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Stuff Older Folks Should Leave To the Youngsters

Posted on: March 18, 2011

I was talking to my mom this week, and somehow the topic got on tattoos. I was talking about what I wanted for my next one (yes I want a new tattoo already) and that’s when my mom said “I want a new tattoo too. On my wrist.”


Yall know I had to talk mom out of that one. I can’t cosign that at all. Especially because I have a wrist tattoo – what I look like with a tattoo in the same place my mom has one? Plus my mom is…well…a woman of a certain age, and I think after a certain point, you should just leave something to the young folks. Which leads me to…

 Jubi’s list of things older people should leave to the youngsters:

  • Getting new tattoos or piercings, especially in locations that cannot be covered – I love tattoos as much as the next person, but I equate them, and piercings, as a youthful indulgence. Tattoos in a location that isn’t easily covered really strike me as a youthful indulgence, often because those who get them don’t take into account how that tattoo can & will affect their future.With the exception of ear-piercing, piercings also have a youthful connotation to me, and I would be really surprised to see an older person with a new piercing, especially if it was a piercing that was uncommon.
  • Wearing super trendy clothing, especially if its short, tight, or loud – I love fashion & fashion trends, but even at 28 I know there are some trends & items that are best left up to the tweens & teens. With age should come a more classic, timeless style of dress. Dressing too young for your age, especially when it’s ill-fitting or exposes too much, often comes off as a desperate attempt to reclaim or hold onto one’s youth. Keep it classy & classic please. Not saying older people should wear highwater pants & sensible shoes, but everything in their closet shouldn’t come from Forever 21 or say Rocawear either. If you don’t know what I’m talking about here, feel free to visit Your Mom Is In The Club. Thank me later for the laughs.
  • Listening to only pop music, especially if its stuff that makes the 106&Park Top Ten every week – Am I the only one who is really surprised when you find out an older person loves popular music, and ignant popular music at that? It just seems so….WRONG to me. Not saying folks should listen to old school music 24/7, but I’m concerned when anyone over the age of 18 knows all the words to “No Hands” & thinks Drake is the epitome of classic music (before yall start, yes I stan for Drake but he’s nowhere near the end-all be-all in music for Jubi).  
  • Being the oldest person in the club/lounge on a consistent basis – Going out is fine, I encourage everyone to enjoy themselves. But keep it age appropriate please. We’ve all been in the club & seen that person who is old enough to be our grandparent out kicking it, and it’s hella weird.

Ok, I was kinda tongue-in-cheek with this one, but kinda not. Call me ageist, but I think there’s some stuff that older folks just shouldn’t do. With age should come wisdom and maturity, at least a little bit, and I really just hate to see older folks doing the same dumb stuff that I see young people doing.

Am I wrong here? What things do you think older people should leave to the younger set?


8 Responses to "Stuff Older Folks Should Leave To the Youngsters"

I saw a taz wrist tat of a 70 something year old woman that she just got and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. People should do whatever they want no matter how old they are and it doesn’t harm anyone else, like driving.

Yeah, there are plenty of old ppl that need to not be behind the wheel of a car. So IDK if that’s a good example.

1. I mostly agree. New tats and piercings just seem weird on old heads. Why you 56 getting a tat, imo it screams mid-life crisis. But some old heads who are already cool can pull these things off. I guess your mom’s not one of em lol

2 & 4. Every time we go out my girl is pointing these folks out! It seems that people don’t realize that they can be stylish without looking like they’re trying so hard. Your style should mellow out a bit as you age.

Guys get a pass though, unless it’s your grand-dad in a green camo G-Unit wifebeater. Our clothes are much simpler than women’s, makes it a lot harder to dress really badly.

3. Agreed, unless they do it to be funny. Otherwise it’s real corny

My mom is mad cool, but I think a wrist tat is too much. I would cosign if she got it somewhere else, I think its the wrist part that makes it “young” to me.

I hate to see older men wearing stuff like Sean John or Rocawear everything. #notclassy.

I can see the flashy shit, but I got some rocawear and sean john clothes you wouldn’t even recognize. They make some respectable ish too.

What makes the wrist young? It’s visibility?

hahah, you know, you’re sort of right. i do feel like some things are meant for younger age group of people. i do feel weird when i see some parents in my school wearing clothes that is waaay to tacky for their age…

Worse than only listening to pop music, is an older person with a rap ring tone. Ma’am, I need you to choose “Classic Phone” when setting your ring tone on that 2001 Nokia.

The thing is, new tattoos become old tattoos, so what difference does it make? You will still have the tattoo you got on your wrist, ankle, etc at age 18 (or however “young” you were at the time)… when you turn 75.

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