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  A rebellious great-grandmother left her son stunned when he discovered she was missing from her care home having escaped unannounced to get her first tattoo aged 79.

Tony Sellers was baffled when he arrived for his daily visit to see his mother Sadie - only to find her walking frame gone and an empty wheelchair in her room at Daleview House in Londonderry.

The grandmother-of-11 and retired civil servant had arranged for her granddaughter Samantha, 22, to take her to get a tattoo of an outline of a heart on her left arm.

And when asked what her family would think of the tattoo, she left customers at Tattoo Studio 76 shocked by retorting: ‘I don’t ‘bleep’ care’.

Mrs Sellers said: ‘When you get to my age, you just have to live life to the full every day. I was talking about it with Samantha for a couple of weeks after she had showed me her tattoo.

'She came in one day after her holiday and I just thought: “Well, I’ll get one too”.

I’m absolutely made up with mine.

'I asked the fella how long it would take and he said it had finished five minutes ago. I never felt a thing. He just laughed at me.’

Meanwhile at the same time, Mr Sellers, 57, was becoming concerned as he searched the care home for his mother.

He added: ‘She’s been in the care home for about a year now and she’s only been out twice before, both times with my daughter.

‘I came in and there was no-one in the room but her wheelchair was there and the walking frame  was gone. I swear, 99 times out of 100 she’s in the room.

'It was about 3pm and I thought she might be having a late lunch, or in the TV room or out in the garden for a walk. I thought it was a bit weird but I tried not to worry.

'There was no sign of her but the staff said Samantha had been up and they’d gone into town. I was thinking: “What the hell is going on here? So I telephoned my daughter who confirmed her granny was with her.”

'She asked me to meet them near a restaurant in town. By this stage I had this feeling in the back of my mind that something wasn’t right, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.’

Mr Sellers drove to the meeting point to discover an empty restaurant, but on his walk back to the car spotted his mother in the tattoo studio, where artist Ciaran Ward was finishing her design.

Mr Sellers, who has eight tattoos himself, said:   â€˜I saw my daughter’s car outside the tattoo shop and then saw them both through the window of the shop.  Samantha was sitting there smiling. I just couldn’t believe it. I went in all I saw was three big lads in their 20s, covered in tattoos, and there in the middle was mum getting one herself. They all thought she was fantastic.

‘She was laughing and giggling the whole time. She never mentioned anything about wanting a tattoo to me but I think she had been hatching a plan for a while.

‘She’s an old lady with brittle bones, that’s why she has the wheelchair, but it didn’t seem to faze her.

Granddaughter Samantha Sellers said her grandmother was ‘an amazing woman’, adding: ‘She would always say how much she liked my tattoos and piercings and she thought about it for a long time. She was really chilled out about it all.

‘I took her to Studio 76 because that’s where I got mine. I’m very close to her so I got a matching one done afterwards. They’ve said that I’m not allowed to come back without my granny in future.’

Mrs Sellers added: ‘When I came back to the home and everyone heard about it they all rushed round to see it. My son Tony didn’t know what to think. Samantha is my right arm and my left arm. She spends nearly all her spare time down here with me so it was lovely to get this done with her.' 

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Re: You are never too old or disabled to have a tattoo!
« Reply #1 on: 21 Jul 2015 09:03PM »
Good for her  >lol<


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Re: You are never too old or disabled to have a tattoo!
« Reply #2 on: 21 Jul 2015 09:39PM »
And why not?


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Re: You are never too old or disabled to have a tattoo!
« Reply #3 on: 22 Jul 2015 03:02AM »
Great story. I had my third one done about a month ago. I love my tattoos. Especially this latest one,  a pink dragonfly on my calf.


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Re: You are never too old or disabled to have a tattoo!
« Reply #4 on: 22 Jul 2015 09:43AM »
her room at Daleview House in Londonderry.

Pure Derry  >biggergrin<