I got a tattoo at 61 years old...finally!!!!

My butterfly.... - butterfly tat
United States
August 3, 2008 11:33am CST
Ok, it's a very small one but I love it! I've wanted a tat for years and finally got up the courage to do it and I'm happy that I did. I couldn't believe there was no pain involved and I'm sure it's because I had it put just above my breast where there are really no bones. It's a small (very small butterfly with lines under it to make it look like it's in flight. I'm hoping to get a bigger one around Christmas time...maybe on the other side. My kids can't believe I did it but they don't mind in fact they were surprised I did it since I'm such a baby when it comes to pain and took the chance. Their feeling is as long as I'm happy!!!Do you think I'm crazy for doing it or do you agree that as long as I'm happy it's ok????
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54 responses
@Wizzywig (7859)
3 Aug 08
No I dont think you're crazy. I say 'good for you' if its something you wanted to do. I think its better to get something like that done after you've given it serious thought. There must be thousands of people who have them on impulse and then wish they hadn't!
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• United States
3 Aug 08
I know many people who have gotten one on impulse and like you say regretted it later. Since I've spent a lot of time thinking of this and even while I was waiting my turn kept telling myself I could leave I didn't and just went through with it. I wanted it and got it. I'm very happy that I did and I'm sure I will never regret it.
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• Sweden
3 Aug 08
I think there nothing wrong about it,it just a tattoo..but i never had one i am thinking that it just make your body dirty but it is my opinion,we have different opinion..and as long as you are happy there is nothing wrong with it.
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• United States
3 Aug 08
So far I haven't had anyone say anything negative about my tat although they are probably thinking it...lol...
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@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I think that it is awesome that you did it...after all you said that you wanted it for years. I don't think your age matters in the least! Good for you! I got my first one when I was 16. My last one (for now)when I was 29 (right before I turned 30 this year). I have 4 right now and for my final one I would like to get one of all 4 of my children's names.
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• United States
3 Aug 08
Funny you should say that! I've been thinking about having my kids or grandkids names done somewhere but I'm not sure where yet.
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Of course it's okay. Nothing wrong with it at all. Like you say you are sixty one years old. You have an independent mind so go ahead and do something for yourself. We all need to give ourselves something special from time to time. I personally wouldn't get one but that is my preference. Good luck and my hat's off to you.
• United States
3 Aug 08
Some say my "independent" mind will get me in trouble some day....but I think I'm way past that at this stage of my life.
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@twallace (2675)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I have to give you credit, your more brave than me. I have wanted a tattoo but have not gotten one still to this day. And I'm in my 30's so thumbs up to you for having the guts to get one.
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• United States
3 Aug 08
If it's pain that you're worry about forget it! I'm the biggest wimp when it comes to that and I can tell you there was no pain involved at all....of course it's a small one as you can see but I don't think a bigger one would make any difference.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
3 Aug 08
To you it might not hurt but to me it's something different. I don't think that I have the nerve.
• United States
5 Aug 08
I'm the biggest wimp there is. I can't even get a blood test without being a big baby. Believe me....there was no pain...of course it is very small as you can see.
@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
3 Aug 08
lol, yes years ago there was a big stigma attached to women getting tattoos. If you got one, you were automatically labeled trash. I'm 50, when I was about 16 I wanted a little butterfly on my pelvic bone. I didn't get it of course. Taboo back then. My sister is 45 and she has wanted a little mouse tattooed on her big toe for a few years, she is battling with religous conviction right now I think. Our mom use to call her 'mousey' when she was little. I think if your okay with it, that's all that matters. I had problems when everyone started getting them years ago because of the stigma that was attached. It's not here nor there anymore.
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• United States
3 Aug 08
You're right about the stigma years ago but it seems times have changed so much that it's ok now. I don't feel trashy and I know I'm not so I'm not worrying about it.
@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Oh my goodness, I hope I didn't give you the impression that I thought you were trashy. I don't think that at all. Truth is I don't think anything about people getting tattoos anymore. I sure hope I didn't offend you.
• United States
5 Aug 08
No, you didn't offend me! You were just right...there was a stigma to women getting tattoos at one time...
@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
6 Aug 08
whoppee congratulations on your tattoo. it's never too old to do anything unless your heart is old. getting a tattoo is no longer a taboo like before. it used to be the sign of gangsters and criminals. however, it's now regarded as a form of expression. i admire your courage and hope that the courage will last you a long long time. it's important to feel happy about what you do, not what others might think about you. cheers
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@snoopy04 (718)
• United States
5 Aug 08
Your not crazy at all. I have always wanted a tattoo but I am a big baby when it comes to pain. I have been told its really painful to get a tattoo so I wont go get one. But I would love to have one. I finally got my ears pierced and I my husband is so happy. So I say go ahead and enjoy it because you only live once and as long as your happy thats all that matters.
