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Tattoo Tips

Applying Your inkbox

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

Your inkbox™ tattoo comes in a kit with everything you need to apply at home. Your tattoo can be applied in 15 minutes.

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

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.

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.

Wrist or hand

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 potential leakage.

Sleeping

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 can transfer the tattoo to your face! Washing the area before bed will help 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 healthy is the #1 way to make your tattoo last as long as possible - sometimes even more than 2 weeks! Once the tattoo has fully developed, moisturize your skin daily.

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 tattoo 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).

Remove It Faster

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

Exfoliation

Exfoliating twice per day helps remove your tattoo much faster. We find it best to rub the tattoo area with the tips of your fingers in the shower. You should be able to get rid of it in 5-7 days.

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 users 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