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Husband Controlled Her Appearance, But When He Died, She Finally Got To Be Herself

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Have you ever wanted to do something you're passionate about, but someone always held you back? Now imagine living like that for over 55 years. This was how Charlotte Guttenberg felt when she was forced to suppress her love for body art by her first husband.

He had told her on more than one occasion that "No lady should have tattoos," despite having tattoos himself.

However, a few years after her husband's death, Guttenberg decided that she would no longer be controlled by anyone and on her 57th birthday she got her first tattoo.

"I was trying to decide, 'What could I do for myself that would be really special?'" she recalled. "I decided, 'I'm going to get a tattoo!'"

The writer, personal trainer and life coach settled for a butterfly design on her chest, which represented her newfound freedom.

Although not planned, over the next decade Guttenberg covered her body, head to toe, in tattoos that altogether took over 1,000 hours to complete. Her dedication earned her the Guinness World Record title for the Most Tattooed Senior Citizen (Female).

"I consider myself a walking art gallery," she said in an interview with Guinness World Records. "I can always entertain myself by looking at my own tattoos."

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