Faux Tattoos Go From Trashy To Trendy

Trends come and go, but some things stick around long after the hangover wears off. We’re talking about tats. Of course, body art of the permanent variety has been around much longer than Britney Spears‘ tramp stamp, but it wasn’t until last spring that they truly went haute — making bold statements on the runways at Chanel, Rodarte and Gautier.

“It’s Maori–meets–L.A.–gang,” said makeup artist James Kaliardos of the temporary sleeve-style tattoos at Rodarte. “The look is inspired by East L.A. gang girls; even the lips are meant to appear tattooed.”

But before you go having your love for the Kaiser permanently emblazoned on your lower back, we suggest taking stock of some less painful (and regrettable) options. And make no mistake, these temporary tats aren’t the glittery  numbers we used to apply on the tire swing back in grade-school.

From Peter Philip’s replicas of the jewelry-like tattoos he created for Chanel to Temptu’s super-realistic line of ink; even this tat-tastic necklace — it turns out that this spring, going faux is no faux pax.

Because when it comes to looking tough… tat’s where it’s at.

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