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 as to why this happens and many answers to the question of how do 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 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 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

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Jonathan Eatsalot
Community Member
4 years ago

looks better aged given the subject

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#2

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GlassOfWater
Community Member
4 years ago

This still looks in good condition

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#3

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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

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Luc Mailloux
Community Member
4 years ago

The black-scale stuff looks good.

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#5

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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..

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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
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

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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

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GlassOfWater
Community Member
4 years ago

Still looks okay

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#9

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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

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Jessica Bailey
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks cute and I like it better aged.

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#11

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Notchimine Mette
Community Member
4 years ago

A decomposed Michael Jackson...

Tyson Dodge
Community Member
4 years ago

Decomposed? That's him in his prime.

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Viola Sityar
Community Member
4 years ago

It's a different tattoo. Look at the details

Aunt Messy
Community Member
4 years ago

That's what happens to tattoos if you don't cover them with sunscreen. It IS the same tattoo.

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Stacy Lauren
Community Member
4 years ago

That's two different tattoos!!!

Jessica Bailey
Community Member
4 years ago

There's no way that's the same tattoo

Claire Copland
Community Member
4 years ago

Its not even the same tat. Theres bits missing from the left hand photo, like over the shoulder area, the hair over the face and some detail at the bottom, also the eyes are a different shape.

Shannon Brammer
Community Member
3 years ago

Plus eyes got brighter but rest faded...

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Bruno Lima
Community Member
4 years ago

It´s a different tattoo, and it´s simple to prove. Look at the bottom on the right one (the "healed). Theres a spider tattoo that was just not there in the fresh version? Makes no sense. In my opinion, the right one it´s a copy of the tattoo on the left, in poor quality made by a not so good professional.

Ayline Valdivia
Community Member
4 years ago

it got younger!

Brandon Kelly
Community Member
3 years ago

These aren't even the same tattoo...

Renne Kouba Pinson
Community Member
3 years ago

Not the same tattoo...The hair parted and hanging is different, the overlapped teeth in the front are lined up in right photo, some of the wrinkles are missing, and the hair hanging on the right side of the face is arranged diferently. Sorry...busted!

Tayler Webb
Community Member
4 months ago

i could be wrong but wouldn't the glassy white eyes have almost disappeared instead of becoming a bright yellow as well?

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Nikole Williams
Community Member
4 years ago

The nose and eyes clearly let you know it's two different tatts.

J.E.C.
Community Member
4 years ago

not bad!

Raigan Hubbard
Community Member
1 year ago

Why you don't use white ink in a black and grey tattoo

Raigan Hubbard
Community Member
1 year ago

That's why you avoid white ink

Criis Romero González
Community Member
3 years ago

the one of the right its not the same tattoo, its just a copy

Meagan Collette
Community Member
4 years ago

How is there more ink on the arm in the after tattoo

Abie Williams
Community Member
4 years ago

I think it looks great in both

Arnon Foronda
Community Member
2 months ago

This is fake look at the difference in both

Courtney Henley
Community Member
3 months ago

Ugly ass to begin with and ugly after!

Matthew Thompson
Community Member
4 months ago

This is absolutely not the same tattoo and a quick image search will prove that

Sonja Bow
Community Member
4 months ago

These are actually two different but same tattoos if you look at the small details, same but not

Craptavaganza
Community Member
1 year ago

It's not the same tattoo. The second photo is an artist who tried to copy the tattoo of the first photo.

Brad Murza
Community Member
1 year ago

Obviously different tattoos on different people , all it was , was the same artwork I don't know who the hell thinks whited out eyes are going to turn yellow once healed lmfao and look at the left eye, how would it have MORE black shading once healed lmfao

Kioku
Community Member
1 year ago

The eyes somehow look brighter.

Tiffany Helton
Community Member
1 year ago

Once again a different tattoo the second picture has more shading above the head and the hair strands are different!!

Cheyenne Gibson
Community Member
1 year ago

The faded tattoo looks rad. Way different than the original, but rad in its own way in my opinion.

Amanda Prichard
Community Member
2 years ago

Still a great tattoo

Amanda Prichard
Community Member
2 years ago

Still a great tattoo

Hyenaholic Productions
Community Member
2 years ago

It came out pretty well, actually, although I think he'll regret it for other reasons.

