Working out of Saint Petersburg, Russia, Sasha Masiuk is a master of grayscale tattoo. She was kind enough to let us ask her some questions: TattooYou - How did you become a tattoo artist? Sasha Masiuk - As I recall, I've drawn all my life. I graduated from the Academy of Art and Design.
By Karen L. Hudson Updated October 03, 2016. I'm guessing you've probably heard of the "semi-permanent" tattoo - the one that only lasts 6 months. Or was that 6 years? No one seems to know, because it can't be done.
Tattoos are one of the most common forms of body modification. Cultures from every corner of the globe have used tattoos to signify and decorate. Tattoos are widely used because they can express personal or cultural identity in elaborate ways, and the fact that conventional tattoos are permanent can be seen as part of their appeal.
"I've never seen such tasteful temporary tattoos," said John Maeda, the design partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and a former president of the Rhode Island School of Design. "Temporary tattoos were down-market, and Tattly found a way to make them fashionable through high-quality content."
At Disrupt NY 2016 this week, a startup company of NYU students introduced Ephemeral, as reported by TechCrunch. Ephemeral is a new form of tattoo ink that lasts a year. You can also remove it sooner. One issue with tattoos is they go in and out of style.
If you've ever considered getting a tattoo but have been put off by its permanence - who knows how you'll feel about that "E = mc 2" face tattoo in 10 year's time? - then a new startup called Ephemeral has you covered.
Temporary tattoos can be made using henna, eyeliner, or just writing on someone with a marker, but if you want to trace a design you cannot draw freehand here's a technique using tracing paper, eyeliner, rubbing alcohol, talcum powder, and liquid bandage spray.