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Beautiful designs, affordable sets, and no scary needles or commitment? I'm sold.
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Beautiful designs, affordable sets, and no scary needles or commitment? I'm sold.

My awesome grandmother was visiting today, and over cookies and tea I decided to give her a minor heart attack just for kicks.

“Hey, Nan,” I said, pushing my sweater off my shoulder, “wanna see my new tattoo?”

“Oh! OK!” she said, gamely trying to play it cool, her eyebrows only going up a little bit as she peered at my shoulder. “It’s… very pretty.”

She was trying so hard to be calm about it. I immediately had to laugh and tell her it wasn’t real. She admitted that she was relieved, and then repeated that it was pretty.

It IS very pretty! Still glad it’s temporary.

It IS very pretty! Still glad it’s temporary.

I ordered this temporary tattoo for myself from Tattly.com, along with several others as stocking stuffers for my friends and relatives. Tattly makes awesome temporary tattoos for cool people with great taste (pretty sure that’s their exact motto). You get two waterproof tattoos in a set for $5, and most of them last for about five days.

I’m on day four as I write this and it’s only started to fade a bit here and there.

I’m on day four as I write this and it’s only started to fade a bit here and there.

Mine is “Floral Flourish” by Stina Persson, whose watercolors I’ve always loved. I actually combined both tattoos in the set to make one big tattoo going from my collarbone over my shoulder towards my back.

I like how I can match any lipstick color to this tattoo.

I like how I can match any lipstick color to this tattoo.

I got some of the recipients of the other tattoos to model them for me. One person requested “Arrows” and cleverly cut them up into individual arrow tattoos to make them last longer.

I like how delicate this little arrow looks by her collarbone.

I like how delicate this little arrow looks by her collarbone.

My younger sister requested “You’re Late,” which is a helpful reminder for me every time I see it on her.

It comes in different colors and also in a “Love” version instead.

It comes in different colors and also in a “Love” version instead.

The “Okay Let’s Do This” is perfect for the procrastinating college student in your life.

Rather cheeky placement, wouldn’t you say?

Rather cheeky placement, wouldn’t you say?

Rabbit” is smoking a pipe; I imagine because he thinks it makes him look more distinguished.

That is not a healthy habit, Rabbit.

That is not a healthy habit, Rabbit.

I’m sure many of us could use this reminder on our arms: “Just Smile.”

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They also sent “Cupcake” for free. I didn’t get a picture of that one on me because I misplaced it, but I’m excited to stick it on my forearm when I find it. I love baking; my chocolate Guinness cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are pretty legendary, if I say so myself.

ANYWAY. If you’re into food, typography, butterflies, unicorns, skulls, cameras, robots, nerdy jokes, or just plain awesome design, then there’s a Tattly tattoo for you. And if you don’t find the specific thing that you’re into, they can actually make a custom tattoo for you. 

Other reasons why Tattly is awesome:

● Shipping in the US is FREE, and international shipping is only $2!

● It’s completely safe and non-toxic. Each tattoo is printed with vegetable-based ink.

● They make a great gift for kids, but grownups love them too (or at least quasi-grownups like myself do).

● You can get a bunch of tattoos in a set.

● They even have cards that come with a matching tattoo gift--how cool is that? 

● A cut of each sale goes to the artist who designed the tattoo. Some of my favorite designers are on Tattly, such as Marc Johns, Stina Persson and Gemma Correll.

My favorite thing about Tattly is that it gives me a fun way to express myself without having to deal with my two biggest fears: needles and permanence.

No mention of needles here, thank god.

No mention of needles here, thank god.

I like to be able to switch up my look every month or even every week, and Tattly lets me do that. I love tattoos, but I could never commit to just one forever. I’ve only ever seen literally one tattoo that I really loved and I’m not about to steal it from the person who came up with it (it’s Kate Miss’s New York fire escapes tattoo).

If you’re the same way, maybe give these a try. They’re affordable, and you can easily remove them (with tape!) so you’ve got nothing to lose. I’m happily adding $5 to $10 to my monthly beauty budget just for these.

The best $5 I ever spent.

The best $5 I ever spent.

I think next I’m going to try either this bookworm giraffe or this bike-riding pug because I love anthropormorphic things. I just finished watching Top of the Lake, so if you’ve seen that you’ll understand why I also want to get this set to go on my palms. I won’t have to talk for a week!

Are you into temporary tattoos? Go check out their designs and then come back and let me know which is your favorite! (But be careful--it’s a total time suck.)