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The Temporary Tattoo Project

Raising Funds for Orphaned Children

Wear Your Heart on Your Skin

How did six tattoo artists in the U.S. wind up designing temporary tattoos inspired by six rescued children in Kenya? Robyn Fukumoto and Lauren Sauma made it happen. The two friends wanted to raise money for Flying Kites, a nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for abandoned, abused and orphaned children in Kenya. Flying Kites’ mission is to raise the level of care for children in need, providing not just adequate care, but exemplary care -- including excellent medical services and a first-class education -- to help break the cycle of poverty.

Robyn and Lauren enlisted the creative skills of six tattoo artists and paired each one with a Flying Kites' child in need of sponsorship. The children answered questions about their likes and goals, and the artists used their stories as inspiration for these limited-edition tattoos. Each design is a work of art that you can showcase on your skin. When heads turn and people start asking questions about your new tattoo, it’s the perfect opportunity to spread the word about the Temporary Tattoo Project and Flying Kites.

The Temporary Tattoo Project donates all proceeds to Flying Kites’ child sponsorship program and its center, the Flying Kites Leadership Academy. Are you ready to get inked?

— Ann
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Robyn
    Robyn

    It was so important to us to create an initiative that would actively engage our generation. We seem to have a bit of a bad rep, as we've been called a generation of slacktivists--where 'liking' non-profits on Facebook is often the extent of our involvement. We don't want our generation to leave behind a legacy of being apathetic and uninvolved. We're better than that. We're smart, we're entrepreneurial, we think differently and challenge conventions. With The Temporary Tattoo Project, we want to give people a statement that they can wear on their own skin, talk about and share. We are so excited to answer your questions and hear what you think about the project!

  • Ianthe
    Ianthe
    1/23/2012 1:28 PM

    Love this! I want to order 100 of these for my son's Bar mitzvah party in August!Have you done large quantities for parties? The idea that a "favor" has a message and charitable gift connected to it is exactly right for teenagers to be given. I ordered the large set and an extra "Rahr" for myself. I'm really blown away by these and want to share them!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/23/2012 1:36 PM

    @Ianthe Mauro: What an amazing idea Ianthe! I will get more information for you and contact you directly.

  • Robyn
    Robyn – Special Guest
    1/23/2012 1:59 PM

    @Ianthe Mauro: Hi Ianthe. Thank you! You're so sweet. We LOVE the idea of sharing our tattoos with young people. We actually have done a wedding for a very special bride (shout out to Annemarie!). Can't wait to be connected with you to chat further :) PS. Rawr for yourself, my type of woman. Hope you like them!

  • redfox60
    redfox60
    1/23/2012 9:16 PM

    i would have considered buying a set of your temporary tattoos to try out the look but you did not have one i liked because i am selective in what i wear on my skin since i already have real tattoos. I like the idea of the tryout of a tattoo prior to actually getting one because a real one is a life commitment and a part of the cost is a donation to a good cause. Come up with a Phoenix one and i will buy it and promote it. Keep up the good work.

  • *IRISHONYX*
    *IRISHONYX*
    1/24/2012 1:15 PM

    @redfox60:

    Ummm, perhaps you didn't read the whole story? They aren't going to just 'come up with a Phoenix.' The designs were inspired by what matters to these incredible children; what allows them to look beyond what they've gone through. It's as if you've missed the entire point here. "Robyn and Lauren enlisted the creative skills of six tattoo artists and paired each one with a Flying Kites' child in need of sponsorship. The children answered questions about their likes and goals, and the artists used their stories as inspiration for these limited-edition tattoos."

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