I’ve always wanted a tattoo. I still do. But I have a problem — I change my mind in a flash. One minute I like something, the other I’m sick of it. Just for you to get an idea, when I was 10 or 12 I wanted to get my ears pierced — regular piercing, not anything weird — because I didn’t had my ears pierced and I wanted to be able to wear earrings like my friends whose moms pierced their earrings as soon as their were born. So my mum took me to this jewelry place on the mall to get it done, and after a week I was bored with it, didn’t like how I looked, and I just took everything off. So yeah, super permanent stuff is not for me. So I have to stick with temporary tattoos. And in the search of the perfect temporary tattoo I discovered INKBOX.
INKBOX makes temporary — real looking — tattoos that you can apply right at home. And no, it’s not that type of like crusty stuff that you glue over your skin and than after a while starts to flake off and look awful. This ink actually stains your skin. It takes a while to develop and after a while starts to fade away. I thought this was a great concept and I had to try it.
-- One hour after applying it --
I went on their website and I chose a design that I liked. They have a lot of designs, with different sizes and prices. But it’s fairly cheap. Since I was going to NOS Alive - a music festival here in Lisbon - and I was going to see Arctic Monkeys I thought It would be appropriate to have a coffee pot - it’s a reference to one of their songs. So I placed my order and waited. Impressively, I didn’t had any problems with customs and the delivery safely arrived after two weeks.
Each tattoo comes with a small kit with everything you need to apply it. It’a super easy and it takes around 20 min. You clean your skin, place the tattoo, and then you heat up a cloth they give you in the microwave. You cover the tattoo and apply even pressure without shifting the cloth for 15 min. This will transfer the ink to your skin and BAM you have a cool tattoo!
-- Three hours after --
-- The next day --
The tattoo takes a while to develop — for the first few hours it was really faded. But after a while it the lines started to get darker and it started to be more noticeable. I was afraid that it would look bad, or that the ink would bleed (you know, like when you draw on your skin with a marker and the ink kinda starts to spread out) but no — the lines were very crisp and solid. The only issue I had with it is that the color of the ink had a very blue undertone. But besides that, the tattoo looked completely real and even a couple of people from work saw it and asked me about it. And when I said it was fake, they said they couldn’t tell. It lasted one week on full strength before starting to fade away.
Honestly, I love this product and already have a few different designs on my cart. I think it’s super cool and I really allows you to get the look a of a real tattoo without the full commitment.