Nearly 30% of people aged 40 to 49 have at least one tattoo, as do 11% of those aged between 50 and 64. Without a doubt, the number of older people with body art will increase as the years go by, considering the huge boom in its popularity in current times. Those who are thinking of getting a tattoo may ask if significant changes will take place to their chosen art as time goes by. The good news is that the longevity of a tattoo very much depends on the love and care you give it over your lifetime.
Fading is the Main Concern
Getting a tattoo can feel overwhelming the first time you do so, since you may be anxious about pain and you may be insecure about communicating what you want to the artist. However, it is precisely during this time that you should feel free to throw questions at him or her, including questions regarding how long your tattoo will last.
The main concern about tattoos as time goes by, is that they tend to fade. Your tattoo artist can recommend specific colors and ink types that last longer so listen to their recommendations. Also, take care about exposing your tattoo to intense sun, since this can fade the illustration. Keep your skin well-hydrated and use a daily sunscreen with a high SPF over your tattoo if you will be out in the sun all day.
Choosing the Right Placement
If you really want to avoid placement, you should also speak to your artist about placement. Tattoos in areas that tend to rub against skin or clothing (e.g. the inner arm) will fade faster than those that are not exposed to friction. The feet are another place to avoid, since they are often subjected to rubbing between socks and shoes.
What about Weight Changes?
Many people are concerned about whether or not tattoos can distort if one loses or gains a significant amount of weight. The truth is that illustrations tend to adapt pretty well to these changes; the most that will happen is that the tattoo may move slightly in position (upwards, downwards, or sideways). However, the change is likely to be imperceptible to everyone but yourself.
A tattoo is a personal piece of art you can enjoy for a lifetime. By selecting the right position for your tattoo and choosing darker colors, you can prolong its beauty. Finally, make caring for your skin a priority; use sunscreen daily and keep your skin well hydrated with a good moisturizer.