Litographs launches a new range of temporary tattoos

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The company also wants people to help it create the longest chain of literary tattoos in the world with the full text of Alice in Wonderland inked on 2,500 bodies.


Update, Wednesday, July 23: Well that was fast! Enthusiastic backers crushed the Litographs lens on Starter (nearly $30,000 was pledged after one day of the $7,500 goal). So many people signed up that Litographs extended the 2,500 Alice in Wonderland chain tattoo spots to 2,500 additional quote tattoos for the text of on the other side of the mirror.


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“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

This line of Wretched is just one example of iconic phrases that Cambridge-based company Litographs wants to see inked on the bodies of its customers.

You may already know Litographs for the brand’s stylish shirts, bags and other products designed from the texts of great literary works. Book lovers love the readable clothing, which since its debut in 2011 has been positively reviewed by sites ranging from AV Club to Apartment Therapy to BuzzFeed. Their products were recently purchased by Trident Booksellers and Cafe.

In a new venture, instead of making your favorite books wearable on T-shirts, bags and posters, Litographs plans to put words directly on customers’ skin by releasing a line of temporary literary tattoos. The removable designs, for which they have already designed 15, are all famous lines of classic books like The importance of being serious, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Pride and Prejudiceand more.

The team was inspired by literary tattoos that have appeared on various websites over the past two years, says Litographs founder and CEO Danny Fein. “Everyone on Litographs is under the impression that if we were to get one permanent tattoo, it would almost certainly be a literary tattoo.”

From there, the team came up with the idea for temporary tattoos with quotes from popular prose and poetry.

“We found this amazing temporary tattoo maker in Hollywood that provides TV and movie studios with hyper-realistic ‘skin transfers’, which are essentially the same temporary tattoos people use growing up. [apply with warm water, easy to remove]says Fein. “They specialize in working with a design to make it look realistic and print it in a really high quality.”



The new line of temporary tattoos starts selling on Tuesday when Litographs launches a campaign on Kickstarter, a platform the company has found great success on in the past.

Although the final price of Litographs temporary tattoos after the initial campaign is not set in stone, the levels of contributions on Kickstarter give a good indication. Contribute $3 for one tattoo, $15 for six tattoos, or $30 for the 15 designs they’ve already done.

Also as part of the Kickstarter campaign, Litographs aims to set a record for “the longest literary tattoo in the world”. Inspired by “The skin» project of Shelley Jackson, Litographs wants to tell the whole story of Alice in Wonderland over 2,500 bodies through temporary tattoos. For all backers pay what you want ($1 minimum), the company will send Kickstarter backers 2,500 different tattoos, each with a unique snippet of five to 15 words from the beloved children’s book. Recipients are then encouraged to upload photos of their tattoos, which will be organized on the Litographs website in the correct order. Once all of these tattoos are shared, site visitors will be able to read the full text from start to finish of each tattoo.

“What’s cool about Alice in Wonderland is you can take five or 10 words, and it will be a really interesting and impressive passage,” Fein says. This is an important point, since the pass that each of the backers will send will be drawn by lot.

the Alice in Wonderland The tattoo project is the main reason why Litographs is launching its temporary tattoos on Kickstarter. Launching a new product line is one thing, but harnessing the interest of 2,500 attendees to set a world record requires a platform with a sense of community.

And don’t think they stop with the 15 classics. Fein says that in the coming months, Litographs will work with contemporary authors to create even more tattoo designs citing modern classics and new versions.

Learn more about Litographs tattoos at tattoos.litographs.com; to take part to Starter.

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