Your new tattoo might look pretty awesome now, but have you ever wondered what it'd look like when you're older? Well, check out this list compiled by Bored Panda, to see for yourself how tattoo ink fades over time.

There are many reasons as to why this happens. The type of ink can make a big difference for example, with cheaper ink often fading much quicker than higher quality alternatives. The color of the ink makes a big difference too, as the lighter the ink, the faster it fades (remember that next time you're thinking about getting one of those white ink tattoos!). Another thing to consider is the placement of your tattoo, as this can also influence the speed with which it fades. Tattoos on areas that see a lot of activity, such as your feet and your fingers, are much more likely to fade more quickly than tattoos on your back or chest for example. Also, the tattoo design comes in play too - the smaller and more intricate the detailing is, the more chance it will get blurred years later. And never forget to search for a highly skilled and qualified tattoo artist, as he is the one who will execute the work itself.

One way to keep your tattoo looking fresh is to ensure that you follow the proper healing procedures as even the best tattoos can be affected by not taking proper care. Most tattoo parlors will advise you about this, so make sure you pay attention! Also, as tempting as it might be, don't spend too much time touching your new tattoo idea that came to life, as this can lead to discoloration and infection. Finally, if your tattoo is new then try to keep it out of the sun, and even when it's fully healed, make sure you always wear the highest SPF sunscreen on any exposed tattoos whenever you're out and about.

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Jonathan Eatsalot
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3 years ago

looks better aged given the subject

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GlassOfWater
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3 years ago

This still looks in good condition

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Rafael Tiba
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3 years ago

I was half-expecting the wave to have crashed.

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Luc Mailloux
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3 years ago

The black-scale stuff looks good.

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J.E.C.
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3 years ago

I mean, it is small print very close together. You know it is going to bleed a little so this was a bad call, the tattoo artist should have told them this would happen. Maybe they did..

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When I had decided to get the tattoo done, I knew that the area was not ideal and that the tattoo would fade at some point. I made a point to follow the aftercare instructions "to a T". My expectation was that I would have this tattoo for longer than a week.

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Martha Liebenberg
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3 years ago

It's called a blowout. Happens when the needle goes too deep into the skin. Fingers are very hard to do, the skin is flimsy. It could happen the most skilled artists. It's just a poor choice in placement. That's all.

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Laury M.
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3 years ago

Lighting, camera angle and quality are all wildly different, so that's not entirely fair.

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GlassOfWater
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3 years ago

Still looks okay

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

Interesting tribal design. A quick touch up should do the trick, that's the nice part about a tribal tattoo

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Jessica Bailey
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3 years ago

Looks cute and I like it better aged.

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Notchimine Mette
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3 years ago

A decomposed Michael Jackson...

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

The dark tone of the current one actually compliments the fact that it should represent an ancient Celtic symbol. Giving it a touch-up would be nice, but won't be all that necessary

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J.E.C.
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3 years ago

that's really not that bad.

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Hope Floats
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3 years ago

I don't know what kind of coloured ink was used here,but I had a blue butterfly tattooed 17 years ago and it's still bright blue today... ( Maybe it's down to the ink they use?)

Katie Clark
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3 years ago

Reds, yellows and oranges tend to fade more quickly and noticeably partially because they are pigments more commonly already in the skin and partially because they are more light-sensitive. Blacks and blues tend to last the longest.

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Sariya WS
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3 years ago

Not the same tattoo!!!

Allyson Genthner-Thiessen
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3 years ago

sunscreen, people. Reds and oranges will hot hold up to UV light.

Kris Lennard
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3 years ago

2 different people. Hair line and ear to tattoo placement. Thickness of tattoo etc. Sorry but not the same.

Cat Petroski
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1 year ago

Not even the same tattoo. Look at the angle of the tail and some of the details. These are two totally different people.

Christine Kehn
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3 years ago

Body shapes change as they age. No one stays 20...

