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Temporary Tattoos May Save Lives

Temporary Tattoos May Save Lives

New product will alert others about kids with deadly food allergies

Food allergies in children are on the rise and can have fatal consequences. In the U.S. alone approximately 3 million children under the age of 18 suffer from some form of food allergy, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control in 2007.

Now parents of young children with these allergies can breathe a little easier. Safety Tat, a new line of temporary tattoos created by Maryland mother Michele Welsch, provides parents with a way to protect their kids even when the children are away from home.

These colorful tattoos boast an attention-grabbing illustration that clearly indicates the child’s allergy, as well as personalized text that can include an emergency phone number or instructions for what should happen should the child come into contact with an allergen.

Young children are not always able to speak up to supervising adults about their allergies, so these three-day tattoos could have life saving potential.

The tattoos are also available for children who suffer from diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses.

These Temporary Tattoos Smell Like Spices

It's one of many scented collaborations between Tattly and artist Vincent Jeannerot.

Tattly has combined two of the most Brooklyn-y things, artsy tattoos and the cultural cache of artisanal groceries, to make the single most-Brooklyn-y product of all time: the Bouquet Garni Set of temporary tattoos by Tattly. The set is comprised of scented tattoos that look and smell like various spices.

The tattoos were designed by Vincent Jeannerot, an artist from Lyon, France who specializes in botanical watercolors. A testament to his expertise, these tattooed illustrations of spices are totally gorgeous. You can follow Jeannerot on Instagram to add some illustrated prettiness to your feed. The scents of the tattoos are created by Agilex Fragrances, a company that supplies scents to other manufacturers. The tattoos come in Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. So now, if you really want to, you can taste, wear, smell, and sing the spices all at the same time.

Jeannerot has also previously designed a set of temporary tattoos of perennials for Tattly, which are also scented and also gorgeous. Tattly also sells a set of scented candy jewelry inspired tattoos, designed by Julia Rothman, a Brooklyn-based artist. The Arm Candy Set is a little less about the restrained, elegant quality of Jeannerot&aposs botanical illustrations and more about shouting to the world, "Hey, not only do I still wear temporary tattoos, but they&aposre also shaped like candy. And they smell good."

If you don&apost care about your temporary tattoos being scented, Tattly has all kinds of amazing, super well-designed food-themed tattoos, including pizza tattoos, taco tattoos, coffee tattoos, and wine tattoos. Still, it&aposs tough to beat the hipster appeal of a scented, illustrated rosemary tattoo from a French artist and a Brooklyn temporary tattoo company.

Try 'I Tradizionali,' A Temporary, Culinary Tattoo

I Tradizionali are recipes on temporary tatoos, sized to fit a forearm.

Cooking is a messy endeavor, and few recipe books escape drips, spills and splatters. But help is at hand.

Two young Italian designers have come up with I Tradizionali, a collection of beautiful and temporary tattoos of Italian recipes that fit on your forearm.

Do the shallots go in before or after the peppers? How many eggs make the perfect frittata? Not to worry, and don't reach for the cookbook — just glance at your arm.

The creative solution is the brainchild of Marina Cinciripini and Sarah Richiuso, a designing duo that first conceived of tattoo recipes in 2013 for a design competition called the Premio Lissone and won second place in the "Rituals" category.

"The project is a combination of our two biggest passions, cooking and illustration," says Richiuso. "The goal is to help people approach good food in a fun way."

Marina Cinciripini and Sarah Richiuso. I Tradizionali hide caption

Marina Cinciripini and Sarah Richiuso.

I Tradizionali come in seasonally themed packages that cost about $14 and contain four illustrated, step-by-step recipes for traditional Italian dishes and a list of ingredients in both Italian and English.

Dishes range from simple appetizers like "Grandmother Artichokes" and date balls, summer starters such as fresh fennel and orange salad, and main courses like spaghetti with sun-dried tomatoes and anchovies.

Using the product is as easy as selecting what you want to make, positioning the tattoo on your forearm and dampening it with a towel. The tattoos last two or three days, but can be easily washed off with soap and water.

The creators hope people will start trading tattoos as part of a recipe exchange, and also plan to create special collections for holidays like Christmas and Easter, and for people with dietary restrictions.

Because of the tattoo's dimensions — about the shape of an iPhone — the recipes can't be too elaborate. But the designers say that feature has the advantage of helping promote simple, healthy eating and back-to-basics cooking.

