Let's talk about Inkbox! Lately, it seems like everyone and their mother is getting tatted. It's growing as a mainstream trend from the real thing, to stick and poke, to two week tattoos. The difference? Stick and poke last 1-2 years, whereas two week tattoos last for anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks, which is the beauty of them. If you're a girl who loves the look of a tattoo, but doesn't want to commit for life or even for a few years, these are amazing options. The ink is plant based, just like henna, so it's natural and safe to use on the skin. Don't worry, it's NOT black henna! You can pick up pre-made designs and apply them using inkbox kits, or you can purchase freehand ink and do some designs of your own. They are currently beginning beta testing for custom pre-made tattoos as well, in case you want a one of a kind design, but aren't exactly artistic.
So what's the process? Really pretty simple. You pull the wrapping off of the inkbox and stick it to your skin. You use the enclosed alcohol wipe to wet the ink pad. Then you heat the towel, and press down on the inkbox as hard as you can for 30 seconds, then firmly for 15 minutes. After that, you can peel of the inkbox, and you'll see a faint hint of your design on the skin. It takes 24 hours to fully develop, and once it does, these look just like the real thing.
The freehand ink is especially fun to work with. It is a gel ink that you squeeze from a little bottle with a "needle" tip. The best way to describe the process is like frosting a cake! Below are some of the freehand designs I've done for girls on my University campus. The top right photo shows what the ink looks like when it first goes on. It sits on the skin for an hour before you wash it off. Then it develops in 24 hours, just like the pre-made designs.