Young people are regularly asked how they are going to feel about their tattoos when they are older.
“What are you going to do about them when you are old and wrinkly?”
“What will you do when they fade and blur?”
Firstly, every single one of us will lose our looks in time, as our skin sags, our hair falls out and our ears just won’t stop growing- and secondly, when we inevitably become more and more senile, the last thing on our minds will be how our tattoos look. Also, the standard, process and technique of tattooing has dramatically improved in recent years. Hygiene, machines, ink pigments and aftercare advice have all come a long way from their humble beginnings, meaning that the quality of tattoos today are the best they have ever been, enabling them to stay clearer longer.
Here at RedINC, we hear numerous stories of what each tattoo means to the wearer- a symbol of making it through tough times, memorial tattoos, names of children or family members past and present; there is a deeper meaning rooted within the heart of the wearer, that lives within them. To most, tattoos are not just something to decorate our skin but a part of us. As we grow older, the clarity of the tattoo may not remain exactly the same, but the meaning behind it will.
We have also noticed that it is not just the younger generation getting tattooed- more and more often we are seeing first timers in their 40s, 50s and 60s nervously coming into the RedINC studio, and leaving with a piece of art that they love. It is becoming increasingly common for people of all generations to go under the needle as tattoos shake off the ‘criminals and sailors’ label they once held.
At RedINC, we think that life is for living, and that worrying about how you’ll look when you’re old and wrinkly should never stop you from getting the tattoo you’ve always wanted.