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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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?)

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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

Mela Biondi
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2 years ago

What is that?

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Caroline Smith
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3 years ago

This needs to disapear

Ana Bort
Community Member
3 years ago

The tattoo changed its shape too!

Anna Ahern
Community Member
3 years ago

This really looks like a tattoo that wasn't taken care of. The spotting looks like scabs were picked on this when it was healing

Monika Seven
Community Member
2 years ago

I think the owner should be happy that it's fading away!!!!

Natalia Goborova
Community Member
2 years ago

That was just hideous from the start. Cover it!...

Coley Forrester
Community Member
3 years ago

Wtf is this even?

M3era
Community Member
3 years ago

What is this supposed to be? A wound, pattern or...

Beverly Glover
Community Member
3 years ago

It's doing the owner a favour and fading away. What an ugly tattoo.

Philip D'Arcangelis
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd be glad this is fading!

Wombat34
Community Member
3 years ago

Eew. Good riddance.

Simone Vii
Community Member
3 years ago

Scratcher tattoos don't count XD lol

Nikole Williams
Community Member
3 years ago

This looks terrible either way

porcupine
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a prison tattoo.

Claire Copland
Community Member
3 years ago

What is it?

Crystal Fudalik
Community Member
3 years ago

Its supposed to be a fake peek at muscles and tendons and such that are under your skin. Terrible job

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d bs
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8 months ago

its healing

Kioku
Community Member
9 months ago

Is that intended to look like gore/ pussy fleshy bits to start? If so than I think the second one gets that across even more realistically. (This isn't a joke. If that's not the intention I'm not sure what it is, and I'm not judging if that was the intention. I'm just saying if it was it almost looks even more like that over time.)

Kioku
Community Member
9 months ago

It won't let me edit. I meant to say pus-y like pus filled. It looks like pus and gore. That comment came out more inappropriate than I intended.

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Teresa Wiley
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2 years ago

Ummm the shape changed allot

Rina Finnell
Community Member
2 years ago

WTF is it? Even the original one is shit

Rachel Miller
Community Member
2 years ago

This looked like shit from the start. I'd be getting that lasered off or covered up asap!

Stephen Esq
Community Member
2 years ago

too bloody right

Molly Block
Community Member
3 years ago

Took me a while to figure out wtf I was looking at.

joe Shmoe
Community Member
3 years ago

rule #1: make sure the person doing your tattoo has actually held a machine before.

Skeledab
Community Member
3 years ago

I know a LOT of places that can do a LOT better

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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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