I remember at one of my first "real jobs" I was sitting at a desk 40 hours a week and designing solar for houses. It was mind-numbingly boring, but paid well and most of my co-workers were relatively sane...so, that was a plus . At the time, being heavily tattooed wasn't as widespread as it is now, and I got a lot of flack for it. At one point, a boss of mine told me about how Megan Fox was getting her tattoos removed because she "grew up"...he said I should start saving for tattoo removal as well. Cut to me almost ten years later: way more ink, zero worry.
Apparently "old people with tattoos" is something most people Google at one point or another. And, it makes sense...just because I have a lot of them, doesn't mean I'm blind to the fact that tattoos are a big commitment. Sure, tattoo removal has never been more easy (and even slightly less painful!), but mostly it's good to think about why you're getting tattoos before you get them, how it might change your life.
At some point, we'd love to find all of these people pictured here since they got tattoos way way before it was even "cool" or remotely socially acceptable. Kids are getting hand and face tattoos these days, and still managing to pick up jobs with ease. But for these guys, it was an entirely different cultural landscape.
You have to wonder what these people were thinking when they got their first piece...I mean, after all, they couldn't search for images of elderly tattooed people across multiple social platforms with a few clicks to see how the ink would age, or what they would look like 50 years down the road. Perhaps we look at these pictures in hopes of glimpsing some truth about our future. We're hoping to answer things like "Will getting tattoos really shape my life as much as I think it will?" And for some people, the answer will be yes. And for some, it will be no...
Personally, getting tattoos has totally affected my life. Because of my adoration for the art form I have the best job, incredible friends, a community I usually feel incredibly close to, and I often feel more connected to my body and self than most people seem to. I've been authentic to my creative expressions, and my skin reflects that.
And, to be perfectly honest, I can't freaking wait to get old. I can't wait until my picture can be found amongst these as an old person with tattoos. Why? I think if you look at these pictures you'll see people who really embraced life, who took chances, and usually tried to do exactly what it was that they wanted to do regardless of society, expectations, or prejudice. And I want to be like that...who wouldn't want to be like that? I'd like to live my life being me, and that includes a whole lotta tattoos. Yolo and no regerts, am I right?
Btw, if you know anyone in these photos, who the photographers are, or you have some awesome stories yourself, hit us up! We'd love to hear from you.