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.

Kristi Zoebelein
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3 years ago

Sylvia is right, this is not a blowout. A blow out is exactly what it sounds like, the ink in the neat, straight lines "blows out" and spreads out from the original location. It literally looks like the ink is spreading and bleeding outwards. This is caused from all the wear and tear, washing, bending, creasing, and rubbing that our hands and fingers go through.

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Rob LeBlanc
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3 years ago

The nail polish faded too. ;)

Pam
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3 years ago

This looks more like a temp tattoo than a real tattoo. Also, that's not a blow out. Blow outs are bursts of color that spread below the skin but yes, do happen when the needle is pushed too far into the skin

Amanda Weaver
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3 years ago

How does skin even work?

Justen Ray Roberts
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3 years ago

What is skin?

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Deborah Lloyd
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3 years ago

Hummmmm......Same peeling nail polish and less polish in the photo ........

Pe Ka
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3 years ago

Did you try to use Light Sabre charger? I'm sure iPhone one will fit too :)

Caroline Cadrien
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3 years ago

Same with the polish

Stacy Lauren
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3 years ago

Skin wears on hands and feet. Tattoo artists will tell you that first thing

Miisa Seimola
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3 years ago

My tattoo artist told me that he doesn't do finger tattoos at all because they fade really fast and can't really be inked again.

Julie Atwood
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3 years ago

Why not? I'm just curios as I think wedding ring tattoos are nice. You can't touch them up?

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M
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3 years ago

This looks like it was done with a permanent marker. I can't believe this is a real tattoo...

Debbie Sassan
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3 years ago

Drawn on with a sharpie

Lalita
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3 years ago

this is ultra fake. That is not a tattoo.

Martin Boshev
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3 years ago

This actually looks more like a ball pen drawing than a real tattoo...

Charlotte Ayers
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3 years ago

Fading of tattoos is part of the body's protective mechanism. The body's response to any foreign body is to try and break it down, then pass it out through the blood stream. This process starts as soon as the ink is injected under the skin. Where the skin is thinner, the natural immune process can work more effectively. Red and yellow inks are most susceptible to being broken down.

Moglin Sin
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3 years ago

My husband uses to tattoo. Tattoo 101. Hands are very hard for ink to stay in. If you get a tattoo on your hand, sometimes they will tell you it's not an ideal place.

Ebony Nichols
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1 year ago

Looks like a kids temporary tatoo anway lmao

Ginger Lawrence
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3 years ago

Nail polish is the same.

Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

Finger tattoos! This would happen to anyone

Brooke Bozarth
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3 years ago

My tattoo artist told me before I got my finger tattoo that it could likely not hold and don't be surprised if it doesn't. I chose to get it anyway. Luckily mine still looks perfect but I kept it covered almost the entire time it was healing. But any good, honest artist is going to forewarn you that finger tattoos can fall out. If it does, it's on you then.

Aubrielle Serpico
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3 years ago

Of course this is going to happen on a finger!!! My finger tat is going 5 years strong slightly faded but of course it will fade and wear its on your finger. Everyones skin is different.

Kendra Asaph
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3 years ago

It didn't even look "fresh" in the first picture so I wouldn't expect it to look very good down the road tbh. Tattoos on your fingers or the palm of your hands will inevitably fade very quickly. It's kind of common sense.

Shanel Sions
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1 year ago

Your feet and hands are a poor choice in placement unless you are okay with them quickly exfoliating.

James Hatton
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2 years ago

What a shit article. How about: * You get what you pay for. Know your artist. * The more you expose your skin to the sun, the more ink gets bleached and tank skin hides detail * The thinner the skin, the harder it will be on details * Your artist should give you tips on how to keep your ink looking good while it heals. Do that. I have pieces just as old as these that are crisp and clean with defined lines and curves because I treat my work right when I get it. I get it in places that will hold ink well and my artist is amazing. With no context you said 'Tattoos get old and suck' which is so ignorant.

Drederick Taydum
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2 years ago

fingers band and twist and are used all the time. if you go to any reputable tattoo artist he'll tell you finger placement isnt the best placement

Musa Kalaycı
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2 years ago

So that's a dildo ?

areodim
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2 years ago

even the nail polish faded...

