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 aged tattoos look over time.

There are many reasons why this happens and many answers to the question of how tattoos age. The type of tattoo 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 of fading. 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 into 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 parlors will advise you about care and tattoo aging, 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.

Now scroll down below and check how do old tattoos look - not all of them stood the test of time.

#1

Aged Tattoo

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Jonathan Eatsalot
Community Member
4 years ago

looks better aged given the subject

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#2

Tattoo 3 Years Later

Tattoo 3 Years Later

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GlassOfWater
Community Member
4 years ago

This still looks in good condition

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#3

Tattoo 4 Years Later

Tattoo 4 Years Later

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Rafael Tiba
Community Member
4 years ago

I was half-expecting the wave to have crashed.

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#4

Fresh And Aged Tattoo

Fresh And Aged Tattoo

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Luc Mailloux
Community Member
4 years ago

The black-scale stuff looks good.

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#5

Intricate Tattoo 10 Years Later

Intricate Tattoo 10 Years Later

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J.E.C.
Community Member
4 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..

Hika Zord
Community Member
4 years ago

It could work well, but with a smaller needle. The blue you see behind the letters is because the needle went too deep

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Kristi Zoebelein
Community Member
4 years ago

This was doomed from the start, the tattoo artist should have advised that this would not age well.

Captain Planet
Community Member
4 years ago

I agree. Unless the client insisted. It looks like two trails of tar haha. XD

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Stacy Lauren
Community Member
4 years ago

Older ink, tight small lettering... That's what happens

Dannielle Dycus
Community Member
4 years ago

This is why you do not get small print or have your lettering very close together. Also, you can see this person gets sun exposure on the tattoo since their arm is tanned. That can help cause bleed out and fading.

Katey Warren
Community Member
4 years ago

Mine is exactly the same. My tattoo artist didn't tell me but I'm also not surprised. It's just a shame the writing is now unreadable.

Joshua Pullen
Community Member
4 years ago

Too small, too deep

Milena Matic
Community Member
4 years ago

blure...

Alexis Alexandra
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks like what my eyesight is with glasses on the left, and without glasses on the right! :-)

Luc Mailloux
Community Member
4 years ago

Some better sense of scale would be nice, and maybe a properly focused shot? Yes, the small, detailed lettering seems to have smudged or spread or whatever, but we can't even tell how small the lettering really is.

Mibo Dumplings
Community Member
4 years ago

Ummmm the hair on her arm

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Alli B
Community Member
2 years ago

That was way too close together and small for it to work. Plus it's no longer straight anymore.

Hyenaholic Productions
Community Member
2 years ago

They need a cover-up

JJ Bosetti
Community Member
3 years ago

Elvish script for “bad tattoo job.”

Tojo Melville
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh dear....mine will do that too..

Suzanne Fleischauer
Community Member
3 years ago

These photos are reversed. It looks like Gaelic or Anglo-Saxon (there's definitely an insular r) but all the letters are backwards.

Raghad Neiroukh
Community Member
3 years ago

Which language is this ?

Stephen Esq
Community Member
4 years ago

yes, stupid tattoo

Mirjam Kramer
Community Member
4 years ago

This happend 2 me to...thinking of do something with it...maybe another tattoo over it...???!

Roslyn Altaira
Community Member
4 years ago

This kind of blurring is so annoying, wish there was some way of keeping the original crispness....

Samantha Beckett
Community Member
4 years ago

I have a friend with arm sleeves with a very small tight design. I'm interested to see what happens to it.

Arnau Bosch
Community Member
4 years ago

so sad

Jean Schweibish
Community Member
4 years ago

Reading glasses are in order.

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
4 years ago

This is a big disappointment. Don't have any myself, but like to check out other people's choices. Is this how it always would go after 10 years? Sorry. Not much can improve it either I suppose.

Little Menace
Community Member
4 years ago

It's almost as if we are made of living cells, that divide and make more and then die off and ruin a tattoo in the process. Tch. What has the world come to?

Julie Atwood
Community Member
4 years ago

LOL

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Justen Ray Roberts
Community Member
4 years ago

Heavy handed. All day.

