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Does age matter?

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I’ve mentioned before that I wanted to get a tattoo when I was 16. I used to draw a design on my skin every day–a little doodle of a flower on the inside of my left ankle, where the eagle-eyed enforcers of the dress code wouldn’t be likely to see it. (Yes, folks, in those days back in the stone age there was a Dress CodeThe famous flower doodle and if you didn’t adhere to it in every particular you would be sent home to change, if not some worse punishment.)

Nowadays, of course, there are no dress codes in school (or at least not the do-or-die kind we had) and it’s possible for a person to be legally tattooed at the age of 18. I was reminded of this yesterday when I went to my niece’s high school graduation and noticed what appeared to be a tattoo of an ankle bracelet on one young lady as she stepped down from the stage with her new diploma.

My niece wants to get a tattoo herself, and wants to start off with one on the top of her foot, going up the ankle on the outside. She’s 18, and can get one legally if she wishes, but she hasn’t gone ahead with it yet.

On the one hand, I would like to encourage her to go ahead, but on the other hand, is a design you choose at age 18 going to be something you’ll want to keep for the rest of your life?

If I’d had that little flower permanently inked into my skin, I don’t know how I’d feel about it today. I might just show it off as an example of what my younger self thought was worth keeping. I might have had it covered up with something much more elaborate later on. I don’t think I would have had it removed, because it would represent something that once mattered to me very much.

How old were you when you got your first tattoo? Is it something you want to keep for life?

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Author: infmom

I got my first tattoo when I was 46. I hope the people who read this blog don't have to wait that long. I love talking about body art.

7 Comments

  1. I should be finished in about 1.5 years or so, assuming I don’t extend it any further. Even if I did decide to make it bigger, I couldn’t go for more than a year or so after that with beginning to tattoo areas I currently think are off limits (hands, head, face, neck).

  2. I should be finished in about 1.5 years or so, assuming I don’t extend it any further. Even if I did decide to make it bigger, I couldn’t go for more than a year or so after that with beginning to tattoo areas I currently think are off limits (hands, head, face, neck).

  3. I don’t like any of the tattoos I got when I was young. The first few (between ages 16-18) were poor quality and questionable subject matter. I did the first one myself with a needle and india ink! The next few (ages 18-20) were higher quality, but I think the designs are just OK, I’m not in love with them – I think my tastes just evolved. I took about 8 years off and then started to get tattooed again when I was 28. Now I’m 32 years old and 4 years into what will be a Japanese-style full body suit! In the process I’ve covered over almost all of the old tattoos.

    Here’s hoping my tastes don’t change again in a few years! 😀

    • Wow… I admire anyone who goes for the full body suit! How long do you think it will be before the work is complete?

      I have been thinking about having an artist friend design me a sleeve that would incorporate my first tattoo, but so far it’s all talk and no action.

  4. I got my first tattoo when I was almost 19. I’m almost 25 now, and I still love it!

    http://www.simply-charmed.org/about-me/tattoos/

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