lady
hmmmm sexy foxy lady bigal007
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12:08pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Linesman says...

Tattoos look good when they are new, but as the skin gets older, so the tattoo begins to look like tatt.

That cute little blue bird takes on the shape of a pregnant pelican.

Why do the 'over fifty' women get a tattoo? Because they want to be thought to be younger and trendy, but can't see that in a few years, the tattoo will be the biggest age give-away, and they will not be able to hide it.

How do I know?

I had a tattoo when I was in my early 20s, and now only I know what it represents.
Tattoos look good when they are new, but as the skin gets older, so the tattoo begins to look like tatt. That cute little blue bird takes on the shape of a pregnant pelican. Why do the 'over fifty' women get a tattoo? Because they want to be thought to be younger and trendy, but can't see that in a few years, the tattoo will be the biggest age give-away, and they will not be able to hide it. How do I know? I had a tattoo when I was in my early 20s, and now only I know what it represents. Linesman
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12:19pm Tue 16 Jul 13

George4th says...

Against Tattoos

Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward

A Tattoo won't make you more confident!

What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow!

Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored.

People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)).

Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!!

Can't think of any pluses!
Against Tattoos Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward A Tattoo won't make you more confident! What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow! Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored. People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)). Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!! Can't think of any pluses! George4th
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12:33pm Tue 16 Jul 13

teamgreen says...

George4th wrote:
Against Tattoos

Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward

A Tattoo won't make you more confident!

What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow!

Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored.

People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)).

Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!!

Can't think of any pluses!
does that mean with a neutral look they should also have ear rings, make up, hair dye, fake and real tans, wigs, etc removed and just a plain suit with no loud colours and all look the same ?.as for the bleeding and disease line if you go to doggy tattoo places expect this, get it done somewhere that is inspected by the council and you can see the gear is clean.
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Against Tattoos Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward A Tattoo won't make you more confident! What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow! Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored. People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)). Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!! Can't think of any pluses![/p][/quote]does that mean with a neutral look they should also have ear rings, make up, hair dye, fake and real tans, wigs, etc removed and just a plain suit with no loud colours and all look the same ?.as for the bleeding and disease line if you go to doggy tattoo places expect this, get it done somewhere that is inspected by the council and you can see the gear is clean. teamgreen
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12:37pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Taskforce 141 says...

Linesman wrote:
Tattoos look good when they are new, but as the skin gets older, so the tattoo begins to look like tatt.

That cute little blue bird takes on the shape of a pregnant pelican.

Why do the 'over fifty' women get a tattoo? Because they want to be thought to be younger and trendy, but can't see that in a few years, the tattoo will be the biggest age give-away, and they will not be able to hide it.

How do I know?

I had a tattoo when I was in my early 20s, and now only I know what it represents.
get it re-done, coloured ink is only supposed to last 10 years...
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Tattoos look good when they are new, but as the skin gets older, so the tattoo begins to look like tatt. That cute little blue bird takes on the shape of a pregnant pelican. Why do the 'over fifty' women get a tattoo? Because they want to be thought to be younger and trendy, but can't see that in a few years, the tattoo will be the biggest age give-away, and they will not be able to hide it. How do I know? I had a tattoo when I was in my early 20s, and now only I know what it represents.[/p][/quote]get it re-done, coloured ink is only supposed to last 10 years... Taskforce 141
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12:42pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Taskforce 141 says...

George4th wrote:
Against Tattoos

Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward

A Tattoo won't make you more confident!

What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow!

Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored.

People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)).

Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!!

Can't think of any pluses!
what a douche!

Yes there is a risk of disease if you got to "have a go harry" but most parlours are cleaner than our hospitals! (perhaps that's not much of an endorsement when you look at the NHS, but I digress).

Tattoos are living art, and allows individuality to be displayed rather than become one of the herd.

I find tattooed women very sexy and so do a lot of other open minded people, perhaps not the prudes like George4th, but thankfully he is a dying breed.
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Against Tattoos Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward A Tattoo won't make you more confident! What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow! Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored. People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)). Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!! Can't think of any pluses![/p][/quote]what a douche! Yes there is a risk of disease if you got to "have a go harry" but most parlours are cleaner than our hospitals! (perhaps that's not much of an endorsement when you look at the NHS, but I digress). Tattoos are living art, and allows individuality to be displayed rather than become one of the herd. I find tattooed women very sexy and so do a lot of other open minded people, perhaps not the prudes like George4th, but thankfully he is a dying breed. Taskforce 141
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2:29pm Tue 16 Jul 13

RomseyKeith says...

