“Badass” Granny Gets First Tattoo At 103 Years Old

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A 103-year-old Michigan woman named Dorothy Pollack was discharged from the nursing home where she spent several months alone facing the COVID-19 lockdown.

“Covid-19 had her in prison for months,” Teresa Zavitz-Jones, her granddaughter, told CNN.“The nurse in the home said she was horribly depressed and we needed to get her out. We couldn’t see her so we had no idea how she really was. She’s extremely hard of hearing so phone calls were not helpful.”


Dorothy said she dedicated her life to her family and loved ones but after she left the nursing home, she decided it was time to live her life a little more. She was now on a mission to check several things off her bucket list.

To her grandson’s surprise, the first thing she decided to go for was a tattoo. She selected a little frog from a book at the tattoo shop. Dorothy said she chose it because she always loved frogs. To make her dream come true, she contacted Ray Reasoner Jr. who tattooed her at A.W.O.L. Custom Tattooing in Muskegon. Her granddaughter posted pictures of it on Facebook.


“She took it like a champ. I didn’t even see her wince. Maybe she had half a wince once,” Ray Reasoner Jr. told CNN. “She was just so excited. It was an amazing experience. If someone over a century old tells you to do something for them you just gotta do it.” 

Dorothy informed CNN that her grandson suggested that she get a tattoo years ago but said she wasn’t ready for it. She was pretty excited that it was happening now though and that she could cross it off her bucket list.

According to Dorothy, she’s only getting started. As soon as she got her tattoo done, she took a sweet ride on the back of a motorcycle and officially scratched that off the list too.


Dorothy’s story proves that whatever age you are, you can still do the things you want to do.