Everything you need to know.

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Our Ink & The Fade

The polymers we use are biodegradable and naturally break down over time. Ephemeral’s ink particles are designed to shrink so that your body’s immune system will remove them in about 9-15 months. Traditional ink particles are too large for your body to remove, so that’s why they remain permanent

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.

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 ink is designed to fade in 9-15 months, which is what a majority of clients can expect.

Exact fade time can vary from person to person and some clients can expect fade times to be shorter or longer than the stated range. This is due to a number of variables such as tattoo placement, differences in our bodies (from immune response to skin physiology), amount of ink saturation (due to tattoo design), aftercare, and skin tones.

Regardless of where your Ephemeral tattoo falls in this range, rest assured knowing that it will fade away.

Yes, our ink is vegan—we don’t use any animal-derived ingredients or byproducts.

All Ephemeral tattoos are currently done in black ink, since it’s the most popular color, is preferred by most tattoo artists and looks great with fine line work.

As we expand, we plan to develop Ephemeral color ink, so sign up for our newsletter at the footer to learn about our product launches.

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 essentially 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.

Yes and we believe we have set the bar for safety in the tattoo industry.

The materials used in Ephemeral ink are commonly used in food and medical devices. In addition, we:

  • Chose materials that break down into components that are native to, naturally occurring, or used by our body (such as carbon dioxide, water, and oxygen).
  • Chose materials previously tested for biocompatibility and are approved for surgical use, drug delivery, and other applications to minimize undesired adverse responses.
  • Avoided all metallic components and all known carcinogenic and teratogenic components.
  • Avoided animal-based or animal-derived components.

Pricing

Your deposit is fully refundable until you book your appointment. Once you book an appointment, we consider your desposit used.

If you haven't used your deposit and you'd like a refund simply reach out to hello@ephemeral.tattoo and we'll help refund your deposit.

The Subtle Ephemeral, small and simple tattoo designs, are $195 - $245.
The Statement Ephemeral, more complex and intricate tattoos with shading, are $350- $550.

Our prices reflect our philosophy of providing artists with guaranteed income, include up to 20% tips for all artists, include aftercare products for all clients and fund continous improvements in our experience.

Your initial reservation deposit counts towards your final price of your tattoo.

In traditional shops it's best practice to tip your tattoo artist 20%. At Ephemeral we already include the tip in the total cost of the tattoo.

Our artists aren't paid on commision and are paid a salary—that's why our tip is included in all our prices. Our prices reflect our philosophy of providing artists with financial security and to fund continous improvements in our experience.

After you make a reservation, you'll get a Design Survey that will tell you if your design falls into our Subtle or Statement category.

The final price of your Ephemeral depends on the exact design you want and is determined in-studio with your tattoo artist during your appointment and before you get tattooed. Don't worry you'll get a full consultation and transparent pricing as a part of your appointment—no surprises.

We accept all major credit cards and are cashless. Note: we cannot currently split payments.

Booking Your Tattoo

It starts with a fully refundable reservation (deposit). Once you place your reservation, you'll fill out a design survey about your tattoo idea to unlock booking.

Booking happens during our appointment drops on Thursday @ 10am local time. It’s first come, first served, so be sure to check your emails for the booking link.

Note: Once you book an appointment, we consider your desposit used.

After you place your reservation, you'll unlock our design survey. Once you've filled out that design survey, you'll get a chance to book during our Thursday appointment drops at 10am local time.

Appointment times range depending on the size and level of detail for your design.

The Subtle Ephemeral will take 1-2 hours. More complex and larger pieces, Statement Ephemeral, can take 3-5 hours.

Our appointments drop every Thursday at 10am local time. We open bookable dates 4-6 weeks out from the dropped date.

Cancellations & Reschedules

Our studio team and tattoo artists begin reviewing your design and preparing for your appointment. This means every time a client cancels our artists cannot recoup that time.

Out of respect for our artists all cancellations within 72 hours will be charged a $100 fee.

If you are unable to make it your appointment please reach out to the studio team 1 week in advance. We prefer that you let our studio team know sooner rather than later.

Because we begin preparing for your tattoo well in advance of your arrival, if you reschedule within 72 hours of your appointment, you'll be charged a $50 reschedule fee.

The deposit becomes non-refundable once you book because we're securing a slot for you that another client cannot book.

COVID

Masks are optional for both customers and staff. Our artists will be wearing masks while tattooing. If you don’t bring one and want one, we will supply you with a mask.


We’ve done everything we can to make health and safety a priority for you and our staff.

  • There east 6 feet of distance between workstations.
  • Everything that is touched will be sanitized and disinfected, this includes all devices, tools, products, and all surfaces.
  • Studio professionally deep cleaned weekly.

No you do not need to show proof of vaccination.

Other Questions

You must be 18+ to get an Ephemeral tattoo, regardless of parental consent.

All Ephemeral tattoos are currently done in black ink since it’s the most popular color, is preferred by most tattoo artists, and looks great with fine line work.