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Tats for tots: Temporary ink lets Brooklyn kids look like Brooklyn adults

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Brooklyn parents want the best for their kids — even when it comes to tattoos.

DUMBO designer Tina Roth Eisenberg is on a mission to transform tacky temporary tats into designer accessories, bringing a bit of class to the quarter machine staple with her brand Tattly.

“Temporary tattoos are just part of being a kid,” said Eisenberg, Tattly’s Swiss-born founder and the mastermind behind the design blog Swiss Miss. “Why not have really cool ones instead of crappy ones?”

Thanks to the mom-of-two’s trusty network of graphic designers, children and commitment-wary adults alike are flexing biceps adorned with popsicles, mustachioed rocket men, and diamond-encrusted boom boxes — all without going under the needle.

It all started six months ago, when Eisenberg’s 5-year-old daughter, Ella, nettled her mom’s inner typography snob when she came home with a “hideous, sparkly pink and purple” temporary tattoo.

Eisenberg found herself wondering why there weren’t any classier emblems that look real enough for adults, but cute enough for kids.

So she consulted her fellow illustrators, who instantly flooded her inbox with ideas for fresh ink.

The end result is an offbeat assemblage of ink that wouldn’t look out of place on a sunny day on Bedford Avenue; classic cameras and coffee cups by Brooklyn designer Julia Rothman; a swing set and a brown rabbit smoking a pipe by Canadian Marc Johns; and computer cursors and feline faces by the borough’s Josh Smith.

Tattly took off in flying colors, even getting a nod last month at Borough President Markowitz’s “State of the Borough” address.

Eisenberg dispelled the notion that her faux anchors and hearts might turn tots into future Dennis Rodmans or Kat Von Ds.

Her art is meant as an accessory — especially for adult commitment-phobes.

“I know I will never get a tattoo, but I love my temporary one,” she said. “It all comes down to self expression. You can dye your hair, wear big earrings, or you can get a Tattly.”

Eisenberg’s daughter, who’s become Tattly’s one-kid focus group, agrees.

“They’re pretty,” said Ella, flashing a fake red wristwatch. “We should make one with a beautiful princess swan, with a crown on it.”

Tattly’s tats comes in pairs for $5, or themed menageries starting at $15. For info, visit Tattly.

Reach Kate Briquelet at kbriquelet@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-2511.

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o3 from w'burg says:
oh great, skank tats for teh chuldrenz just like mom. next-up, cosmetic skin mods to look like cats. brillant
Feb. 28, 2012, 7:57 am
Spike from Ticonderoga New York says:
The uniform of the non-conformist!
Feb. 28, 2012, 8:18 am
o3 says:
oh great, skank tats for kids just like mom. what's next, cosmetic skin mods to look like cats? 2xwtf
Feb. 28, 2012, 8:45 am
Miguel Carraway from Clinton Hill says:
First coffee for kids, now this! God will smite this hedonistic borough in no time.
Feb. 28, 2012, 10:27 am
Clyde Shuman from Carroll Gardens says:
Just when I think that Brooklyn has exhausted the limits of stupidity when it comes to children, along comes something new.
Feb. 28, 2012, 10:37 am
echo from ny says:
wonderful. skanky ink just like their mothers. what's the next thing? are they going get the new "feline" modification? holy ——.
Feb. 28, 2012, 11:02 am
manhatposeur from Portlyn Lakes Park says:
Hipster-in-training... gotta love it.
Feb. 28, 2012, 11:19 am
Duff from Columbia Heights says:
So the skinny of the story is daughter comes home, moms like don't bring that #$%% in this house!, I'll show you young lady! Let's make realistic tats, aka mother daughter time. I get it, but why did the mom have to bring the daughter into the story?, Mom, or Guardian, go on & do your skankin' without cruching on you offspring! Didn't know Brooklyn family values were at such a high!
Feb. 28, 2012, 12:29 pm
Duff from Columbia Heights says:
So the skinny of the story is daughter comes home, moms like don't bring that #$%% in this house!, I'll show you young lady! Let's make realistic tats, aka mother daughter time. I get it, but why did the mom have to bring the daughter into the story?, Mom, or Guardian, go on & do your skankin' without cruching on you offspring! Didn't know Brooklyn family values were at such a high!
Feb. 28, 2012, 12:29 pm
remembers being a kid says:
Um, fake tattoos for kids are nothing new. You'd get them in cracker jack boxes. What's all the uproar for?
Feb. 28, 2012, 12:35 pm
Duff* responding to remembers being a kid from Columbia Heights says:
maybe you didn't read the between the lines, or maybe you just didn't Read the lines that said her tats are from "Adults, & the line that mentioned "her daughter is the only kid found in the Aka focus group." Sounds like mom is happy to have her in the "family room!" when friends come over!
Feb. 28, 2012, 12:57 pm
UmadBro from wat says:
Echo o3 = samefag
Feb. 28, 2012, 3:38 pm
echo from ny says:
UmadBro,
No not the samefag. My name is echo you stupid ——
Feb. 28, 2012, 3:58 pm
Linda from Fort Greene says:
I think this is a cute idea!! Especially since kids get the wet and stick ones at every birthday party or fair... I may contact her to give my daughter one for her 10th birthday!!! Although I am as upset at the economy as everyone else, I am loving the entrepreneurial spirit and innovative ideas that have arisen. Especially in Brooklyn!! Always at the forefront of neat ideas...
Feb. 28, 2012, 4:58 pm
Skellatosis from BK says:
Whoopie
Feb. 28, 2012, 10:25 pm
Go to hell from Fort Greene says:
Linda I hope you're kidding....
Feb. 29, 2012, 9:10 am
echo from ny says:
Linda, I was wishing that that was a joke...
Feb. 29, 2012, 10:47 am
old time broklyn from slope says:
get our tramp stamp early - do not mislead those 9nth graders and groom yourself - or even better the afro american seniors looking for some prime white slope gals 18 and a day
Feb. 29, 2012, 10:13 pm
Alex from Gravesend says:
F u hipsters go back to where u came from!
March 2, 2012, 11:19 pm

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