Test Drive Tatts

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A new form of body ink from tech startup Ephemeral creates regular looking ‘trial’ tattoos that fade after a year (or sooner).

Apparently, the molecules of traditional tattoo dyes are too large for the immune system to eliminate, hence the permanence of the mark. Ephemeral’s smaller dye molecules have a protective coating that breaks down after a year. The dye can also be neutralised by a special solution at any point.

While still testing the process, the company hopes to bring it to market by late 2017.

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15 thoughts on “Test Drive Tatts

  1. medieval knievel

    i’ve often wondered why this was not already available – iirc, deniro’s tattoos for the ‘cape fear’ remake were done with vegetable dyes, so faded within about six months.

  2. Starina

    that’s awesome. they should make this mandatory for people getting tattoos under the age of 21.

    1. Clampers Outside!

      It took about… from first notion to getting, about 6 years before I settled on my first tattoo.

      I’d say half the crap I see today was thought about for a whole five mins :)

      1. Starina

        same here! if I’d gotten the tats i wanted at 18, I’d probably have shelled out tons of money to get them removed at this point. Got my first one at 28, with a much better understanding of changing tastes and the permanence of ink.

  3. edalicious

    Yeah, it’s mad that this isn’t in use already. Tattoo shops with probably do way more business if people knew the tatts would fade after a year.

  4. Eoin

    This means were going to be seeing a lot more hipsters with goofy tattoos that they can remove after a year. Hooray! People with tattoos used to, generally, be hard nuts. Now everyone’s got em. Very confusing.

  5. Gorev Mahagut

    Tattoos exist to prove membership of a tribe, a gang, a prison, a military unit or a ship’s crew. The right to wear them must be earned. The commitment should be life-long and irreversible. Group membership, not individual expression.

    But still, you’d find more personal integrity in the above than among any feebleminded purchasers of this spineless consumerist nonsense.

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