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Temporary Tattoos

Temporary Tattoos

Although you usually see the bright neon tattoo stickers for kids in convenience stores, and although it might be hard to imagine, there is such a thing as temporary tattoos for adults! What’s more, they look good! If you’re someone who can’t wear a permanent tattoo because of business, medical, or religious reasons, there are other ways to express yourself through your skin. Temporary tattoos are your solution, and they are quite easy to purchase, design, and make!

Purchasing them online was made quite simple by the digital age. There are a huge variety of designs to choose from, and a lot of them mimic what you would want for a real tattoo. Whether you like nautical designs, tribal markings, black and white illustrations, or complex painterly coloring—there’s sure to be a design out there for you. Unlike children’s tattoos, these temporary tattoos for adults are larger and designed to last longer. This way, they look more authentic.

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One of the huge bonuses to temporary tattoos is that they don’t need to use traditional ink. They can sparkle with glitzy effects or shimmer like metal, depending on your choice. Lighter colors, such as white and yellow, show up much better as a temporary tattoo, since the melanin of your skin won’t affect the final color, and the ink rests on top of everything. This allows you to get a little more creative with your inks, even though they aren’t permanent.


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All You Need Is A Printer

We’ve already discussed how to design your own tattoo and then transfer it to your skin, but what we haven’t mentioned is that you can also print out premade designs to do it. If you have some computer skills and an inkjet printer, go ahead and use Photoshop, GIMP, or a similar art program to make a design. For your first one, it would be best to focus on simple colors and solid lines, rather than an airbrushed design with lots of colors and fewer lines. You can order tattoo transfer paper online and use that, although it’s good to test your designs on a regular sheet before wasting that expensive stuff. Once it’s printed off, you can use it like any other temporary tattoo! Of course, this method is limited by the size of your printer and paper.

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Airbrush

Another method that’s a little more difficult to do on your own is airbrush tattooing. You’ll need an airbrush (which can be expensive, even before considering the price of ink) and a stencil of your desired tattoo. Some craft stores might have them, but it’s easier to try looking at body or beauty shops and seeing if they have a selection there. Airbrush tattoos create a nice gradient when they’re used, and if glitter is added after application they can look quite beautiful. Unlike typical temporary tattoos, they are slightly translucent. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what you want your final tattoo to look like. Cleaning the tattoo is quite simple—you can wash it off with a cotton ball or cloth filled with rubbing alcohol. If you maintain your airbrush tattoo well, it can last for nearly a week. If you decide to go swimming or take showers a little too frequently, three days is a more accurate lifespan.

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Henna Temporary Tattoos for Adults

As long as we’re on the topic of temporary tattoos, let’s talk about henna tattoos. They are somewhere in the middle of real tattoos and temporary tattoos, since they last for quite a while and must be hand-drawn. You can easily tattoo yourself with a henna kit, although be warned—the tattoo formula smells. A lot. It uses a high concentration of citric juice, so it resembles walking into a room full of rotting lemons. It’s easy to get used to, though. The smell goes away after the tattoo dries, of course. It’s easy to find henna tattoo kits in craft stores, so if you’re confident in your drawing skills, it’s worth it to purchase one and follow the directions. One bottle of the henna formula can create at least four large tattoos. If you’re not cool with drawing, finding a body shop that offers it shouldn’t be too hard.

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Henna tattoos will last six weeks minimum, so take that into account. Getting this tattoo is painless and doesn’t even involve needles. The tattoos take between five and thirty minutes to dry—depending on the size and complexity, of course—and afterwards, you can scrape the residue off. Removing the residue too early results in uneven coloring, although this becomes less noticeable as it fades. Since henna works by staining the skin, it will last as long as it takes your skin to heal: six weeks. More than any other method, henna can trigger allergies, since it’s basically a bunch of different herbs stuffed into a tube. Practicing on a small area of your skin before you get one is advised.

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Pros and Cons

Different kinds of temporary tattoos for adults have different kinds of advantages. The most permanent one is henna, while other kinds of temporary tattoos (even the so-called ‘long-lasting’ ones) should not be expected to survive more than a week. What’s more, other than henna, water can seriously mess up their image or make them fade way too fast. Most of them are waterproof, but only to a certain extent. A real tattoo has an obvious advantage as far as lasting image goes, but with temporary tattoos, you can vary up what kind of image you’re making for yourself. You can wash off at the start of each week and pick a new theme: whatever you want!

Although temporary tattoos are often considered childish, there are many professional stores that cater designs for adults that are crisp, sophisticated, and mature. Trying one out—even if you already have permanent tattoos—can be a fun experience that you can share with friends. Ultimately, you are the one who decides what looks good on you, and if you’re itching to wear some ink but can’t get a permanent tattoo, these temporary tattoos are your alternative!

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