Quite often, the modern 50s-inspired, rockabilly look goes hand in hand with tattoos… and while I don’t think that’s quite my scene, in the social media world I follow several glamorous ladies with lots of skin art. It can look great on them, but it’s never tempted me to get my own. Mostly because I can’t imagine myself committing to a design that I’ll love forever and don’t have the imagination to come up with something both amazing and test-of-time-enduring. And the fact I couldn’t scrub it off when I got bored of it terrifies me a little bit. That doesn’t stop a small part of me wondering what life would be like with a tattoo… so when TTTattoo
got in touch, I couldn’t resist trying out one of their temporary transfers (thanks to them for sending a sample).
Partly because, when I was growing up, temporary tattoos were a big fad – they even used to come free on magazines… and I loved them so much I used to save my favourites for so long I mostly ended up not ever wearing them. So most of the time in the 90s I was probably walking around with a naff, neon green alien on my arm, or similar. Fortunately, there were lots of designs to choose from this time around, including a handful of cute, retro types. One of their huge selling points is you can upload your own design too – but I couldn’t resist the lady glasses
(and as I said before, I just don’t have the imagination for tattoo designs!!). When they arrived, I loved the packaging…
The design I chose, as I noticed was the case for pretty much all the other designs on the site, was quite small. I expect that’s because you encounter problems with obvious wear if they’re too big.
I followed the brief instructions – noting with slight delight that nothing had changed since the last time I applied one of these and that after a bit of water pressed onto the back, 10 seconds later and there it was on my skin…
The instructions warned that initially there would be a shiny finish you can see here that would wear away after a couple of hours, and while it does calm down a little, especially overnight, the wrinkles you can see remain. In other words, get within 2 feet and you’re going to know it’s a fake. I was kind of hoping that the technology would have improved over the last two decades, but it all looked pretty similar to before (just cute glasses rather than naff aliens).
From a distance, it looks nicer… but I still don’t think I’d wear one in seriousness. Maybe it’s the childhood craze connotations, but I just didn’t feel like it was very adult! I went shopping just after I’d applied it and felt like everyone was looking at my arm, wondering what kid I’d let stick something on me. Perhaps that’s because this doesn’t look like your average permanent design though – it’s not detailed enough and you don’t see many in this shade of green.
It lasted for about 24 hours in perfect condition and then after that I started to spot patches of the glue wrinkling and the odd corner rubbed off. So while it was fun, this is probably something you’d only bother with for a party or something – especially because you could create some amazing unique and outlandish design for a theme… The good thing is, though, that it was just as easy to remove as in the old days – soap and water and a bit of elbow grease will do it. They’re also pretty cheap, so it’s a fun experiment.
And just for good measure, here’s a few of the others the site had to offer… my 8 year old self would have been in heaven (but would have saved them all up for so long she’d never have worn them, of course).
What do you think? Would you try a temporary tattoo?