While the rest of the world is still obsessed over floral head crowns and feather accessories for summer festivals, we have our eyes set on something a lot more glamorous — gilded metallic temporary tattoos. Not only is it fun to experiment with but it also instantly elevates any look without breaking the bank; and unlike permanent tattoos, you're not committed to just one design.
Decorative and guaranteed to set you apart, these gold and silver jewellery-like tattoos imagined in every iteration you can think of — rings, bracelets, necklaces and arm cuffs — are not completely new to the fashion scene. In fact, Dior first launched a limited edition 24-carat gold foil tattoo set (chokers, bracelets and cuffs) back in 2012. But as much as we would have loved to emblazon ourselves with glints of Dior gold, we are thankful for the handful of more affordable alternatives that have popped up ever since.
Some of these alternatives include US labels Flash Tattoos and Lulu DK, which offer friendly appliqués from US$20 upwards depending on designs and can be easily purchased online. However, the team at Buro Singapore were thrilled to discover a local brand offering these great accessories on our very own shores.
We took the opportunity to sit down with Rachel Xu, founder and designer of Kin Tattoo, to find out more about these metallic embellishments and what she has to offer.
Why did you decide to bring jewellery tattoos to Singapore?
A friend had used them as additional accents to complement the real jewellery pieces she wore for her wedding. I couldn't take my eyes off them. I love how they look like real jewellery and effortlessly dresses up an outfit. It felt like a great opportunity to bring them into Singapore because there's nothing quite like it in the market.
Why the name Kin Tattoo?
Kin means gold in Japanese. We wanted to have a simple and memorable name that's easily associated with the products. Plus, we thought the colour gold was a great hue to associate with some of our best memories and occasions; which we hope is what our tattoos will be used for.
How many designs does Kin Tattoo offer?
We currently offer four designs but there more are in the pipeline. We plan to create our own designs inspired by our own travels in the coming months.
What makes decorative body jewellery tattoo different from other tattoos?
Unlike other temporary tattoos that can appear childish, these jewellery-inspired body tattoos look polished and can be stylishly layered for greater impact. It's a really subtle accent that will get you noticed in the right way. I love how there are limitless ways to wear it depending on how creative you are with them. On a beach holiday, you can try bolder designs and go all out. If you want to wear it everyday, less is more.
How long do they usually last for?
Our tattoos last about three to five days depending on where you place them and how well you take care of them. To make sure they last longer, avoid soap, sunscreen, lotions or oils near your tattoo as these will cause the adhesive to disintegrate.
Is it hard to apply the tattoos on yourself?
It's really simple. Just make sure your skin is clean, dry and free of any oils. Cut out the tattoo as close to the edge as possible and remove the clear sheet. Place the tattoo face down on your skin and hold a wet cloth against it for about 30 seconds. Peel away the paper and pat gently with the wet cloth. Give it 10 minutes to set and it's best to not twist or stretch your skin while waiting for it to dry.
How much do the tattoos cost?
Individual sheets retail at $9.50 but if you buy more than three sheets it costs $9 each. If you decide on getting four or more, it's just $8.50 each.
To purchase from Kin Tattoo, click here.