Everyone has a getting-ready ritual they turn to for special nights out, or even when they find a few extra minutes in their morning: Spritz on some perfume, put on a pair of earrings, or in my case, apply a tattoo. (OK, not an actual one, but a temporary tattoo that only looks real.) One of my favorite brands for making this extra effort when getting ready is Tattly, a Brooklyn based temporary tattoo company that enlists designers from around the world to create custom designed temporary tattoos.
I see those fleeting floral blooms or phrases of encouragement as a kind of semi-permanent accessory — a way to express yourself using your style as the medium. Though unlike a ring stack or patterned sock, you don't have to take them on and off every day, and unlike a real tattoo, they're easy to remove if you do want to switch things up. My fake Tattly tattoo applications have become so frequent over the years, that my coworkers (with whom I've worked for nearly a year) had no idea my "tattoos" were reapplied on the reg.
Using Tattly, I can rotate a collection of beautiful illustrations and typefaces throughout the month. That's a good thing because while I love tattoos, I'm not yet ready for the commitment of picking one design and sticking with it.
The contributing artists (ones you may already be familiar with, such as Adam J. Kurtz of 1 Page at a Time, Rifle Paper Co., and more), who design the tattoos actually get a cut of every sale, too, which I think is awesome. Oh, and bonus: The tattoos really stick to my skin for four to five days (and the floral fragrance on those scented perennials lasted a full work day).
You can grab an entire set of similarly designed tats for a coordinated sleeve, or you can buy single tattoos and mix and match, depending on your mood. (Above, I've paired the floral heart, pink blossom, and Joie de Vivre phrase (on my neck) from Tattly and Rifle Paper Co.'s "Floral Set" with the "Perennial Set."
The tattoos are easy to apply, and they're nearly impossible to mess up. When you want to switch the tattoos out again, just apply rubbing alcohol to a cotton swab, and wipe the tattoo away (or be lazy like me, and scrub off the tattoo in the shower).
Whether you want to refresh your style, you appreciate thoughtful designs you can share with others, or you just want to test wearing a tattoo before getting the real thing, you seriously have to try Tattly.
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