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Erasable Tattoos Are Less Of A Regret

Erasable Tattoos Are Less Of A Regret

Freedom-2 Tattoo Ink (Images courtesy DISCOVER Magazine)
By Andrew Liszewski

While some tattoos might look cool when you’re in your 20’s, as you age there’s a good chance it might not look as great when you’re ready to retire. So a tattoo ink company called Freedom-2 has developed a new kind of ink that allows a tattoo to be removed with just a single laser treatment, instead of six or seven.

The ink uses microencapsulation, which is the same concept behind scratch and sniff stickers. Basically, water soluble pigments are encased within insoluble polymers to produce microscopic beads that are about 5-6 microns in size. These beads stay intact when applied to the skin making the tattoo visible, but when they’re hit by a laser they bust open, releasing the water soluble pigments and erasing the tattoo.

Unfortunately comparing the tattoos to a scratch and sniff sticker only makes me wish they had tattoos that smelled like Strawberry Shortcake, but looked like a flaming skull. (Or maybe even the other way around.)

[ Erasable Tattoos Work Like Scratch’n’Sniff ]


4 responses to “Erasable Tattoos Are Less Of A Regret”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hehe, flaming skull smell. Nice writing style. Yeah but imagine the smell nuisance if you get chickenpox.

  2. justin says:

    i’ll be interested to hear the reaction of the tattoo artist community. the permanence is part of the experience.

  3. Kouroth says:

    I wonder if it holds color better, also does it migrate more than traditional ink?

  4. The permanent part is sometimes the best part of it. Like life all of the events you experience make equate the person you are today. Some people so life events in there tattoo's. A permanent reminder of a significant event.