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.

J.E.C.
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3 years ago

it lasts longer too.

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Stacy Lauren
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3 years ago

Watercolor sucks. A lot of tattoo artists go too light handed and don't go down far enough. When it didn't hurt much at all, it won't stay as much

Snafflepuss
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3 years ago

Yeah, this brushstroke style is notorious for dropping out because is not contained within black lines.

Spirit Wolf 147
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3 years ago

This is a pretty tattoo

Beate Bee
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3 years ago

Her hair lost it`s color too

Dannielle Dycus
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3 years ago

The issue with water color tattoos and soft shaded inks is they will not only fade more quickly from washing or being in the sun but the ink is not placed as deep in the skin as you would regular lined tattoos or deep shading so the skin will shed out the inks. It also depends on how well you take care of it.

Lucky Lambdin
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3 years ago

This tattoo is particularly trashy-lookin. Weak, ill-conceived & rather poorly done. Looks like a big mistake in the "later" photo.

Shannon Alexander
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3 years ago

Watercolor can be done successfully when the Artist is truly skilled! Research...u get what u pay for.

Allie Noble
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3 years ago

Wonder how much later? Like, later that day?

Laura Henri
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3 years ago

most watercolor tattoos will look like nothing in a few years

get in
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3 years ago

People don't listen, stay out of the sun. Mine still looks fresh and it was done over 30 years ago. I'm 63 now.

Lou Varner
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3 years ago

true the sun will cause fading you can see tan lines on her she didn't take care of her tat i have several that are more than 20 years old that are protected from too much sun and they look as good now as when they were fresh

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Mary Luke
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3 years ago

This is why when I asked my artist for watercolor without lines he said no. Lol.

Skeledab
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3 years ago

Watercolor tattoos are definitely not what you want

Caroline Smith
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3 years ago

Looks rubbish to start with. Colour always fades away

Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

Still looks pretty nice :) The subtle colors in the second one gives it more mystery :)

Cat Scratch Fever
Community Member
10 months ago

Looks poopoo to begin with... sorry,not sorry...

Monica Wu
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1 year ago

Holy crap, now I see what they mean about watercolor tattoos now. My tattoo artist was telling me how all those trendy watercolor / painting tattoos look stunning fresh but won't look like that over time.

Alli B
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1 year ago

I would have kept the notes, but wouldn't have done water coloring. at least the color will fade away and you'll have an awesome tattoo again.

Barbara Goad
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1 year ago

Looks like a bad day to start with. Sorry artist

Parker Rogers
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1 year ago

ANd this looks like bad healing tbh

Shirley Heyn
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1 year ago

Wow, it even changed her hair color!!!

Ezio Miller
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1 year ago

She got horrible ink

Ezio Miller
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1 year ago

She got really bad ink

Shanel Sions
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1 year ago

It just needs a touchup as is typical of colorwork, but I agree the black scale still looks great.

Barbi Harmanová
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2 years ago

i wonder how many people think she got beaten up whenever she wears a collar... the red on the neck it must look like a bruise

Nini Meow
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2 years ago

Still beautiful

Dreolin2004
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3 years ago

That's a real shame. That one is really beautiful, still cool looking though.

Stephen Esq
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3 years ago

sun scree is very important

Mick Ster
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3 years ago

Poor quality ink.

Mick Ster
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3 years ago

Poor quality ink

Mandy McLean
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3 years ago

The only think I can see here is that her bra is inside out.

Denise Lewis
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3 years ago

This tattoo is awful to begin with.

Cecilia Weber
Community Member
3 years ago

From the tan lines, it's a safe bet she doesn't get sunblock on the tat, considering how washed out it is

Joseph Ryan
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3 years ago

amazing how the hair has faded too! (lol) Better scapular definition/posture too. Still looks good.

Terrycloth gas
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3 years ago

From these, I guess red is the demon disappearing ink color.

Coley Forrester
Community Member
3 years ago

What the fuck is this a tattoo of anyway? She better hope it fades all the way off...

Milena Matic
Community Member
3 years ago

It's gone..

Jean Schweibish
Community Member
3 years ago

Problem was the artist had her chakras reversed!

Alexis Alexandra
Community Member
3 years ago

Too bad about the part that faded...it was the prettiest part!

Dyane Kirkland
Community Member
3 years ago

Red seems to be a hard to keep color

Julie Atwood
Community Member
3 years ago

I always wonder about these water color tattoos, they just don't LOOK like they'd last long.

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
3 years ago

How long from "fresh" to "later"? Something tells me it's not too much later. Rather sad.

Peggy Schultz
Community Member
3 years ago

I think it looks better without the red.

Andy Robinson
Community Member
3 years ago

Still got a good figure

get in
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3 years ago

People don't listen, STAY OUT OF THE SUN. Mine still looks FRESH and I got it 30 years ago.

Ryan Mattes
Community Member
3 years ago

Thank goodness it faded

Marie-Louise Avery Linklater
Community Member
3 years ago

Red and violet colours tend to be 'fugitivr'. I think the components of the colours in oil paints etc that make them lightfast are elements like cadmium that are poisonous. They obviously also become more diffuse with time. Being tattooed totally incompréhensible to me!

Melissa Swanepoel
Community Member
3 years ago

Water colours tend to disappear faster, besides you can get touch ups on all of these tattoos

Susanne Maenen
Community Member
3 years ago

She's lucky, hopefully for her all the colours will go soon

Raquel Prymak
Community Member
3 years ago

ugly either way

Bel Panado
Community Member
3 years ago

I really thought the red part was blood. This is how clueless I am with tattoos :(

Heather Gillis
Community Member
3 years ago

hands and feet will always fade fast.. we use them the most, and hands are washed frequently (hopefully)

Savannah
Community Member
3 years ago

Normally tatoos with color fade faster, its just the different ink doesn't set into the skin as well

brandon sat
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3 years ago

i wouldn't use the word normally since my half sleeve is about 10yrs old and hasn't faded one bit.

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GlassOfWater
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3 years ago

Watercolours always fading :(

Joshua Pullen
Community Member
3 years ago

This is due too not saturating the skin enough, but can easily be touched up.

Lucky Lambdin
Community Member
3 years ago

This tattoo is particularly trashy-lookin. Weak, ill-conceived & rather poorly done.

Stephen Pearson
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like shit 5 more years it won't be visible

Susann Campbell
Community Member
3 years ago

The way I see it is the Artiest was stingy with the ink and she should go back and have it redone free.

Petra Vesterinen
Community Member
3 years ago

When a tattoo artist doesn' know how to do watercolor...

Ana T.
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3 years ago

sorry tattoos are horrible .

Amanda Weaver
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3 years ago

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This is why people need to get off the bandwagon

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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?)

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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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