A grandma has gone under the needle to get her first tattoo at the age of 86.

Artist Eve Colding has been granddaughter Beki Sanderson’s biggest supporter since she opened up her studio INKognito, on Blackburn Road, Accrington, four years ago.

Beki, 26, said her gran has been asking her for a tattoo ever since and she finally relented, inking a rose design onto her upper arm.

Beki said Eve is her inspiration and the reason she got into art in the first place.

She said: “She has been asking me since I opened the shop. We were not sure if she was just saying it or if she really wanted it. I waited until she was definitely sure.

“She said she has always wanted one but it wasn’t acceptable in her day.

“It went really well and she didn’t squirm at all. She said ‘ooh’ a couple of times but that was it, she was really brave. I was more nervous than she was.

“She’s been showing off her tattoo to all her friends.”

Eve Colding, 86, with her new tattoo
Eve Colding, 86, with her new tattoo
 

Beki, who has so many tattoos she has lost count, also has a portrait of her grandma and grandad Stanley, 85, tattooed on her leg. She said: “Family mean a lot to me.

“My grandma taught me how to paint and is the whole reason why I’ve managed to make a career out of art.

“My family is very academic so art was something I did more as a hobby, but I always loved it.

“My grandma always encouraged my artistic side and is a great artist herself.

“She’s my inspiration. I’ve got one of her paintings in my studio.”

Eve, who lives in Burnley, is an artist herself and one of her oil paintings is currently hanging in the tattoo studio.

Eve said she could not be happier with her new tattoo and may even venture back into the studio for a second one.

Beki Sanderson with her grandma Eve Colding
Beki Sanderson with her grandma Eve Colding