Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Temporary Tattoos

Temp Tattoos

temporary tattoo is a non-permanent image on the skin resembling a real tattoo. Temporary tattoos can be drawn, painted, or airbrushed as a form of body painting.

Temp tattoos have changed a lot in the last few years. There's all sorts of designs now, nothing like when I was a kid. The ones that were available were the ones from the 25 cent machines at restaurants or corner stores. I'd beg my mom for one and she'd be hesitant at first but then she'd hook me up. I'd wear it like I was a complete badass and when my friends asked if it was real.. of course I'd say yes. LOL!

The temp tats I found above are all from Etsy because Etsy is the shizzle and I love helping small businesses out. They are no where near 25 cents but you have to keep in mind that folks spent their time and energy making these themselves. Also, like the owl tat up there, it's not an easy task.

Temp tats normally come with instructions but if you've never had one and were curious, below are some simple instructions for ya that I found online.

To Apply:
1. Remove the thin transparent top sheet and discard. Making sure that the skin is clean and dry.
2. Place the design face down, onto the desired area and place a wet cloth firmly onto the paper.
3. Hold for at least 30 seconds and then gently slide the paper off.
Enjoy your new tattoo!

To Remove: 
Using a cotton wool pad or ball soaked with baby oil or rubbing alcohol, place on the tattoo for 10 seconds and then rub until removed.

There are all sorts of DIY temp tattoos you can find online, Pinterest helps a lot. Here's one I found by Victoria at A Subtle Revelry, she recommends tracing paper to make one. Her How-To is pretty simple to follow so I'm sure anyone can pull it off. There are also inks you can buy to draw a temp tattoo. I kind of like the idea of making it myself with tracing paper or buying one of these nifty ones.. to each their own.

Happy Hump Day!

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