Ever since early 2010 when Chanel unveiled it’s upcoming line of temporary body art at the Spring runway show, the temporary tattoo has been in the throws of a comeback.
The Chanel line, including fifty five separate tattoo art elements, was made to look something like sophisticated jewelry, but improving upon the trend with characteristic panache, Miss Beyonce Knowles and company teamed up later that year with legendary airbrush artistes Temptu to create a signature line of edgy stick-on art for Dereon.
From face painting, to the avant garde, and back again, temporary body art has seen its share of ups and downs.
Gone are the days of water soluble pigment-laced papers snatched from the bottom of Cracker Jack boxes.
The contemporary nature of skin art is painted, airbrushed, stuck with hypo-allergenic glue; this new breed of brilliant body adornment is full of possibility, and best of all looks real when attempting to.
Although temporary staining or pigmentation of the skin is certainly nothing new, even the ancient Indian art of mehndi has experienced an artistic resurgence, with more Westerners indulging and more intricate designs being developed by new imaginative henna artists worldwide.
Can you tell which ones are real? Then neither will she.