Where on your body do tattoos change the least with time?

If you’re wanting a tattoo that’s going to look good in 20 years, then you have to be careful about where you put it on your body.

You may think you’ll be thin forever, but trust us, once you hit 30 it’s all downhill from there.

As your metabolism slows, you gain weight, whether you like it or not. Our skin stops producing as much collagen as it used to once we pass 30, making it sag and lose its elasticity.

Even if you’re a bit on the plump side now and plan on losing weight in the future, we’re bad news for you; losing weight causes your skin to change even more than gaining it.

With all that in mind, you may want to have a longer think about where your next tattoo is going. The following four areas are the least likely to change over time.

Inner forearms

If you want a tattoo on your arm, the inner forearm is probably the best option. This area is less likely to show much change over time, unlike upper arms, and less often exposed to the harmful ultraviolet light from the sun life the outer forearms.

Calves

As any weight-lifter will tell you, calves are notoriously difficult to put weight on. While this might not be good for body builders, it’s great news for anyone wanting a tattoo that will last.

Upper back

As we get older, we tend to put on weight in certain areas. Men add a bit to their gut, while women tend to add weight to their breasts, bum and thighs. The good news is, our upper backs stay pretty much the same through out our lives, so unless you’re planning on going “American at Disney World” fat, then here is also a good place.

Bony spots

Bony spots that don't get much sun are also a safe bet. The ankle, knee, elbow, and wrist match these criteria best, but they are also the areas which are the most wrinkly, so may not be suited to the type of tattoo you want.

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