Tattoos are nice. But not all of us are able to put out that level of commitment (or bravery. I hate needles) to get a permanent one at a parlour, so temporary tattoos are usually the way to go. But the thing with temporary tattoos is that the ones you are able to get in shops are not necessarily of designs you really like, or the color is off. And even when you’re something you like, it’s a bit too temporary for your liking. Of course, there is the free-handing route to go in the land of henna and liquid eyeliner, but most of us aren’t great artists. I tried drawing a cat on myself with my liquid eyeliner once. It looked weird. Now how wonderful would it be if I can draw something on the computer and have it printed on my arm as a temporary tattoo. What was that? South Korean-based tech company SketchOn has a Prinker tattoo printer that prints things directly over your skin in seconds? Yes, ladies and gentlemen who aren’t ready for permanent tattoos, our savior has come.
With Prinker, all you need to do is to customize a tattoo you want on the accompanying app where you can either draw one or pick one from the app’s gallery. After that, all you need to do is to sync up the printer with your smart device and run it across your skin. No need to hold it on a certain spot for x amount of time, just run it through. The best thing about this is that after it dries, it can last up to 3 days as long as you don’t wash it off with soap and water. Water by itself is fine, so you don’t need to worry about sweating it off.
The ink used in Prinker is non-toxic, but I do recommend doing a patch test before going in to print a giant tattoo on yourself or anyone else. Allergies kill, people. I imagine the ink is similar to long-wearing waterproof eyeliner, so you don’t need to worry too much. This makes me wonder a bit about the staying though, because depending on their formula, the ink can potentially fade fairly easily. So if you’re in a party or going to the beach, it might be something to note, so you can go over it again or print on a new one.
The only setback about this is that people like you and me won’t be getting our hands on these babies until much later. At the moment, they’re only selling business to business, but there are plans to get it out to the common folk by the end of the year at around USD200. It is a bit pricy, but do keep in mind that this is the first of its kind that is this portable and customizable.
Video Credit: SketchOn Inc.
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