Temporary tattoos – the ‘try before you buy’ of the tattoo scene


TEMPORARY tattoos are a great idea if you’re considering getting a permanent tattoo but aren’t sure what or where to get one yet.

While the first thing that might come to mind when hearing “temporary tattoos” might be the type that most of us used as children, the truth is that there are a wide variety of tattoos out there. temporary available nowadays. They can last anywhere from a few days to a few months depending on the type you choose.

Snap Tattoos

The most common type of temporary tattoos is the snap type. These are popular with kids but they can also be used by adults and they are easy to find, even some tattoo studios sell them and they are better quality than you might find at a local shop, so they will usually last longer and look more realistic.

There are several sites where you can get snap tattoos and customize them with names or dates. This means that if this is the style of tattoo you want, you can see what it looks like before deciding.

Henna Tattoos

Henna tattoos have been used as a means of creating temporary patterns on the skin for centuries in different cultures and are especially popular for weddings. They were adapted to the western world and became very popular with all sorts of different designs, from geometric and botanical designs from their origins to simple shapes like moons, stars, dolphins, etc. They can last for several weeks, but be careful when getting one or making one yourself that you test on a small patch of skin first. There are types of henna that are mixed with other substances known to cause severe irritation and even burns that can leave permanent scars on the skin. Black henna is not recommended so although you may prefer the color, the more natural tan/brown colored henna is preferable.

Airbrush Tattoos

These are growing in popularity and are similar to body paint. They can create attractive and colorful patterns and are easy to remove. However, the person making them will need to be fairly skilled with the airbrush and preferably use a stencil.

Pen Tattoos

These days there are many pens that are made specifically for creating temporary tattoos and can be used freehand or with a template. Anyone who can do a decent drawing should be able to do the same with a pen, and you don’t even have to get the special tattoo pens either, you can use a ballpoint pen, a “sharpie” or even an eyeliner, but with the latter, you’ll need to cover it with hairspray to prevent smudging. With “sharpie” tattoos, you should also put some talcum powder on before applying hairspray. A “sharp tattoo” if carefully cared for, can even last up to a month.

Ink Tattoos

Some companies sell stencil and ink kits that can be used to create temporary tattoos that last about two weeks. They are easy to use, waterproof and look very authentic. If you don’t trust yourself to create a freehand or stencil tattoo, you can create your design online and it will be sent to you ready to use, in a format similar to a pressure tattoo.

Tattoos from six months to a year

Some tattoo artists claim they can create six-month temporary tattoos by only injecting ink into the top layers of skin or by using fade-out inks. It’s not really true. You may end up with a fading tattoo, but it will always be there. However, one company has created an ink that can be removed more easily than others with laser treatment, so that’s a start.

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