One of the things I miss most about pre-pandemic life is spontaneity. As a former wild child, that occasionally came in the form of a buzzing tattoo needle. I'm certainly no Kat Von D, but of the smattering of symbols adorning my skin, more than half were last-minute decisions that I hadn't spent more than twenty minutes thinking about before hopping on the table. There was that one time I got inked in the Village just to film a Facebook Live for, uh, work purposes. My most recent tattoo was done at Caroline Vreeland's lingerie launch party at The Box (I left the event with a thong in my purse and a rose on my arm).
And while I've always been a fan of the "It's kind of a funny story..." tattoo explainers, a year of thinking ahead and taking constant pause has left me a tad more risk averse. I don't regret any of my tattoos, but maybe fun doesn't need to involve getting something that lasts forever needled onto my body at a nightclub. I mean, I'm almost 30!
Still, with #ShotGirlSummer around the corner and everyone ready to let loose, the desire to switch up my look and get a little daring has returned. So too has the craving for that oh-so-familiar sting of new skin art. What's a girl to do?
Ephemeral, a buzzy new tattoo studio (no pun intended), has the answer.
The stylish Williamsburg space has become the go-to destination for cool kids looking to get tatted without the commitment. The secret? Ephemeral uses an innovative ink formula that fades in a year. It was developed by the founders, two of whom are chemical engineers, and is the first of its kind to naturally and safely break down in a span of 9 to 15 months.
No, they're not glorified stickers or anything like the temporary tattoos you're used to. Ephemeral applies the ink in the traditional way, scratching the itch of tattoo enthusiasts everywhere who will tell you that the needling is a little bit addicting.
You don't have to choose from a flash sheet, either. The studio's experienced artists work with guests on bringing their custom designs to life. That means all the fun, rebellion, and creative expression that comes with the thrill of a new tattoo, and no risk of future regret. Consider them seasonal skin accessories, rather than permanent ones.
Sure, you technically have to book your appointment ahead of time, but to me it sounds like the perfect way to embrace tattoo spontaneity once again. And hey, a piece from Ephemeral definitely still comes with a pretty cool story.
Snag some fresh ink in time for summer HERE!
[Photos via Ephemeral]