Taskforce 141 wrote:
George4th wrote: Against Tattoos Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward A Tattoo won't make you more confident! What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow! Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored. People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)). Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!! Can't think of any pluses!
what a douche! Yes there is a risk of disease if you got to "have a go harry" but most parlours are cleaner than our hospitals! (perhaps that's not much of an endorsement when you look at the NHS, but I digress). Tattoos are living art, and allows individuality to be displayed rather than become one of the herd. I find tattooed women very sexy and so do a lot of other open minded people, perhaps not the prudes like George4th, but thankfully he is a dying breed.
A douche? Are you an American?
I agree to each their own. My ex-fiancee had tattoos, and I designed one for her. A friend of mine had his whole arm sleeved. Most of my mates have various tattoos. I, however, do not. But I do not frown upon those who do. Tattoos can look beautiful and represent something very personal to the individual (such as a lossed loved one).
As for tattoos looking sexy on women. Sometimes they do, however, the Babestation girls generally look terrible, like someone's scrawled on them in byro. But that's just a personal view.
[quote][p][bold]Taskforce 141[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Against Tattoos Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward A Tattoo won't make you more confident! What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow! Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored. People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)). Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!! Can't think of any pluses![/p][/quote]what a douche! Yes there is a risk of disease if you got to "have a go harry" but most parlours are cleaner than our hospitals! (perhaps that's not much of an endorsement when you look at the NHS, but I digress). Tattoos are living art, and allows individuality to be displayed rather than become one of the herd. I find tattooed women very sexy and so do a lot of other open minded people, perhaps not the prudes like George4th, but thankfully he is a dying breed.[/p][/quote]A douche? Are you an American? I agree to each their own. My ex-fiancee had tattoos, and I designed one for her. A friend of mine had his whole arm sleeved. Most of my mates have various tattoos. I, however, do not. But I do not frown upon those who do. Tattoos can look beautiful and represent something very personal to the individual (such as a lossed loved one). As for tattoos looking sexy on women. Sometimes they do, however, the Babestation girls generally look terrible, like someone's scrawled on them in byro. But that's just a personal view. RomseyKeith
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3:19pm Tue 16 Jul 13

George4th says...

Taskforce 141 wrote:
George4th wrote:
Against Tattoos

Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward

A Tattoo won't make you more confident!

What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow!

Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored.

People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)).

Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!!

Can't think of any pluses!
what a douche!

Yes there is a risk of disease if you got to "have a go harry" but most parlours are cleaner than our hospitals! (perhaps that's not much of an endorsement when you look at the NHS, but I digress).

Tattoos are living art, and allows individuality to be displayed rather than become one of the herd.

I find tattooed women very sexy and so do a lot of other open minded people, perhaps not the prudes like George4th, but thankfully he is a dying breed.
Actually, I'm open minded except where the Labour Party is concerned because I blame them entirely for the Financial mess they left this country in for our future generations! (And for which they now keep apologising!).

For me, the reasons NOT to have a tattoo far outweigh reasons to have one!

How about you give me 6 reasons to have a tattoo?

Apart from the owner, hardly anyone sees them anyway!

Once upon a time it was only sailors/servicemen who had them! Then "Celebrities" discovered them and saw it as a way of gaining publicity! And the Lemmings followed!

Of the people who had them done in the past, many want them removed! Sadly, some can't afford to get them removed at a cost of thousands of £s.

How do you deal with the trauma of wanting tattoos removed but can't afford it?

How do you deal with the possible physical and psychological damage when people struggle with the scarring and skin discoloration caused in the effort to remove the designs?

