More and more people are getting tattoos, but some people avoid doing so because they don't' want to permanently mark their bodies, worrying about how that flower will look in 40 years or that their current girlfriend won't be around forever.
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There is a new tattoo ink that could forever change the game and lead to more people going under the needle. A company called Ephemeral Tattoos designed the ink that will eventually fade. It can also be easily changed or removed.
The team had an interview with Allure, and the founder Seung Shin says that the idea came after he got inked but his family disapproved. His parents convinced him to go get the ink removed. He found the experience to be far more painful and expensive than getting the tattoo in the first place.
Traditional tattoos use ink that travels through the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, to the dermis, and then to the layer underneath. Dye filled needles piece that skin at 50 to 3,000 times per minute, causing a wound each and every time. Your body uses the immune system to heal the wounds and the ink then gets soaked into your skin cells, making the tattoo permanent.
The COO Joshua Sakhai said that the company used smaller dye molecules in a sphere of biomaterials that the body breaks down more easily. They started developing the ink in August 2014 and have gone through many iterations to perfect it.
To remove the tattoo, there is a removal solution or someone can just wait a year.
"The removal solution simply breaks down parts of the sphere and the immune system cells can remove the dye molecules naturally through your body's lymphatic system," Sakhai says.
The ink uses the same tools and techniques, so there is no new training required. The tattoos also look the exact same.
The ink has gone through many steps of testing so far and the creators have perfected the function of the product in a controlled situation.
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The team expects that the ink will launch in August 2017.