Broadcaster David Dimbleby gets first tattoo aged 75

 
David Dimbleby at tattoo studio, and tattoo David Dimbleby said the experience was "not painful at all"

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Veteran TV broadcaster David Dimbleby has revealed he has got his first tattoo - a scorpion on his shoulder.

In a Radio Times interview, the 75-year-old Question Time host said: "You are only old once. I have always wanted a tattoo.

"I thought I might as well have it done now. It's a dream come true for me," he added.

Dimbleby got the tattoo while making the maritime series, Britain and the Sea, to be shown on BBC One on Sunday.

During filming, Dimbleby was given the chance to have a tattoo of his own while looking into how body art was introduced to the UK as a result of Captain Cook's South Sea adventures.

He turned down the offer and had a black pencil mark put on his body, but changed his mind when he saw a preview of the film.

"I thought it was wimpish having it just drawn on and I needed to man up," he said.

Churchill's tattoo
David Dimbleby The tattoo was done during the filming of Britain and the Sea

Dimbleby, who has been the BBC's main presenter of election coverage since 1979, was then accompanied to an east London tattoo studio by a cameraman.

"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, it just zings a bit."

The tattoo, on his right shoulder, was discreet, modest and represented his star sign, Scorpio, he said.

Of singer Cheryl Cole, who has roses tattooed all over her bottom, he said: "I wasn't tempted to have any private parts decorated, I have to tell you."

His wife, Belinda, was, he added, "mildly amused" by it but might be persuaded to have one of her own.

Britain and the Sea, made in partnership with the National Maritime Museum, starts on Sunday 17 November at 21:00 GMT on BBC One.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 702.

    @679.sir guffington "I am quite frankly DISGUSTED at the racist opinions on this forum.

    Just because he wants a tatoo doesn't make him a lesser person.

    Shame on you all."

    Quite right Sir. Cads and Bounders the lot of 'em. I bet they all ate sausage rolls during Ramadan too

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    Comment number 701.

    681.jgm2
    679 sir

    'at the racist opinions on this forum'

    They're worse even than racist, which, as we know, is the single most awful crime in the world ever apart from.... bigotry.
    -----------------

    I beg to differ. Bad manners must surely trump them both. However, the thing that many find rather offensive about tattoos is that they always end up fading to the colour of mouldy cheese.

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    Comment number 700.

    Poor old Dimbo, he is the same age as me, and the trick at our age is to keep your body covered up, as the skin starts to resemble tripe.

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    Comment number 699.

    I've always admired David Dimbleby - and even better that he's chosen a scorpion tattoo, as I had an undead scorpion tattooed on my arm last year (I'm also a Scorpio).

    I don't understand the negativity about tattoos - it's not like anyone is forced to have them done. It's a life choice, just like botox, face lifts, boob jobs, piercings - heck, even make-up.

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    Comment number 698.

    How can you pick as an Editor's Choice and then remove it for breaking rules? Someone needs to tell the editor the rules....


    18. Peter
    EDITORS' PICK
    6 HOURS AGO
    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 697.

    @679.sir guffington

    I am quite frankly DISGUSTED at the racist opinions on this forum.
    Just because he wants a tatoo doesn't make him a lesser person.
    Shame on you all.
    ___

    I quite agree... the Dimblephobic nature of some comments here makes me ashamed to call myself British... we live in a diverse, multi-cultural society where Dimblebism in all its forms should be rejected.

    ...gurgle

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    Comment number 696.

    This is of no interest to me. I am interested in his ability as the chair for Question Time which is steadily going downhill.

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    Comment number 695.

    @657 Stupid, crass comment, and who are you to judge millions of people. IMO your pen name is the result of a "low class" mentality.Well done David, please get another done, to really upset these mamby-pamby, fuddy-duddys.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 694.

    You know what they say. There's no fool like an old fool

  • rate this
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    Comment number 693.

    686.JamesR1701
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    sir guffington = troll

    I shouldn't take this troll's comments seriously, particularly body piercing of babies.

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    Comment number 692.

    685.ToryBoy
    3 Minutes ago
    Do you know if taxpayers picked up the bill?

    Tory Boy - if you were the artist, would you ask them to pay cash? Better perhaps to ink yourself with 'By Royal Appointment.' Or just take payment from the queue of wannabees forming behind?

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    Comment number 691.

    If he wants a tattoo, he can have a tattoo, it's no-one else's business. Pity he didn't check his "star-sign" though. He is actually a Virgo.

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    Comment number 690.

    Scorpions have 8 legs David not 6 (he whispers quietly).

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    Comment number 689.

    I am surprised (weill actually I'm not it's HYS) about the tattoo hatred here. I don't have any tattoos but I know a lot of people who do, some with a lot. You know what's crazy? They're exactly the same as people without tattoos, some are smart, some not so much, some are lovely, some not so much. It's their body, why does it affect anyone else what they do with it?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 688.

    Woops too late .....

    David thought the young researcher had asked him if he would sit in a army scorpion while commentating on the military tattoo ...

  • rate this
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    Comment number 687.

    What's the betting on the last Question on QT this week:-

    ''Does the panel think that aging, complacent, hair-do's masquerading as journalists, who've only had to work 2 hours a week for the past 30 years, should be allowed to obtain shameless free publicity for themselves on Public Broadcasting media by getting a meaningless tattoo etched on their person?''

    Even money... any takers.. no?

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    Comment number 686.

    @679.sir guffington
    A lot of the opinions being made on here are ignorant and bigotted but I'm uncertain why you are claiming any are racist, I haven't seen a single post so far relating to DD's ethnicity.
    What do you mean by racist?

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    Comment number 685.

    No678 Monk,

    I was suprised to learn of that large list of 'Royals' sporting tattoos.

    Do you know if taxpayers picked up the bill?

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    Comment number 684.

    If he really wanted a tattoo I find it strange that an educated person would consider the most meaningful thing to him was an Astrology sign.

    I wonder if next he will go for an Easter Bunny or maybe a fairy at the bottom of the garden.

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    Comment number 683.

    665.AndyC555
    14 Minutes ago
    "643.Andy

    Do you think he realised that scorpions have 8 legs and not 6 when he got it done"



    Maybe it wasn't just any old scorpion but a particularly tough scorpion that had lost 2 legs in a fight.

    Now who looks stupid?

    ++
    Maybe its a scorpion with 2 legs pulled off

 

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