Aging of Tattoos: What Type of Tattoos Don’t Age Well?

aging of tattoos

If you’re considering getting a tattoo, it’s essential to think about what types of tattoos will last throughout the years. Therefore, we have put together a little information on the aging of tattoos to help answer the question, “What type of tattoos don’t age well?”

What Type of Tattoos Don’t Age Well?

The following are just a few things to keep in mind when considering a tattoo, and what type of tattoos don’t age well:

Small Tattoos

aging of tattoos: small tattoos

Small tattoos are discreet and don’t require a huge amount of time. They are also easy to hide at work, making them a big trend right now. However, many small tattoos don’t age well.

The smaller the tattoo, the more detail that is concentrated in one space. As your skin changes, these intricate details will be lost with time. Ink that is too closely packed can bleed together, and over time just become a black blob. This can be particularly upsetting with small lettering.

Thick Lines

aging of tattoos: thick lines

A common term in the tattoo industry is “bold will hold”. Designs with bold outlines and fine lines typically age well, as long as they are not too crowded.

However, keep in mind the variants in this equation: the style of the tattoo and your skin’s unique qualities. If the lines are too thick, they may end up blurring and bleeding together over time.

Small Lettering

aging of tattoos: small tattoos

For the same reason that small tattoos don’t always age well, small lettering can be lost over time.

If you are considering a tattoo with lettering, we recommend bigger words and/or letters. Therefore, they will still stay open over the years.


These are just a few things to keep mind with the aging of tattoos and what types of tattoos don’t age well. Contact us with the link below for more information or to schedule an appointment for your next tattoo today!

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