Senior Citizens Reveal What Tattoos Look Like on Aging Skin

With more and more of the general population getting tattooed, there’s always the thought of how body art will look as people age. This question is answered through photographs of senior citizens who’ve partially stripped down and show us how their tattoos are faring in their twilight years. Some of the ink quality is better than others, of course, but a lot of what we see still is recognizable and looks relatively sharp on their aging skin. These images give you an idea of how your own tattoo(s) might mature, especially if you take good care of yourself.

Tattoos came attached with major stigmas until recently. They were often associated with sailors and prisoners, but have since made their way into mainstream culture. It’s interesting to think that not long ago, the people with this extensive body art probably endured some form of prejudice before gaining wider acceptance.

I wish I could hear the stories behind their awesome ink. Share this if these senior inspired to be yourself without worrying about the “later.”

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A Soldier’s Tattoo Becomes Truth

Tattoos are as old as war. Lots of soldiers get them, with military motifs, girlfriend’s names, or various guns, skulls or dragons adorning their skin. Some get something less ornate. Private First Class Kyle Hockenberry had “For those I love I will sacrifice” stitched into his flesh. He had no idea how prescient he was.

A member of the 1st Infantry Division, Hockenberry’s world changed June 15. He was on a foot patrol just outside Haji Ramuddin, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated nearby. In this photograph, by Laura Rauch for the military’s Stars and Stripes newspaper, flight medic Corporal Amanda Mosher is tending to Hockenberry’s wounds aboard a medevac helicopter minutes after the explosion.
Kyle Hockenberry, 19, lost both legs and his left arm in the blast.

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Photo courtesy of Laura Rauch / © Stars and Stripes

He joined the service last October, four months after graduating from Frontier High School outside Marietta, Ohio. A member of the National Honor Society, he loves motorcycles and hunting. After completing basic training, he returned home and spoke to local school children about the military. He shipped out to Afghanistan in February for a year-long tour with the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Infantry Regiment, 1st Heavy Combat Brigade, from Fort Riley, Kansas.

Praying for Kyle HockenberryAfter the blast, Hockenberry traveled from Afghanistan to Germany to San Antonio in nine days, where he is undergoing additional surgeries and rehabilitation. “Kyle is doing very well,” his mother, Kathy, told Battleland on Thursday. “He continues to do rehab. Hopefully soon will start working for his prosthetics. He is still in the hospital, not sure for how long.” She praises the “truly amazing” staff at the Brooke Army Medical Center. The family keeps relatives, friends and strangers apprised of Kyle’s progress on the Facebook page. “He can not wait to get out of the hospital,” Kathy posted Monday. “He is eating everything that don’t eat him first. Haha. Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Just keep them coming.”

Hockenberry’s uncle, Jim Hall, told the Marietta Times last month that doctors have sought to preserve Hockenberry’s tattoo as they conduct multiple surgeries and skin grafts around it. “His tattoo really sums it all up,” Hall said. “He really doesn’t like the word ‘hero.’ So we call him – he’s our miracle.”

Original article published Sept. 28, 2011 by Read more: How a soldier’s tattoo came true | TIME.com

Popeye by digital artist Lee Romano

Lee Romano is a digital artist based in Vancouver. See more of his work here.

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Here is a tattoo that was created based on this digital illustration. Artist unknown

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Thailand Seeks To Ban Buddha Tattoos For Tourists

BANGKOK — Thailand’s Culture Ministry says foreign tourists should be barred from getting Buddhist tattoos while visiting because the practice is culturally insensitive.

Culture Minister Niphit Intharasombat said in a statement that his ministry has been receiving complaints from residents that tattoo parlors are etching sacred images of Buddha and other religious images onto the skin of non-Buddhist visitors across the country.

“Foreigners see these tattoos as a fashion,” Niphit said in the statement posted on his ministry’s website Thursday. “They do not think of respecting religion, or they may not be aware” that it can be offensive.

Thailand is mostly Buddhist, and Buddha statues and images here are considered sacred objects of worship. Millions of foreigners visit the Southeast Asian nation annually.

Niphit said his ministry had called on tattoo parlors nationwide to halt the activity. According to the country’s government news agency, NNT, he also asked provincial governors to “inspect tattoo studios and seek their cooperation.”

NNT also reported that Niphit is pushing for a law banning the practice.

However, Ladda Thangsupachai, director of the ministry’s Cultural Surveillance Center, said Thursday that tattooing religious images is not yet illegal under Thai law.

 

source: Huffington post