One of the things people who don’t want you to get a tattoo often bring up is “What will that look like when you’re [name an age here where people often get saggy]?” The implication being that today’s ink is tomorrow’s runny mess.
That argument doesn’t work with me, of course, because I was 46 when I got my first tattoo and (a) I didn’t get my ink in saggable places and (b) I doubt I’ll get too much more saggy than this, come what may. But does it deter people who are young and still thinking it over?
To sag or not to sag?
What parts of the body are likely to sag (slacken, droop, whatever) with age? The face, surely. The breasts, both male and female. The butt. The upper arm. All but the face are prime tattoo territory. The question is, how will the change in the shape of the skin affect the ink that’s applied to it? I know we’ve all seen older men with tattoos they got in the service, that are mostly a blurry mess due to spreading of the ink over time–even on areas such as the forearm that don’t droop or sag, per se. I can’t figure out whether the spreading of ink is inevitable, or whether that’s just an artifact of the tattoo methods used at the time. Ink that’s applied deeper in the skin does tend to spread. I’ve noticed that on my original ankle tattoo. But today’s artists generally don’t dig so deep.
Tell it like it is
So what’s the best counter-argument to the “It will sag and you’ll be sorry” point of view? Here’s my list. Feel free to add your own in the comments.
- Let’s both get tattooed and we’ll see who sags first.
- You kidding? This skin will never sag.
- The people who will see it won’t be bothered by trifles like that.
- I’m not putting it on a saggy part of the body.
- What’s it to ya???