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Anyone getting tattooed should carefully consider the image to be drawn on the skin since it would be permanent. There is supposed to be no changing of mind when the chosen design is inked on any part of the body.

There is a safe way to remove unwanted tattoo though. A Q-switched laser is used to dissolve the ink by heat. The process, however, takes time. Multiple sessions, with weeks of rest in between to allow the healing of the lasered skin, is needed. The bigger the tattoo, the longer it takes to remove it.

For those who don’t want a permanent skin mark, they can opt to use Ephemeral Tattoo, the first-ever made-to-fade tattoo ink developed by chemical engineers from New York University and three other graduates of the school. The medical-grade and US Food and Drug Administration-approved ink safely fades in one year’s time as its name implies.

The cost of getting the fading tattoo — $250 to $450 — is the same as having a permanent tattoo in the US. It is ideal for doing away with that feeling of regret to those who lose love for their tattoo.

Ephemeral Tattoo should probably be practical for word tattoos as there are cases of embarrassing misspellings. Those who prefer foreign words or code tattoos should also use temporary ink in case its meaning is not the intended one.

Sensory analyst Bri Pritchett, 24, should be among the tattoo enthusiasts who could benefit from the non-permanent tattoo developed by Ephemeral.

When Pritchett studied at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, she visited nearby Sedona and fell in love with its desert for relaxing her after a class. Hiking in Sedona became her stress reliever until she graduated and relocated to St. Louis.

To remember the place she loves, Pritchett decided to have a tattoo of downtown Sedona’s coordinates — 34° 52’ 12” N 111° 45’ 36” W. The geographically-challenged lady, however, gave the tattoo artist the wrong cardinal direction for the longitude. Instead of N, she put S.

Pritchett’s sister noticed the error and told her about it. The coordinates tattooed on her back refer to an obscure spot 3,000 miles away in the South Pacific Ocean.

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