Or a story about temporary tattoos. 

I know I already discussed the tattoo kinda topic on Instagram last week, but wanted to spread some more thoughts here and especially share my experience with TAADA.AADA. But first things first. It's been quite a number of years that I've been thinking of making a tattoo or two. Nothing happened by now as my ideas keep changing all the time. See that's the thing, a real tattoo is not that easy to get rid of and so far I don't have a clearly clear vision of how it should look like. I believe a tattoo should be done for own self and definitely have a special meaning, rather than in order to show off. And still Lidewij Edelkoort in her Anti_Fashion manifest states that tattoos will soon replace actual prints on clothing. Sounds a bit crazy, huh? I mean, again, print is something you can easily replace while a tattoo is not, unless it's a temporary one. But on the other hand, facts are, tattoos are more of a casual thing nowadays and people seem to get bored of the present fashion...

Anyways, yes, I still haven't made a firm decision regarding a tattoo, so I decided to go for a temporary one (actually a full pack). It was just on time that a friend of mine introduced me to TAADA.AADA - Latvian brand that specializes in temporary tattoos. Was pretty sceptical first, as I remember last year's mass'ed craziness over those metallic ones. Well, trends are trends. The main reason I went for this 'temporary' experience I used to love so much back in childhood days was to test spots I am thinking to ink. As a result, a relatively statement tattoo is not something I would want. Can't escape but discuss 'Latvian ethnographic symbols' collection I gave preference to. From early days people believed (we still do, don't we?) such symbols do possess certain power. For example, a sign I applied on my wrist is called 'Ozoliņš' - one of the strongest signs in Latvian ethnography - a symbol of wisdom. So apart from understanding own self, I undertook another good journey into Latvian ethnography.


Photo: A. Puzova