Lonni Pike, known as “Gray Hair and Tattoos” on TikTok, has 1 million followers.
Pike uses his platform to challenge the stereotypes imposed on women with tattoos in their 50s.
Pike told insiders that people think she’s in a biker gang for ink.
Lonni Pike, a California social media influencer, became viral on TikTok after challenging the stereotypes imposed on women in their 50s.
57-year-old Pike uses a handle @grayhairandtattoos On TikTok and YouTube she Make a video Encourage women to embrace their style, regardless of social expectations.
In one of her first TikTok videos posted in November 2020, Pike said he was 56 years old. “Because it looks like this, not what you think.” The 15-second clip has been played over 4 million times as of Thursday.
In May 2022, she 1 million followers On the platform.
Talking to the insider, Pike said she started making videos to challenge the “tattoo age gap” placed on women.
“Especially I hear women in their 40s say,’You’re too old.’ And they said,” We like to wear band T-shirts. There are tattoos. People are telling us that we are experiencing a midlife crisis, “Pike said. “And I’m basically just telling them what you’re listening to, what society is saying to you, and you’re okay.”
“It’s the same as the overall age difference in tattoos, because when you’re young, it’s said that tattoos look bad when you get older. And when you get older, you’re too old to get a tattoo. According to society, there is never a good time to get a tattoo, “she added.
Pike also encourages women to embrace their fashion sense, regardless of whether society determines that it is suitable for their age. With one TikTok video Posted on June 27th and currently recording over 840,000 views, she can be seen wearing torn jeans, a white top with straps, and sunglasses. She captioned the video: “Wear what you want at any age!”
Pike put her first tattoo 27 years ago
Pike told insiders that he got his first tattoo (a barber line around his ankle) after he left his husband at the age of 30.
“For me, it represents feeling trapped where I am because the barbed wire either traps people or keeps them out,” she said. “And that was the duality of why I got it … I wanted to remember that I never wanted to feel that way again.”
She said she currently has an estimated 25 or 30 tattoos, including ink on the back of the ears, lower abdomen, back, sleeves, and calves.
“People’s perceptions of tattoos are very different from what they really are,” Pike said. “People have this ideology in their hearts that people with tattoos are uneducated or criminals, or how many people think I have a Harley-Davidson. I don’t know. I’m a biker gang. I’m almost 58 years old — I can’t even ride a bike. “
“It’s a great honor to be able to go forward like the whole world and be like,’No, you made a mistake,'” she said.
“What do you know? We are moms, grandmas, students. We are women. We are us and we are to remember who we are. I have a time stamp on myself, “she added.
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