Always wanted a tattoo but worry you’ll regret it?
A tattoo studio in the US claims to have come up with the answer to this popular dilemma.
Tattoo regrets could soon be a thing of the past as Brooklyn-based studio Ephemeral Tattoo is now offering a ‘revolutionary ink’ that is specially designed to fade after a year.
According to co-founder Josh Sakhai, the studio has spent six years of research and development and has tested 50 different formulas (even on their own skin) to ensure selected pigments fade with time.
Josh tells Metro.co.uk: ‘To understand how Ephemeral ink works, it’s important to understand how permanent tattoos are permanent.
‘A permanent tattoo applies tattoo ink into the dermis, which is the layer just below the outer skin. The thing that makes permanent tattoos permanent is your body’s inability to break down the dye.
‘Traditional tattoo ink clumps together and the clumps become too large to be removed, so your body “walls off” the area and the ink stays.
‘While our tattoos are applied by needle in the same way as traditional tattoos, Ephemeral Tattoo ink particles break down over time and become small enough to be removed by the body.’
Ephemeral says its ink is made of a medical-grade solution with carefully selected pigments that allow your body to naturally remove it over time.
The studio claims the ink fades in around a year – but the exact amount of time can vary depending on skin type, the type of tattoo and the placement of the tattoo.
Josh adds: ‘Inclusivity is incredibly important to us and core to Ephemeral’s values – that’s why our ink was developed for every skin tone.
‘While individual results will vary depending on placement, design, the skin’s unique make-up, sun exposure, and other environmental factors, Ephemeral ink is designed to fade over 9-15 months.’
A post from the studio on Instagram shows a tattoo of two birds noticeably fading after five months, before becoming practically invisible by the 12-month mark.
Sadly, the pain is likely to be the same – as the process of applying the tattoos with needles still remains.
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