Everyone gets their first tattoo at a different age. Some folks get them early in life -- like when they are in their late teens, for instance, and they are first legally allowed to get ink permanently sketched onto their skin. Some people will wait until they are in college (maybe even after a few drinks, too; we are not judging). Sometimes, it is prompted by a pivotal point in their lives, or a mid-life crisis, or they just finally get the gumption to get themselves a tattoo. Or, sometimes, people finally decide to get a tattoo just for the hell of it. There is no shortage of reasons for getting a tattoo after a certain age.
It's unclear what prompted Michael J. Fox to get his first tattoo at the age of 57, but the Back to the Future actor is now walking around with fresh ink. You can take a look at Fox's first tattoo below. Remember, if you ever wanted to get a tattoo, there is no better time to get your first than the present!
Am I the only one who is a little disappointed that Michael J. Fox opted for a turtle as the creature in his first tattoo instead of, you know, a fox? No matter. It's a great looking tattoo, and Fox is clearly proud of it. As he admits in the Instagram post, however, the reason for why he decided to get it -- particularly at his age -- is a "long story." We suppose we're going to hear that story another day. In any case, Fox crossed the item off his bucket list.
Meanwhile, you can get another look at Michael J. Fox's new tat in this follow-up Instagram post, which shows the film/television actor posing with two individuals who clearly have any more tattoos than Fox has -- at least, at this present moment. You never know what the future might hold for Mr. Fox.
Even though Michael J. Fox didn't get his first tattoo until late in the game, there's always the possibility that he might want to get another one in the future. And who knows? Maybe he'll keep getting impressed to get ink. We might be looking at a brand new Michael J. Fox in 2019? Time will soon tell.
It's hard to know if Michael J. Fox's recent tattoo is a one-time thing or the start of something new for the beloved actor. But in any case, Fox appears to be happy with the first tattoo, and that's the start. We'll keep you posted if we hear any more details about why he decided to get this first tattoo in the first place, or if he decides to get a whole bunch more in the months to come. For now, though, he's just got the one, and that's at least the start.
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Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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