The only people gaining are the Tattooists and the Cosmetic Surgery Industry removing tattoos!
[quote][p][bold]Taskforce 141[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Against Tattoos Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward A Tattoo won't make you more confident! What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow! Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored. People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)). Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!! Can't think of any pluses![/p][/quote]what a douche! Yes there is a risk of disease if you got to "have a go harry" but most parlours are cleaner than our hospitals! (perhaps that's not much of an endorsement when you look at the NHS, but I digress). Tattoos are living art, and allows individuality to be displayed rather than become one of the herd. I find tattooed women very sexy and so do a lot of other open minded people, perhaps not the prudes like George4th, but thankfully he is a dying breed.[/p][/quote]Actually, I'm open minded except where the Labour Party is concerned because I blame them entirely for the Financial mess they left this country in for our future generations! (And for which they now keep apologising!). For me, the reasons NOT to have a tattoo far outweigh reasons to have one! How about you give me 6 reasons to have a tattoo? Apart from the owner, hardly anyone sees them anyway! Once upon a time it was only sailors/servicemen who had them! Then "Celebrities" discovered them and saw it as a way of gaining publicity! And the Lemmings followed! Of the people who had them done in the past, many want them removed! Sadly, some can't afford to get them removed at a cost of thousands of £s. How do you deal with the trauma of wanting tattoos removed but can't afford it? How do you deal with the possible physical and psychological damage when people struggle with the scarring and skin discoloration caused in the effort to remove the designs? The only people gaining are the Tattooists and the Cosmetic Surgery Industry removing tattoos! George4th
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3:37pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Proud from LIVERPOOL says...

The sad thing that all the young people who have tattoos don't realise is that a tattoo consists of liquid ink beneath the skin. When a tattoo is new the image is sharp and bright, but 20 years later the tattoo can resemble a fuzzy, blurred image where all the detail has gone and the colours have run into each other. Some of them, especially the women, willbe ashamed to go out in anything that will show their fuzzy,blurred tattoos and the sad fact is that laser treatment will be too expensive and will create horrendous marks on their bodies.
The sad thing that all the young people who have tattoos don't realise is that a tattoo consists of liquid ink beneath the skin. When a tattoo is new the image is sharp and bright, but 20 years later the tattoo can resemble a fuzzy, blurred image where all the detail has gone and the colours have run into each other. Some of them, especially the women, willbe ashamed to go out in anything that will show their fuzzy,blurred tattoos and the sad fact is that laser treatment will be too expensive and will create horrendous marks on their bodies. Proud from LIVERPOOL
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3:45pm Tue 16 Jul 13

dango says...

Why are more women over 50 getting tattoos?

Here's my opinion; it's a pathetic attempt to look cool and feel younger to fit in with younger people as they enter the menopause and have a female mid-life crisis. Simple as that.
Why are more women over 50 getting tattoos? Here's my opinion; it's a pathetic attempt to look cool and feel younger to fit in with younger people as they enter the menopause and have a female mid-life crisis. Simple as that. dango
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3:56pm Tue 16 Jul 13

pbergephoto says...

George4th wrote:
Against Tattoos

Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward

A Tattoo won't make you more confident!

What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow!

Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored.

People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)).

Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!!

Can't think of any pluses!
Like others have said, the risk is very low if you go to a reputable shop. The pain really isn't that bad and bleeding shouldn't be either.

A tattoo can make you more confident. How can you state that it won't if you don't have any yourself?

Getting a tattoo of something that is "cool" today is not the best idea. There are many timeless designs that have been around for thousands of years and will not be considered old fashioned for many years to come.

Tattoos are nothing like framed pictures, so I won't even address this one.

Don't get tattoos in locations that can't be covered during a job interview and this problem goes away. My tattoos are not visible while wearing a suit, but I'm free to show them at work when I choose to do so.

Everything drops as you get older regardless of whether you have tattoos or not.

The pluses for me are that I love my tattoos, my wife loves my tattoos and I encounter people on a regular basis who love my tattoos. They serve as a reminder of an important part of my life as well as a decorative addition to my skin. They are great at breaking the ice and starting conversations.
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Against Tattoos Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward A Tattoo won't make you more confident! What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow! Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored. People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)). Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!! Can't think of any pluses![/p][/quote]Like others have said, the risk is very low if you go to a reputable shop. The pain really isn't that bad and bleeding shouldn't be either. A tattoo can make you more confident. How can you state that it won't if you don't have any yourself? Getting a tattoo of something that is "cool" today is not the best idea. There are many timeless designs that have been around for thousands of years and will not be considered old fashioned for many years to come. Tattoos are nothing like framed pictures, so I won't even address this one. Don't get tattoos in locations that can't be covered during a job interview and this problem goes away. My tattoos are not visible while wearing a suit, but I'm free to show them at work when I choose to do so. Everything drops as you get older regardless of whether you have tattoos or not. The pluses for me are that I love my tattoos, my wife loves my tattoos and I encounter people on a regular basis who love my tattoos. They serve as a reminder of an important part of my life as well as a decorative addition to my skin. They are great at breaking the ice and starting conversations. pbergephoto
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4:37pm Tue 16 Jul 13

George4th says...

A Consideration.

