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Inkbox – A Commitmentphobe’s Wet Dream

Commitment – a word that’s both terrifying and exciting.

I don’t necessarily think of myself as a commitmentphobe, but more phobic of the first step in being committed – taking the plunge, as it were. I’m not scared of being commited, but I’m scared of the actual committing. Does that make sense? Psychology is so weird, my dudes.

I’ve made plenty of commitments to my body – being a faux blonde, my five tattoos, working out three times a week, getting multiple piercings. But these are relatively small things, things I don’t really notice every day, things you just get used to.

Speaking of tattoos, I’d love to have more. The five I already have are small and easily hidden, all done in simple black linework, but I’d love to have bigger, more visible pieces, like what @glameramo has. She’s basically my number 1 tattoo inspo.

However, pieces like that demand commitment. I’d be commiting to a very visible chunk of my aesthetic; I’d be committing to potentially alienating myself from employment pools because, for some fucking reason, tattoos are still considered taboo in some workplaces, and I’d be committing to something that I’d be living with that I potentially might end up not liking in the next 60+ years.

So when I first heard about Inkbox, it was like my inner commitment demon was exorcised. Inkbox sell plant-based temporary tattoos in hundreds of different styles and sizes for really decent prices. You might think that £16 is too spenny for a single temporary tat that lasts up to two weeks, but when you think an artist could charge you £150+ for that design in real life, and how long Inkbox pieces last compared to the good ol’ lick-n-stick temporary tats, you realise how much of a bargain they are.

(Should probably clarify that this post isn’t a spon or an ad for Inkbox, but Inkbox, if you wanna make a new friend, please get in my DMs.)

I spent a lot of time shopping around the site’s blackwork pieces, which is the style of tattoo I like the most (clean lines, minimal detail and shading, no colour), before choosing three designs – “Delavay“, “The Ram“, and “Gimme A Dozen“.

I decided to go with two 4×4″ designs because what I ultimately want are bigger designs, and then I just threw the little Aries symbol in for some variety. It was actually really hard to choose which tattoos to buy because Inkbox has such a massive variety that I could’ve easily dropped £100 if I wasn’t careful. I nearly also picked up some of their freehand ink, which is basically temporary tattoo ink in a squeezy bottle so you can create your own designs, kinda like menhdi. I also chose my tattoos based on where I wanted to put them, because placement is so, so important – any tattoo artist worth their salt will tell you that.

Overall, I spent just over £40 on these three designs, and that’s including the multi-buy discount Inkbox applied and the shipping, which was free. I did baulk a little at the price at first, but all the real tattoos I have cost me about £40, and here I was getting three for the price of one of those, so I just bit the bullet. Shipping was really quick too, despite it being international – from placing my order to it coming through my letterbox, I think it was only four or five days.

In your package, you get your tattoo, a “primer wipe” for each tattoo, and an instruction card. What Inkbox do, which I think is really cool, is that they package your tattoos up by designer, so in my order, I had two separate packages because the tattoos I chose were by two different designers. I’ve never seen that before, and I think it’s awesome.

The whole application process is pretty straightforward – thoroughly clean the area of skin you want to apply your tattoo to with the primer wipe, stick the tattoo down and press on it for a bit, and then leave it for an hour before peeling off the film. All that’s left is to wait 24 – 36 hours for the ink to develop. That’s literally the only issue I have with Inkbox – I didn’t actually get the tattoo straight away! I had to wait! I am not a patient person! It’s not a virtue I’ve been gifted with.

Inkbox do say that the tattoo isn’t going to be dark to begin with, and even when fully developed, it could be more black or blue, depending on your skin tone. When I first peeled the film off, all of them started off as this really pretty teal colour which then turned a really dark navy as they developed.

Within 24 hours, it looked like this!

At this point, it’s been about three years since my last real tattoo, and when I woke up in the morning to see my tattoos nearly fully developed and looking like actual tattoos, I got so excited – I got that rush I haven’t felt in years.

Also, compared to the actual tattoos I have, these temporary ones are really, really convincing. I showed my dad The Ram tat and he actually thought my real tattoo next to it was the fake! The lines aren’t too clean, the colour isn’t too solid – they look authentic af.

The zodiac tattoo only lasted about eight or nine days from when it was fully developed because of where I placed it, and the last of it came off entirely when I just rubbed at it with some shower gel. The Delavay tattoo is already at the 13 day mark and the lines are only just starting to break up, which is pretty impressive since Inkbox say their tattoos have a life expectancy of up to 14 days depending on the placement. Turns out your outer forearms are a good bet.

I’ve already started freaking my parents out by going, “Once the tattoo parlours reopen…” and lovingly stroking my Inkbox tattoos, so if you don’t hear from me in the next month, they’ve probaby buried me somewhere in the garden. (Please dig me up and put me somewhere nice.) I haven’t used my third temporary tattoo yet – gonna save that for when we can go out to drink again so I can show it off.

If you’re looking to experiment with different tattoo styles, or debating whether or not you want to get a tattoo in the first place, or you’re just an image-switching junkie like me, Inkbox should be your go-to guys. Now, I’m going to go imagine what other designs I’m gonna spend monies on when I finally get a new job.

Talk to you later,

Boo x

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