A recent poll has found that more Americans have tattoos today than ever before. In fact, there’s been a 21% increase in people having at least one tattoo since 2012. And contrary to what skeptics believe, they are far from regretting it. In fact, 92%, which is a hopping majority, say they are totally happy with their ink art.

But when it comes to the older generation getting themselves a work of art embedded in the skin, skeptics get even more fierce. Luckily, the stigma is slowly going away thanks to some incredibly badass elders who rock their ink so well I watch them in awe.

So in order to celebrate seniors with fabulous tattoos, Fashion Life rounded up some of the most beautiful and creative examples in a list below. Scroll down, upvote your favorite pics and be sure to share your thoughts on tattooed elders in the comment section!

#1

A Grandpa Got A Cochlea Implant Tattoo To Become Like His Grandson

A Grandpa Got A Cochlea Implant Tattoo To Become Like His Grandson

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Mad Dragon
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3 months ago

I have seen this before. This guy is awesome!

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This Is Tanya. She Is An ER Nurse. Last Year She Came To Me To Get Her First Tattoo Ever... On Her Head

This Is Tanya. She Is An ER Nurse. Last Year She Came To Me To Get Her First Tattoo Ever... On Her Head

She told me that she had developed alopecia, lost all her hair and that she was finally ready and happy to reclaim a bit of her identity back and own her Alopecia. Last week she came back for session 2 and we did this flower on the other side of her head

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Samantha Lomb
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3 months ago

Beautiful

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#3

Grandma Gets A Tattoo

Grandma Gets A Tattoo

On her 90th birthday grandma Heather Brooks got her first tattoo. She chose a Cancer Research pink ribbon to signify her victory after a five year battle with cancer.

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K
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3 months ago

That smile is gorgeous

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To find out more about tattoos for seniors and whether they're more willing to go under the ink needle, Fashion Life spoke with Adam, the Studio Manager at Vagabond Tattoo. The studio was established in 2012 on East London’s popular Hackney Road and became known for their clean and original tattoos, spanning a range of styles. Vagabond Tattoo has made their name as one of the best contemporary tattoo studios in London.

When asked whether tattoos are getting more popular among older people, Adam said that he wouldn’t necessarily say so. Having said that, he explained the recent surge in people getting tattoos amid the pandemic: “I think we have seen an increase of older people who are already tattooed come in for more work then they usually would have. I think the fact that people haven't been able to travel as much has meant they have a bit more spare income to spend on themselves. Possibly there's more of a feeling of why put it off, let's just get more tattoos whilst we can!”

#4

Whang Od

Whang Od

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K
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3 months ago

How beautiful and bad ass does she look!

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#5

The Amazing Lilo Is Back. 92-Year-Old And Adding On To Her Sleeve

The Amazing Lilo Is Back. 92-Year-Old And Adding On To Her Sleeve

This woman survived a concentration camp. The holocaust. Cancer. The 70's. And now she's working on her sleeve. Amazing woman

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3 months ago (edited)

"This woman survived [...] the 70s" made me laugh too much

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#6

One Of My Favorite Clients Of All Time, Ann. She's 69 And She's Amazing

One Of My Favorite Clients Of All Time, Ann. She's 69 And She's Amazing

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Linziaj
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3 months ago

The peacock is stunning 😍

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As for the particular tattoos he’d recommend for seniors, Adam believes there’s no rules. “Whatever tattoo they'd like to get!” However, some ink art designs may be harder on aged skin, so it’s good to keep that in mind. “I would say fine line tattoos are more difficult to tattoo on older skin, and they won't look the same as a 20-year-old's tattoos, but if it's something they want to get, then we try and accommodate them.” Adam added that “if we don't think it's a good idea, we'll tell them to do a similar design but in a bolder style,” so there’s always a solution that a good tattoo artist has at hand.

#7

100% Agree With You Gramps! You're Livin Life The Right Way. Tell Em How It Is. Wear That Shirt With Pride, And Be The Tattooed Gentleman You Are

100% Agree With You Gramps! You're Livin Life The Right Way. Tell Em How It Is. Wear That Shirt With Pride, And Be The Tattooed Gentleman You Are

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Diemond Star
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3 months ago

I love this shirt.