Chefs eager to try on this culinary wearable will have to wait a while. Cinciripini and Richiuso just finalized their first pre-order crowdfunding campaign and are now looking for ways to distribute I Tradizionali more widely.

Meanwhile, forgetful cooks with a taste for the creative can put away their battered cookbooks and start rolling up their sleeves.

How to Make Temporary Tattoos With a Printer

If you want to make temporary tattoos that are as close as possible to the real thing, you’ll want to do it with printer. This would be the best option if you’re planning on giving away your tattoos as gifts during the holidays. Ready to get started? Here’s how to make temporary tattoos with a printer in five easy steps.

  1. Buy water slide paper. This is the paper that traditional temporary tattoos come printed on. You remember how it goes, right? You stick the tattoo where you want it and then soak it with water. Water slide paper is available at craft stores or online ($15.99, Amazon).
  2. Design your tattoo. Create something on Photoshop or scan your design into the computer and then print it. Just remember that what you see will be mirrored in the tattoo, so if you want to include words, make sure they’re reversed in your design.
  3. Print your tattoo.
  4. Cut out the tattoo. You want to get close to the actual design so as to not waste paper, but don’t cut too close or you risk snipping off part of your art.
  5. Apply your tattoo. This process is just as you remember it: Wet a paper towel or cotton ball and press it on the temporary tattoo until the paper slides off your skin.

Like a Sharpie tattoo, any temporary tattoos you make with your printer will disappear over time. But if you want to speed up the removal process, you can use rubbing alcohol to wipe it away.

Temporary Tattoos

Visit any state fair or carnival and you will find a booth selling some form of temporary tattoos. From airbrushing, sticky transfers, and Henna, temporary tattoos are a fun and practical way to experience body art without the permanence of traditional tattoos.

Many assume the colorful dyes and paints are safe to put on the skin. For the most part, temporary tattoos are safe and easy to remove, but enough controversy from unscrupulous artists has surrounded the art form that it warrants discussion.

The Draw to the Art Form

Temporary tattoos have been around for as long as I can remember. As a child, I would find them inside cereal boxes or for 10 cents in gumball machines. Today, the tattoo is just as fun and with the added benefit of being socially acceptable, teenagers enjoy the look or style created by them.

For those who want a permanent tattoo, a temporary one provides an opportunity to trial the art form. I purchased my one and only permanent tattoo when I was forty-five years old and I doubt I would have ever considered it if not for the temporary tattoos that I wore and enjoyed.

Child-friendly tattoos, referred to as kiddies transfers, start to fade within a few days. In lieu of fading, other child-friendly brands will peel or lose the designs within a day or two. In either case, tattoos made for children can be removed with soap and water.

The more adult-like temporary tattoos produced today are designed to fade slowly over time. If the look is no longer desirable, it can easily be removed with rubbing alcohol. Those with sensitive skin who experience friction-related rashes should not get these types of tattoos.

Temporary Tattoo Types

There are a number of different types of temporary tattoos. Some are manufactured from plant-based products like Henna and Mehndi, while others are paint-based such as African Harquuns and Tempi lines.

The most popular type of temporary tattoo is made from Henna: the brown, burgundy, and orange dyes are absorbed into the epidermal level of the skin and fade over time.

At a close second are the airbrushed tattoos. It looks professional and authentic because of stencils and the lightness of the airbrushing.

The newer body paints are made from cellulose, ethanol, and castor oil, with many imported from Africa. African Harquuns are made from plant resins, carbonized wood, lignite, and cellulose.

Black Henna

Technically, temporary tattoos made from black henna are not from henna, as henna extracts are never black. The black color is from a chemical called para-phenylenediamine (PPD). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this chemical for use in hair colorants only. However, the levels of PPD found in black henna are more concentrated than levels found in hair color. Chemical tests have determined it to be a skin allergen and it has the tendency to cause chemical burns on the skin that could lead to scarring.

The Lure of Black Henna

Unfortunately, black henna has become popular because it is cheaper for the unscruptious artist to mix henna with PPD, thus increasing a profit margin. In addition, the product is easier to handle due to its quick drying properties. The deep black hue gives the tattoo a more authentic look.

Consumers who have little to no experience with temporary tattoos are easy targets for these dishonest artists.

