‘You’ll regret those when you’re older.’
That’s a common refrain said to people who choose to get tattoos.
We warned that our inkings will look terrible as we age, sagging with wrinkles and losing their trendy status.
Ingrid Meijering and Marion Duimel, who run GetOud (Get Old) have created a new photo series, called TattooAge, that debunks that concept, proving that people’s tattoos can look just as cool as they age.
The Netherlands-based photographers have spent three years capturing photos of people over the age of 65 and sharing the stories behind their tattoos.
‘We had so much fun making the project,’ Marion tells Metro.co.uk. ‘The elderly are all so nice and friendly, almost the more tattoos, the sweeter!
‘Almost everyone assumes the [people have] had the tattoo since they were young but most people in the book got theirs in the last 10 years. We had several people getting their tattoos when they were 80+.’
Marion says that one woman photographed for the project, Toos, tattooed her arms and shaved her hair at age 79, to fight back against the feeling that she was an ‘old lady’.
The idea behind the series is not only to show that tattoos can age gracefully, but that people with tattoos aren’t scary or aggressive.
‘We hope people understand you are never too old for a tattoo and we want to share the lovely stories behind them,’ says Marion. ‘All the tattoos have a life experience or life lesson behind them worth discussing.’
Thomas got his first tattoo in 1978, and his most recent tattoo in 2015.
He says covering his body in ink makes him feel free.
Hans isn’t done getting tattoos. He was inked again this year.
He had his first tattoo back in 1992 when he was desperate for a change. He uses tattoos as a way to fight his arthritis, taking control over his pain.
Albertina has only one tattoo, which she got last year: A swan on her wrist.
The tattoo was a gift from Albertina’s grandchildren, who took her to Amsterdam to get inked.
She chose a swan to symbolize her enduring love for her late husband, as when one half of a swan couple dies, the other remains alone forever.