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

Aged Tattoo

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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

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...

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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

Aged Tattoo

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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

Sergiu Marinescu
Community Member
4 years ago

Fade out boy

Janin Matuschak
Community Member
4 years ago

That is probably supposed to be from Infinity On High, but wtf? Why that harsh blue background? That could've been done so much better....

Philip D'Arcangelis
Community Member
4 years ago

I'd be glad this is fading and hoping it continues!

Tami Sovereign-Roth
Community Member
4 years ago

Can it fade fast enough?

Philip D'Arcangelis
Community Member
4 years ago

Should be glad that this faded. Probably should hope it continues to fade more--and faster!

Amanda Sango Hibbs
Community Member
3 years ago

That was bad at the start

Christine Kehn
Community Member
4 years ago

Fall off boy

Christine Kehn
Community Member
4 years ago

It fell out

SketchyVick
Community Member
4 months ago

Guess it’s more than he bargained for...

Craptavaganza
Community Member
1 year ago

More like Fade out Boy.

Raigan Hubbard
Community Member
1 year ago

Idk why some artists don't use an outline

Cat Scratch Fever
Community Member
1 year ago

Thats your body going ewww to having a fall out boy tattoo....

Sarah Martin
Community Member
2 years ago

Were you in the band?

Sarah Martin
Community Member
2 years ago

Unless you were in Fall Out Boy be happy your band tattoo faded

Christopher Hadley
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks to be coinciding with the bands career !!

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Fell out...

Eddie Diaz
Community Member
4 years ago

Tattoo outlasted the band

Molly Block
Community Member
4 years ago

Foll Out Boy done fell out! Now, it just needs to fade away!

Sharon Langworthy
Community Member
4 years ago

For WHY?!?!

Tyson Dodge
Community Member
4 years ago

That's what you get

William Mayes
Community Member
4 years ago

They should be thanking their deity that it is fading.

Kayla Marie
Community Member
4 years ago

Probably too much sun exposure. Sunscreen is a tattoos best friend.

Helene Håvik
Community Member
4 years ago

If he's lucky it will be gone in another 6 years.. atleast enough to cover it completely... Regrets... he should have them...

David Clark
Community Member
2 years ago

Fading away like the band

Chad Palmer
Community Member
3 years ago

Probably better that it fades away.

Mary Luke
Community Member
4 years ago

Bad idea anyway!

Deneille Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

It faded out just like the band lol

Ayla Fecero
Community Member
4 years ago

Well. Not sure this fading is a negative. (prepares for downvoting)

Lauren Foster
Community Member
4 years ago

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faded, like their music career

ConfusedCat
Community Member
4 years ago

I disagree. Listen to their last album and see for yourself.

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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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