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Have you ever gotten tatted and later regret it?
Just in case you’re one of the people in the world who would answer yes to that, than you’re in luck to this new ink that’s out.
Ephemeral is a company that is developing a new ink that is supposed break down in a year’s time. This ink has a separate removal solution.

“Tattoo inks today are permanent because of the fact that the dye molecules are too big for your body’s immune system to take away,” explains co-founder Anthony Lam. “By using smaller molecules, we’ve encapsulated them inside this spherical structure that’s big enough that your immune system doesn’t take it away. But when you remove it, it essentially eats away one of the components and the dye molecules are flushed out.”
The product isn’t completed yet, the company is still testing it out and on pigs first since they have similar cells as us. The Ephemeral CEO Seung Shin said that they do hope to have their product out by Fall of next year.
“We haven’t really sealed down the pricing yet, but we’re looking at anywhere from $50 to $100 for an average sized tattoo,” says Shin. “Right now we’re planning for our [initial] financing round and we hope to have it up in the next ten months or so.”
The other short-termed, temporary tattoo ink is Henna. Henna is used for religious ceremonies, wedding festivals and for simple body adornment for the people of ancient Egypt and India.
Would you ever pay for a tattoo that will disappear in a about a year?

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