You Know Tattoos Are Mainstream When Your 101 Year Old Jewish Grandma Wants ‘Em

I ran across this article originally posted on one of my favorite tattoo blogs, Needles and Sins, but it was so cute it definitely deserves a re-post here.

From TampaBay.com:

“At age 99, Rosenthal decided to get her first tattoo, a tiny blue butterfly about the size of a dime.

Gallo-Kohlas remembers Rosenthal looking at the finished tattoo and proclaiming it too small.

At 100, Rosenthal tried again, this time much bigger and on the other leg.

The silver-dollar-sized flower was better, but it required her to lift her pant leg to show it off. Next time, she decided, she’d get one on her arm.

Meredith Herrmann, 34, eyes her grandmother’s tattoos with a smug sense of irony. Herr mann remembers the family’s reaction when she got her own first tattoo at 17.

“We’re Jewish,” she said. “I thought they’d kill me.”

And what did Rosenthal think back then?

“She didn’t approve at first,” Herrmann said. “It’s such a generation gap.”

So what changed Rosenthal’s mind?

Why a tattoo? Why now?

“Why not?” Rosenthal said.

Whether it was her idea or the suggestion of family members is debatable.

Rosenthal says they love to say she’s 101 and has a tattoo.”

Fucking awesome. Now if only I could convince my grandma to go get a tattoo. Typically I’m against the idea of “matching” tattoos with someone, but I don’t think you can go wrong if you’re getting a tattoo with your granny.

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~ by K. Ritcheson on August 24, 2010.

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