Who wants to be an inky wrinkly?

A tattoo might look good now, but wait till you're old.

Now that the sun's out there's a feeling of optimism in the air, says Eleanor Mills in The Sunday Times. But, as always, there's "a downside". Although we've been lured into baring our "long-hidden" pale flesh, the hot weather has brought forth "a dark horde, a veritable plague of dragons and snakes, feathered wings, tribal art and misspelt Sanskrit".

From Victoria Beckham's back at the Wimbledon men's final to builders everywhere, the tattoo is "a blight on the joys of summer". Our national infatuation with it is evident in last week's picture of Prince Charles and supermodel Cara Delevingne at a charity function at St James's Palace. "Do you have any tattoos?" she asked him, showing him the tattoo of a lion on her finger and confiding that she has another that reads "Made in England" on a more intimate part of her anatomy.

It is only in the last 20 years that tattoos have "crept out of the underclass" and into the mainstream, says Mills. Now one in ten Britons has a tattoo, as do 45 million Americans. A "large chunk" of middle England is hiding "a little remnant of their freer days" under their business suit. But at least tattoos on arms and chests can be covered up, unlike tattooed faces.

"I spotted a little waif in Camden... the other day with a rose vine wriggling all over her cheeks," says Mills. "I wanted to shake her. It might seem cute now, but what will it look like when she's 50, or if she wants a more mainstream life?" I agree with Mills. Most "juvenile walks on the wild side" can be airbrushed away or forgotten, but tattoos are hard and painful to erase. Who wants to be an "inky wrinkly"?

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