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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15+ Before & After Pics Reveal How Tattoos Age Over Time

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
Community Member
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
Community Member
3 years ago

This wasn't done well.

Breanna Norton
Community Member
3 years ago

Stick n poke tattoo

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Jesus Wäre
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3 years ago

Maybe it only lasted that long because you used pen.

Brownie emoji
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3 years ago

75% sure that this was in sharpie.

Melissa Payne
Community Member
3 years ago

That looks like it was done with a pen the first time.

Shantelle Stratford
Community Member
3 years ago

Anyone else think that some of these Aged so badly because they were backyard jobs??

Elaine Mejia
Community Member
3 years ago

This looks like it was done with a sharpie. Someone paid good money for that?

Trinity Baker
Community Member
3 years ago

This looks like pen or stick n poke

Heather Ruckle
Community Member
3 years ago

This looks an awful lot like sharpie marker

Deborah Allum
Community Member
3 years ago

This looks like a stick and poke, always seem to fade

Ash Skye
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a stick n poke

Sasha Tiefenbacher
Community Member
3 years ago

That's gotta be a done-at-home stick-n-poke tattoo... No way a professional tattoo artist would ink something that horrendous

Justin Story
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

This is a stick and poke tattoo that needed more runs to begin with. The fact that it's on the finger made it fade that much faster. Quit expecting tats in high wear areas to last, because they wont, and your artist will tell you this if they know what they're doing

Justin Story
Community Member
7 months ago

That's a stick and poke tattoo that needed more runs to begin with. The fact that it's on the finger made it fade that much faster

Cat Scratch Fever
Community Member
8 months ago

1 month? I'd have gone back for a refund!

Kioku
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks like it's faded away to start.

Emily Hedges
Community Member
1 year ago

Good old Biro tattoos

Stacy Moline-Minnder
Community Member
1 year ago

virtually nothing stays in palms and inner fingers.

vikram james
Community Member
1 year ago

This is like my Friend is doing stick and poke in his basement let's check it out

Barbara Goad
Community Member
1 year ago

So much of this article is BS. Some looks like prison that work, scratched work, you shouldn't claim this as tattoos, because tattoos are done professionally by trained specialists in hygienic settings. A lot of these obviously are not, even to me and I have no tattoos not am I am artist

Hyenaholic Productions
Community Member
1 year ago

Thing is, you're supposed to take care of your tats while they're healing, or this always happens. Which is why the fingers go so fast.

Josie Beaudoin
Community Member
1 year ago

This isn't a tattoo... it was done with a ballpoint.

Rosemary Buckles
Community Member
2 years ago

Truthfully, the original looks like it was drawn on with a crappy ball point and the second one looks like they just asked their hands.

Marianne Davila
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2 years ago

Stick n poke not always what you see in #indie Tumblr

Staci Ingram
Community Member
3 years ago

This looks like ink pen....

Stephen Esq
Community Member
3 years ago

this was a stupid idea that was actioned

Chad Palmer
Community Member
3 years ago

Not only that, but the more the tattoo is exposed to wear and tear the faster it will fade. Hands, elbows, feet. If you work or are in the sun a lot. Any of these things will speed up the fading process.

Janet Margaret
Community Member
3 years ago

looks more like a henna tattoo!

Samhain
Community Member
3 years ago

Was this one done in D-Block?

Linda Jackson
Community Member
3 years ago

If you use the best ink, this won't happen. Mine is 7 years old and still looks like it was done a month ago.

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

That's Henna you dickhead...

Linda Gulley
Community Member
3 years ago

What an idiot.

Arnau Bosch
Community Member
3 years ago

NOt even good the first day

Philip D'Arcangelis
Community Member
3 years ago

Terrible to begin with.

Helene Håvik
Community Member
3 years ago

DIY tattoo?

Hana Sioux
Community Member
3 years ago

Bad artist

Suzi Maria
Community Member
3 years ago

Yucky

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