To-Do Tattoos

I can’t remember where I first saw these, but the “To-Do Tattoo” caught my attention as a great way to help kids remember things. The temporary tattoos in the kit seem a bit unnecessary, but the skin-safe gel pen is a hit in my book.

Sure, you could easily create a digital list or a list on a sheet of paper, but both run the risk of being lost. This way, you can be sure your child makes it wherever he needs to go with everything on his list.

It’s novel, and I like when organizing can be fun.

46 Comments for “To-Do Tattoos”

  1. posted by Cindy Marsch on

    The “real” photo list is inspiring in its aspirations, but the one on the package promises a bad honey-do weekend!

  2. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Cindy — I didn’t even pay attention to what was written on his hand! Hysterical

    Guy #1: “Do you have any big plans for your weekend?”
    Guy #2: “Oh, just the usual. Climb Everest, pilot the space shuttle. Nothing fancy. How about you?”
    Guy #1: “I’m going to buy some kitty litter. Should be fun.”

  3. posted by sue on

    The original PALM Pilot! LOL!

    When I find myself w/o paper—I do this with a pen.

  4. posted by Bert Webb on

    NOT novel. Many students try to use this idea (not the temporary tattoo lines, though) on test days. I’ll bet many of you did too and just forgot!

  5. posted by Bert Webb on

    Is this the new Palm product? (eeewww! I know, I know…)

  6. posted by Wilhelm Scream on

    So, um, what’s the difference between this and just writing on your hand with a pen? Apart from the cost and packaging?

  7. posted by AG on

    I almost thought this was a Unitasker product. This must be for weekend use because I refuse to use this at work where I could potentially meet customers.

    You never get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression and I don’t want to give the customer the wrong impression of my “hectic” lifestyle or my “faulty” memory.

  8. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Wilhelm — This actually includes a pen that is safe for writing on the skin. Most other pens aren’t … I don’t know the science behind why others aren’t safe … it would be interesting to learn … any scientists know???

  9. posted by stuart on

    is it Wednesday?

  10. posted by SandyO on

    Let’s see. A kid is to go out and buy bacon, kitty litter and vodka. Hmmmm.

  11. posted by d on

    if only they had this 20 years ago when i was writing on my hand with a papermate ball point….
    i wonder how damaged i am from that πŸ™‚

  12. posted by Julie Bestry on

    A loaf of bread, a container of milk and a stick of butter.

    (For the old-time Sesame Street fans in all of us.)

  13. posted by Liz on

    And to think I spent years trying to stop my child from writing on himself! And letting other children write on him!

    This product is hysterical! They’ll be selling you cans of fresh air next πŸ™‚

  14. posted by Another Deb on

    As an eighth grade teacher, I will attest that even if it is written ON THEIR HAND, there will be someone who will claim to have lost the list.

  15. posted by infmom on

    Heh. As a real tattooed person I would like to point out that the palm of the hand is not a good place for ink, either temporary or permanent. If you’re going to write on your hand and not have the ink vanish before you need it, the back of the hand is much better.

    If you’re trying to sneak notes past the teacher, though, all bets are off. πŸ™‚

  16. posted by Gillian on

    And what about teaching kids to wash their hands at every chance?! Try it on your arm instead.

  17. posted by Sky on

    My husband always writes names and phone numbers on his hand and it comes off on my leather steering wheel! Maybe he needs a different pen.
    I prefer a paper note….

  18. posted by Dave on

    Those are awesome! Forget about it being for just kids, I need it for myself.

    Thanks for the post!


  19. posted by me on

    Reminds me of the movie Memento!

  20. posted by Theresa on

    Whether a pen or temporary tattoo, writing on the hand is not for me. The Wrist Reminder is a great solution! Have you ever seen these?

  21. posted by Sandra on

    I think this would be a cool tool for kids to make notes while they’re reading a novel for discussion, etc.

