Your new tattoo might look pretty awesome now, but have you ever wondered what it’ll look like when you’re older? Well check out this list, compiled by Bored Panda, to see for yourself how tattoos change over time.
There’s a number of 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.
One way to keep your tattoo looking fresh is to ensure that you follow the proper healing procedures. 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, 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.
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.