ArtParty4U adds realistic temporary tattoos, cautions about care in body art
Take care that your artist is using only FDA-approved or compliant paints in your body art
Airbrush tattoos have been a staple at fairs and parties for a long time. The process is simple... an artist sticks a stencil onto a body location, and then uses paint to fill the area. A simple process -- but typically not spectacular.
"We're happy to add a new type of airbrush tattoo to our services," says Ed Mueller, owner of ArtParty4U, "Instead of just filling in a stencil, we work with both positive and negative space, plus filling in other areas with various freestyle adornments. The results look like actual tattoos... and are extremely fast."
ArtParty4U premiered these tattoos a number of months ago, and the response was extremely positive. Halloween 2015 gave the company the opportunity to use the airbrush tattoos on a larger scale to not only embellish traditional Halloween costumes, but also for people who just wanted to get a tattoo -- without the permanence.
ArtParty4U uses FDA-compliant alcohol-based airbrush paint for their work, which can last up to 5 days with proper care. They do caution people looking for this type of body art -- or any body art -- to check into what kind of materials the artist is using.
"We're licensed and insured," says Mueller, "and our insurance will not cover us if we're not using FDA-compliant paint, so we don't use any material that aren't FDA-compliant. You'll find that a number of artists -- especially the bargain-priced ones -- aren't doing that."
This can be a big problem with body art. The FDA recently released a warning regarding "Black Henna", a popular form of pigment that's similar to the brown-orange henna seen in works from India. Black Henna may contain the coloring of p-phenylenediamine, also known as PPD, which is only permitted for use as a hair dye. Reactions have included burns, blisters, and scarring.
"Jagua" is another popular pigment, made from the unripened fruit of the Genipa Americana tree, and is popular in South American countries like Colombia and Peru. While listed as "organic" and "natural", it is not FDA-compliant, and has created reactions similar to black henna.
"I was at a temporary tattoo stand at a major venue here in Las Vegas, and the technician was using Jagua," recalls Mueller, "I asked whether that was FDA-compliant, and they replied that it is 'natural' and then proceeded to show me the certificate -- which went ahead with a disclaimer that reactions could occur that were similar to those of black henna."
"We don't use it. It's not worth it."
ArtParty4U is available for oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting parties as well as face painting, body art, balloon art, and airbrush tattoos. You can see their website at http://www.ArtParty4U.com