Getting a Tattoo: Test and Temporary Options

If you’ve considered getting a tattoo, you aren’t alone. Around 36% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 have at least one! But before committing to permanent ink, you might want to take a test run. Here are some test and temporary tattoo options.

Draw It On

If you’re curious about how the tattoo you want will look in different areas of your body, consider having one drawn on. Many tattoo artists will sketch out your design on you ahead of time. This is an easy way to test out the tattoo and placement you desire – and it allows you to vet your tattoo artist ahead of time before committing permanently.

Try It Virtually

If you have concerns about how a permanent tattoo might look, there’s now an app for that! Ink Hunter will let you use your own photos to virtually place tattoos on your body. It also allows you to use custom designs or select from a variety of tattoos in their library. The best part: It’s free!

Use Henna

Henna is another form of body art that has been around for thousands of years. If you want to test out a tattoo for a few weeks, this is the way to go.

Experiment With Temporary Tattoos

Think about the lick-and-stick tattoos that you had as a kid. Temporary tattoos are great for trying out your ink short-term. Simply upload your custom design to a site like Momentary Ink or InkBox. These are surprisingly affordable options, and some will even let you work with a real tattoo artist to bring your vision to life.

Try Temporary Ink

For an even more realistic-looking tattoo, some shops (such as Ephemeral Tattoo) offer inks that fade in about nine to 15 months. If you worry that you might regret a tattoo long-term, this is an amazing option!

Have you tried any of these test or temporary tattoo options? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

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