Give yourself a temporary tattoo with new skin-safe markers

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If you’ve thought about getting a tattoo but aren’t sure what you want — or are simply afraid of their permanence — there’s a product on the market that might make your decision easier. New BodyMark Temporary Tattoo Markers from Bic allow you to show off your creativity without the commitment of a permanent tattoo.

While Bic’s skin-safe markers have been around for a bit, they’re releasing a newer version with a fine tip that will hit store shelves nationwide by the end of March. They’ll come in eight colors — red, pink, gold, green, purple, black, and two shades of blue — and will include three stencils to make inking yourself up nice and easy. (Though, of course, you’re only limited by your imagination.) A pack of all eight colors is $29.99.


The pens are designed for those ages 13 and up and, while they comply with cosmetic regulations, they have not been tested on sensitive skin, so you should be sure to use them on a small area first and discontinue use if redness or irritation occurs.

A Bic spokesperson says the markers will stay on your skin for about three days, but the package also says it may take several washings with soap and water to remove them completely. So if you have to head to work or to a formal event after using them, it might be best to not put them in a spot that’s highly visible, like, you know, your face.


Stencils run the gamut from sports-themed and flower stencils to music notes and even unicorns. They’re perfect for adding some flair to any outfit, and they easily fit in a purse or bag so you can take them with you on a fun night out.


Social media is filled with people who have used the original BodyMark pens to ink themselves up, and it’s making us excited for how cool the fine tip designs are sure to look.

Here’s a henna design done up by Instagram user @thehennapeacock:

Here’s a tiny constellation created by Instagram user @loverly_dean:

And this floral piece by Instagram user @genna_riggins is seriously impressive:

There are a few other tattoo pens available on Amazon. A pack from Professional Body Art by Velvet comes with five pens for $40 while another from Skin Companion comes with seven markers for $10.

Michaels also sells a set of body markers in stores, but they don’t appear to be fine-tipped, which means you may not be able to draw designs that are especially intricate.

Do you think you have the artistic chops to draw your own tattoo?