Nan, 82, gets tattoo for cancer research

Artist Cherry Bones tattooing her 82 year old Nan June Seccombe
Artist Cherry Bones tattooing her 82 year old Nan June Seccombe

MOST people leave a mark on their loved ones – but the majority are unlikely to match the one left by artist Cherry Bones on her nan June Seccombe.

The 82-year-old agreed to let her young granddaughter ink a tattoo onto her arm as part of a charity day held to raise cash for Breast Cancer Research.

And far from being the nerve-wracking experience she anticipated, the pensioner said she actually ended up enjoying it.

“I thought it would hurt,” she told the Herald, “but it didn’t hurt a bit. They used some sort of numbing cream on me and I could hardly feel it. It wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be.”

But what makes a woman in her eighth decade decided to plump for a tattoo? Well, whose idea it was differs depending on who you ask. The granddaughter says it was all her nan’s idea, while the pensioner herself was slightly less convinced. “We had talked about it but I thought it was the sort of thing I would never do,” she revealed.

“But then I got a call from her saying they were doing a charity day and that she had booked me in. I don’t regret it though. I think it looks really nice – my neighbours could not believe I had got one done but everyone seems to say they like it.”

The design, a blue butterfly a few inches down from her wrist, was designed and inked by her granddaughter, and June readily admits she only went ahead with it because she has total trust in her relative.

“She (Cherry Bones) is so talented. She really is amazing. Ever since she was young she has been very creative – as are her brothers and sisters. Some of the designs I see her working on in the evenings are so detailed and really impressive.

“I think it is fair to say I wouldn’t have let anyone else loose on my arm.”

June was not the only person to go under the needle during the charity day, which took place at Tattoo Stars in Seaside, and raised more than £200 for charity.

But she was definitely the star of the show. Cherry Bones, real name Aimee, was full of admiration for her super gran. “She is brilliant,” she said. “Hopefully she won’t regret it. I don’t think she does. You never know, she might catch the bug and get her whole arm done like me.”

Aimee needn’t worry. Far from wishing she had never set foot in the tattoo parlour, June is already thinking about her next visit.

“I might get another one,” she said, “maybe another butterfly. I am really pleased with it. When you are young you might have second thoughts because you are worried about having it for the rest of your life but when you get to my age you don’t need to think about that.”

And does she think she could start a trend among the town’s older population? “You never know. I thought I would be too old to get one but I did. There is no reason why others shouldn’t do the same.”