Temporary tattoos are non –permanent skin designs that resemble tattoos. They can be drawn, painted or airbrushed as a form of body painting. However, they are tattoos that are transferred to the skin. Temporary tattoos are used for various reasons including self-expression, identification and advertising.

Old-fashioned temporary tattoo designs became popular as inserts in bubble gum with poor quality of ink with blurry designs that are easily washed or rubbed off. These lick-an-peel tattoos have become famous as temporary tattoos in America. Modern temporary tattoos are made from ink and glue and they last longer compared to old temporary tattoos. A temporary tattoo is placed on the outer surface of the skin and stays there until the image fades, usually from three to five days or when removed.

In general, temporary tattoos consist of five basic elements, including the front sheet of paper, glue, ink, back of the paper and protective plastic sheet. The front sheet is covered with special coating with the image printed using special ink. A glue layer is applied on top of the image. A thin, transparent plastic sheet is placed over the front sheet to serve as protection to the image and the layer of glue. The back sheet stays untreated and contains various ingredients and instructions printed on them.

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