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!