The New York tattoo parlor has ink that can fade in in just over a year
Tattoos are no longer forever.
Until recently, there were basically two ways to get a tattoo: the permanent or the temporary type that disappeared after a long shower. But now people looking for some ink have a new option.
A new tattoo studio specializing in temporary tattoos opens in New York.
Ephemeral Tattoo, slated to open later this month in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, hopes to attract a multitude of customers curious about tattoos but unwilling to make a lifelong commitment, reports the New York Post. Instead, it takes up to 15 months for the ink used in ephemeral tattoo to fade. This is supposedly the way it was designed.
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The company’s CEO Jeff Liu and co-founders Josh Sakhai, Brennal Pierre and Vandan Shah reportedly spent six years developing the non-permanent ink. Unlike traditional tattoos, where the ink is designed not to be broken down by the body, the inks used in Ephemeral Tattoo are intentionally designed to break down over time.
So far, however, black is the only ink available in the salon. According to a tattoo artist who spoke to the Post, the ink cannot be faded out or used in grayscale, but artists can apparently achieve similar effects by dabbing or hatching the ink into the design.
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The New York Post spoke to Michael Bellamy, owner of Red Rocket Tattoo in Manhattan, about the new kind of ink – and he was clearly not a fan.
“It’s totally against what tattoos stand for: the persistence, the commitment, the rebellion [spirit]”, he said.” Everyone in my age group will laugh at it and say it’s not for strong people. It’s not the real deal. “