We have talked about Tattoos and Aging before but the question "how will tattoos look like when you're older?" seems to be the first go-to.
When you’re young, being old is the last thing on your mind. The hard truth is that it’s inevitable. Although not every culture has a bitter view on living elderly in fact, getting up there in years is honored as a sign of wisdom in many parts of the world. It might be a scary thought now but that’s just because there’s a whole lot of living, memory making and tattoos to get as reminders before everything slows down. What else will we have to do if we’re fortunate enough to live for 7, 8, or 9 decades but tell stories? That’s exactly what tattoos are and they should be cared for just like we should care for ourselves.
The keys for aging gracefully are skin care, diet, and vitamins. You only get one body, inked or not it’s worth taking care of. Free radicals a term used to describe damaged cells ruthlessly trash the human anatomy. Cigarette smoke and alcohol are both huge sources of free radicals. Antioxidants are needed to repair free radical damage; they’re found in fruits and vegetables. They can also be taken in supplements and vitamins A, C, and E. UV rays from the sun are cause for wrinkles and that look of leather in the skin. Don’t drink, don’t smoke, eat healthy, moisturize and exfoliate your skin. Also limit unnatural sugars and sun exposure. Sounds like a list of fun. Seriously though, these are things your body will thank you for and later on you’ll be thankful for it too.
One of our very own Tattoodo readers, Marilyn Lawrence-Norris from Wetumpka, Alabama has volunteered her tattoo for this article on aging ink. Marilyn said she grew up in an era where tattoos “were more or less considered not for ladies. It stands for a sweet memory,” she said referencing the yellow rose she had inked on her shoulder blade at 47 years old. See her photo below and other examples of aged ink that still rocks.