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Tattoos to Avoid After Age 40

So, you’re thinking about finally getting a tattoo, huh? Or, maybe you’re ready to add to the ink you already have. But, now that you’re over age 40 you may be wondering, “What’s hot or not in the tattoo department at this age?”

There are definitely some tattoos you should forget about when you’re hitting middle age.

Over 40? Don’t Get These 6 Tattoos

1. Tramp Stamp Tattoos

You know those lower back (“tramp stamp”) tattoos? Just stop it, especially if you’re over 40. Just because you saw one person 10 years ago that looked sexy with a lower back tattoo doesn’t mean you should be doing it today. Trust us on this one.

2. Face Tattoos

Face tats are about statements. If you’re over 40 and still trying to make this kind of (permanent) statement, you might want to take a look at bigger things going on in your life. Let this kind of tattoo go unless you’re part of a Polynesian culture.

3. Bicep Barbed Wire/Tribal Tattoos

We happen to think that no one should be getting these tattoos anymore. (I mean, they are so 1990s.)

And, for the love of all that is good, if you are over 40, do not — no matter what — get a barbed wire tattoo on your bicep. Ick.

4. Cartoon Tattoos

Look, we know that you loved Scooby Doo (or Foghorn Leghorn) as a child, but that doesn’t mean he needs to be on your body — anywhere. The same goes for favorite video games, movie characters or movie stars.

5. Playboy Bunny Tattoos

Playboy bunnys are a big no. For real. I mean, why not just tattoo Google or any other company logo on your body? (Exactly.) What are you trying to say with one of these tattoos anyway?

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6. Tattoos with No Meaning

Don’t get a tattoo just for the sake of getting a tattoo, especially if you haven’t gotten one by age 40. If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo now, go for something that has meaning to you. (As long as it’s not barbed wire on your bicep.)