  22. posted by Loren on

    I have acquaintance with a REAL tattoo of a piece of notepaper on his arm. Got to suggest that as a better placement, anything written on your palm will rub off in a few hours.

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  24. posted by SandyO on

    @Theresa – Now, I really like the idea of the Wrist Reminder. I think I’ll keep an eye out for it. Thanks.

  25. posted by nat on

    or you could get a real tattoo of a blank to-do list!

  26. posted by kat on

    LOL. Yeah, I already do this, only with an ordinary pen (no negative side effects so far!) and on the inside of my wrist instead of the palm of my hand (less likely to smudge or rub off on stuff).

  27. posted by Tabetha on

    Perhaps if one NEEDS to use this product, the arm would be more appropriate. I would hope that people would wash their hands well after using the washroom. πŸ™‚

  28. posted by Anita on

    I’d love to know how this pen’s ink is any “safer” for skin than your regular ball point pen.

    Actually, what I’d love to know even more is whether anyone out there was ever worried that regular ink might not be skin-safe…

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  30. posted by Rachel on

    @Julie Bestry: LOL Thanks! I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought of that.

    @Anita, I have never worried about the safety of a ballpoint pen on my skin either. Although I do write on the back of my hand, or my wrist, as others have mentioned, since it washes off the palm too fast.

  31. posted by Virginia on

    I love this as a child safety tool!! Whenever we go out to places like amusement parks, we always write our contact info on my now 5 year old’s tummy and he is trained to raise his shirt if he gets lost. We usually use Sharpee’s and he complains that it’s still there days later. I’m thinking the pen maybe easier to write with on him and would be easier to remove when we get home.

  32. posted by Gabriel on


    (Sorry, I’m late with that…)

  33. posted by Katie on

    I’ve seen a real tatoo like that. Guy had the outline of a page of your basic three hole notebook paper on the inside of his right forearm.

  34. posted by Karolina on

    Just because they say their pen is safe for writing on skin doesn’t mean that all other pens are not!

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  36. posted by Jude on

    I use a Sharpie on my palm. It wears off after a couple of days. I really don’t care if it’s safe or not–it works.

  37. posted by Katie on

    I’m with a few others on this. I thought this was a unitasker until I realized it wasn’t posted on a Wednesday.

  38. posted by Marie on

    I wrote it on my arm so I wouldn’t forget. Stupid long sleeves!

    /Friends reference

  39. posted by Jessica on

    Ahh thats soo hilarious! i would totally buy this product!

  40. posted by Crystal on

    ummmm… H1N1.. yeah lets put this on their hands so they dont wash. send em out and about. GROSS!!! Might as well just grab a sharpie and write on a white t-shirt ” My Mom thinks Im a dumbass and wrote me this list.”

  41. posted by Ruth on

    Re ink safety on skin: I know a number of people who have had ink poisoning. None of them write on their skin with anything anymore, and yell at anyone they see who is doing that.

    I think the skin safe ink makes this To-Do Tattoo a cool idea.

  42. posted by heavem on

    ohh mann i want 1 hahaha cause regular pens wear off

  43. posted by Anita on

    @Ruth: they got ink poisoning just from writing on their skin with a regular pen? Or did they get ink (especially printer ink) in their eyes? Or accidentally ingest it?

    As far as I know, regular pen ink is non-toxic, and you’d have to ingest a lot of it to risk anything. More info here:

    Relevant quote: “Large amounts of writing ink must be consumed (more than an ounce) before treatment is needed.”

    So unless you chew through a dozen or so pens a day, I think you’re ok to write on your hand with a regular pen πŸ™‚

  44. posted by Lindsey on

    A cool/easy way to remove Sharpie from skin is vegetable oil. Spray-on Pam is especially convenient. Seems that Sharpie ink is much more oil-soluble than water-soluble.

  45. posted by a fan on

    Actually, Sharpie ink is also very alcohol-soluble.

  46. posted by tattooed superman on

    hahaha redneck palm pilot

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