Yes, I’ll admit it: committment terrifies me. No matter what it may be — relationship, what I want for lunch, cutting my hair… commitment scares me! So what is the girl who wants a tattoo to do?
Getting a tattoo is the ultimate commitment. Once you’re inked it’s there to stay. And what happens if you end up hating it or your favorite animal changes in a year? What if you find out your zodiac sign isn’t really your zodiac sign? (Yes, this is a thing and most of your zodiac signs are probably not what you think it is!)
As a 20 year old girl who loves the idea of a tattoo but doesn’t know if I’ll love it in a
few years, this is tricky. I mean hey, I’m young! My interests are going to change and I know that! So what do I do in the meantime? I’ve tried Henna tattoos, airbrush tattoos, flash tattoos, and drawing them on myself with Sharpies but these only last a maximum of a week with Henna and maybe 2-3 days with Sharpie.
But then about a year ago I heard about this new thing coming out: 2-3 week long lasting tattoos. I didn’t think this would actually happen but I was pleasently surprised when I finally heard they were released.
Inkbox Tattoos is an online store that gives you tons of tattoo options that range in price that promise to last at the very least 1 week but can last up to anywhere from 2-3 weeks. There’s designs for all kinds such as cats, constellations, flowers, words, and geometric shapes just to name a few. They go on like the tattoos you’d put on a birthday parties as a kid with water then peel off to reveal your tattoo.
Of course I had to give this a try. How easy is it? How long does it last? Is it worth it?
I went ahead and bought the Orion constellation tattoo for 3 reasons: 1) I love astronomy 2) it is simple enough where it I hate it I can hide it and 3) if I were to get a tattoo of a constellation this is how I’d want it to look
I got this tattoo for around $20 (I know, a little pricy so I am expecting good results here) and it came in the mail after about 3 days. I watched videos from their website on how to apply because I was not about to mess this up if it were to last 3 weeks.
What does the kit contain?
1. Tattoo — mine came with a leakage on the paper but there was a note explaining this wouldn’t effect the outcome at all
2. A cloth with a solution
3. Rubber glove
4. Alcohol wipe
How to do it (based on instructions):
- Shave the area you want to apply the tattoo to if hair is thick and/or corse
- Wash and exfoliate the area and dry thoroughly
- Peel the white backing off to reveal adhesive
- Stick the Inkbox to your skin with the sticky side down
- Remove the black layer on the back
- Tear the corner of the cloth bag open and put in the microwave for 15 seconds keeping the cloth in the bag
- Open the wipe and dab on top of the navy blue fabric square CAREFULLY! Be careful not to dab anywhere other than the blue fabric or else it will smear!
- Take the cloth out of the microwave and remove from bag
- Fold the cloth as directed
- Hold the cloth over the tattoo and press down as hard as you can for 30 seconds
- Ease pressure and hold firmly for 15 minutes
- DO NOT adjust or remove the cloth in between steps 10 and 11 or you will risk leakage around the edges!!
- After 15 minutes, peel the tattoo off slowly in the direction of hair growth making sure to keep it low to the skin
- Wait 5 minutes for the area to air dry
- Gently wash the area with soap and water
- Your tattoo with develop within 24-36 hours
Easy enough, right? Had I gotten organized before doing this it would have been much easier! So learn from my mistakes!
I applied this to my rib cage which was a little difficult I found out later on but I will talk a little bit more about that later.
Here’s what I recommend:
- Read the instructions BEFORE you apply and not for the first time while you’re doing it because you will mess up or it will be more difficult
- Lay out all the materials so you’re not confused or looking for something you’ll need right away
- Exfoliate the area you’re applying the tattoo to so it stays on longer
- Before removing the tattoo’s adhesive, figure out how you want it to lie. Once you stick it on you can’t move it! This takes some planning!
- If you are applying this to a hard-to-reach area (i.e. ribs, back, etc.) have someone help you
- Put the cloth in the microwave right after you remove the white adhesive and stick it to yourself so you’re not moving around too much
- Sit down while you are applying pressure with the cloth. If you move around or pace like I did, you risk making the cloth slip and messing with the tattoo
- Apply baby powder to the tattoo before you go to sleep and maybe cover with something so it doesn’t transfer or smudge
- If you need to shower within the 24 hours, apply a thick layer of Vaseline to the area
Since it’s supposed to develop within 24 hours, I did some logging so you can see the
process for yourself.
5:55 PM — Right after I removed the tattoo
9:37 PM — The tattoo ink faded and turned into a bluish color
1:30 PM — The day after I applied it, has darkened but is more blue than black and the top did smudge while I slept. I tried to exfoliate it but did’t get much success from that. A bummer but I found color correcting with makeup worked, just not ideal
After 24 hours it didn’t get much darker but did seem to stand out a little bit more
My Final Thoughts
Although my tattoo smudged, that was entirely my fault and was totally avoidable. Does it look real? Absolutely. I took a picture and sent it to friends and they thought it was real and my father got angry about it. So yes, it is very real and convincing. It has lasted through multiple showers with the use of Vaseline and moisturizing. It feels real and lays flat on the skin. It hasn’t transferred at all and I’ve had no issues with it.
Will I buy another one? Of course! I’m already looking at the catalog for another one! Yes, they are a little pricy but for good reason. They are good quality and seem to be long lasting. I don’t know if it’s going to last 2-3 weeks yet, but so far so good!
My main issue? Inkbox, if you’re reading this, please please please add a picture of the tattoo on the back on the black sticker. Applying the tattoo straight and in the area I wanted was by far the hardest part because I had no reference as to if it was going on straight or not. I think this would be an easy fix and something that would be very beneficial!
So what do you guys think? Would you try these tattoos? Let me know in the comments below!