Tattoos are all the rage these days, with more and more people getting inked than ever before for a wide variety of reasons.

Tattoo artists have upped their game, and now produce some of the most astonishing artwork, some of which wouldn’t look out of place in a fancy art gallery. Unfortunately, even the best tattoos are prone to losing their vibrant colors, fading and bleeding as the years roll by, making them look a shadow of their former selves.

Here are twenty amazing tattoos that have sadly faded over the course of the years.

The Old Man

This extraordinary tattoo of an old man with his hand up to his mouth looked incredible when it was first unveiled. However, the passage of time hasn’t done it any favors. Rather apt when you think about it. We do indeed tend to fad away as we get older, making this tattoo unintentionally profound.