15 Incredible Artists Who Will Change Your Mind About Temporary Tattoos

These aren’t your childhood tats.

When you think temporary tattoos, you’re probably reminded of tacky and gaudy emblems from your childhood.

Well, if you’re still lusting after the idea of a temp tattoo, here are some tasteful designs that won’t make you feel like you’re five years old.
(They’re also great to “trial” a design if you’re already thinking about getting some permanent ink.)

1. Designs in blue ink by Wilma Boekholt.

If we’re talking body ink, blue is the new black. Wilma makes the case for colored tattoos, but keeps them tasteful and understated. Her designs range anywhere from elaborate floral patterns to cute cartoonish dolls.

2. Woodland animals by Kelly Mitchell Gazdowicz.

Kelly’s soft and whimsical creatures look like they’re taken out of the pages of your favorite childhood fables.

3. Eye make-up decals by Phoebe L.

Here’s a fearless alternative for boring liner: temporary eyelid tattoos. Not only will they last you through a wild night out, they really make a unique statement.

4. Subtle typography tats by Pepper Baldwin.

Pepper offers a selection of cute and charming fonts that are entirely customizable, so you can make a truly (and literal) personal statement.

5. Adorably random objects by Julia Rothman.

These adorably arbitrary things are great if you’re nostalgic for the silliness of childhood temporary tats without, well, actually having to get one of the terribly tacky ones.

6. Cute cartoon graphics by Ed Miller.

Ed’s stylized cartoons are easily recognizable. They’re fun, charming, and guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face :).

7. Geeky art by Britt Gorman.

Show off your fandom in Britt’s elaborate and elegant illustrations. She offers anything from big adorned chest pieces to the very dainty and subtly geeky.

8. Watercolor drawings by Stina Persson.

Stina’s designs have the allure and aesthetics of real watercolor tattoos without the commitment.

9. Customizable special occasion by Kristen McGillivray.

Kristen does extremely tasteful wedding and special occasion pieces. She’ll customize anything to make your big day—or really any day—extra special.

10. Super simplistic symbols by Petite Alma.

It’s like jewelry: sometimes all you want is something small and precious.

11. Victorian-inspired sketches by Mitchell Black.

Inspired by the 19th century, Mitchell’s etches are gothic and rustic. They’re full of fine and rigid detail.

12. Technicolor tats by Jessi Arrington.

Jesse’s bold rainbow designs are fun without being loud. And hey, they might inspire you to get a real technicolor tat.

13. Delicate and earthy patterns by Victoria Foster.

Victoria describes her body art as “beautiful conversational prints influenced by rural environments and The Great Outdoors.”

14. A glow-in-the-dark constellation by Rusty A. Meadows.

Rusty’s semi-permanent glow-in-the-dark constellation is a perfect accent for your rave night out, or, y’know, just life.

15. “Flash tattoos” by Rebekah Steen.

Rebekah’s self-titled “flash tattoos” are gorgeous gold and metallic accents that are perfect for the beach and a sun-kissed tan.

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