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Images Of Seniors With Tattoos Will Stay With You Forever

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Talk about a lasting impression. Check out the photos below of seniors with tattoos.

According to a 2012 Harris poll, 11 percent of those 50 to 64 years old and 5 percent of those 65 and older have tattoos.

And they tend to get a whole lot of attention. A recent pictorial of inked-up older citizens on Imgur attracted more than 1.4 million views.

So why the fascination with the elderly and their skin art? We'd like to think that, as with paintings, a canvas of a certain age is more likely to contain a masterpiece.

But you'll have to judge for yourself.

  • Mathilde De L'ecotais / AFP / Getty Images
    Larry Happ, 68, raises his arms to show his tattoos as he competes in the senior man largest tattoo category at the Los Angeles Tattoo Convention held at the Los Angeles Marriott Airport Hotel in 1998.
  • Keystone / Fabrice Coffrini / AP
    Isobel Varley from Stevenage near London, England, smiles as she poses at the 2003 International Tattoo Convention in Lausanne, Switzerland. According to Guinness World Records, Varley is the world's most tattooed senior woman.
  • Michael Dwyer / AP
    Linda May Ellis of Rockland, Mass., poses at a Boston tattoo convention in 2003. Ellis is holding the childhood picture of herself at 7 years old that was used as a model for the tattoo on her arm, which was done after Ellis turned 50.
  • Matthias Rietschel / AP
    87-year-old photographer and tattoo artist Herbert Hoffmann poses in front of his photographs before a 2006 exhibition of his works in Dresden, Germany.
  • Getty Images
    Portrait of an elderly man with a big beard, Download Festival, 2009, UK.
  • James A. Finley / AP
    Kai Kristensen enjoys his pipe while taking a break at the Adams Mark Hotel in St. Louis during the 2003 National Tattoo Association convention.
  • Getty Images
    Man with tattoos posing at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Sturgis, South Dakota, in 2007.
  • AP
    Elizabeth Weinzirl (pictured in Minneapolis 1978) has brightly colored tattoos winding around her body from her neck to her knees. She says she loves her ink and got the tattoos because her husband wanted a tattooed wife "and I didn’t want to move out."
  • Marco Garcia / Getty Images
    Pearl Harbor survivor Thomas Michenovich shows off his wartime tattoos before the start of a Dec. 7, 2004, ceremony honoring survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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