Trey Chavis
Community Member
2 years ago

Again Two different people

Lars Stokholm
Community Member
3 years ago

Wonder how it would look like after exorcism.. 🤔

Whitnie O'Brien
Community Member
3 years ago

Not the same tattoo. Lines don't change direction or shape over time lol.

Whitnie O'Brien
Community Member
3 years ago

This isn't even the same tattoo. Color fades, but lines don't suddenly just change over time. Nice try, but this is two different people.

Melissia Rodgers
Community Member
3 years ago

Exorcist!

Stephen Esq
Community Member
3 years ago

mj before he died

Jenny Lorenz
Community Member
3 years ago

Either 1 looks great!

Steve Robinson
Community Member
3 years ago

looks like the left hand is a touch up of the right, look at the part behind the watermark

Becky Lemoine
Community Member
3 years ago

Why? Just why? 😱

Bodidiva Tulku
Community Member
3 years ago

No way... These pics are misrepresenting.

manowce
Community Member
3 years ago

this was crap from the start.

Chris Kratz
Community Member
3 years ago

Hillary Clinton without her faceplate.

Dianne Hess
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd want this to totally vanish!!

Janet Margaret
Community Member
3 years ago

the eyes after healing

Sandevil Sandhya
Community Member
3 years ago

it was smilling.. :D

Ben Angotti
Community Member
4 years ago

After healing...and getting a spider tattooed below it and more shadows above it...

Daniella Campbell
Community Member
4 years ago

Why would you want this on your body?

Mina VonBank
Community Member
4 years ago

hahaha

Tracey Cronk
Community Member
4 years ago

Total different tattoo not even the same rat

bread
Community Member
4 years ago

Why would you do that to yourself in the first place?

Imke Ulmer
Community Member
4 years ago

On the right one you can see the start of another tattoo... So they are not the same

Eric Morissette
Community Member
4 years ago

Different tattoos, look at the trail of blood on the bottom right, they don't follow the same path !

pikachu
Community Member
4 years ago

this is my favourite picture here, amazingly interesting and suits people like me

Bruno Lima
Community Member
4 years ago

It´s a different tattoo. The spider tattoo on the bottom of the right one (the "healed) it´s missed in the left one, and we can clearly see that was not possibly to use it as a cover up (in the case of someone come up with this idea) .

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
4 years ago

Maybe it's just me, but this decomposing head stinks. How long is healing? Month or so? Hate to think what this will look like then.

Christine Kehn
Community Member
4 years ago

Someone had to have touched up the red.

Zaid Rauf
Community Member
4 years ago

It looks to me that the guy in tatoo is starting to heal too...

Zaid Rauf
Community Member
4 years ago

Before healing: Yeah... Here I AM! After healing: What??!! Is that me???!

Thi Bu
Community Member
4 years ago

It looks even better (creapier) after healing!!

Ildiko Okido
Community Member
4 years ago

Well, it healed allright....

Leanna Arcturus
Community Member
4 years ago

Fresh always looks crisper, I get that . Even still, this tattoo looks fucking cool

Jordy Jubilance
Community Member
4 years ago

You've got to follow care instructions, and wear sunscreen!

Pia Clarke
Community Member
4 years ago

One thing is fading, but you know something is off when everything is faded except they eyes that changes colour instead of fading...

Rabeya Sultana Nova
Community Member
4 years ago

😝

Lindsey Kubat
Community Member
3 years ago

Lol of course a zombie tattoo looks better when it's still literally bleeding.

Cat Meow
Community Member
4 years ago

Did they expect the colors to be as vibrant as when it was still fresh? I wonder what some people expect

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#12

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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

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J.E.C.
Community Member
4 years ago

that's really not that bad.

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#14

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Sariya WS
Community Member
4 years ago

Not the same tattoo!!!

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#15

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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

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Marie
Community Member
4 years ago

Better this way

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#17

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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

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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

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Wanni
Community Member
4 years ago

My example pic for everyone who wants a fingertattoo

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#20

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Anna Brandigi
Community Member
4 years ago

why???

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#21

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Katerina Kotka
Community Member
4 years ago

Wtf

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#26

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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

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Wanni
Community Member
4 years ago

Evern fresh bad work

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#28

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Abie Williams
Community Member
4 years ago

finger tattoos are awful

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#29

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Teija
Community Member
4 years ago

This wasn't done well.

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#30

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Marie
Community Member
4 years ago

Still doesn't know how to focus

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#31

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Chris H
Community Member
4 years ago

What the heck is it?

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