My kind of tattoo?

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?



  1. August 6, 2014 / 6:08 pm

    ahhh childhood nostalgia! I used to get those from gumpackets and stuff… the glasses are so cute. I could never commit to one design either… haha

    • August 7, 2014 / 7:11 pm

      Ah that's right, they cropped up in all places! I have literally no idea how people ever decide on one thing they'll have forever!!

  2. August 6, 2014 / 6:13 pm

    I was the same way, where I always wanted to save them for something special, and then I'd lose them before I ever got a chance to wear them. Actually, someone gave me a bunch last year and I did the same thing, so I guess that's not something you grow out of…
    I have a few tattoos, and I would like to have a few more. It's funny, because it's seems like people either have a lot or none, with nothing in between. I know that's not really true, but I'm going to blame social media for making it seem that way.

    • August 7, 2014 / 7:13 pm

      Part of me did think there was a chance I'd save these ones and never get round to actually trying them too 😉

      You're right, it does seem like it's all or nothing! That hadn't properly occurred to me before but I'll ponder that for a while now… You should definitely share what yours are some day, if you haven't already 🙂

  3. August 8, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    That's so cool! I love that you can get "grown up" temporary tattoos now–I'll have to check out that company!

    • August 11, 2014 / 12:30 pm

      Definitely worth a look – the custom design thing is really quite cool!

  4. August 10, 2014 / 10:47 am

    Aw, I think it looks so cute on you! I am not a massive tattoo fan – I have just the one on my wrist, and it's the same bluey-green colour of your fake one, so people never think it's real and have been known to try and rub it off if they're drunk, which is a bit annoying!! I think you're right that for a party or something these would be a great idea. x

    • August 10, 2014 / 3:58 pm

      That's such a funny coincidence you have a tattoo in the same kind of colour in the same place! It's a nice place for one – subtle but still on show. How rude that people try to rub yours off though! x

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