Well done tattoos are beautiful works of art. If you wear the right sunscreen for tattoos, use proper tattoo soaps and moisture with specially designed tattoo lotions, your inked body art will look great for years, if not decades, to to come. For some, this is exactly what they want. For those of us who are terrified of engagement, however, that’s another story. Think about it, tattoos are one of the most intense bodily commitments you can make, and the consequences of wanting to get rid of it in 2, 3, 4 years? Painful and expensive. No thanks.
Fortunately, the field of temporary tattoos for adults is growing as the demand for temporary decorative body ink increases. Many more people have seen too many bad tattoos on people in their 40s or 50s and are opting for designs that will fade over time. Note that it’s not the cheap stickers you applied at birthday parties and college game days that rub off in the shower hours later. They make real adult temporary tattoos these days that are designed to last for weeks or even months or years that look like the real thing without permanence. It’s the best of both worlds.
For all body art phobes, I’ve created a guide to the best temporary tattoos for adults. There aren’t a ton of different brands out there yet, but there are a few worth mentioning – Inkbox and Ephemeral. I’ll walk you through these two options, how their tattoos work, what they’re made of, and give some examples of designs you can get. At the end, I also included some intricate and cheaper temporary tattoo designs for fun.
Temporary Tattoos for Adults
Option 1: Inkwell
Inkbox is a well-known tattoo service in this space that gives people the chance to try out a temporary tattoo for a few weeks before the ink fades completely. All the art of their temporary tattoos comes from famous tattoo artists or celebrities like BTS and Rupi Kaur.
How do their tattoos work?
Their tattoos are done with For Now Ink ™ which is semi-permanent, making them more intense than average temporary tattoos, but still safe enough on the skin and sufficiently on the surface to be applied at home without instructions from a tattoo artist or dermatologist.
Do they look real?
Their tattoos appear clear at first, but slowly darken over a 24 hour period after application, as the ingredients in the ink react with the proteins and collagen in your skin.
How long do Inkbox tattoos last?
Inkbox tattoos last 1 to 2 weeks, depending on where they are on the body and how much exfoliation you do. The ink is in your skin, in the epidermis layer just below the surface, rather than on it. It’s not as deep as real tattoos, but it’s deeper than average with a lick of body paint or a stroke of eyeliner.
This solar system tattoo is for any space nerd, it showcases a full range of all the planets we know and love, and is easily continued with a vegan, skin-safe and waterproof formula. The tattoo kit comes with a primer wipe to prepare the skin and tattoo with For Now ink.
Buy: Inkbox Star System Tattoo $ 23.00
This snake tattoo covers a 4×4 inch canvas and would look great on a biceps, triceps, or collarbone. Like all Inkbox tattoos, it is skin safe, vegan, cruelty-free, and waterproof. It comes with everything you need for the app and will last 1 to 2 weeks.
Buy: Inkbox Coil Tattoo $ 19.00
This tattoo, named after the French word for “octopus,” is designed to be mysterious, eerie, and spongy, much like the deep-sea dweller he embodies. If this description applies to you as well, this might be the right temporary tattoo for you to try. It also covers a 4×4 inch canvas size and comes with eight feet, two hearts, and just enough decorative details.
Buy: Inkbox Octopus Tattoo $ 19.00
Slice of life
This tattoo is meant to evoke a deeper and more inspiring message about life, depending on the artist’s intentions. The broken sword symbolizes the trials and tribulations of life and reminds us that despite all hardships, life is worth it. Beautiful, isn’t it?
Buy: Inkbox Slice of Life Tattoo $ 21.00
This is one of my favorite Inkbox designs. If you love the outdoors or just respect the beasts that roam the forests, this tattoo is a great choice. Bears are lonely, strong and symbols of protection, vitality and power. Celebrate the natural world around us and show your respect for it with this temporary tattoo.
Buy: Inkbox Growling Tattoo $ 21.00
Option 2: ephemeral
Ephemeral is one of the newer brands on the scene, known for their temporary tattoos that last between 9 and 15 months. That’s right – these tattoos last for a whole year and fade over time. They are temporary, but you will enjoy the design much longer than with other temporary tattoos.
This is a great service if you are considering a permanent tattoo and want to try out a design before committing to it for more than a few weeks. It’s also perfect for parents of teenagers who want tattoos, which they suspect aren’t quite ready for engagement.
How do temporary tattoos work?
Unlike less permanent temporary tattoos, temporary tattoos are applied by injecting ink into the skin, and therefore must be done by a professional tattoo artist. You can’t apply them at home, but they have locations in Brooklyn and Los Angeles where you can book time with one of their performers. The ink in temporary tattoos is biodegradable, medical grade, and biocompatible, and designed to break down over time until the body can remove it completely.
Do they look real?
Of all the temporary tattoos for adults that we have come across, temporary tattoos certainly look the most real because their application is the most similar to real tattoos. Their tattoos are under the skin and require a similar process of consulting an artist, creating a stencil, getting a tattoo, and then doing proper tattoo aftercare.
How long do they last?
That being said, unlike regular tattoos, they don’t last forever. Ink fades in 9 to 15 months.
Yazhiji Temporary Tattoos – 60 Sheets
Buy: Yazhiji Temporary Tattoos $ 8.97
Zomme mixed style multicolored temporary tattoos
Buy: Zomme Multicolor Temporary Tattoos $ 7.99
VANTATY 50 sheets of black temporary tattoos
Buy: VANTATY 50 Sheets Black Temporary Tattoos $ 9.94
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