âYou will regret it all your life. ”
There is no way to count the number of times a parent has said this to a child after getting their first tattoo. And that’s exactly what Seung Shin heard when he revealed his new ink to his tattoo-hating family, who then forced him to have it removed.
Seduce wrote that upon discovering how difficult and painful it was to have a tattoo removed, Shin teamed up with engineering students and a business student at New York University to create a non-permanent tattoo . And they succeeded.
Their company is called Ephemeral tattoos, was founded in 2014 and their website tagline represents what they think about body ink.
âYou are always changing. Your tattoos should too, âthe motto reads.
The system uses the same tattoo equipment as a normal tattoo, and it is applied in the same way. However, the ink is made in a different way, which means it can be broken down by the body, and they have created a special disposal solution to remove the ink whenever you want. They currently have a range of tattoo options, with durations of three months, six months, or a year.
Co-founder Anthony Lam spoke with TechCrunch on how ink works.
âTattoo inks today are permanent due to the fact that the dye molecules are too big for your body’s immune system to eliminate,â he explained. âBy using smaller molecules, we encapsulated them inside this spherical structure big enough that your immune system doesn’t take it out. But when you take it out, it basically eats away at one of the components and the dye molecules are removed. “
Realizing that many people want tattoos but fear long-term regrets, the group is optimistic that their new ink solution will make tattoos much more attractive. Shin spoke to Seduce on where he sees the business in the future.
âFive years later, I hope we have significantly damaged the tattoo industry, its culture and its future,â he said. “I hope to see a lot more people with ink.”
Josh Sakhai, another co-founder is excited about the possibilities.
âI’m going to get 100% tattooed with this ink,â he said. Seduce. âI don’t know exactly what I want, but I really like geometric or black tattoos.
Even though a person loves tattoos, not all tattoos are created equal. The Internet is full of pages illustrating the ‘Worst Tattoos Ever‘, But it’s also true that the tattoo that a person thought was the best thing ever at 18 just doesn’t accurately reflect who they are at 30. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology research has shown that 24% of 18-50 year olds have a tattoo and 17% are considering having a tattoo removed.
Removing a tattoo is an extremely difficult, painful, and expensive process. CNN spoke with Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, MD who works with laser tattoo removal. Laser removal can take between six and 12 sessions to completely remove the tattoo, and each session can cost up to $ 350, which means its removal can cost thousands of dollars, far more than the cost of the tattoo first. place.
âLaser removal is the standard of care,â Frank said, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. “There is no big deal.”
The effectiveness of the treatment also depends on the type of tattoo and the color of the skin, with colored pigments much more difficult to remove. It is also likely that the laser will leave scars or patches of lighter skin. Tricia R, currently in its sixth session, said CNN what it feels like to receive laser treatment.
âI don’t know what hell is like, but during my treatments I would swear that’s where I am,â she said. âI immediately felt like I was bombarded with hot fat and hit with rubber bands. This is by far the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. Besides the pain, the sound of the laser burning my skin is similar to the sound of bacon being fried in a pan.
Obviously, tattoo removal is an unappealing process that many people cannot afford, thus resigning themselves to living with the unicorn tattoo they got on vacation at age 19.
There are other semi-permanent tattoo companies on the scene, like Inkwell and Momentary ink, which are applied as temporary tattoos and last about a month. However, Buzzfeed users have tried Inkbox, and although it looks good at first, it didn’t take long for the ink to fade and start looking fake. However, their options are painless and a good way to try on a tattoo before you take the plunge and turn to the needle for a lifetime commitment.
Ephemeral is the only company to use traditional needles to create non-permanent but real-looking tattoos and their product is launched at their New York City pop-up launch in the summer of this year, where two guest artists will be available to ink people who have always wanted this tattoo but have always been a little scared.
It also creates a great opportunity to get a terrible tattoo just to scare your parents.