Inside: All About Tattoo Fading.

How long do tattoos last before fading?

If there are no issues, then I would say a tattoo can hold up well for 10 years before seeing that it needs to be brand new again. As you get older, so does your ink. If one is always in the sun it will dull out the ink in your tattoo way sooner than someone who is never in the sun.
What Is Tattoo Fading

Is Tattoo Fading Normal?

It’s normal for tattoos to fade some over the years, especially on areas exposed to a lot of sun. But some people’s tattoos will fade in just a matter of weeks or months. If the tattoo artist applied the ink correctly, your color should not fade too drastically.

What color tattoo ink fades the most?

Black and grey are the hardiest tattoo colors. They are dense and bold and their appearance lasts longer than colors. In contrast, the most vibrant colors such as hot pink, yellow, light green tend to fade faster. Darker colors, such as deep reds, are more fade-resistant.
What is Tattoo Fading & How to prevent it

How To Fix Tattoo Fading?

Touch up: Most tattooists offer free touch-ups for their clients, but only if the tattoo fading isn’t a direct result of aftercare negligence. You can have just the faded parts touched up or the entire design.

Re-Color: Since light-colored inks tend to fade faster than dark-colored ones, you would probably need to have your tattoo re-colored sooner rather than later. Keep this in mind if you’re thinking of getting a watercolor tattoo.

Tattoo Cover Up: A cover-up involves covering the old design with a new one. A talented tattoo artist will be able to give some suggestions on how best to hide the old tattoo. The right artist can help mask the old design, making it ‘disappear’ in the new design!

Exfoliate: Sometimes all you need is a good scrub to get the ink beneath to show up. Perhaps there’s blemishes in the epidermis. Or there’s an excessive accumulation of dead skin cells that make the ink in the dermis look faded than it really is.

Removal: The last resort for faded tattoos is to get it removed. It’s already halfway gone, right? So, if you’re not looking to spend a few more bucks on getting it touched up or covered up, and you want to get rid of it entirely, then tattoo removal is one way to fix your faded tattoo problem.

More Tattoo Information for You

  • Tattoo Aftercare – Most tattoo artists have their own personal set of aftercare instructions. But one piece of advice they all have in common is to touch your tattoo with clean hands only. I recommend that you listen to the verbal directions from your tattooer first, then refer to the written directions after. Also, take into consideration that washing your hands shouldn’t be a quick three-second rinse.
  • Tattoo Blowout – Tattoo blowouts occur when a tattoo artist presses too hard when applying ink to the skin. The ink is sent below the top layers of skin where tattoos belong. Below the skin’s surface, the ink spreads out in a layer of fat & this creates the blurring associated with a tattoo blowout. Let’s look more at how it happens.
  • Hand Poke Tattoos – A hand poke tattoo, also know as a “stick and poke” is created by using a needle, or group of needles, to put ink into the skin. There is no electric machine involved, so the tattoo artist does this by hand using only a needle or a tool that holds the needle.