Veteran TV broadcaster David Dimbleby, has just had his first tattoo. That might not seem extraordinary at a time when many of us carry some body art, but David is 75-years-old. He got his tattoo as the result of working on the maritime series; Britain and the Sea. Daring David was given the chance to have a tattoo of his own whilst exploring into how body art was introduced to the UK as a result of Captain Cook's South Sea adventures, but like many of us who face the tattoo needle for the first time, he opted out. Nevertheless, he soon regretted his decision when he saw a preview of the programme and thought he came across as ‘wimpish’. So, David and a cameraman made their way to a London studio and David was filmed being inked. David, whose horoscope sign is Scorpio, had a small scorpion tattooed on his shoulder. David loves his new artwork;
"It can't be seen unless I choose to show it to someone. I'm rather fond of it actually, this little scorpion sitting on my shoulder ready to attack my enemies."
So was it painful? Not according to David;
"It took about 30 minutes, an hour in all, and I thought of Winston Churchill having his done while mine was being done. It wasn't painful at all…."
In case you are wondering (and we certainly were), Winston Churchill had an anchor tattooed on his forearm.
The last comment has to go to David;
“You are only old once. I have always wanted a tattoo.”