Team USA Flash Collection
Olympic and Paralympic Games | Paris 2024
Team USA Flash Collection
Team USA is marking the start of the Road to Paris! For many Olympians and Paralympians, getting a tattoo commemorating the Games is a rite of passage—one that we want to share with you.
We’ve created custom temporary tattoo designs inspired by the legacy of the Games so you can be a part of Team USA.
Starting July 26th, we’re giving away hundreds of our made-to-fade tattoos to celebrate the countdown to Paris 2024.
01. SELECT A DESIGN, LOCATION, AND DATE
Choose the design that you love, a location and date that works with your schedule, and confirm your appointment! Please note that anybody is welcome to get a tattoo from the Team USA Flash Collection at Ephemeral, but only winners of the Team USA sweepstakes are eligible to redeem their Team USA tattoo for free.
Are you a Team USA free tattoo winner? Book your appointment now and redeem with your code in-studio!
02. IN THE STUDIO
On the day of your appointment, artists will adjust designs, and try out placements. Then it’s time to stencil and tattoo!
“Let’s try some size options to find the right one for you.”
03. HEALING & AFTERCARE
No need to buy aftercare supplies — we’ll provide a goodie bag with everything you need, including anti-itch cream, gentle soap, healing reminder instructions, and more.
“Message your studio if you have any questions, we are here for you!"
04. ENJOY YOUR FADE
Depending on your design and body, you can expect your tattoo to start getting lighter and lighter over time. Ephemeral ink is designed to fade and your tattoo timeline will differ from others. A standard fade is between 1-3 years.
“I wanted to test the design before deciding if I wanted to commit to a traditional tattoo that will be around forever.”
If you haven’t entered the Team USA Flash Collection giveaway yet, learn more here!
If you win a free tattoo from the Team USA Flash Collection, you’ll receive an email with a special one-time code —this code is eligible for one free Team USA tattoo. Choose any design from the Team USA flash sheet, redeemable at any Ephemeral Tattoo studio. Pick your favorite design from the collaboration flash sheet and have your one-time code on hand to present in-studio during checkout. We only collect credit card information during booking in case of last-minute cancellations or no-shows.
The special one-time code is only eligible for the tattoo designs from the Team USA Flash Collection sheet and only redeemable at an Ephemeral Tattoo studio before December 31, 2023.
Our flash tattoos start at $150. Flash is a limited-edition, ready-made design that you’ll be able to book at any of our locations. Flash is typically limited to arms and legs and you can make minimal customizations to the design as needed. This flash collection is priced as a subtle tattoo and can be sized up to 2 inches. After you choose your placement in studio, your Ephemeral artist can help determine the best size for the piece.
Talk to your tattoo artist about other options, needs, or design changes and how that might change pricing.
Custom tattoos start at $195 and can be as customizable as you’d like!
It really depends on your personal pain tolerances and where you are getting tattooed. For most people, arms and legs are typically less painful compared to ribs and more bony (or sensitive) areas like elbows and knees.
Tattooing can often be described as feeling like a scratch and vibration sensation at once. Some can relax into the sensation and fall asleep, while some do better with distraction techniques.
Some tips on making things easier:
- Take ibuprofen before your appointment
- Eat and hydrate before your appointment
- Don’t be afraid to take breaks! When you need a minute to adjust, your artist will always take the time and care you need to stay comfortable throughout your appointment
You must be 18+ to get an Ephemeral tattoo, regardless of parental consent. Here is the nitty gritty on why: in all 50 states, this law is partially based on the legal principle that a minor cannot enter into a legal contract or otherwise render informed consent for a procedure (like getting a tattoo).
Make plans to come in and celebrate with us on your 18th birthday, we’d be honored!
Our Ink & The Fade
Ephemeral’s ink looks, acts, and is applied just like a conventional tattoo—the only difference is that it can be fully removed by your body’s immune system, making it the perfect balance between a temporary tattoo and a permanent tattoo.
Our ink is biodegradable and is naturally broken down over time by your body and removed from the skin by your body's immune system. Traditional ink particles are too large to be broken down by your body. Our ink is different–but only in ways invisible to the eye–and made-to-fade.
Yes, all Ephemeral tattoos will completely fade away.
Given the physical and chemical nature and known degradation rates of components in our ink, it is impossible for an Ephemeral tattoo to be permanent. As long as there is water present in a tattoo wearer's body, Ephemeral tattoos will break down and will be naturally removed.
That depends on a few things. There are five primary factors at play when talking about your tattoo’s longevity expectations. Some are within your control and some are not. The factors that are in your control are the tattoo’s design (thin vs. thick lines, shading, size), placement (where on your body), and aftercare. The remaining factors, like your skin physiology and the immune system are unique to each individual.
With all these variables at play, we know that 70% of Ephemerals will fade in under 2 years based on the most popular tattoo design and placement choices customers make today. Regardless of where your Ephemeral tattoo falls in this range, rest assured: Your tattoo will completely fade. We guarantee that our tattoos will last at least a year and no more than three or your money back.
Regardless of where your Ephemeral tattoo falls in this range, rest assured knowing that it will fade away.
Everyone’s fade may look a little different. Take a look at our How It Works page to learn more about why and how fade varies and examples of how fade journeys can differ. You can also take a look at the fade journey of this husband and wife who got their tattoos on the exact same day.
The first noticeable attribute of a fading Ephemeral tattoo is a change in ink saturation. This is typically most obvious when you see your Ephemeral going from a dark black to a light gray.
Ephemeral’s ink is composed of medical-grade polymers (the same used in dissolvable stitches), water and dyes.
Simply put, polymers are chains of smaller molecules. The polymers in Ephemeral ink come from FDA-regulated manufacturers of medical devices—that’s what makes the polymers “medical grade.” They’re also biodegradable and bioabsorbable, so after they enter the body, they will gradually break down into carbon dioxide and water and then be removed.
The dyes in Ephemeral ink are naturally available or FDA-approved for use in cosmetics, food and medical devices. Unlike most permanent tattoo inks, we don’t use metal-based pigments or PPD (paraphenylenediamine) in Ephemeral ink.
Our made-to-fade ink is also vegan, and many of our components are derived from natural plant sources.
Ephemeral ink naturally breaks down and is removed completely by the body. To achieve this, we dedicated the first three years of our research and testing to carefully selecting each material used in our ink. We deliberately:
- Selected materials that break down, in the body, into carbon dioxide and water.
- Selected materials already approved for use by the FDA in other products such medical devices, cosmetics or food.
- Avoided the use of metallic components.
- Avoided the use of known carcinogenic and teratogenic components.
Additionally, while the FDA does not regulate tattoo inks, we voluntarily conducted a rigorous clinical study approved by the Institutional Review Board (a governing body of the FDA) as well as a safety study in partnership with Henry Ford hospital.
Yes, our ink is vegan—we don’t use any animal-derived ingredients or byproducts.
All Ephemeral tattoos are currently available in BLACK ink only. Not only is it the most popular tattoo color, it’s preferred by most tattoo artists and allows fine-line work to stand out.
We are developing Ephemeral color ink (hint: 🔴). It’s a delicate process and takes time, but it’s on the horizon. Sign up for our newsletter in the footer to be the first to hear when new Ephemeral colors become available!
Cancellations & Reschedules
Out of respect for our artists all cancellations within 72 hours will be charged a $20 fee. No shows will be charged a $50 fee.
To cancel, email your local studio.
Because we begin preparing for your tattoo in advance of your arrival, if you reschedule within 72 hours of your appointment, you'll be charged a $20 reschedule fee.
To reschedule, email your local studio.