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Tattoo Tips

Applying Your inkbox

Before you mark the moment, here are some helpful tips to have the best inkbox experience

How to apply catalog tattoos

How to apply catalog tattoos

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How to apply freehand ink

How to apply freehand ink

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inkbox tattoos come with everything you need to apply at home. Read on for tips on how to get a dark, clean and crisp result.

Even Pressure

Though most tattoos will fade evenly, we've experienced some that don't. If your tattoo is fading unevenly then you can use your thumb to rub the darker areas until the color looks even again. This is best done in the shower.

Hair

We don’t recommend applying inkbox on body parts with dense hair. The more hair there is, the more room there is for application error. Dense hair creates a barrier that does not allow for the adhesive to stick directly to the skin. This can cause the ink to leak during application, or for the tattoo to not fully develop. If you’re questioning whether or not to shave the application area, we’d suggest going ahead and shaving a minimum of 24 hours before applying the tattoo. Don’t worry about sparse or little to no hair, this should be fine and should allow for proper development.

Do not shave within 24 hours either before or after application. Shaving creates micro-cuts which increases the chance of a skin reaction.

Location of Application

Some spots are easier to apply inkbox than others. With our catalog tattoos, since you need to apply firm pressure we’d suggest a hard, flat part of your body like your inner forearm or upper thigh. These locations are easy to apply the pressure that’s needed for a dark and clean tattoo. If you want to apply a tattoo somewhere like your back then we’d suggest grabbing a friend to help you out! With our freehand ink, you can easily apply your tattoo anywhere you can comfortable reach and draw.
Your hands, feet, ankles and wrists have distinct grooves in the skin. It's generally best to avoid applying to an area of skin where you have noticeably deep grooves. The formula will naturally seep under the adhesive through these ridges, leading to potential leakage. If you choose to apply your tattoo in one of these areas, please ensure that your skin is clean and dry pre-application, and thoroughly washed post-application.

Do not apply to sensitive areas such as face, neck, upper chest, or genitals.

Sleeping

During the first 24 hours of development, be sure to keep your tattoo away from skin-on-skin contact while sleeping. We’d recommend wearing loose clothing over the area for the first night to prevent this. Trust us, or you might be surprised when you wake up with two tattoos!

Longevity

Our tattoos last 1-2 weeks and fade as your skin naturally regenerates. How long your inkbox lasts is highly dependent on a few factors:

  • Daily Activity
  • Placement
  • Moisturizing
  • Your skin’s unique chemistry (It’s a complex organ!)

Here’s a helpful guide to the longevity of your inkbox based on where it’s applied.

Exfoliation

Before applying your tattoo you can exfoliate the area to get rid of dry skin. Doing so will help the ink sink deeper and last longer.

Moisturizing

Keeping your skin well-moisturized is the best way to help your tattoo last as long as possible. Once the tattoo has fully developed, moisturize your skin daily and avoid scrubbing the area.

Showering & Swimming

Since our tattoos are waterproof, you can go ahead and shower or swim with your inkbox. Repeated swimming won’t wash off your tattoo, however it may lessen its longevity. Salt water can be especially abrasive to the skin. To help prevent this, you can apply your favorite balm or petroleum jelly over your tattoo before coming in contact with water. When drying off, make sure to avoid any heavy scrubbing to the tattooed area and just pat it dry.

Remove It Faster

You won’t be able to remove your tattoo immediately, but there are a few ways to accelerate its fading.

Exfoliation

Scrubbing multiple times with an exfoliant is the best way to gradually remove your inkbox. We find it best to rub the tattooed area using a washcloth with an exfoliant in the shower. Salt water is also a great natural exfoliant to use. Most tattoos will fade evenly, but if your tattoo is fading unevenly then you can use your thumb to rub the darker areas until the color looks even again. This is best done in the shower.

Things to Avoid

Skin reactions are a highly uncommon occurrence. However, as with any product that comes in contact with your skin, is a small chance of having a reaction. We strongly encourage you to test the ink first to make sure it’s right for you.

    Here are some steps you can take to have a great inkbox experience:
  • Avoid applying inkbox on your face, neck, upper chest, and genitals
  • Avoid applying on dry or broken skin
  • For catalog tattoos, don’t apply pressure for longer than 15 minutes
  • For freehand ink, don’t leave ink on for more than 60 minutes
  • Avoid re-applying an inkbox over a previous inkbox for at least one month
  • Avoid scrubbing the tattoo instead of gently rinsing at the end of the application process

If you’re experiencing redness where the adhesive touched your skin after applying our catalog tattoos, it may be from peeling the adhesive too quickly or in the opposite direction of hair growth. This is referred to as “skin stripping,” which is a peeling of your epidermis. Don’t worry, this is highly common with adhesives and bandages. The redness should disappear over 1-3 days as your skin regenerates. If the redness does not disappear in 1-3 days, we recommend you avoid applying another inkbox product. If redness or itchiness persists for several days or more, we recommend you contact a medical professional.

Please reach out to us at hi@getinkbox.com if you have any concerns or questions!

Testing Our Product

Testing Our Catalog Tattoos
  • Put on the provided glove
  • Lift only the "peel here" corner of the black sticker and dab the blue patch on a small area of your skin
  • Wait for 24 hours for the sample to develop and monitor your skin for the following week to ensure no reaction occurs
Testing Our Freehand Ink

Please note: This product uses a metal tip, which may contain metals associated with metal allergies.

  • Put on the provided glove
  • Apply a small circle of ink on your arm or leg
  • After 10 minutes wash the sample away with soap and water
  • Wait 24 hours to develop and monitor your skin for the following week to ensure no reaction occurs before application