We Got Temporary Tattoos And Nobody -- Seriously, No One -- Could Tell They Were Fake

We Got Temporary Tattoos

'The look of a permanent tattoo, the lifetime of a temporary one' -- it sounds like a dream, doesn't it? A tattoo that looks 100% real but doesn't require decades of commitment.

These are the words Momentary Ink, a new temporary tattoo company, boasts on their website . The service, which launched last Tuesday (Nov. 3), delivers customized fake tats to your doorstop so you can try out 'em out for a few days before taking the plunge and getting them inked for real (or not).





'I was interested in getting a tattoo ... but I didn’t know what to get or where on my body to get it,' Jordan Denny, who founded Momentary Ink in January 2015, told MTV News in an email. 'There were just too many decisions to make upfront. It's funny, nothing else you'll ever buy makes you commit to so much with so little testing. So as someone that wanted a tattoo but didn't like the process, I thought I'd reinvent how people get tattoos.'

Momentary Ink

Denny personally tried around 50 different combos of paper, adhesive and sealers to find the perfect ingredients for the two-part 'secret solution' mentioned in the image above. The first solution, blue in color, seals the ink onto your skin so it lasts longer than, say, the temporary tattoos you got in kids' cereal boxes. The second solution, pink in color, takes away the tat's shine so that it looks even more realistic.



'Every temporary tattoo leaves a glossy finish caused by the leftover adhesive plastic that's essential to transferring the tattoo from the paper to your skin,' Denny explained. 'Our secret solution mixes with the glossy remnants to create a 'second-skin' that's undetectable and produces a lived-in look we're known for. When used with our sealing agent, it produces a one-of-a-kind tattoo that's unique to Momentary Ink.'

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You can easily see the difference in the before and after pics below.

As for the ordering process, it's quick and painless. You just upload an image of the tattoo you want to the website and select a size.



'If you don't have a design already, you can search through our gallery for inspiration or work one-on-one with our in-house tattoo artists,' Denny said. 'The prices range from to per design based on size, with huge discounts when you buy more than one, [because] we realize most customers want to try on their tattoo in two or three spots.'

Denny kindly worked with MTV News to provide us sample Momentary Ink tattoos for review. Four MTV News staffers -- Taylor Trudon , Joe Lamour , Stacey Grant and Deepa Lakshmin (myself) -- tried them out to see (1) if people believed they were real and (2) how people reacted to our new ink. Taylor got a rose, Stacey requested a colorful fox, Joe submitted a design created by Brooklyn-based illustrator Lauren Kolesinskas and I asked for a 'This too shall pass' quote from Momentary Ink's gallery. Here's what we thought:

  • Taylor

    The tattoo is a bit larger than something I would have normally gotten in real life, but the shading was on-point and made the flower look very realistic. My only problem was that the perimeter of the tattoo seemed to peel and deteriorate rather quickly, making me question if I used the sealant correctly or if it was just the quality. Other than that, the tattoo itself lasted for over a week, which in my opinion, is more than enough time if you're trying to figure out if it's something you'd actually want to ink on your skin permanently.

    In terms of people reacting to it, my roommate definitely thought it was real at first glance, asking me, 'WTF is that?' But the best reaction was texting my mom a photo of the tattoo. My mom has several tattoos -- as do I -- but her reaction wasn't what I expected. Despite her being very pro-tattoos, I think she was disappointed at the prospect of me getting a tattoo without telling her first, whereas I assumed she'd be really excited for me. Regardless, it was fun to prank her. Ultimately, Momentary Ink is a great option if you want to try a tattoo out but maybe aren't ready for ~commitment~.

  • Stacey https://instagram.com/p/9H-QLTC96r/

    My tattoo is over a week old now, and it's still going strong! There is some minor wear, but I was careful with it when bathing in the shower. Personally, I think the quality is fantastic, considering how people assumed it was actually real. I had several people text me asking about my tattoo, and many people on Facebook and Instagram were fooled. Since some of these people have real tattoos on their bodies, I felt like this was a success.

    All in all, the reactions to my tattoo -- besides, 'OMG YOU GOT A TATTOO?' -- were positive. People thought it was gorgeous. My mom was the only one who saw it in person. She was initially fooled, but then realized it was fake. However, she's my mom, so she knows me really well. She knows I hate needles, and if I did get a tattoo, it would never be one as big as my fox.

  • Joe

    I've been thinking about making my latest tattoo a head in profile for quite a while. I was planning on getting it placed above my elbow on the back of my arm next month, but at the last moment before using my Momentary Ink tattoo, decided to move it to my forearm, to see if I would rather get it there.

    Application for me was kind of difficult -- the heavy blacks and intricate design didn’t seem to take too well to my skin, especially on the curved surface of an arm. It was also a tad on the wrinkly side -- though that may be human error -- but I wouldn't suggest trying out your black work tattoos unless you have some help.

    The greatest thing about this tattoo, though, is that wearing it on my forearm for three days definitely changed my mind about placement and made me want to change a few things about the design before I make it permanent. I also kept getting compliments on social media and IRL, which made me more confident in wanting to get it (although I would have gotten it anyway). For making someone realize what they do and do not want, Momentary Ink is a great resource.

  • Deepa

    I loved my 'tattoo.' The application process is a little more involved than with your typical temporary tats, but it was completely worth it. I also have super-sensitive skin and was worried about having a reaction to the 'secret solution.' Fortunately, this wasn't an issue and as the days passed, I felt like the tattoo sort of sunk into my skin and looked even more realistic. (The photo above is from the first day I had it!)

    No one, and I mean NO ONE, realized it wasn't real. My parents visited me that weekend and were surprisingly cool with it. My mom even started telling me about all the tattoos she secretly wanted! They did say I should've gotten it done on my back, though. After over 12 hours of hanging out with them, I finally told them it was fake, to which they said, 'I KNEW something was up! It's so out of character for you.' But if I hadn't said anything, they would've definitely kept thinking it was real.

    My friends 100% believed it. I posted a photo to my Facebook and 70+ likes later, the only people questioning its authenticity were my very best friends who, like my parents, know I'm not the one to make impulsive decisions. Everyone who saw it in person -- including a random stranger at the gym -- asked me what it said. Hell, some of my friends STILL think it's real, because I'm having way too much fun fooling them. They'll figure it out on their own when they see me next weekend. *evil cackle*