""Celebrities"" can afford the high price of removing tattoos and having plastic surgery to repair any defects.

Those who blindly follow these Celebrities/trends, cannot normally afford to have the tattoos removed.

(The Tattooists are hardly likely to warn you that removal can hit you for thousands of £s! )
A Consideration. ""Celebrities"" can afford the high price of removing tattoos and having plastic surgery to repair any defects. Those who blindly follow these Celebrities/trends, cannot normally afford to have the tattoos removed. (The Tattooists are hardly likely to warn you that removal can hit you for thousands of £s! ) George4th
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5:06pm Tue 16 Jul 13

bigfella777 says...

I cannot think of anything more unfeminine than a big tramp stamp on the small of a womans back , hideous.
I cannot think of anything more unfeminine than a big tramp stamp on the small of a womans back , hideous. bigfella777
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5:14pm Tue 16 Jul 13

bigal007 says...

still think they are foxy lady grrrr you tiger
still think they are foxy lady grrrr you tiger bigal007
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5:30pm Tue 16 Jul 13

mickey01 says...

the reason is that they think they will still appeall to a younger generation when in fact instead of growing older gracefully they end up looking stupid, chavi ,and heaven only knows what they will look like at 70
the reason is that they think they will still appeall to a younger generation when in fact instead of growing older gracefully they end up looking stupid, chavi ,and heaven only knows what they will look like at 70 mickey01
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5:30pm Tue 16 Jul 13

craigy182 says...

does not matter what age you are, as long as you are legal to do so, I have plenty of tattoos, if the older woman wants them then why not go for it I say
does not matter what age you are, as long as you are legal to do so, I have plenty of tattoos, if the older woman wants them then why not go for it I say craigy182
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5:44pm Tue 16 Jul 13

ShakeyWiffles says...

George4th wrote:
Against Tattoos

Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward

A Tattoo won't make you more confident!

What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow!

Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored.

People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)).

Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!!

Can't think of any pluses!
In this day and age most people aren't stupid enough to go to back street tattoo artist. They go to reputable places with recommendations from friends.
I have 2 tattoos. (well three if you consider that one is a quote but on two arms) 1 of 'the saint' for SFC as I'll never get bored of that and 1 that is a quote that not only means a lot to me but it also dedicated to my friend who suggested the quote before he passed away. Luckily he remained alive long enough to see it in person. Through this, I feel a part of him will be alive as long as I am so yet again, I won't get bored of that.
Also, if you have a framed picture of yours that is a favourite I don't see you getting bored of it. I suggest you have a small attention span so you get bored easily. Don't put others down for their beliefs and because they don't chop and change their minds every 5 seconds. Mine mean a hell of a lot to me. Others may have random pictures but I can almost 100% guarantee that there WILL be a story behind them. One that makes them laugh, smile or look back at happier times/remind them of things that made them happy.
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Against Tattoos Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward A Tattoo won't make you more confident! What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow! Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored. People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)). Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!! Can't think of any pluses![/p][/quote]In this day and age most people aren't stupid enough to go to back street tattoo artist. They go to reputable places with recommendations from friends. I have 2 tattoos. (well three if you consider that one is a quote but on two arms) 1 of 'the saint' for SFC as I'll never get bored of that and 1 that is a quote that not only means a lot to me but it also dedicated to my friend who suggested the quote before he passed away. Luckily he remained alive long enough to see it in person. Through this, I feel a part of him will be alive as long as I am so yet again, I won't get bored of that. Also, if you have a framed picture of yours that is a favourite I don't see you getting bored of it. I suggest you have a small attention span so you get bored easily. Don't put others down for their beliefs and because they don't chop and change their minds every 5 seconds. Mine mean a hell of a lot to me. Others may have random pictures but I can almost 100% guarantee that there WILL be a story behind them. One that makes them laugh, smile or look back at happier times/remind them of things that made them happy. ShakeyWiffles
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5:51pm Tue 16 Jul 13

costa gaz says...

I see a woman with a tattoo and I think

"here's a bird who's capable of making a decision she'll regret in the future."
I see a woman with a tattoo and I think "here's a bird who's capable of making a decision she'll regret in the future." costa gaz
  • Score: 1

5:59pm Tue 16 Jul 13

ShakeyWiffles says...

costa gaz wrote:
I see a woman with a tattoo and I think

"here's a bird who's capable of making a decision she'll regret in the future."
Surely that should go for men too? Why are me immune to this?
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: I see a woman with a tattoo and I think "here's a bird who's capable of making a decision she'll regret in the future."[/p][/quote]Surely that should go for men too? Why are me immune to this? ShakeyWiffles
  • Score: 0

6:08pm Tue 16 Jul 13

ShakeyWiffles says...

