I have noticed an usual phenomenon lately–several of the parents in my “over 40” crowd are either talking about getting their first tattoo or adding to the tattoos that they already have (men and women alike). It seems like everywhere I turn, this is a topic of discussion within one of my social circles.
I can honestly say that, at 42 years old, I have no interest in getting a tattoo. I am currently tattoo-free and unless my husband brands me one night while I’m sleeping, I’ll probably die mark-free (except for that really bad scar on my ankle when I went down to the rabbit cages at the farm barefoot after my grandmother told me not to).
It’s not that I’m against tattoos–they don’t sway my opinion of others one way or another. I actually think they’re pretty hot on some people (cough–naughty boy Colin Farrell–cough). So, I’m not anti-tattoo. I think I’m just against getting a tattoo in my forties when it can seem like some lame attempt to fight the dreaded middle age stigma.
There’s an awesome movie quote from Bridget Fonda’s character in the movie Singles
that I think applies nicely here:
I’m 23. Remember how old 23 seemed when you were little? I thought people would be traveling in air locks and I’d have five kids. Here I am, 23. Things are…They’re basically the same. I think time’s running out to do something bizarre. Somewhere around 23 bizarre becomes immature.
That’s pretty much how I feel about getting your first tattoo once you’re over 40. It somehow seems so much…less hot.
Recently, Jennifer Aniston got her first tattoo. She’s 42, the same age as me. (Yes, I know. Shut up.) Her tattoo? Norman–the name of her dog that just died.
Okay, I’m an animal lover, too. My beloved pooch died a few years back at age 15-ish. Damn I loved that dog. I still get weepy occasionally thinking of him. However, I would not tattoo his name on my ankle at 42 years old.
So, if you have the urge to get a tattoo in your 40s, remember this: “Somewhere around
23 40 bizarre becomes immature” (especially if it’s your dog’s name tattooed on your ankle).
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