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Women and Tattoos After 35

Updated on October 30, 2009

Who's Getting Tattoos

The answer is EVERYONE! Come one come all and stand in line. It seems that inking is the hottest thing around.

For years men were the only people getting tattoos. That changed and the tattoo world opened up to rockers, punk rockers and eventually young people. For quite a while it has been very common to see a young woman with tattoos but now the craze of the "older" woman getting inked is here! Tattoo shops are now frequented by woman ages 35 plus deciding it is time to get a tattoo.

Historically woman travel in packs. They roam the mall, go to the movies, and chat over drinks. Now they hit the tattoo parlor. It's the new day trip for woman of all ages. Forget the Spa.

Mothers and grandmothers are getting inked. Books are being written and we see it in Hollywood. From coast to coast tattoos are on the rise.

Why The Rise?

Self expression has long been an important modality in dealing with emotions. Tattooing offers the ultimate self expression. You can choose whatever you feel like and the sky is the limit. You can dedicate eternal art to a loved one, a pet, to your religious beliefs, etc There is a large sense of power when getting a tattoo. You run the show. You choose the art, the colors and you tough out the pain. It is all empowering!

As a woman gets older she really has the ability to grow into her own. A woman knows what she wants at 45 and no matter how "much" she thought she new at 25 she just didn't. The Mid Life Crisis is simply learning what you need, the trick is how to get it.

Many woman as they hit "mid life' feel the need to control something. So much of their lives have been sacrificed for others. Husbands, children and jobs really take a toll on the emotions of woman. They happily do do and do but eventually realize who does for them? Their emotional and physical need are not met. They want to do something that symbolizes their life, their growth as well as something they control. They make the choice for them and only them. Tattoos are a small way a woman can feel that way.

Where and What?


Vacations lend themselves to tattooing. Las Vegas and Florida are 2 of the top spots for "the ladies" to go on girl weekends and come back tattooed. California and New York also weigh in on tattoo hot spots. Many a husband gets the big "surprise" when mom comes home after a long over due girl's weekend tattooed. Woman tend to get their "nerve" up when their closest friends are doing the same thing? Well, that and a few cocktails can help.

Almost every city no matter how small has a tattoo shop. The bigger cities such as Miami, LA, and New York are loaded with them. Competition among shops is fierce. Even the smallest town may boast a tattoo shop if it gets by the local zoning board.


One of the big differences between young girls and mature woman tattooing is the design they get. Many woman who have tattooed themselves as college students regret their choice later in life. You often hear, "I don't know why I did that" with a shake of their head. A more mature woman tends to have less regret as her decision is usually based upon a "meaningful" choice vs. a probably spur of the moment inking.

Many woman choose designs such as their husbands, children's, parents, pets names and initials. Then there is the group that want something solely to themselves. There seem to be a rash of flowers out there on middle aged woman. Many woman have reached a certain level of spirituality and may show that in religious or Asian symbols. Woman may show their achievements in their inking. Few mature woman tattoo on whim of if they do the idea of what they want had been twirling around their heads for a while.

Safety and Tattoos

As long as tattoos have been around there has always been a concern for safety. Today tattoos are probably the safest they ever have been. There are a few basic rules of thumb you can should consider:

1. Make sure the tattoo artist shows you that the tools come out of a sealed pouch.

2. Make sure he or she is wearing gloves.

3. Make sure if anything hits the floor including the paper towels they use to wipe the tattoo with they throw out.

4. You should always look around the shop and talk to the artist before you make your choice. Word of mouth is great. You can also google individual shops.

5.*Inks contain heavy metals and you should do research if you have allergies before you choosing your colors. Note: I believe red contains the highest level of Mercury of all the inks.

When ALL Is Said and Done.......,

Tattoo reality shows are on TV. Tattoo shops are in the shopping malls. Tattoos are simply mainstream at this point. Competition among artist is strong and is a real a gift to for anyone who can do it well. Imagine having the ability to put your art work on another human being which will last the entirety of their lives.

Tattoos are a very personal choice. They last forever and should not be taken lightly. Tattooing is a unique and beautiful form of art. Whether you choose to immortalize a loved one, family member or friend, an accomplishment or goal choose wisely and for the right reasons. And LADIES if you want to do it GO FOR IT!

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    • Scarlett Black profile image

      Scarlett Black 6 years ago from New York

      True statement: Tattoos are addicting. Very few stop at 1.

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      Anna 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      Great hub! I just got my second tattoo and want more :)

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      Scarlett Black 7 years ago from New York

      Once you get one tattoo you are always on the look for the next and the next :)

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      I really enjoyed your views on this subject. Everyone needs to do something for themselves...and tats are a great way to express yourself (as you stated). I have one currently and am always on the lookout for my next. :D

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great article. Thanks!