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Tattoo Tips

Applying Your inkbox

We’ve put together a list of helpful tips!
First, watch our Tips ’N Tricks videos:

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Your inkbox™ comes with everything you need to apply at home for both our pre-made designs and freehand ink!

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

If you are questioning whether or not to shave the application area, we would suggest going ahead and shaving the area. Sparse hair in the application area is fine and allows for a good transfer. Alternatively, the more hair there is, the more room there is for 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 be underdeveloped.

Location of Application

With 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. However, with our freehand ink, it is easily applied anywhere you can draw.

Extremities

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.

Sleeping

If you’re sleeping during the 24-hour development time, be sure to keep your tattoo away from skin-on-skin contact. We’d recommend wearing loose clothing over the area for the first night to prevent this.

Help It Last Longer

Most inkbox tattoos look good for around 8-18 days. The longevity of your tattoo depends on multiple factors:

  • Daily Activity
  • Moisturizing
  • 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 based on where it’s applied.

Exfoliation

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.

Moisturizing

Keeping your skin well-moisturized is the number one way to help your tattoo last as long as possible - sometimes even longer than 18 days! 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 with your inkbox. However, make sure to avoid any heavy scrubbing to the tattooed area and once you’re done pat the tattoo dry.

Swimming won’t destroy your tattoo, however it may lessen the amount of time it lasts. Salt water is 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.

Remove It Faster

Though you can’t remove your tattoo immediately, there are ways to accelerate its disappearance.

Exfoliation

We find it best to rub the tattoo area using a washcloth with exfoliant in the shower. Salt water is a great natural exfoliant to use.

Evening

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.

Things to Avoid

inkbox™ is a product which is designed to put on your skin, but like anything you put on your body you run the risk of a possible reaction.

We strongly encourage you to test the product first. We do not recommend applying our tattoos on dry or broken skin as it may increase your risk of a reaction.

  • Not to be used on the face
  • Leaving on the skin for more than 15 minutes
  • Re-applying inkbox over a previous inkbox
  • Scrubbing the tattoo instead of gently rinsing

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 regenerates.

Contact us at info@getinkbox.com if you experience prolonged redness.

Testing Our Product

Testing Your inkbox™ Tattoo
  • 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 24-36 hours for the sample to develop and monitor your skin for the following week to ensure no reaction occurs
Testing With Freehand Ink

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