Thinking about getting inked, but not ready to make the commitment? These two-week tattoos may be your answer.
Toronto-based bothers and co-founders of Inkbox, Tyler and Braden Handley, have developed temporary tattoos that look and feel real, but only last 12 to 15 days.
They’ve taken to Kickstarter to fund their big idea, where they explain that the tattoos are made from an organic, fruit-based ink that's safe for your skin.
To apply, all you do is peel the covering off the adhesive stencil or "ink box," stick it on your skin, press a damp towelette firmly over it for about 10 minutes, and then remove the stencil. But you won't see your tat immediately. They take up to 24 hours to fully appear.
While regular temporary tats sit on top of your skin and are easy to pick away, the brothers say the fruit ink sits in and stains the first layer of your skin (the epidermis), which allows the tattoo to last longer.
The ink is derived from the Genipa Americana fruit, which they source from the jungles of the Darién Gap, Panama. The area is home to the Embera-Wounaan and Kuna people, who have used the fruit to decorate their skin with "Jagua tattoos" for thousands of years (Jagua is another name for the fruit). The brothers say they will donate a percentage of each sale to the Darién Initiative, which supports these communities who inspired their idea.
The project was launched on July 14, and so far, the brothers are more than halfway to their goal of $20,000 with 37 days to go.
There are more than 300 designs to choose from and you can even create your own. Check out some of the designs below, and visit their site for more!