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.

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Ok Ha-Neul
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4 years ago

looks like it was done with a pencil

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Ok Ha-Neul
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4 years ago

not terrible

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Rafael Tiba
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4 years ago

I was half-expecting the wave to have crashed.

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GlassOfWater
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4 years ago

Watercolours always fading :(

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Luc Mailloux
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4 years ago

Some better sense of scale would be nice, and maybe a properly focused shot? Yes, the small, detailed lettering seems to have smudged or spread or whatever, but we can't even tell how small the lettering really is.

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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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Filipe Vieira
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4 years ago

Painted fingernails age overtime too.

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Ok Ha-Neul
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4 years ago

different lighting ...still looks much duller which is surprising cuz its a rainbow horse

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GlassOfWater
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4 years ago

Still looks okay

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Michel M. Prins
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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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Katerina Kotka
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4 years ago

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That one was a mistake anyways

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Cat Meow
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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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Emma Perkins
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4 years ago

I like the older one better

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Notchimine Mette
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4 years ago

Another 17 years and it will look like a bruise.

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J.E.C.
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4 years ago

hm.. yeah how much did she pay for that I hope not much.

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Luc Mailloux
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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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GlassOfWater
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4 years ago

Colour fade

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Mia Moody
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4 years ago

Looks like this shark is having "A whale of a time!" Laughing away :p

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Ok Ha-Neul
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4 years ago

so much pain for nothing

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Wanni
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4 years ago

My example pic for everyone who wants a fingertattoo

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Silent Skeleton
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4 years ago

super thin lines on their palm seems like it would definitely fade

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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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Valerie Bláhová
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4 years ago

Bad place and a bad quality of the ink

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Silent Skeleton
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4 years ago

still cute though

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Wanni
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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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Katerina Kotka
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4 years ago

Wtf

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Cat Meow
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4 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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4 years ago

Evern fresh bad work

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Abie Williams
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4 years ago

finger tattoos are awful

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Teija
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4 years ago

This wasn't done well.

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Kirsten Lee
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4 years ago

my dad has a tattoo on his ring finger and of course its a ring and it doesnt look like this but the one for my sister and i is fadded

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Chris H
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4 years ago

What the heck is it?

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