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@ellie333 (21029)
3 Aug 08
Pretty little butterfly, I have a small flower but in my mid forties I won't be having anymore so I think it is fantastic that you have taken the plunge and had one done at 61, well done you! Ellie :D
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• Philippines
3 Aug 08
Wow! I can feel that you are really happy with the butterfly that you had recently. Congratulations! I dont think it is crazy to have that... as you sadi - as long as you have faced your fears and you are happy. Facing a bigger challenge this christmas time sounds interesting. I am looking forward to your post on the new butterfly. People would do things for happiness... as long as we are not affecting other people negatively. Good day!
• Philippines
4 Aug 08
Not at all. I myself has plans of getting my own tattoo but my wife keeps on preventing it. then just a week ago, she just said that she'll be the one who will do the tattooing with me.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
4 Aug 08
wow.what caused this change of heart??????????????????
@Uroborus (910)
• Canada
4 Aug 08
Good for you. Excellent. I was 43 when I got mine. Not that I was afraid and had to work up the courage for years. It just was low on my priority list and didn't get around to it. The experience was a good one for me. Designed the tattoo I got myself,, and a friend burned it on.
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
4 Aug 08
Oh so it was really a branding. Are those hard to take care of when you first get them?
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
4 Aug 08
i don't think you are crazy for having a tattoo at 61. after all, you're happy with it, right? that matters most of all. anyway, why did you get a butterfly? i know people's tattoos have meanings in their lives. so, what's yours? i hope you are satisfied with it and finally will get the bigger one you wish for christmas!
• United States
5 Aug 08
Well, I always want a butterfly because I love them and then I thought about the changes they go through from caterpillar to butterfly and thought it applied to me in this time of my life since my whole life has changed 100% for the better.
@cwilson26 (2736)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I think it is great that you got a tattoo! I don't have one and don't want one but if you are happy, that is all that truly matters! I don't want one because I am afraid it will hurt. Also I'm afraid I might move while it is being done and mess the tattoo artist up. Anyway congrats and good for you! :)
• United States
5 Aug 08
I was afraid I might move to but there was a tv on that I was watching while she was doing it and I was in a comfortable position (with my b/f holding my hand of course...lol) and she let me shift position if I needed to which I didn't.
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
3 Aug 08
doesnt matter how small it is I saw the picture and i loveit . I always thought about getting a small butterfly one too . I just dont know where to put it , would have to be somewhere where i could cover it . i always liked the small of the back or the foot . my friend has a fairy one on her calf , and i dont think i could put one there . I am picky at times so it would have to be something with water , butterfly , or the mets .
• United States
5 Aug 08
I actually asked the girl who did mine where the place with the least pain would be and she was right I had no pain at all. It won't even be seen in the winter and is only seen now when I wear a low cut top. I think any place that is "boney" will hurt.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
2 Nov 08
Good for you my friend. Funny I didn't know that you were of that age. I have had you as a friend on my list for quite a few months now and I didn't know. I guess I don't go to my friends profiles much anymore and then I forget how old they are. I am 51 years old and I wouldn't have the guts to get a tattoo. My son has enough for everyone in our family. hehe My son is a bit obsessed with tattoos and has them all over his arms and back and chest and legs. I think they are ugly, personally, but since it is his body and he is 33 years old, it is his business and not mine. But I still don't like them. Yours is cute though and not too big. Alrighty then, talk to you later, your friend Chris.
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
27 Sep 08
hi ctrymuziklvr! that's crazy! but you're really awesome to have done it! you're a cool senior citizen! ^__~ not many senior citizens can do that. boy, you sure have the guts and some unbelievable interests for your age. i salute you for doing such a crazy stuff. i wish i can have a tattoo too! i've been wanting one too since i was in college. i just can't do it because i'm worried about the pain and about what other people might think.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
20 Aug 08
Wow thats impressive! I hope I get up the courage to get one before I hit 61! I think its great that you did it. If you are happy with it then that is all that matters. I think a butterfly is a great choice. That is one of the things I was considering. I'm having a hard time picking something and also wear to get it. My husband loves the lower back tattoos, but I told him I wouldn't get one there till I lost the weight.
@candymarie (1368)
• Canada
20 Aug 08
no, you are NOT crazy!! I was a virgin to being inked not too long ago, I have 2 now. The second one I got with my mom, who, oddly enough, got the same butterfly tattoo, different colors, except on her lower back, somewhat on her bum. Careful...they can be addictive!
• United States
10 Aug 08
Congrads! Wait a minute. Did you say you are " such a baby when it comes to pain" and you have kids. Kids plural? I would think if you can give birth, you can get a tattoo.I want to get a tattoo.I would love to get my avatar on my arm. Well better late than never. Enjoy.