This article originally appeared on VulcanPost.com.
Tattoos are often seen as taboo in most contemporary societies. From strong social conventions on painted flesh, to the air of permanence after being inked for the very first time, these experiences are all a part of the thrill that comes with having what some have coined today as body art. But what if there is a way to experience lasting tattoos without having to worry about the permanent nature of the tattoo?
Enter The Ink Book — a popular, new startup which offers its growing fan base on Facebook with a large and inspired selection of temporary tattoos. Yes, temporary tattoos. Remember when you had that great tattoo idea for a Halloween party that would just go so well with your outfit? But you didn’t do it; you didn’t want something so permanent for something so temporary. Well, now you can!
With The Ink book as your metaphorical first dip to test the waters (of, well, tattoos), you can be sure there are designs catering to everyone’s taste. From meaningful, sentimental words to tempt your inner Tumbler-er, to beautiful shapes and symbols on par with popular hipster chic, these tattoos subtly compliment a modern sense of fashion, and lasts for typically three to five days.
The Story Behind The Ink Book
The Ink Book was founded in March this year by CF, a Malaysian fashion designer who told us all about the story behind his startup venture:
“When I was young, my elders told me that getting a permanent tattoo was a bad omen, and that it would somehow chase away our luck.”
It is with this belief in mind, coupled with the rising trend of smaller, “hipster-looking” tattoos, that CF saw a wonderful opportunity in making temporary tattoos for people who felt the same way.
“When I first discovered temporary tattoos just as they were becoming trendy, I instantly fell in love. This is when I thought it would be a great idea for a business.”
The Ink Book is currently run by CF and his team of two other associates, who are in the midst of launching this startup in neighbouring Singapore.
The Creative Process
When we asked CF how The Ink Book makes its own tattoos, he offers us a brief idea of the manufacturing process:
“Our tattoos are created in a printing factory using a soybean-based ink which is FDA approved and a hundred percent safe for the skin. We are also supported by several printing factories which helps keep our business running smoothly.”
The tattoo designs are done by the fashion designer himself, who shares a strong passion for his work.
“I am currently preparing to launch some of my custom designs for fashion events as well.”
In addition to designing the tattoos for The Ink Book, CF also keeps its Facebook page well-updated, with a consistent, carefully designed theme of inky brush strokes as seen in all of the image descriptions for their products.
“Everyone Can Wear A Tattoo”
When asked to describe The Ink Book in his own words, CF simply states “We are a fast-growing temporary tattoo provider who is working hard to strengthen our services for all our customers. Our quote is ‘everyone can wear a tattoo’ because we want our products to be the most accessible and cheapest in Malaysia. After all, they are temporary art. They should not be expensive and everyone should be able to afford to keep using them or change them at any time they wish.”
The Ink Book now offers its tattoos in various modes, including a glow-in-the-dark, fluorescent option. You can find out more about The Ink Book and all its services by visiting its Facebook page here.