George4th wrote:
Taskforce 141 wrote:
George4th wrote:
Against Tattoos

Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward

A Tattoo won't make you more confident!

What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow!

Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored.

People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)).

Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!!

Can't think of any pluses!
what a douche!

Yes there is a risk of disease if you got to "have a go harry" but most parlours are cleaner than our hospitals! (perhaps that's not much of an endorsement when you look at the NHS, but I digress).

Tattoos are living art, and allows individuality to be displayed rather than become one of the herd.

I find tattooed women very sexy and so do a lot of other open minded people, perhaps not the prudes like George4th, but thankfully he is a dying breed.
Actually, I'm open minded except where the Labour Party is concerned because I blame them entirely for the Financial mess they left this country in for our future generations! (And for which they now keep apologising!).

For me, the reasons NOT to have a tattoo far outweigh reasons to have one!

How about you give me 6 reasons to have a tattoo?

Apart from the owner, hardly anyone sees them anyway!

Once upon a time it was only sailors/servicemen who had them! Then "Celebrities" discovered them and saw it as a way of gaining publicity! And the Lemmings followed!

Of the people who had them done in the past, many want them removed! Sadly, some can't afford to get them removed at a cost of thousands of £s.

How do you deal with the trauma of wanting tattoos removed but can't afford it?

How do you deal with the possible physical and psychological damage when people struggle with the scarring and skin discoloration caused in the effort to remove the designs?

The only people gaining are the Tattooists and the Cosmetic Surgery Industry removing tattoos!
You're open minded apart from when it comes to Labour? You must have a different idea as to what 'open minded means'

As for the only people gaining being the tattooists and cosmetic surgery industry you are sadly misinformed.

Taskforce has it right. Leave everyone to do as they wish. So what if you fins it unattractive? Guaranteed there are just as many people that find it attractive to those of you that don't. I will NEVER regret these. When I get old and wrinkled and they look different to how they did I will not care because they mean something to me. Something that will mean something to me for life! Don't like tattoos? Don't date a tattooed person. Simple as that. The amount of fuss this 'non story' has caused is beyond me
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Taskforce 141[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Against Tattoos Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward A Tattoo won't make you more confident! What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow! Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored. People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)). Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!! Can't think of any pluses![/p][/quote]what a douche! Yes there is a risk of disease if you got to "have a go harry" but most parlours are cleaner than our hospitals! (perhaps that's not much of an endorsement when you look at the NHS, but I digress). Tattoos are living art, and allows individuality to be displayed rather than become one of the herd. I find tattooed women very sexy and so do a lot of other open minded people, perhaps not the prudes like George4th, but thankfully he is a dying breed.[/p][/quote]Actually, I'm open minded except where the Labour Party is concerned because I blame them entirely for the Financial mess they left this country in for our future generations! (And for which they now keep apologising!). For me, the reasons NOT to have a tattoo far outweigh reasons to have one! How about you give me 6 reasons to have a tattoo? Apart from the owner, hardly anyone sees them anyway! Once upon a time it was only sailors/servicemen who had them! Then "Celebrities" discovered them and saw it as a way of gaining publicity! And the Lemmings followed! Of the people who had them done in the past, many want them removed! Sadly, some can't afford to get them removed at a cost of thousands of £s. How do you deal with the trauma of wanting tattoos removed but can't afford it? How do you deal with the possible physical and psychological damage when people struggle with the scarring and skin discoloration caused in the effort to remove the designs? The only people gaining are the Tattooists and the Cosmetic Surgery Industry removing tattoos![/p][/quote]You're open minded apart from when it comes to Labour? You must have a different idea as to what 'open minded means' As for the only people gaining being the tattooists and cosmetic surgery industry you are sadly misinformed. Taskforce has it right. Leave everyone to do as they wish. So what if you fins it unattractive? Guaranteed there are just as many people that find it attractive to those of you that don't. I will NEVER regret these. When I get old and wrinkled and they look different to how they did I will not care because they mean something to me. Something that will mean something to me for life! Don't like tattoos? Don't date a tattooed person. Simple as that. The amount of fuss this 'non story' has caused is beyond me ShakeyWiffles
  • Score: -1

7:41pm Tue 16 Jul 13

CHARLIE TAYLOR says...

