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.


via [Imgur and Reddit]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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