Let’s face it, tattoos don’t always turn out the way you pictured in your head. For that reason and more, a tattoo’s permanence may be scaring you away from getting that ink you’ve always craved. Thanks to the introduction of “1 year tattoos” from a company composed of New York University graduates called Ephemeral, that fear may soon be a thing of the past.
The secret to these grown-up temporary tattoos is within the ink. A while after receiving your tattoo from the parlor by a regular tattoo artist and a regular tattoo machine, the tattoo begins to fade like magic, giving you the option to let it go, get it permanently put on your body, or try a new design out for a while.
Scientifically speaking, a traditional tattoo stays in the skin because the dye molecules are too large for your body’s immune system to clean out. Ephemeral’s ink is composed of smaller molecules that can be naturally flushed out, and has two solutions for removal: you can choose to leave the tattoo and let the molecules break down on their own, which will take about a year; or you can go back to the tattoo parlor if you aren’t satisfied with your ink and have a complementary removal solution applied directly over the original tattoo by the tattoo artist, which will cause the ink molecules to flush themselves out. You also have the option to get rid of part of the tattoo and have it redone or changed if you would like.
Some obvious benefits to these temporary tattoos are that if there is something that you don’t like about your ink, or if it’s horribly disfigured/misspelled, it goes away on its own over time. They are also more inexpensive compared to traditional tattoos, and with permanent tattoos the pain could be doubled to get it tattooed over or have laser surgery to have it removed, both of which have the potential to look bad.
If you’re someone like me that has a more traditional opinion on tattoos, go out and get the permanent version today. Many people still believe that the blood, pain, and money you sacrifice is something that’s meant for a lifetime and not just for a year. But if you’ve always wanted a tattoo and have feared the consequences that come with it, you can go get your temporary ink costing only 50-100 bucks for an “average-sized” piece starting in the fall of 2017, when Ephemeral is set to launch.