Distinguishing Good Artists from the Bad

A reputable artist will never offer temporary tattoos made from black henna. Unfortunately, being able to identify a reputable artist is sometimes tricky. Avoid shops that advertise black henna tattoos.

Additionally, be sure to ask the artist about:

  • His or her credentials
  • Where they received their training
  • How the equipment is maintained
  • How old the product is and when it expires
  • A list of ingredients

If the artist is a reputable, they should have no problem answering any of these questions.

Do not assume that an artist is reputable because they are renting space from a reputable salon or tattoo parlor. Many artists set up shop for a few weeks in one location and then move to another shop or town.

In the United States, the FDA puts consumer products through rigorous testing before they can be sold. This process is no different for tattoo color additives and paints. Unfortunately, FDA regulations are not commonly reported to consumers. Therefore, an unsuspecting consumer would not know if an illegal product has found its way onto shelves or if a product would fail FDA testing.

Temporary tattoos can be fun and be a great accessory for clothing or jewelry. Enjoy them, but before you buy, make sure you are dealing with an honest and reputable source, and avoid getting a tattoo made from black henna.

Glow-in-the-dark temporary tattoos could help treat skin cancer

Glow-in-the-dark temporary tattoos sound like something you&rsquod get on the boardwalk of the Jersey Shore, but a new type may help save the lives of skin cancer patients.

Typically, people with skin cancer have to wait a few months between being diagnosed via biopsy and the surgical treatment. Currently, doctors mark the spot for possible future surgery using carbon graphite, India ink or fluorescent dye. Each of these pigments can permanently discolor the skin, requiring laser or surgical removal once the skin cancer treatment is completed. They can also cause inflammation around the site of the mark.

But a new, more patient-friendly option is in the works: an ink that glows in certain lights and later totally disappears. In trials with mice, the invisible ink didn&rsquot cause inflammation &mdash another problem with the current methods. We&rsquore all in favor of anything that makes the recovery process easier or less painful, so this is a promising development.

Create An Inviting Entryway With These Pro Tips

Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.

In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.

Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.

The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.


Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)

What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.

How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.

Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.

For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!

Materials Needed to Make Homemade Tattoos for Kids

    – this is a very important material needed to make DIY tattoos for kids.
  • White paper – you’ll need this to print out some black and white clip art for your child to color in. Or use a blank sheet of printer paper and have your child draw designs (we did both as you’ll see below).
  • Printer and scanner
  • Scissors or any other coloring-in crayons.
  • Paper Towels

Recipes as Temporary Tattoos

Rolling up your sleeves to get to work in the kitchen just got a whole new meaning. The “I Tradizionali” project from designers Marina Cinciripini and Sarah Richiuso is a series of culinary temporary tattoos that help you remember just what it is you’re doing in the kitchen.

Combining traditional recipes that are passed down through generations with the more contemporary sight of forearm tattoos, the series lays out in a graphic format which ingredients are needed and in which order. Rather than referring to a cookbook or trying to remember Grandma’s famous artichoke recipe, you can simple look at your own skin.

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Each tattoo comes in a four-pack, and each tattoo comes with an attached shopping list. A perforated line between them lets you take the list shopping with you. Then when you get home, slap on the temporary tattoo and you’ll know exactly what to do with those ingredients.

In keeping with the modern tattoo theme, the ingredients on the temporary tattoos are illustrated in a simplified graphic style. The images are not unlike those that you would see on actual tattoos. Although the instructions are meant to be temporary helpers, we have to admit that having a favorite recipe permanently rendered on your arm would be an exceptionally stylish way to display your love of all things culinary.

“Not only does the tattoo emphasize the common gesture of ‘rolling-up one’s sleeves’ before cooking, but it also helps the cook to remember the order in which the recipe is to be prepared. Passing down recipes is part of every country’s traditional culture. With ‘I Tradizionali,’ however, exchanging recipes becomes an even more enjoyable experience.”

“Not only do they assist older generations in passing downfamily recipes to their children, but they alsointroduce a newway ofspreading traditional, good and healthy recipes to literally anybody.”

Step 5: Apply Liquid Bandage Over The Top

This step works a bit better if you use a spray-on liquid bandage, rather than a brush-on liquid bandage. But if the brush-on type is all you have available to you, don't fret: it will work just fine. Just make sure you use a very, very light amount so the ink doesn&rsquot bleed.