Jen Wylde
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2 years ago

This just looks like a photoshop to me.

Susan Hopper
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2 years ago

Wow, that's REALLY bad! The worst I've seen! I think I would probably demand some sort of redo or another tattoo. Unless she was warned, in detail.

Meghan Wood
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2 years ago

Best case scenario, I've had a home made finger tattoo in the same place (pen ink & a needle wrapped in thread) for 20+ years and I WISH it faded away.

Mick Ster
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2 years ago

Poor quality ink.

Chris Kratz
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2 years ago

Ten years and the dude in this picture still has not figured out how to paint their nails, trust me, a nifty tattoo on their finger is the least of their worries of "adulting."

Jessica Arnott
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3 years ago

finger tats notoriously do this and anyone worth their salt would tell the client that.

Yael Sauza
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3 years ago

Your nail polish lasted longer 😓

Molly Block
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3 years ago

This was a stupid idea for a tattoo either way.

Chrissie Cody
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3 years ago

Hands are washed and sanitized to often for finger tats to last

Lee Braithwaite
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3 years ago

It's all about the quality of Ink and your skin texture. I have my entire hand done,my fingers have been done for close to 8 years and i have mayb 2 small areas faded (obove my pinky knuckle and below my thumb knuckle-which I put down to work)otherwise it looks great. I obviously have good skin and I know a amazeballs tattooist!!

Pamela Keown
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3 years ago

my son has a light saber on his finger he has had since 2012

Alexis Alexandra
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3 years ago

When you consider how much one uses their hands, it becomes obvious that the skin on hands is going to "turn-over" much more quickly than on other parts of the body. Older skin gets rubbed off and replaced much faster on hands and fingers.

Cheryl Birkhimer
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3 years ago

This is a bloody mess. Reading other comments, it seems like the tattoo artist failed badly. I bet it was both painful & expensive. This is ridiculous after one week. Admittedly, I know next to nothing about this form of art, but still, one blinking week!!

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
3 years ago

One week! ?? Get you're money back, the tattoo artist owes you that at the very least. Or a redo...you should have been forewarned about placement. Sorry it blurred so badly. I am sure it wasn't inexpensive in the first place. 😓

Grace Childs
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3 years ago

Nice chipped nail varnish. Urghhh

Don Salleroli
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3 years ago

this isnt blown out,,its not the artist going too light,,its a tattoo on the side of a finger,,its generally a bad idea to put one there,,ive been tattooing for 26 years and its plain and simple,,finger tattoos generally dont last very long or age well,,your skin there exfoliates at such a high rate that it fades over the years or just heal correctly right from the beginning,,,,before i tattoo a finger like this i give the client all the info on how its gonna be a pain in the ass to heal or have it look sharp forever, icall it the hand and foot lecture and if they wanna waste their money after my lecture and get it,,no problem but its not guaranteed like it would be on "normal skin"

Julie Atwood
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3 years ago

Is there a best color for a finger tattoo? Like traditional blue or black ink?

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Sarah Magallanes
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3 years ago

As explained to me by a tattoo artist when I was interested in a finger tattoo....becuase we use our hands for everything... working, washing dishes etc. The skin basically sheds off several times more than the skin in other areas of the body. Think about how much your hands are wet, how many times they are washed, how many chemicals they come into contact with when cleaning or at some jobs, how dry they get during part a of the year. The skin of the hand and fingers will flake off and or replenish several times more often due to those factors and that is why tattoos will fade and most especially on the fingers that can virtually be erased.

d bradley
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3 years ago

need to get some fresh nail polish too. it's never ending

Nefeli Georgopoulos
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3 years ago

this girl has serious manicure issues

Filipe Vieira
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3 years ago

Painted fingernails age overtime too.

Nancy E
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3 years ago

I'm an RN ,& , you should see how these look on the elderly !

Becky Young
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3 years ago

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Fake tattoos often fade! Funny how 10 years later her nails have the same color chipped polish...

Janine Bishop
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3 years ago

She said it was only a week later.

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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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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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