I visited Tattly for the first time about a year and a half ago. They have the cutest temporary tattoos that I fought tooth and nail to avoid buying up their whole stock upon my first visit. As time went by, I realized that their temporary tattoo selections change as they bring in new artists from all areas to design for them. Near my birthday last year, they began offering a 6 month subscription where they would send you a sampling of their most current designs once a month. I decided to take my birthday money and splurge, and it was so worth it.
Most of the tattoos I’ve used in fits of depression where I just needed something new. Some of them I pull out during BBQs so we can tattoo each other with wet paper towels. I send them out to friends in letters, a visual and almost existential treat, as they help you imagine yourself differently. I’m a firm believer in the freedom to tattoo and be tattooed without stereotype or stigma. I have four permanent tattoos but getting one in plain sight is a commitment I just can’t make. So a fake one on my wrist is fun to me, a journey into what I could be like with a little courage.
It’s a simple thing, really. Fake tattoos, something we bought for a quarter in those plastic egg machines at Kmart that usually had death metal band logos or electric neon butterflies in swarms, are something that I never equated with good design. But finding Tattly changed my mind about that. I could be so bold as to say it’s almost like haute couture in the sense that it’s wearable art. So there’s a market post that spans six months of collecting inspiration in my mailbox once a month from Tattly.