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- 103 years and newly tattooed -

In Denmark it is illegal to tattoo people on hands and faces. But when tattoo artist Colin Dale heard that Karen Fredsø Larsen was 102 years old, she could freely decide where she wanted to have her tattoo. Karen lives at the nursing home Sølund in Copenhagen.
Her recipe for a good old age is to keep her curiosity, think positively and not to talk about illness.

In the beginning Karen had some
trouble understanding Colin, because
he being Canadian, speaks Danish
with an accent. But along the way they
got on fine, and when it was time to talk about pay, Colin said the tattoo was
his birthday gift to her.
At first Karen had imagined a tattoo
with the word "PAX" or something
else with peace: But she got inspired
by the tattoo artist Colin Dale's wife's
tattoos with petroglyphs and Nordic
mythology. So Karen chose with Colin
a design to symbolize
natural force and energy.
Colin in the process of tattooing.
Karen did not feel much pain. "I
have experienced so much in my
life, that this is nothing".
Karen looking at the finished
result. Due to her poor sight,
she can not see her new ring
very clearly.
Karen is deeply fascinated
when Colin's wife shows her
tattoos. Karen would also like
to see the tattoos on her
buttocks, but there the
line was drawn.


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