Crystal Fudalik
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3 years ago

Its the same. Its just taken much closer, and depending on exactly how her head is turned it will distort some. Also lighting and a different camera all these years later will account for the difference in skin color. If I take a selfie in the bathroom mirror, then one in the livingroom, my hair and skin will look more yellow or pink depending on lighting. I might also look thinner or fatter based on angles or how I stand.

manowce
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2 years ago

the tail is pointed different way. it's not about the angle.

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Mandi Paulo
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3 years ago

Red almost ALWAYS fades out. Doesn't take well in the skin.

Danijela Bozovic
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3 years ago

they are not the same.. just looks alike.. I can spot many differences between them

Stephen Esq
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2 years ago

too small and watered-down ink

Megan Pearson
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2 years ago

Red FADES people. It's the WORST color to get inked with!

Bridget Gilpin-James
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3 years ago

I have a full color tattoo that is 21 years old and still looks new. Some people hold color while others hold black. I have a thumb tattoo that is 9 years old and still has full color.

Lea Ssousa
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3 years ago

Its a big difference if you use sunscreen on your tats.

Deneille Smith
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3 years ago

Gold fish dreamt of being a beta ..........

Arnau Bosch
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3 years ago

the fish put on some weight...

Sandra Kramer
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3 years ago

I think it's down to the sunblocker you apply on your tattoos or you don't and then all the colors will fade. Mine is still bright blue and purple

cool sun
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3 years ago

The fish got fat😁

Eve Ƨɭ
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3 years ago

En la primer foto aparece la oreja y en la otra no, será que con el paso del tiempo también se borran las orejas?

Johnny Ninetoes
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3 years ago

Sun bleached?

Merilyn Horton
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3 years ago

I think I will stick to black, after seeing these

Rashika Osman
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3 years ago

The skin tones are different in all the pictures. Do people change skin color along with the tattoo color!?

manowce
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2 years ago

different light. nothing weird about that.

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Joan Martínez
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3 years ago

Is it the same tattoo?

Danijela Bozovic
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3 years ago

they are not the same, just looks alike.. you can spot many differences :)

Bree Lebran
Community Member
3 years ago

Red ink is known to fade over time. So no wonder here, either the artist pushes the red a bit, like they did for mine, or it simply fades.

Stacy Lauren
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3 years ago

Fish went swimming and gained weight too

I_AMAFACE
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3 years ago

The red was pretty bright, how did that change?

Michelle Marie Perez Grandone
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3 years ago

Maybe the artist used cheap ink

Amanda Weaver
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3 years ago

This is low quality ink

J.E.C.
Community Member
3 years ago

hm.. yeah how much did she pay for that I hope not much.

Bodidiva Tulku
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2 years ago

Too much sun, not enough sunscreen.

manowce
Community Member
2 years ago

that's not the same fish! look at it's tail. the fins go different angle.

Betty Mthd
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3 years ago

It's not the same tattoo... it's not even at the same location !!!!

Belén Tripodero
Community Member
3 years ago

and again... that's not even the same tattoo..

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Luc Mailloux
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3 years ago

Where on the body is this? Context would be great... Looks like the foot to me, which would make this fading make perfect sense.

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Marie
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3 years ago

Better this way

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Mia Moody
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3 years ago

Looks like this shark is having "A whale of a time!" Laughing away :p

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Hope Floats
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3 years ago

Why in the hell would you have one done INSIDE your mouth???

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Wanni
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3 years ago

My example pic for everyone who wants a fingertattoo

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Anna Brandigi
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3 years ago

why???

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Crazy Cow Lady
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3 years ago

This one almost looks intentional, like the words really disappearing, like they do on the map.

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Valerie Bláhová
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3 years ago

Bad place and a bad quality of the ink

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Pe Ka
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3 years ago

How much better cameras they've had 14 years ago!!! Unbelievable :)

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Wanni
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3 years ago

I don't know why artists did tattoos on this parts of a boby. They know that the tatt fades out on feets and fingers

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Katerina Kotka
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3 years ago

Wtf

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Cat Meow
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3 years ago

Not sure what they expected when they decided to get a tattoo on their palm

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Wanni
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3 years ago

Evern fresh bad work

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Abie Williams
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3 years ago

finger tattoos are awful

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Teija
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3 years ago

This wasn't done well.

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