Even as the rage begins to wane by area or age group, permanent
tattoos are being replaced by a new trend for temporary tattoos
that allow all the fun - while eliminating all the discomfort
of a permanent needle tattoo, or any possible social stigma
at school or work.
Gone are the days of "lick and stick" water-based
tattoos found in candy wrappers or Cracker Jack boxes.
Today, most temporary tattoos are vegetable oil-based, reducing
the chance of a smudged or fuzzy transfer.
Probably the best thing about temporary tattoos is that
you can experiment with different designs or looks, or fit
the tattoo to any occasion, without the high cost or discomfort.
If your budget allows, high-end temporary tattoos
involve the use of an airbrush by artists who expertly spray
paint through a stencil onto your skin. It lasts for up to
a week and is generally considered the professional alternative
to a permanent tattoo.
Changed your mind? The experts recommend baby oil for removing
most commercially produced temporary tattoos, (or follow directions
that come with most tattoo transfers.) Rubbing alcohol may
also do the trick, but will dry out your skin in the process.
Feeling creative? Surf around the Web to discover how you
can affordably take your custom tat from inkjet printer to
transfer in a couple of hours, along with expert advice, health
and safety tips, and related photo galleries to inspire you...
More about temporary tatoos around the Web:
Tattoos - Good discussion on various methods used,
including transfers, airbrush, henna and mehndi, and kids
tattoos, from LoveToKnow.com.
to Apply Temporary Tattoo Stickers - Step-by-step instructions
for cleaning and preparing your skin for a temporary tattoo
transfer, advice on prolonging the life of your new tattoo,
plus related tips submitted by visitors at eHow.com.