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These Badass Seniors Prove That You Shouldn’t Worry About Your Tattoos When You're Old

Tattoos and age are all the rage.

Ingrid Meijering and Marion Duimel are photographers based out of the The Hague, Netherlands. For the past three years have been taking pictures of older people (65 +) with tattoos. The project called "TattooAge: Never Too Old" and is an amazing assortment of elderly people with badass tatts and personalities to match.

Ingrid Meijering and Marion Duimel / Via getoud.nl

The duo said they initially got the idea a few years ago when they were at the beach and noticed a lot of older people with tattoos. It was then they decided they wanted to document these people.

Ingrid Meijering and Marion Duimel / Via getoud.nl

They found people by reaching out through Facebook groups, tattoo shops, and just asking around. Eventually they got 25 people who agreed to take part in the project and tell their tattoo stories.

Jan
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Jan

They said while putting the project together one of the biggest misconceptions is that people only get tattoos when they're young, but that's not always the case. "Almost everyone assumes they’ve had the tattoo since they were young but most people in the book got it in the last 10 years only. We had several people getting their tattoos when they were 80+." For example Toos (pictured below) decided to shave part of her hair off and get her arms full of tattoos when she was 79.

Toos
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Toos

Then you have others who have been tattooed throughout their lives — like Thomas, who got his first tattoo in 1978 and most recent one in 2015.

Thomas
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Thomas

He explains his tatts in this video.

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They made it a point not only to get the subjects' tattoo history, but their personal history as well.

Chris
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Chris

The pictures along with the amazing stories that accompany them are all featured in their book which bears the same name as the project.

Jan
Ingrid Meijering and Marion Duimel / Via getoud.nl

Jan

They added that the people were such a joy to work with. "They are all so nice and friendly, almost the more tattoos, the sweeter!"

Hans
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Hans

😊😊😊

Riek
Ingrid Meijering and Marion Duimel / Via getoud.nl

Riek

😎😎😎

Wibo
Ingrid Meijering and Marion Duimel / Via getoud.nl

Wibo

When asked what they hope people will take from the project their answer was simple. "We hope people understand you are never too old for a tattoo and we want to share the lovely stories behind them. Also people participating in the project want to show that they are not scary or aggressive."

Cor
Ingrid Meijering and Marion Duimel / Via getoud.nl

Cor

Absolutely lovely!

Rebha
Ingrid Meijering and Marion Duimel / Via getoud.nl

Rebha

For more on TattooAge check out their website here.

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