As the name suggest temporary tattoos depict images on the skin, resemble a real tattoo, but do not last forever. They can be drawn, painted or airbrushed but mostly they are applied to the skin after being created elsewhere. Mostly used to express something or create a temporary identity these can be used for a limited time. For example an actor may have temporary tattoo done to become part of his character in the movie.
Henna Mehandi Body art:
Mehandi as it is popularly known is a good example of temporary tattoos. A typical South Asian custom, henna is a paste of leaves, either dried or fresh to create designs. Lawsonia inermis. Its active dye, Lawsone, binds with the keratin in skin, fingernails, and hair. Conventionally these designs are intricate and are applied to hands and feet. But nowadays henna is applied to other parts of the body. The only color you can get from henna is in the orange-red-brown range. This makes it different from other tattoos. The mixture is drawn on the skin and is to be kept for a few hours for the color to take hold. The designs will fade over time as the skin renews itself. You can make these designs last longer by keeping the skin protected.
These are yet another variety of temporary tattoos. They are also applied to top of the skin like other temporary methods of tattooing, thus cause no harm to the skin. Designs are stenciled on to the skin and the tattoo ink or tribal airbrush tattoo paint is airbrushed on to the design painstakingly. As opposed to temporary transfer tattoos, the delicate aspects of the temporary tattoo can be easily managed by the artist while rendering it; this makes it like the permanent tattoo experience.
Maintenance and removal of airbrush tattoos
Since most airbrush tattoo colors use alcohol as the base, repeated application of baby talc, makes it last longer. These tattoos can be removed by application of oil or alcohol based product. Baby oil, mineral oil and suntan lotion are the most effective. Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) can also be used, but this has to used carefully as it may dry and irritate the skin. The tattoo can last from 2-7 days, depending on the care you take.
Tattoos using ballpoint pens
Used as yet another means of creating recreational, decorative, and commercial body designs, ballpoint pens are another known means of creating body art. These artists are invited to special events to create designs on the attending guests or even draw temporary tattoos for film and video productions. The ink applied to skin in a manner which is quite similar to drawing with a actual tattoo gun. As a matter of fact, expert tattoo artists use ballpoints to draw designs on surfaces other than skin, including the flash-art used to show designs in tattoo studios.
A few varieties of permanent tattoos that can be temporary
A few body designs rendered with a tattoo gun can be a little less long lasting or at least easier to remove. But since these form of tattooing does not allow the dyes to permeate the skin they cannot be strictly considered temporary.
Photo Tattoo Simulation
Online Tattoo Simulators very really simulate tattoo designs on body photographs. No supplies or removal procedures are needed for this. These are also a good way to find out how a tattoo is going to turn out before actually going in for the process.
A few tattoo artists provide body designs that last for a few years and then fade away. Use of a tattoo gun is made and the discomfort is much lesser than the actual tattoo process. Since the colors are inserted closer to the top of skin, they are supposed to fade away over time. Sometimes natural inks are used which makes the colors fade away naturally.