Gary DeSutter is 66-years-old, but the retired man recently got his first tattoo to honor a promise he made to his then-15-year-old grandson Patrick McCord that the two would get inked if McCord graduated from high school.
He told the Bakersfield Californian that his first would be his last tattoo, and as a devout Christian sometimes worries about some Old Testament concerns over body modifications in his Oceano retirement living community.
On the other hand, other older residents in the area have gotten tattoos, according to shop owner Justin Foss.
He told the newspaper that she came in with two generations of families to bond over the experience, like DeSutter and McCord.
Roughly 1 in 10 seniors has at least one tattoo, according to a Harris poll, with those in the West more likely to have gotten one than in other regions.
Although many people didn't express regrets from getting one, some were worried that they had been too young when they first got their pieces done, or were worried about it fading. Provided he stays out of the sun, that's not likely to be a problem for DeSutter.