Flash Tattoos: Temporary Tattoos That Look Like Jewelry

Updated 03/26/19
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Why Flash Tattoos Are so Wearable

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Flash Tattoos

What do you get when you combine the bling of jewelry with the fun of temporary tattoos? Temporary tattoos that look like jewelry. Flash Tattoos, the company behind the trend of commitment-free metallic tattoos, has taken accessorizing to a whole new level.

It makes sense that Flash Tattoos are a hot trend during the warmer months. While we may be baring a lot of skin to beat the heat, the last thing we often want to do is wear jewelry. The idea of hot metal against your skin and fussy chains around a sweaty neck sounds about as appealing as wearing a cashmere sweater on a hot, humid, and sticky day.

Flash Tattoos give you the ability to wear jewelry without actually wearing it. In addition, while on vacation, at a festival, concert, poolside, or beach-side, when wearing a temporary jewelry tattoo, you don't have to worry about theft. Below is a helpful guide to Flash Tattoos, including information on how to apply, how to remove, and where to buy.

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How It Works

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Flash Tattoos

Unlike real tattoos, Flash Tattoos don't require the use of needles and are super easy to apply. All it takes is some clean, dry oil-free skin (meaning no lotions or body oils), a sheet of Flash Tattoos, a wet cloth, and the ability to sit still for less than a minute.

Like traditional temporary tattoos, you lay the design face down on the skin, hold the wet cloth against the tattoo and your skin for 30 seconds, and, voila, you're all blinged out. After applying your Flash Tattoo, the brand advises you not to twist or bend the skin for about 10 minutes (ideally one to two hours) in order to set your fresh tattoo. As exciting as your temporary metal can be, try to hold still. When it's over, you'll be happy you did.

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How Long Do They Last?

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Flash Tattoos

Like anything, the better you treat your Flash Tattoos the longer they will last. After applying, it is suggested that you avoid using soap, oils, sunscreen, and any other products near your temporary tattoo that can degrade the adhesive. If you are going out in the sun, remember, sunscreen is still important. Be mindful of this if you aren't wearing sunscreen over the tattoo.

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Safety Issues

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Flash Tattoos

Unless you are allergic to adhesives, Flash Tattoos should be safe to use. The brand uses non-toxic materials that pass safety standards for the cosmetic and toy product industries and meet all U.S. and international regulatory requirements. Of course, it is important to be smart and not apply this product anywhere near your eyes.

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The Removal Process

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Flash Tattoos

Not a fan of your Flash Tattoo or just ready to remove it after it loses its metallic luster? Luckily, removal is as simple as the application. All you have to do is soak your skin in baby oil, olive oil, or coconut oil for a minute and then scrub the tattoo off. Apply lotion to the area afterward to soothe the skin. Another way to remove a temporary tattoo is to use hand sanitizer. If you went out in the sun, you may notice a mark left behind from the tattoo. This could be another fun feature of these tattoos.

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Where to Buy

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Flash Tattoos

While imitators have cropped up on the market, the original Flash Tattoo can only be purchased on the brand's website. Each set of Flash Tattoos contain three-four sheets of various designs and pricing starts at $20.

One last side note: Flash Tattoos do cause tan lines, which can be really cool or really freaky, depending on your tattoo design, how well you tan, and where it is placed. Of course, the company has a name for this Flash Tattoo tan line effect—Flash Tans.

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