Joan Rivers gets first tattoo on her derrire – but opts out during the inking

'I wanted a bee and walked out with a freckle': Joan Rivers gets first tattoo on her derrire – but opts out during the inking

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08:47 GMT, 21 March 2012

Once upon a time, they belonged to criminals and sailors.

Then Hell's Angels and emo kids came along, before they became popular with the masses.

And now even Joan Rivers, at the ripe old age of 78, has inked herself with a tattoo – on her bottom.

Second thoughts: Joan Rivers changes her mind at the 11th hour, after heading to the tattoo parlour for an etching of a bee on her backside

Second thoughts: Joan Rivers changes her mind at the 11th hour, after heading to the tattoo parlour

Getting ready: Joan clambers onto the table in preparation for the inking

Getting ready: Joan clambers onto the table in preparation for the inking

The outspoken comedienne decided to ink
herself on the latest episode of Joan And Melissa: Joan Knows Best, opting for a bumble
bee on her pertly behind.

But as the New Yorker lay down on the
table and heard the buzzing of the needle, she obviously had second
thoughts – walking away with a mere speck of ink instead of a yellow and
black replica bee.

Sterilised: The artist gets to work, imprinting the stencil before reaching for the needle

Sterilised: The artist gets to work, imprinting the stencil before reaching for the needle

Sterilised: The artist gets to work, imprinting the stencil before reaching for the needle

Egging her on: Joan's best friend Margie Stern took her to the parlour

Egging her on: Joan's best friend Margie Stern took her to the parlour

Avid tweeter Joan revealed: 'I was
going to have a bee tattooed on my butt but I’m afraid if I gain weight,
people will think it’s Big Bird. #JKB

'Well, I went into a tattoo parlor wanting a bee and I walked out with a freckle. #JKB'

The scenario evolves after the peroxide blonde heads to the Big Apple to appear on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Can we turn back the clocks Joan buries her face in her hands

Can we turn back the clocks Joan buries her face in her hands, seemingly full of regret

Good actress: Joan seemed keen when the artist mocked up her design

Good actress: Joan seemed keen when the artist mocked up her design

However, when she gets bumped off the
show for a younger comedian, Joan calls her best friend Margie Stern in a
panic, who then takes her to get a tattoo.

When things don't go to plan, she exclaims: 'Needles scare me – if you're coming at me with a needle, it better be for Botox baby!'

Joan, born in Brooklyn, also jokes about turning 78, pretending to be a little delirious with age.

She wrote: 'The restaurant refused to put 78 candles on my birthday cake. They claimed it would be a fire hazard. Whatever! #JKB.

Trying not to laugh: The tattooist stifles a smirk as she talks to Joan

Trying not to laugh: The tattooist stifles a smirk as she talks to Joan

Brave: Friend Margie Stern has a squiggle that resembles a snake

Brave: Friend Margie Stern has a squiggle that resembles a snake

'So depressing. I can’t believe I
turned 78. I don’t feel 76. I guess we all turn 74 eventually. Oh well,
72 is just a number… #JKB'

The
footage was actually filmed last year, as Joan celebrates her birthday
on June 8, meaning she's only got three months until she turns one year
shy of being an octogenarian.

Also in the show, Joan celebrates her birthday with daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper, who takes her go-karting.

Not a happy bunny: Joan's grandson Cooper takes her go-karting for her birthday

Not a happy bunny: Joan's grandson Cooper takes her go-karting for her birthday