113 Extremely Cool Tattooed Seniors


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, Bored Panda 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 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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#2 Whang Od

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

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#4 Still Collecting Ink After All This Time

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#5 Thom DeVita Showing Some Ink

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#6 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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#7 Met This Guy At Target Today, He Is 75

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#8 The Man With The Endless Vibe

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#9 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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#10 Thomas And His Cool Tattoos

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

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#12 Proud Grandmother Has Drawings Of Her Granddaughter Tattooed On Her Body

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#13 Look, He's Perfect

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#14 Jack Paid Us A Visit Today

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#15 So Yeah I'm A Grandpa

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#16 Grandpa Has A Way With Babies

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#17 1992 Inkslingers Ball - Captain Don

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#18 Got To See The Late, Great Mike Malone's Work In Person On Gary

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#19 I Was Honored Yesterday To Work On Glenda Again

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#20 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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#21 This Tattooed Grandma... She's Amazing

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

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

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#24 This Is Incredible

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

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#26 100% 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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#27 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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#28 Never Too Old

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#29 Such A Cool Grandpa Got Some Bold Tattoos Back In 1950. For Those Who Says Tattoo Doesn't Stay As It Is For Long Terms

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#30 Tattooed Grandpa

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#31 Tex Rowe Telling Tales

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#32 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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#33 Merv. 1980s

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#34 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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#35 Cool Tattooed Grandpa

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

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

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#38 Carey With Unique Freehand Tattoos

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#39 Grandma Estella Proving You’re Never Too Silver For A Sword On The Face

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#40 The Great Bill Salmon In The Tattoo Yearbook Photobooth

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#41 She's Amazing

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#42 Isn't He Cute?

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#43 "Real Men Ain't No Pussies"

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#44 Taken On The Queen Mary In 1982

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#45 Some Neck Work

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#46 Bill's Been Tattooing Him For Over 30 Years

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#47 Visiting Grandpa Bob Today. We Both Have Old School Indian Head Tattoos. His Was Done By Me 16 Years Ago And Mine - 19 Years Ago

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#48 Sacre’ Blu

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#49 Connor Hanging Out With His Pa

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

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#51 Happy Birthday Boss

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#52 I Wish I'd Look This Cool When I'm Older

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#53 Fantastic Old-School Tattoos

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#54 "When You Get As Many Tattoos As I Have, There Is Always A Risk That They Become Your Personality; The First Thing People Notice When They See You"

"They can be a weapon, something to hide behind. But to me they have come to represent courage and independence - and a certain subversiveness."

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#55 It's Never Too Late To Get A Tattoo

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#56 My Friend John

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#57 Salty Dogtommy's Backpiece. His "Sailors Grave", Which Was Put On By His Uncle, Is Well Over 40-Years-Old

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#58 Debbie (Sophia) And Vyvyn

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#59 World's Greatest Tattoo Fan, Elizabeth Weinzirl, And Walter Stiglitz, Most Individual Tattoos Record Holder In 1982

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#60 Just Look At These Two. This Is Literally Me When I'm Old

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#61 Grandma Got Ink Portraits On The Both Arms

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#62 My Grandmother's Retirement Party. Her Tattoos Are Only A Couple Years Old

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

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

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#65 Lovely Old Lady Showing Off Her Rad Tattoo

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#66 If Not Now, When?

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#67 Yep, She’s Got Tattoos, She Puts Out

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#68 This Beautiful Young Lady Came In Today For Her 1st Tattoo At 92-Years-Old! Truly One Of The Coolest Clients I’ve Seen Come Thru Our Doors

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#69 "Rave'n Since 19-Ever"

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

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#71 Brave Lady, Lots Of Respect From Us

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#72 My Grandma Got A Tattoo From Her Husband, My Grandpa

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#73 Freehand Roses For Ann-Mari

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#74 It's Never Too Late To Get Your First Tattoo

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#75 Gramma's A Champ

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#76 "You're Gonna Regret Those When You Get Old." Nah!

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#77 Age Doesn't Matter. My Clients Are The Best

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#78 Legendary Rick Walters

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#79 Charlie Showing His Work

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#80 Mr. Maurizio Fiorini

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#81 Gave My Nana Her First Tattoo. You Don't Get Much Cooler Than Her

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#82 Proof That You're Never To Old To Get Your First Tattoo. This is Bette, She's 76, She Likes To Make Teddy Bears

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#83 Tatted This Bernini Jesus On His Chin Today. 70-Years-Old And Still Getting Blasted

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#84 Older Adults Get Tattoos Too

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#85 My Grandpa Just Got His First Tattoo: My Grandma’s Name

He’s a farmer and she’s a retired teacher and they’ve been married for 54 years. He said he’s been driving by a parlor in their town for many years and finally went in and got one Wednesday.

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#86 So Honored To Tattoo This Lovely 85-Year-Old Lady! Her First Tattoo Was On Her Bucket-List And She Got Two, One On Each Arm

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#87 For My Grandma’s 80th Birthday I Added Another Rose And Some Baby’s Breathe To Her Existing Rose

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#88 Start Getting Used To Tattooed Grandparents

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#89 Hot Chili On His Arm Just Like Hot Tires On His Bike

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#90 Today I Tattooed My Grandmother, She's 78 Years Old And This Was Her First Tattoo

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#91 My Grandpa's On Going Tattoo

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#92 Like Father, Like Son

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#93 Tattooed Granny

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#94 Did We Just Become Best Friends? Yep

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#95 I Love Older Tattooed People. So Grateful This Man Let Me Tattoo Him

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#96 Beautiful Cardinal For Jan Done Today By Albert

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#97 Nothing Beats Grandpa Granddaughter Love

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#98 More Cuddles With Grandad

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#99 Grandson Visiting The Tattoo Shop This Afternoon

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#100 Believe It Or Not, This Guy Is 78 Years Old And Got Today His First Tattoo. You Are Never Too Old - But You Better Ask Your Doctor First

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

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#102 In The Photo, A Mon Woman Is Praying In A Small Church Made Out Of Wood

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#103 An Old Headhunter From The Konyak Tribe

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#104 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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#105 Her Bucket List

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#106 85 Years Of Age And Sits Like A Rock For Her First Tattoo

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#107 I Love This Photo

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#108 The Second Session On My Granny

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#109 What A Modern Man

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#110 Self Portrait

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#111 The Old Sea Dog

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#112 I Had The Best Day Ever Adding On To My Grandma's Arm! She Now Has A Poppy And A Sunflower, Two Flowers Her And My Granddad Were Super Serious About Growing

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#113 My Grandma Is 83 Years Old And We Took Her To Get Some Ink Today. I Drew This Tattoo For Her After We Lost My Uncle

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