We LOVE tattoos - but if there's one thing that scares us about inking (apart from the needle actually having to scratch away at our skin) it's the horror that we might go off it and then be stuck with it for life.
We have commitment issues, it's not our fault.
But soon, tattoos could be available that you can actually fully erase - without having to get them lasered off.
Basically, it's all thanks to some seriously clever people down at New York University who are currently developing a tattoo ink and process that will allow you to erase tattoos within the next five years.
Accord to Seung Shin, the CEO of the company 'Ephemeral', told Washington Square News that the reason why normal tattoos don't fade is that the ink molecules are too large for the body's natural immuno defenses to break them down.
So Ephemeral's new technology is basically looking to solve this by replacing normal ink with smaller groups of molecules bound in capsules.
To erase the ink, an artist would simply run over it with a tattoo gun loaded with a dissolving solution that would cause the capsules to break down. Because the molecules are smaller, it'd also mean that your tattoo might fade in time naturally too, but hey - you can always get it touched up.
Says Shin, "Five years down the road, I hope we've substantially dented the tattoo industry, its culture, and its future." Noting that long-term temporary tats might make them more palatable to the public he adds, "I hope to see a lot more people with ink."
Aaaaamen. We really want this to be a thing, 'cos no matter how much we're considering getting a Harry Potter Horcrux on our wrist - we're not sure whether it'll still be as cool when we're 80.