Do finger tattoos fade quicker?

There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about tattoos fading. And I seem to get these questions a lot. Maybe I can clear some things up…

All tattoos will ‘fade’ a bit over time. But, this is over a period of YEARS. As long as you take care of it, you will never notice it. It will never fade in a noticeable way at a quick rate. In fact, the only way you’d probably notice that a tattoo has faded is if you look at pictures that were taken years apart. It will never fade away completely/disappear. 

I think it’s better to use terms like dull. Colors of a tattoo will become dull over time. They won’t be as a bright and vivid 50 years from now. But, as long as it’s taken care of, it will never really look horrible or anything.

Taking care of it means keeping it out of the elements as much as possible. Don’t be afraid to use too much sunblock when you’re outside. Be careful with your body, as cuts/scrapes/burns/etc can ruin a tattoo.

That being said, a tattoo on someone’s finger can be at a higher risk of becoming dull quickly as opposed to a tattoo on someones back or thigh or area that’s usually covered in clothing. Exposed tattoos will need a little extra attention, but will never be something that requires daily attention.

Tattoos are ink, and the ink is IN your skin. There is some protection there as new skin heals over it. So, you do need to protect this skin, as that is what protects the ink. But, otherwise, it’s the same as anywhere on your body. One area isn’t ‘better’ for a tattoo as far as fading goes. It’s the same amount of skin/protection over the ink. It’s just a matter of how well you take care of it.

So, in that sense, yes, a finger tattoo MAY fade quicker when compared to a tattoo on an area that is often covered. But, like I said, it really won’t be anything you notice, and may even take years before you notice, as long as you take care of it.

There are a ton of other factors, too, like color and such, but I think you get the idea. Honestly, I wouldn’t worry about fading or a part of the body that will cause it to fade quickly. Don’t let that be a factor in deciding where you want your tattoo.

Hope that helps!

Hi, I already have a tattoo design in mind i just want to know a good place to put it. I have a 1.5 inch by 3 inch barcode and I can't decide whether I want to put in on my pubic mound, the back of my neck, or on my lower back like a "tramp stamp". I would seriously like some help thank you!

Personally, I like the back of your neck idea the best. Not sure what other advice I could give you. It’s your personal choice. But, that’s what I would go for. I also would never even consider a tattoo on a pubic mound. But, again, that’s just me, so maybe that makes me biased haha. Plus, what’s the point of getting a tattoo where no one will see it? That’s my thinking, anyways. But, pick whatever you like best! Good luck.

I really want to get a finger tattoo.. On side of my finger.. Is that a bad first tattoo area? I heard it hurts.. Thank you!

Depends on what you mean by ‘bad.’ If that’s what you want, then it’s not bad. I’m sure it will hurt, though. But, it’s a small area, so I’m sure your tattoo will be small, and it won’t be painful for long. I wouldn’t consider it one of the most painful spots, though. Probably an average amount, of course, depending on how you deal with pain.

Hello, I am getting a tattoo on the 27th of this month and the day after I'm having surgery, do you know if this is safe at all or should I reschedule the tattoo? The tattoo is going on my ribs and the surgery is on my knee but I don't know if the anaesthetic will effect anything? Do you know anything about this? x

I actually just had surgery myself, and while my tattoos are not recent, they will ask about them. Chances are, you will have to go through a whole process, ‘interviewing’ with the anesthesiologist and filling out a ton of paperwork. I’m going to say there’s like, a 99% chance they will tell you to wait until after surgery. There’s going to be a whole list of things for you to do in preparation for the surgery. They probably will tell you not to eat after midnight the night before. Probably won’t be able to take any meds, vitamins, aspirin, etc. They’re very particular because they don’t want any chance for a bad reaction to the surgery or the anesthesia. I’m sure they won’t want that fresh ink in case it causes a reaction. Plus, it would be considered a fresh wound and I’m pretty sure that is a no-no, too. I would certainly ask your doctor, but I can almost guarantee you s/he will tell you not to get the  tat. You will be much better off waiting until afterwards and until you recover.

Good luck with the surgery! And enjoy your new ink when you get a chance to get it :) I wish you a speedy recovery xox

I was wondering along the lines of cohesiveness. I'd pick artists of similar styles but after looking online..I haven't seen many people with tattooed by different people for one piece.