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#8

Coolest Gentleman Ever Wanted His First Tattoo On His Receding Hairline. Him And His Wife Were In Their 60's But Couldn't Have Been More Young At Heart

Coolest Gentleman Ever Wanted His First Tattoo On His Receding Hairline. Him And His Wife Were In Their 60's But Couldn't Have Been More Young At Heart

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Jofeen
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3 months ago

This is brilliant

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#9

This Is Incredible

This Is Incredible

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

I'd like to know something about him.

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#10

My Old Pappaw Has Waited So Long To Get This Tattoo

My Old Pappaw Has Waited So Long To Get This Tattoo

He was in the Navy Reserve as a young man and one night everyone was drinking and decided to get tattoos. He called home to ask my Granny if he could and she told him no. It's a good thing she did because the next morning they all woke up with swollen, infected tattoos. Finally, 58 years later, he can cross this off his bucket list.

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Tash
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3 months ago

My grandad got a tattoo of my nans nickname a WEEK after he met her (they were 17!). She hated tattoos....and he spelt it wrong. But hey, 63 years later, they're still married!

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#11

My 87 Year Old Step Grandmother Decided It Was Time To Get A Tattoo

My 87 Year Old Step Grandmother Decided It Was Time To Get A Tattoo

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

Her secret identity?

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#12

Isn't He Cute?

Isn't He Cute?

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G13
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2 years ago

This one's cool!

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#13

She's Amazing

She's Amazing

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Sarcastic Cow
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3 months ago

Elder goth. Goals!

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#14

Cool Tattooed Grandpa

Cool Tattooed Grandpa

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Pia kjærgaard
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3 months ago

He’s HOT to!!!

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#15

Proof That Age Doesn't Matter. My Grandmother Inked All My Tattoo Ideas. Amazing Woman

Proof That Age Doesn't Matter. My Grandmother Inked All My Tattoo Ideas. Amazing Woman

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

Such love.

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#16

This Beautiful Maori Kween Is Terewai Kingi, She Had Her Traditional TaMoko Tapped 21 Years Ago

This Beautiful Maori Kween Is Terewai Kingi, She Had Her Traditional TaMoko Tapped 21 Years Ago

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K
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3 months ago

There is something so beautiful about the traditional chin tattoos

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#17

My Friend Knows Me Well. “Assuming I’m Just An Old Lady, Is Your First Mistake”

My Friend Knows Me Well. “Assuming I’m Just An Old Lady, Is Your First Mistake”

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Auntriarch
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3 months ago

I'm going to need that t shirt

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#18

Met This Guy At Target Today, He Is 75

Met This Guy At Target Today, He Is 75

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Sabse
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3 months ago

I am Cornholio! 😄

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#19

When People Ask What Are You Going To Look Like When Your Older With All The Tattoos? You'll Look Cool

When People Ask What Are You Going To Look Like When Your Older With All The Tattoos? You'll Look Cool

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

He has some beautiful artworks.

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#20

She Is One Of The Last Tattooed Tharu Tribe Women. They Used To Do Tattoos In Order To Be Avoided To Be Selected As Slaves By The Royal Nepalese Family

She Is One Of The Last Tattooed Tharu Tribe Women. They Used To Do Tattoos In Order To Be Avoided To Be Selected As Slaves By The Royal Nepalese Family

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Catherine Binder
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3 months ago

Wow. Just wow.

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#21

This Is How Our Generation Will Look Like In The Future. Cool

This Is How Our Generation Will Look Like In The Future. Cool

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago (edited)

He seems too young to be here. Looks great.

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#22

So Yeah I'm A Grandpa

So Yeah I'm A Grandpa

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

Cool from head to toe. Even the shirt tuck in front. His tattoos are just a part of it. And a grandbaby!

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#23

"I’m Sure My Tattoos Look Very Old Fashioned To My Children, Who Have A Different Approach"

"I’m Sure My Tattoos Look Very Old Fashioned To My Children, Who Have A Different Approach"

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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3 months ago

I personally think it looks very elegant--I love the muted colour palette.

