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Ephemeral is developing tattoo ink designed to disappear after a year

Practically everyone who has ever considered a tattoo knows the old parental refrain of “you’ll have it forever.” It’s a fairly stark warning tinged with the regret of a generation covered in inked relics of disco and popular culture past.

Some temporary solutions do exist, including the relatively recent phenomenon of the two-week tattoo (along with some other high tech options). A two-year-old Harlem-based startup spun out of NYU is presently in the process of bringing a year-long solution to market.

Ephemeral is a two-part system, involving an ink designed to break down after a year, along with a separate removal solution

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