I think as long as the artist is experienced and knows what s/he is doing, there shouldn’t be too much of a problem as far as making it cohesive. It might help to have the entire tattoo drawn out to give each artist an idea to go by. Some will probably draw out their idea/version of it ahead of time, too, and how they would incorporate it with what’s already there. Shouldn’t be an issue, just talk to some artists ahead of time and see what they think they can do.

Hi- I'm trying to get a tattoo by one of my favorite artists. He is in Germany so I'd get it done on my winter break. I want a bear done by him but eventually I was thinking i'd have a full or half sleeve completed by different artists. (I was envisioning a compass with animals in each cardinal direction.) Is that a bad idea?

I’m not sure what you think is a bad idea - the sleeve? Getting different artists? I don’t think either is a bad idea. It’s your body, you can do what you want. Some artists might have a preference, though, as far as adding work to something someone else started. That’s something you would have to take up with them when you go in to explain your idea. Since I’m not an artists, I can’t really say. 

Any artists out there able to offer some input?

Or, are you talking about something else..? 

I may sound stupid but I've had a rose tattoo on my shoulder for around a year this august I was going to get it extended, will the ink eventually match?

Not stupid at all! Are you talking about like, the fading of the original tattoo? I don’t think it should be that faded after only a year… unless you took horrible care of it lol (like letting it get burnt in the sun, scratched up, etc.) I don’t think there will be/should be that much of a difference between the original and the newer part. As it heals, it will naturally fade some as the new skin grows over it. I honestly wouldn’t worry too much about it. Even if part of it is brighter, it will fade and should blend in better with the rest over time. Using lotion can help brighten up the older tattoo, too. I can’t imagine it being super noticeable. 

Any followers had their tattoos extended and can share their experiences? I’m curious, too, as I’d like to get my hip extended.

Looking to get a wrist tattoo, I know exactly what I want ( 2 skeletons getting married on the floor is all skulls with my wedding anniversary in Roman numerals) here' the thing I want it to be 3 inches 4 at the most, people have told me that the tattoo is not doable-- it would have to be at least6 inches--- anyone know if this is doable?

well, honestly, probably not..? if an artist told you it wouldnt be doable, then i’d take his word on it. it sounds pretty complex for something that small. i just don’t think that gives the artist of the tattoo enough room to look good. even if you could find someone to do it, i think you will end up disappointed. you’d be better off going bigger if this is something you want. is there a reason you want that certain size? if you’re set on that size, then i’d make the idea simpler, maybe without the skeletons. 

Hi, so about a month ago I got a wing tattoo on my right shoulder blade. it’s only when i got back home, i noticed that the tattoo artist did really poorly at the “feathery” area of the wing. a lot of my friends don’t notice it until i point it out, but it annoys the crap out of me.

i actually went back to the place and asked what could be done to fix it; the tattoo artist said he can re-outline it. In my mind i thought, wouldn’t it make the lines thicker and it’ll look messier? so up till now i’ve not went back to get anything done to it yet, but i really want to fix the crooked lines. it literally drives me crazy looking at it. 

I hate my tattoo artist so much now for screwing it up.

If re-outlining doesn’t work, I was thinking of doing a cover up, but I still want to keep my wing. Or, anything that would make the overall work look better. Any ideas/suggestion/advice?

I appreciate it, thanks :)


Can anyone offer any suggestions? I let this ask sit in my inbox, trying to think of some advice, but I can’t think of anything to help cover it up while keeping the wing.

Try talking to a different artist or two and see what their thoughts are.

Sorry I can’t be of more help!

Hi there! I was wondering if you could possibly give me some advice! I want to get a tattoo similar to this but along the side of my foot instead.  I’ve spoken to a couple of friends, who have tattoos, about it and a few of them have said it will be too small and the ink will run over time until it ends up just looking like 4 little blobs.  I’ve done a bit of research and some blogs etc say that things about 1/8th of an inch are too small and by my reckoning I think the smallest silhouette would be about 1/4th of an inch.  Do you think it will be okay or will the ink just run?


The stars I have on my hip are pretty small. I’ve had them for 5 years and haven’t had a problem yet. I really can’t say for sure one way or another as I’ve never had that issue nor do I know anyone with that problem, either. It makes sense, though, and I would be careful about going too small. Your best bet is to talk to an artist - they’ll have a better idea and will probably know from experience.  I’d say stick with your guns, don’t go too small, and ask around.

Any followers with any personal experience on this that could offer some insight?