I’ve been considering a tattoo. At this point, I don’t know if I’ll actually get one, or if I’ll get one and then get lots more, or if I’ll decide I don’t want one after all, or if it will be something I’ll dither about for the rest of my life.
For now, I am having fun experimenting with temporary tattoos. It’s a good way to experiment with size and placement and whether I actually LIKE art on my skin, and it’s been fun to go to the pool and have all the other parents wondering if I actually have a big unicorn on my upper arm. I’m totally lying: I have not gone to the pool with a temporary tattoo. It’s because I’m worried people will either (1) think it’s real or (2) know it isn’t, but think I think they think it is.
But! We’ve been having fun with them at home. The ones I bought the most of are only $1.50 a book (they’re small books—those little Dover ones that are about the size of a notecard), and contain about the same square inchage of tattooage whether there are 4 largeish ones or 20 small ones. Amazon has them on their “4-for-3″ deal, so if you buy four books, one of them will automatically be free. If you buy eight books, two will be free. And so on. (Make sure you check each listing to make sure that one has the “4-for-3″ deal mentioned under Special Offers. All the ones I got did—but there are other sellers selling things on Amazon, and of course theirs don’t qualify.) All photos below are from Amazon.
Henna tattoos. This combines the tattoo fascination I’ve never acted on with the henna fascination I’ve never acted on. I also got the Henna Paisley and the Henna Floral ones.
Butterfly Tattoos. Classic starter tattoo type, and Elizabeth can share them. We also got a book of slightly larger, more realistic ones, and a book of henna butterflies. We were tempted by the Big Butterfly Tattoos, but I was feeling like three books of butterfly tattoos was enough for a first order.
Flower tattoos. Pretty! We also got the roses.
Stories of people accidentally getting the word for “bulky” instead of the word for “strength” makes many of us feel a little uneasy about getting any tattoo in a language we don’t speak—but for those of us who ARE sure of the character, these Chinese Character tattoos would be a good way to experiment with placement.
Glitter Fairy Tattoos. This is the sort of thing I imagine them having at Sparklecorn.
Birdie Tattoos! I also got the Henna Birds.
Cat tattoos. These are one of Elizabeth’s presents for while she’s recovering from her tonsillectomy. There are only 4 tattoos in the book, but they’re nice big ones.
Temporary Tattoos For Girls. I considered this one, but there’s no picture to show what the 100 tattoos are like. But now it’s half price, so I’m considering again. (This one isn’t a 4-for-3.)
I also considered this 12-pack of kids’ tattoos (again, not a 4-for-3), and I liked that they showed all the tattoos—but it was more fun to choose individual books.