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THE TATTOO THAT LASTS FOR A YEAR - is this even possible?

There is a new made-to-fade tattoo company that’s been in research and development for the past six years and just launched a reservations site for everybody that is interested in try it out. Their first brick-and-mortar studio is opened in Brooklyn, NYC last Spring.



Ephemeral is claiming to be the first and only tattoo that is made-to-fade in a year. Applied by real tattoo artists, Ephemeral tattoos are formulated to have a shorter lifespan– giving you the freedom to get tattoos without a lifetime commitment.


Backed by a team of chemical engineer PhDs, The company wants to bridges the gap between conventional ink and temporary tattoos — making the artistry that comes with permanent tattoos more accessible to those who want to express themselves creatively without the lifelong commitment to a particular design.


"Ephemeral’s tattoo ink comprises medical grade, bioabsorbable, and biocompatible polymers, with carefully chosen high-quality pigments that are routinely used in foods, cosmetics, and other products. These pigments that become small enough overtime to be removed by the body were developed by Dr. Vandan Shah and Dr. Brennal Pierre over the past six years.

Explain to us Joshua Sakhai, co-founder of Ephemeral Tattoo Ink.




The team has tested over 50 ink formulations. Additionally, Ephemeral has initiated an IRB approved clinical trial to scientifically validate the safety and efficacy of the ink.




The founders behind the idea of Ephemeral Ink met at the NYU and developed the idea of a temporary tattoo ink with a lot of scientific background.


Joshua Sakhai is a co-founder of Ephemeral. When he met his co-founders in his first year at NYU studying business and computer science, the idea for Ephemeral immediately resonated with his own experience: having a tattoo without committing for life with it.


Jeffrey Liu is the CEO of Ephemeral. Jeff comes to Ephemeral from Tesla and Casper. Growing up in Cupertino, CA in a Chinese-American household where tattoo tolerance was limited, he understands the need for self-expression. Jeff now has eight Ephemeral tattoos, one which is of his dog Astor.


Brennal Pierre is co-founder and CTO of Ephemeral. His background spans academia, teaching at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering at NYU’s Polytechnic School of Engineering. He has applied his formal training in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering to develop made-to-fade ink as another tool for creative tattoo artists.


Vandan Shah is a co-founder of Ephemeral and PhD in Chemical Engineering at NYU. He holds three patents; and has a combined 10 years of research and product development experience, with work that has been published in multiple scientific journals. Vandan co-founded Ephemeral while doing his PhD and subsequently co-developed the made-to-fade ink. He was actually the first volunteer to ever try the initial ink formulation, which he tattooed on himself. Since then he has gotten more than 50 Ephemeral Tattoos.

More about Ephemeral on their website Ephemeral Tattoo


What are your thoughts about temporary tattoos? Do you think this is possible? Leave your comment or write us and tell your opinion!

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