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#24

Still Collecting Ink After All This Time

Still Collecting Ink After All This Time

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April Stephens
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3 months ago

Love it!

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#25

The Man With The Endless Vibe

The Man With The Endless Vibe

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Sigrid Johanesdóttir
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3 months ago

I need him as a hippie grandpa please

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#26

Age Doesn't Matter. My Clients Are The Best

Age Doesn't Matter. My Clients Are The Best

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L. Murphy
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3 months ago

Awesome tattoo.

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#27

"Real Men Ain't No Pussies"

"Real Men Ain't No Pussies"

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DC
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3 months ago

That, I also considered, like collecting the cats I lived with. Four who lived between 12 and 20 years now, always started as a couple (the first were there before me), now I'm down to one, who needed to be adopted from incompetent humans (I had planned to look for old cats who aren't that likely to get adopted, but she intervened and screwed my plan ... love her, of course ...).

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#28

Throwback To Tattooing My 88-Year-Old Nana. Such An Amazing Experience. So Much Love For This Beautiful & Tough Lady

Throwback To Tattooing My 88-Year-Old Nana. Such An Amazing Experience. So Much Love For This Beautiful & Tough Lady

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

Beautiful botanical artwork of ferns.

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#29

Jane Is Totally Enchanting And The Biggest David Bowie Fan We've Ever Met

Jane Is Totally Enchanting And The Biggest David Bowie Fan We've Ever Met

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Lisa T
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3 months ago

I finally got my Bowie tattoo last year (at almost 50)

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#30

Nothing Beats Grandpa Granddaughter Love

Nothing Beats Grandpa Granddaughter Love

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago (edited)

Granddad had a bad accident? Still handsome and cool but ow.

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#31

69-Year-Old Charlotte Guttenberg Has Officially Become The World's Most Tattooed Person Ever With 98.75% Of Her Body Covered In Ink

69-Year-Old Charlotte Guttenberg Has Officially Become The World's Most Tattooed Person Ever With 98.75% Of Her Body Covered In Ink

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Demi Zwaan
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3 months ago

How can she be the most tattooed person ever, when we have Lucky Diamond Rich, who has tattoos covering his entire body, including the insides of his eyelids, mouth, ears and foreskin? He has held the certified record since 2006, being 100 percent tattooed.

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#32

This Is Grandma Eva. I'm Looking Forward To Be Like Her

This Is Grandma Eva. I'm Looking Forward To Be Like Her

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

Pretty as can be.

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#33

Grandpa Has A Way With Babies

Grandpa Has A Way With Babies

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Mimi M
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3 months ago

The good 'ol football carry.

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#34

I Thought He Was The Best Daddy, Turns Out He's The Best Papa Too

I Thought He Was The Best Daddy, Turns Out He's The Best Papa Too

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

Blessed daughter and granddaughter. Beautiful tattoos, too.

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#35

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

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Zozo🤟
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3 months ago

There are some people with a lot of tattoos that don’t look out of place at all somehow. These two are some of those people 😄

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#36

Proud Grandmother Has Drawings Of Her Granddaughter Tattooed On Her Body

Proud Grandmother Has Drawings Of Her Granddaughter Tattooed On Her Body

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Olive
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3 months ago

I'd go for that cat!

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#37

Thom DeVita Showing Some Ink

Thom DeVita Showing Some Ink

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Anja Schmidt
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3 months ago

cool patterns! Nice attitude!

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#38

Jack Paid Us A Visit Today

Jack Paid Us A Visit Today

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glowworm2
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3 months ago

Jack looks like fun!

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#39

Merv. 1980s

Merv. 1980s

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Miss Frankfurter
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3 months ago

Ouch! I'm not referring to the tattoos

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#40

1992 Inkslingers Ball - Captain Don

1992 Inkslingers Ball - Captain Don

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Rijkærd
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3 months ago

And guys this is the man I was trying to tell you about. Wolverines Dad....the real Old man Logan.

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