Many people love the idea of having a tattoo but are unsure of what they’d want on their body for the rest of their life. Tech startup Ephemeral is currently developing a way to wear an inked design for an extended period of time without the eternal commitment. Their solution uses a process akin to traditional tattooing, but will last only about a year before it begins to fade.
Conventional body art is made permanent because the dye molecules are too big for our immune systems to eliminate. Ephemeral incorporates this same idea, but they’ve developed smaller molecules and encapsulated them in a protective coating that will eventually break down after the 365-day mark. If you want the tattoo removed sooner, a special solution could be applied that will instantly remove it.
Ephemeral is still testing their product with the hopes of making it to market in the fall of 2017. Once available, it’ll offer a fantastic way to test drive a permanent design—chances are, if you still like it after a year, it’s a good bet you’ll continue to enjoy it in the future.
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