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I got a tattoo in my early 20s. Loved it for about 10 years then got tired of it. It was a Guns N’ Roses tribute tat (don’t judge).
What meant a lot to me, then, grew tiresome over the years as – shocker – my feelings for the band changed. In a previous blog, I detail my experience in lasering the tattoo to lighten it and then proceed to get a cover-up tat. You see, I enjoy having a piece of art on my body. I never intended going back to a blank canvas as I underwent 5 laser sessions to get my old ink light enough for a cover tat. A tattoo was always in my life’s deck of cards.
Although, a little more insight in my 20s would have been helpful. A company like Inkbox Tattoos comes along and you think, ‘that’s it, that’s what I needed in my 20s.’ And helpful in the present day too as I’ve been toying with the idea of an inner wrist or inner forearm tattoo.
Inkbox advertises semi-permanent tattoos that last 8-18 days.
“inkbox tattoos look authentic and last long because our ink sinks into the top layer of your skin (called the epidermis, if you wanna get technical) where it reacts with organic compounds to change your skin’s color. Our ink is skin-safe, painless and made from all natural ingredients…The active compounds in inkbox are naturally derived from the Genipa Americana plant. Tribes in South America have used this plant as body ornamentation for thousands of years. inkbox tattoo applicators are made from FDA approved materials.”
Inkbox boasts over a 1,000 designs with an option to design your own. You can also purchase freehand ink if you’ve a steady hand and are artistically inclined.
I bought two designs (one reviewed) and I detailed my experience for you, the curious. I bought them on a Black Friday special as, not gonna lie, these temporary tattoos cost a fair amount.
Case in point, the tattoo I’m reviewing (below) is apporx. 1.1 x 1.1 inches and costs $16 – prior to my 30% off on Black Friday. That’s a lot for something that may or may not last a week. Something else to keep in mind, the larger the design, the higher the cost. Also, larger designs are much more obvious when the ink begins to break down.
Get to the point: Would I recommend Inkbox Tattoos?
That has a two-part answer:
YES – If your goal is to get an idea of what a permanent tattoo might look like on your skin. It’s an entirely different experience to go out into the world with no tattoo and then one day you have one. It’s there – all the time. Placement is a big deal. A tattoo, and it’s location, will change how people see you and interact with you. Even if a tattoo is hidden, it will change how you see yourself. Worth it.
NO – Let’s say you really like a design from the website and you’re hoping it will last 2 weeks so you’re willing to pay full price – then definitely “no.” From my experience, the Triquetra design was visibly breaking down by day 8 and gone by day 10. Even with 30% off (a discount of $4.80) that’s saying I paid for a temporary tattoo that had a value $1.40 a day – at 8 days. Not worth it. Maybe at a $1 a day. At full price, it would have come down to $2 a day for 8 days worth. Don’t forget shipping/handling and state tax. Not worth it.
Application – Zero hours.
A straightforward process assuming you follow the directions.
18 and 24 Hours
First signs of ink breaking down.
Inkbox has tips to delay the tattoo’s breakdown: follow the directions for application, avoid scrubbing the area or using harsh exfoliates, pick a place on the body that experiences the least amount of friction from clothes and general day-to-day use like hands, arms, and feet (this tip is to the contrary if you’re trying to figure out placement for your permanent tattoo), and using excessive amounts of hot water.
This is an honest review with an honest two-part answer. The more important takeaway, if you are considering a permanent tattoo, Inkbox Tattoos is worth trying out as a temporary audition to a long-term and costly performance that is a permanent tattoo. The combined cost of my first tattoo, plus 5 laser treatments, plus the cost of a cover-up tattoo, and don’t forget tipping your artist, was a little over $900.
So…yeah. If you are considering a permanent tattoo, Inkbox should be on your radar.