If you have tattoos (or plan on getting one) than you can absolutely count on someone asking you if you will regret that tattoo. The thinking goes something like this; “you will be really old and wrinkly and when you look at your aged hide you will be so sorry that you have tattoos all over it because they will look really ugly”.
Anyone with tattoos (that they are proud of) considers this argument to be crap because;
- I wasn’t planning on doing a lot of nude modelling in my 80’s
- I got the tattoos for myself – not society or the CNA’s working in the nursing home
- Old people with tattoos look bad ass. Like salty sea-wenches and pirates with a tale to tell. Case in point;
Do you want to ask Lyle Tuttle if he regrets his tattoos? Didn’t think so. But the question, and the assumption persists. True, most tattooed people have a story or two about tattoos that they wish they had though about a little more carefully (here is mine). But regretting being tattooed just because your old? Naaaah.
Here is a great article written by a reader. and submitted by his tattoo artist, reviewing this cool little film about the very subject. A big thank you to Russ (for writing it) and J. Michael Taylor for sharing it.
Tattoo (Movie) Review
You Won’t Regret That Tattoo by Angie Bird
In under 13 minutes, filmmaker Angie Bird tells us why we won’t be sorry later through interviews, images and a 68-year-old’s first tattoo appointment.
Whether you’re like me (and whether you like me) and came into your inked glory later in life, or you’re like the subject in this short film who was first tattooed before he turned 18, you’ve probably heard someone somewhere say the words You’ll regret that/those tattoo/s.
Surfing Documentary Heaven the other day when I should’ve been doing something else, I found an artistic rebuttal to tattoo naysayers in Angie Bird’s “You Won’t Regret That Tattoo.”
Less than a quarter-hour later, through the magic of Vimeo, I felt a kinship with the 8 inked individuals and their brief but believable stories of sex (“Ever seen a white guy with a cock below his knees?”) drugs (“My nickname was Magic Mushroom”) and rock and roll (Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” ass cheek tattoo, complete with well-earned stretch marks); and their recollections of loss, survival, spirit animals and family, which influenced their respective tattoo choices.
Two caveats from the film bear repeating here (don’t worry, they’re not spoilers). First, if your friend the tattoo artist says “Are you sure about that?” when you tell him your idea for a new tattoo, it’s probably best to reconsider.
Then, advice-by-example from the forward-thinking guy facing 18 months for a weed conviction, who had one of his many tatts lasered off, because he saw no possible good coming from “going to jail with a chick on my back.”
So although their tales and lives are wildly different, the good people interviewed about their ink have a singular attitude: No regrets. And I couldn’t agree more.
I’m Russ T. and I’m an inkoholic.
Russ T. is an ink aficionado, a word nerd, a visual artist and a regular client of Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery. He got his first tattoo at age 48 from J. Michael Taylor and has been making up for lost time ever since.