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
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4 years ago

looks better aged given the subject

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#2

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GlassOfWater
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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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#6

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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
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.
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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...

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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

Shauday Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

note to self, don't get tattoos with a lot of red ink, that shit don't last.

Joe Dad
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4 years ago

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Not a good note to self. A better note to self would be to NOT get any tattoos...

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Adelajda Królik
Community Member
4 years ago

little house ❤

Psalm Kivinen
Community Member
4 years ago

certain brands of red and yellow pigments are known for fading. A lot of these red seem to be a specific brand of colours I am familiar with as an artist for colour bomb work, which is nice and juicy to start with, but prone to fading. I, personally, have a red in a piece of mine, on my hand, and completely uncared for over time, that is still fairly strong after 21 years. It was never as "juicy" at first, but it is still strong a couple of decades later. I am hoping the artists are talking to people about colours... I used to warn every client that yellows and whites would be gone in less than a year, so to be cautious about designing a tattoo that relied upon them

Stacy Lauren
Community Member
4 years ago

Not bad for 15 years later. And I'm sure they've been in the sun and elements.

Dannielle Dycus
Community Member
4 years ago

Colors actually faded quite well for these. Hands are used constantly and cleaned quite often. They also receive more sun exposure.

Jessy Mullings
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks like artichoke

J.E.C.
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm not sure why people expect their tattoos to look the same as whent hey just get them done...

Lou Varner
Community Member
4 years ago

coansidering where this is placed this is real good for 15 years most have more fading and muddle

Arnon Foronda
Community Member
2 months ago

Did the color fade so much that orange became skin? The orange is gone, look at right hand so noticable.

Amy Bogaski
Community Member
1 year ago

terrible to start with!

Craptavaganza
Community Member
1 year ago

It became less ugly.

amy jo holmes
Community Member
3 years ago

This is all the stuff that I talk about in my book: You Get What You Pay For, A Tattoo Survival Guide

Bryan Benge
Community Member
3 years ago

Traditional tattoos hold up a lot better than some portrait tattoo's. All you would have to do is get these touched up. This is what happens when you have tattoo's that are always visible. They ink fades. Back in the day red ink was not the greatest, there have been many innovations since then.

Mona Lee
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like artichokes on his hands.

Natalia Goborova
Community Member
3 years ago

Touch it up!😏

Eddie Diaz
Community Member
4 years ago

I call bs on this one. The bottom is a before and the top is the after with color added

Arnau Bosch
Community Member
4 years ago

artichokes!

Michael Devaney
Community Member
4 years ago

this looks more like before and after reversed touchup

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
4 years ago

I still love the vibrancy of fresh. But it has aged better than 99% of the other tats shown here.

Tanya Michelle
Community Member
4 years ago

this looks like a retouch back to front. Reworked.

Tiffany Zhu
Community Member
4 years ago

it seems the orange fades the most from what I've seen! Life tip: Don't get bright orange tattoos and expect them to last and still look pretty 5 yrs later!

Simone Vii
Community Member
4 years ago

It looks like they turned the saturation up all the way in the "fresh" photo lol

Scott MacClellan
Community Member
4 years ago

Is red really that bad in time?

Johnny Ninetoes
Community Member
4 years ago

Hands always fade more.

Helene Håvik
Community Member
4 years ago

As should be expected. Perfectly shows how fading of colour works. Blue always sticks well.

Pia Clarke
Community Member
4 years ago

Still pretty nice

Michel M. Prins
Community Member
4 years ago

Both looks great, but the one with faded colors looks a lot more calm.

GlassOfWater
Community Member
4 years ago

Colour fade

Stephen Esq
Community Member
3 years ago

stupid place for a tattoo

Jim Hartung
Community Member
4 years ago

BS

Blair TheArtist
Community Member
4 years ago

This is fake! This was a tattoo touch up. Not after healing.

Nessie Ness
Community Member
4 years ago

If that's the case, where did the thumb tattoos go?

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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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Wanni
Community Member
4 years ago

My example pic for everyone who wants a fingertattoo

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Anna Brandigi
Community Member
4 years ago

why???

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#21

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Crazy Cow Lady
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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
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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
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4 years ago

What the heck is it?

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