Fine little Shirley girl !
Fine little Shirley girl ! CHARLIE TAYLOR
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9:47pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Maine Lobster says...

ShakeyWiffles wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
I see a woman with a tattoo and I think

"here's a bird who's capable of making a decision she'll regret in the future."
Surely that should go for men too? Why are me immune to this?
They're not but most employers for example will shy away from tattoos given another suitable candidate without.
Of course those who don't have ambition or intention for employment won't be worried by that.
[quote][p][bold]ShakeyWiffles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: I see a woman with a tattoo and I think "here's a bird who's capable of making a decision she'll regret in the future."[/p][/quote]Surely that should go for men too? Why are me immune to this?[/p][/quote]They're not but most employers for example will shy away from tattoos given another suitable candidate without. Of course those who don't have ambition or intention for employment won't be worried by that. Maine Lobster
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9:31am Wed 17 Jul 13

batesieboy says...

I can think of few more stupid things to do than have a tattoo...a lasting sign of your complete idiocy.
I can think of few more stupid things to do than have a tattoo...a lasting sign of your complete idiocy. batesieboy
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9:32am Wed 17 Jul 13

batesieboy says...

...and there's no fool like an old fool!
...and there's no fool like an old fool! batesieboy
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12:08pm Wed 17 Jul 13

st1halo says...

I find them very unattractive on women, small tasteful tattoos are just about ok but large in-your-face ones look masculine and odd, no matter how much they are flowered up. Each to their own though.
Some poopen that I've read here like ..... they make you individual!
We are all individual, a tattoo makes you less so. ... it boosts confidence. If your self esteem is so low it can be boosted by someone drawing on your body, you really need counselling.

Like I said, each to their own.
I find them very unattractive on women, small tasteful tattoos are just about ok but large in-your-face ones look masculine and odd, no matter how much they are flowered up. Each to their own though. Some poopen that I've read here like ..... they make you individual! We are all individual, a tattoo makes you less so. ... it boosts confidence. If your self esteem is so low it can be boosted by someone drawing on your body, you really need counselling. Like I said, each to their own. st1halo
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12:47pm Wed 17 Jul 13

George4th says...

Took this quote off the Martin Lewis Money SavingExpert.Com site today! :-

"Invest in tattoo removal – it’s going to be a very big business in years to come."
Took this quote off the Martin Lewis Money SavingExpert.Com site today! :- "Invest in tattoo removal – it’s going to be a very big business in years to come." George4th
  • Score: 0

10:29am Thu 18 Jul 13

Linesman says...

teamgreen wrote:
George4th wrote:
Against Tattoos

Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward

A Tattoo won't make you more confident!

What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow!

Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored.

People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)).

Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!!

Can't think of any pluses!
does that mean with a neutral look they should also have ear rings, make up, hair dye, fake and real tans, wigs, etc removed and just a plain suit with no loud colours and all look the same ?.as for the bleeding and disease line if you go to doggy tattoo places expect this, get it done somewhere that is inspected by the council and you can see the gear is clean.
The big difference is that ear rings can easily be removed.

If you dye your hair, it will grow out.

Fake tans wash off eventually.

Wigs are not a permanent fixture.

Tattoos mark you for life.

Yes, they CAN be removed, but it leaves a scar. The larger the tattoo, the bigger the scar.
[quote][p][bold]teamgreen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Against Tattoos Risk of getting a disease from a tattoo artist that is not careful about sterilizing equipment, the pain involved in getting one and the bleeding afterward A Tattoo won't make you more confident! What's "cool" today is old fashioned tomorrow! Tattoos are like framed Pictures - you eventually get bored. People who have visible tattoos often get passed over for jobs as it's considered an unprofessional appearance (an employee should present a neutral look - unless working in a Tattoo parlour!!)). Apart from that, as you get older, everything drops!! Can't think of any pluses![/p][/quote]does that mean with a neutral look they should also have ear rings, make up, hair dye, fake and real tans, wigs, etc removed and just a plain suit with no loud colours and all look the same ?.as for the bleeding and disease line if you go to doggy tattoo places expect this, get it done somewhere that is inspected by the council and you can see the gear is clean.[/p][/quote]The big difference is that ear rings can easily be removed. If you dye your hair, it will grow out. Fake tans wash off eventually. Wigs are not a permanent fixture. Tattoos mark you for life. Yes, they CAN be removed, but it leaves a scar. The larger the tattoo, the bigger the scar. Linesman
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