Bruce Stewart got his first tattoo in 1978.
Thinking back to that time, Stewart recalls receiving a phone call with news that a woman very close to him had died.
"So I spent every week, you know, at least one afternoon a week going to the native center and... healing up. The elder gave me a lot of one-on-one, and basically took the wreckage that I was, and put it all back together," Stewart says in the documentary. And at the end of getting back together, I think he, he actually suggested I get the name 'Gentle Brown Bear.'"
"Well here I am and there that is."
Bernice Williams got her first tattoo at age 68, on film.
After beating leukemia, Williams thought "'Oh my god, I've been given a second chance in life.' I always felt like I was in a cocoon, you know, like listen to everybody else's rules and follow the regulations, but I was never really Bernice."
"I think I'm a butterfly," she says. "At this stage in my life now, for sure... I think I'm beautiful now. I like who I am, I'm happy."
And after singing a verse from "Que Sera, Sera," Williams adds:
"That's what it is. Our future isn't ours to see, but we have to live it."
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