We want your tattoo to last as long as possible and look great, so we put together a list of helpful tips. First, watch our Tips 'N Tricks video:
Keeping your skin healthy is the #1 way to make your tattoo last as long as possible - sometimes even more than 2 weeks! Moisturize your skin daily once the tattoo has fully developed.
Even Pressure (Formula 2 only)
To ensure your tattoo looks perfect you need to shift your hand every few minutes to apply pressure to a different area of the inkbox™. The ridges in your palms and the spaces between your fingers can lead to an uneven application if you hold your hand completely still.
We like to think of the inkbox as having 4 quadrants. Every few minutes apply pressure to a different quadrant, making sure the bulk of your pressure comes from your palm, not your fingers. Just make sure the cloth doesn't move.
inkbox tattoos don’t work well on dense hair. Small amounts of hair are fine, but if people refer to you as ‘hairy’ or ‘Chewbacca-like’ then you might want to shave before application.
Choose your Location
Formula 2 inkbox tattoos, because you need to apply firm pressure, are much easier to apply on certain areas of the body. We suggest a hard-flat part of your body like your inner forearm or upper thigh. These locations are easy to apply the necessary pressure. If you want to put a tattoo somewhere like your back then we suggest you have a friend help out. Formula 1 (freehand ink) is easily applied anywhere you can draw.
Before applying your tattoo you can exfoliate the area to get rid of loose skin. Doing so will help the ink penetrate deeper and thus last longer. We suggest using an exfoliator glove, but a loofah in the shower or a dry towel on damp skin will also work.
Everyone's tattoo will have its own unique shade, though it will always be black/dark navy. We're not putting an ink on top of your skin, but rather sinking a formula into your skin. The color you see is the result of a chemical reaction.
For the same reason, different areas of the body result in slightly different shades. Typically, the lighter the skin the lighter the tattoo and vice versa.
DarknessYour inkbox tattoo will look dark anywhere from 12-24 hours after application. It will reach its peak darkness around 36 hours after application.
We say "2 week tattoo" because most inkbox tattoos look good for around 2 weeks. Some will last longer and some will fade quicker.
The length of your tattoo depends on multiple factors:
- Daily activity
- Moisturizing often
- Your skin (it's a complex organ!)
- How much pressure you applied during application
Location of tattoo
Here's a helpful guide to the longevity of your inkbox tattoo based on where its applied:
Showering + Swimming
Avoid heavy scrubbing in the shower to ensure your tattoo stays on as long as possible. You can also apply Vaseline or moisturizer before showering.
If you want your tattoo to appear quicker then you can take a hot shower around 6-12 hours after application. You'll notice a significant increase in your tattoos development.
Swimming won't destroy your tattoo, though it may lessen the amount of time it lasts, especially if you're swimming in salt water (it's abrasive).
When sleeping the night after your application make sure to keep your tattooed area away from the rest of your body. For example, if you have a tattoo on your wrist and you sleep with your wrist under your head you will transfer the tattoo to your face! Washing the area before bed will help prevent this.
Though you can’t remove your tattoo immediately, you can exfoliate twice per day to accelerate its disappearance. We find it best to rub the tattoo area aggressively with the tips of your fingers in the shower. You should be able to get rid of it in 5-7 days.
Around the 12-16th day your tattoo might look faded enough that you want to remove it. At this stage you should be able to remove it in 2-3 exfoliations.
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.
If you experience redness it’s likely from peeling the adhesive too quickly or in the opposite direction of hair growth. This is referred to as “skin stripping” - a peeling of your epidermis, which is common with adhesives like bandages. The redness will disappear in 1-3 days as your skin re-generates. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you experience pro-longed redness.
Wrist or Hand Tattoos
If you look closely at your wrist or the back of your hand you'll notice distinct grooves in your skin - ones that are much deeper than on other areas of your body. 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 deep ridges, leading to some leakage.
To help circumvent this you can stretch your skin during application. When applying to the inside of your wrist make sure to pull your hand back so that your knuckles move towards your arm. If applying to the back of your hand pull your hand down to your wrist, like you're shooting a basketball.
Things to avoid!
- Scrubbing the tattoo instead of rinsing gently.
- Folding the towel smaller than a 4x4 square.
- Moving around during application.
- Mistaking 15 minutes for 15 seconds.
- Leaving the white backing on.
- Leaving the black/blue topper on.