Cecilia Valerio
Community Member
4 years ago

Wayusay?

Nikita Ramishvili
Community Member
4 years ago

I couldn't understand much in a fresh one as well.

Marina Vrielink
Community Member
4 years ago

Way to small!

Marita Hjelm
Community Member
4 years ago

well...no one knew what it said anyways xD

Darren Wick
Community Member
4 years ago

can't read it either way!? but I like the effect age has had on these letters... looks like they'd be found on a magical scroll

Melanie Sedlacek-Faslli
Community Member
4 years ago

35 "fresh" is fake...its covered with edding or eyeliner...if you dont belive-look at the a in happy

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#6

Aged Finger Tattoo

Aged Finger Tattoo

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
Community Member
4 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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#7

Back Tattoo After Healing

Back Tattoo After Healing

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Laury M.
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#8

Tattoo 4 Years Later

Tattoo 4 Years Later

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GlassOfWater
Community Member
4 years ago

Still looks okay

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#9

Aged Wrist Tattoo

Aged Wrist Tattoo

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Michel M. Prins
Community Member
4 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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#10

Small Tattoo After 7 Years

Small Tattoo After 7 Years

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Jessica Bailey
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks cute and I like it better aged.

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#11

Detailed Tattoo After Healing

Detailed Tattoo After Healing

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Notchimine Mette
Community Member
4 years ago

A decomposed Michael Jackson...

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#12

Celtic Tattoo 15 Years Later

Celtic Tattoo 15 Years Later

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Michel M. Prins
Community Member
4 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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#13

Aged Tattoo

Aged Tattoo

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J.E.C.
Community Member
4 years ago

that's really not that bad.

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#14

Aged Neck Tattoo

Aged Neck Tattoo

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Allyson Genthner-Thiessen
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#15

Tiny Aged Tattoo

Tiny Aged Tattoo

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Luc Mailloux
Community Member
4 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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#16

Aged Hand Tattoos

Aged Hand Tattoos

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Marie
Community Member
4 years ago

Better this way

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#17

Aged Shark Tattoo

Aged Shark Tattoo

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Mia Moody
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#18

Aged Mouth Tattoo

Aged Mouth Tattoo

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Jesus Wäre
Community Member
4 years ago

It's inside you mouth!! What would you expect?? ;-;

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#19

Finger Tattoos Months Later

Finger Tattoos Months Later

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Wanni
Community Member
4 years ago

My example pic for everyone who wants a fingertattoo

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#20

Aged Palm Tattoo

Aged Palm Tattoo

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Anna Brandigi
Community Member
4 years ago

why???

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#21

Finger Tattoo 6 Weeks Later

Finger Tattoo 6 Weeks Later

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Crazy Cow Lady
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#22

Heel Tattoo Aging

Heel Tattoo Aging

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Valerie Bláhová
Community Member
4 years ago

Bad place and a bad quality of the ink

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#23

Aged Tattoo

Aged Tattoo

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Pe Ka
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#24

Faded Tattoo

Faded Tattoo

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Wanni
Community Member
4 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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#25

Tattoo 6 Years Later

Tattoo 6 Years Later

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Katerina Kotka
Community Member
4 years ago

Wtf

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#26

Faded Palm Tattoo

Faded Palm Tattoo

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Cat Meow
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#27

Fresh And Aged Tattoo

Fresh And Aged Tattoo

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Wanni
Community Member
4 years ago

Evern fresh bad work

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#28

Aged Tattoo

Aged Tattoo

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Abie Williams
Community Member
4 years ago

finger tattoos are awful

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#29

1-Month-Old Tattoo

1-Month-Old Tattoo

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Teija
Community Member
4 years ago

This wasn't done well.

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#30

Aging Of A Finger Tattoo

Aging Of A Finger Tattoo

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Marie
Community Member
4 years ago

Still doesn't know how to focus

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#31

Small Aged Tattoo

Small Aged Tattoo

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Chris H
Community Member
4 years ago

What the heck is it?

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