Ephemeral body art using a blue dye

Freelance designer Jennifer Soon and illustrator Xue Enge are artists who use jagua gel – a fruit-based ink – to create semi-permanent body art similar to tattoos that, with care, can last up to two weeks.

It once took artist Ng See Min 17 hours to complete a full-sleeve tattoo around the entire arm, featuring intricate details such as a skull, roses and a bull's face.

But all that painstaking work faded away in days.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 05, 2019, with the headline 'Ephemeral body art using a blue dye'. Print Edition | Subscribe