There are a lot of questions about tattoo fading.
Just as Long as Regular Ink Some people have raised concerns about vegan tattoo ink fading more rapidly than regular ink. However, this is a myth. Vegan ink lasts just as long as regular ink. The reason why tattoos fade is because they’re either exposed to the sun, or are in an area that requires frequent exfoliating, or the tattoos are applied with subpar ink.
It is unavoidable that tattoos, both in color and black, will fade over time. Of course, the pattern on the skin can brighten, especially for colored tattoos. This process takes place on average 5-6 years after application. Sometimes the tattoos stay perfect for 10 years. The speed of fading of the pattern is related to the natural renewal of the skin.
How quickly the tattoo will fade depends on the pigments used, the place of drawing, and the type of skin. For the longest time, their saturation is maintained by dark colors: black, blue, and also red and brown. Tattoos made in yellow, orange, and also any pale colors fade faster. Most tattoo inks will fade over time but never fade away completely.
Depending on where your tattoos are located changes in your body such as weight gain, weight loss and muscle gain can affect the appearance of your tattoos. Tattoos on the hands, wrists, feet, ankles and back of the neck will be minimally affected by weight loss.
While a tattoo stays with you for life, all tattoos experience some fading over time. You can slow the fading of your tattoo by practicing good aftercare, like protecting your tattoo from the sun with a plant-based sunscreen.
From a strictly “vegan vs. conventional” standpoint, plant-based inks do not fade any faster than traditional inks with animal products. The longevity of your tattoo will come down to the choices you make about it.
When a tattoo reaches a particular age, there is no amount of exfoliating gel that can liven it back up. This is when a consultation with a talented tattoo artist could be the answer.
Your fossil of a tattoo could be re-outlined again with a solid, crisp black line. This would enhance the clarity of the tattoo design by redefining the tattoo design elements. It would also give the tattoo artist the opportunity to add some further detail back into the faded tattoo again. In particular, areas of the design that are small and complex have lost their detail because the ink has spread. Tattoo designs that have faces or symbols in them, highly benefit from some touch-up work.
The colors in a tattoo are usually the first area of the tattoo to show wear. Re-coloring faded tattoos that have maintained their outlines can make them current again. This is also the opportunity to repair or fix any errors or parts of your tattoo design, you honestly never really liked.
What is the most important thing someone can do to keep their tattoo looking great?
- Keep them out of the sun. It’s the same thing with any skin condition. It’s just like if you put a painting out in the sun, sooner or later it’s going to fade a bit. The same thing happens to a tattoo – especially the lighter colors, the sun will attack them.
- Get into the habit of applying a thin layer of moisturizer to your tattoo. No matter which lotion or cream you use, apply it sparingly. A thick layer of moisturizer can leach color out of your tattoo.
- In addition to how you care for it afterward, the phrase “you get what you pay for” is never truer than in the tattooing world. If you take your time to find an experienced artist and are willing to pay for the best quality you can afford, you’ll find your tattoo stays more vibrant for longer than if you try to cut corners with cheap inks. Your tattoo will only give what you put into it!
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