SOURCE: DEVELOPERS & CHAINS
Brothers Tyler and Braden Handley launched the Inkbox semi-permanent tattoo concept in early 2015 at Ryerson University’s Fashion Zone. Promoted as ‘Temporary Bad Decisions’, Inkbox offers pre-made tattoos in a variety of designs that are applied to the skin in a painless press-on manner. While the temporary tattoo appears authentic on the skin, it gradually fades as the skin surface naturally regenerates. Inkbox also sells the ink that can be applied freehand for unique and personalized applications. Made with an organic formula, the ‘tattoos’ will last for eight to 18 days. In late 2017, the company moved into a 13,000 square foot former gym on King St. West at Spadina Ave. in downtown Toronto. The street level of the three-floor site displays the choices of semi-permanent tattoos along with applications. The company is shipping the temporary tattoos to over 150 countries, though the largest percentage is to the United States. Earlier this year Inkbox received funding from venture capitalists to expand its operations. Part of this expansion calls for additional studios. Inkbox has retained Jeff Berkowitz at Aurora Realty Consultants to handle the search in Canada. The Inkbox studio will locate in high street locations and enclosed malls. Depending on the market and the site, the units will operate in 500 to 3000 square feet.