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I’m the first to admit that I’m scared of how permanent you are ] tattoos is. I have a little tomato tattoo I got after vaccination last year to remind myself that no matter what happens, summer always comes, and with it comes the tomato season. I wrote an entire essay for myself to justify a nickel-size tomato on my wrist. (If you can't tell, I have main character syndrome.)
I love my little tomato, but sometimes I'm overwhelmed by the fear that one day I'll wake up and regret it because I'm that kind of man. . I envy my friends who have collections of beautiful tattoos just because they love them. I wanted to be that person, but I knew I would never be. I always thought to myself, Wouldn't it be nice if I could get a tattoo that didn't last long?
For this too, Ephemeral Tattoo  590  is on the radar I've been since it opened. This tattoo parlor offers “made-to-fade” tattoos that will go away in nine to 15 months — the perfect amount of time for someone like me who is afraid of tattoo commitment.
I went to the Ephemeral location in Brooklyn — they have parlors in Brooklyn, L.A., and an area in San Francisco coming up in February — to try out the tattoo I made for myself. After playing with some tattoos spinning in my brain these past few years (all meaningful symbols I can write essays on), I decided to take care of the wind and get something cool and beautiful, after all. I went with a line drawing of a rose that means nothing to me — and I couldn’t care less, because it would disappear within a year.
When I arrived at the studio, the receptionist took me to a presentation on how tattoos look and fade on different skin tones, so I felt I was ready for my appointment.
From here, the process is very similar to a normal tattoo appointment. I met my artist, Phil, and showed him an inspiring photo I had seen on Pinterest. He drew a similar (and much better) version of it and gave me three sizes to choose from.
After I chose the perfect size, Phil shaved the part of my bicep that I wanted to wear my tattoo on and moved the drawing to my arm. I looked at it in the mirror and Phil went to the back to prepare the ink, which was mixed on-site.
Ink itself is a major task. Josh Sakhai, co-founder of Ephemeral, explained that the ink took six years of research and development to make and it has gone through many different iterations since then. You can also feel good about what is going on with your skin. "Each of the materials in our ink has already been approved by the FDA for use in medical devices, cosmetics, and medicines," Sakhai said. "No tattoo ink is approved or regulated by the FDA. That being said, we've taken a ton of precautions because for us, that's super important."
Although it doesn ' t penetrate the dermis, or the inner layer of your skin, like a normal tattoo, the ink has some key differences that make it special. "Permanent tattoos are common. clumps and coalesces and becomes larger blocks of ink that are too large for your body to remove, "Sakhai said." So they stay permanent. Ephemeral ink does the same thing and goes on your skin and together, but our ink is made of biodegradable components that decompose over time, and while [they] is damaged, your body is able to remove them. ”
So far, Ephemeral has only black ink, but Sakhai said that other colors are on the horizon.Once the ink is mixed, it will be put in a tattoo pen.
Having an Ephemeral tattoo is the same as the feeling of getting a normal tattoo. 39; t mag ing warning that this is not a painless process. If you haven’t tattooed before, it’s like a bunch of tiny cat scratches in a concentrated spot. That may seem daunting, but it’s a quick process. My tattoo was finished in less than 30 minutes.
When I was surprised by my new ink, a member of the aftercare team came to guide me on how to take care of my new made-to-fade tattoo and gave me a a bag of products to be used. Ephemeral tattoos cost between $ 195 to $ 550, depending on size and specification, and unlike most tattoo parlors, each tattoo price has a value of aftercare products baked.
Sakhai explained that this was because Ephemeral took healing seriously. "Healing is a critical part of how your tattoo will fade and look throughout its life. If we want to give our customers the best possible product and tattoo, we need to stand up for how it heals. We've done a lot of research. with the best materials and work with our dermatologists to select the best things to heal your tattoo. ”
Aftercare for Ephemeral tattoos is quite different from a normal tattoo, so it is extra important.Emmediately after application, the aftercare specialist covered my tattoo with a hydrocolloid bandage and took me to a presentation of what my tattoo would look like in the course of the healing process so that I would not be afraid of any surprises.
48 hours later, I had to remove it in the shower, then cover it with a new hydrocolloid patch, and then one another 48 hours, I can wash with Dr. soap. Bronner and moisturize with Vanicream. (FYI: All of these products are good to keep in your arsenal.)
I love my little rose, and I can't wait to show it off for next year (give or take). So far, the only unpleasant part of my experience was how bad my new ink looked under the hydrocolloid bandage. (I’ll give you the picture, but there’s a blue white liquid covering the tattoo). Fortunately, that part won’t be permanent.
It is important to note that fading is not perfect. Some people may experience hyperpigmentation (where the skin becomes darker) or hypopigmentation (where the skin becomes brighter) for longer than 15 months. Ephemeral assured me that even if any of these conditions occur, they will also go away. It may be a longer healing process.
I recommend getting an Ephemeral tattoo to anyone who wants to get a tattoo but is afraid of commitment and is willing to pay the price of a normal tattoo for a tattoo that will only last a year. It’s also a great way to try on a tattoo you’re not sure about. Who knows? Maybe after a year, I will make this baby permanent. Or I just keep getting made-to-fade roses until it's really permanent — the dealer's choice.