Cool Candy Tung Toos

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I have tattoos. Three of them in places you'll never see. Judge me. High five me. Whatever you want to do, go ahead and do it because, by definition, they aren'??t going anywhere.

It'??s the very fact that I have these permanent pictures that my daughter happens to love when she can dress herself up in the kid-friendly kind.

She and I have already had the discussion that she can't get her own ink until she's 18. She begrudgingly has accepted this house rule. So she lingers lovingly in the temp tat aisle at the novelty stores. She gets all types--princesses, ponies, ice cream cones, lady bugs. She even gave one to her '??boyfriend'? Aiden at school (a little pirate sword, of course).

When I heard about Tung Toos, I have to be honest...I was a little creeped out. I've had an aversion to any tongue decor ever since I saw my first tongue ring. Even Gene Simmons freaks me out.

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But my daughter loves these whacky temporary tongue tattoos. And believe it or not, I've even had some fun with them. Spiders, hearts, tribal faces, fishes, Martians. Even Ed Hardy has jumped on the bandwagon with new designs. You pop out your tongue, place the paper on it, then pull it off and there you have it. Mr. Simmons would be proud.

Problem: the tattoo sheets are bigger than my daughter'??s tiny tongue. But once we cut the pieces down a bit, they were fine. If only we could keep her from zipping her tongue back in and smudging the design.

Idiot alert: We originally didn'??t heed the warning of putting them on for only one to two seconds and was very disappointed with the outcome (zero design and a lot of messy color--something you might see after a popsicle indulgence). But once we actually read their directions properly, the designs came out great. They don't last long, so stick your tongue out with much haste.

Believe it or not, you actually do get a split second blast of flavor. Chillin Cherry, Rockin Razzzzzberry, Sour Strawbelicious, Wacky Watermelon, Laughin Lemonade, and Painfully Puckering Apple. They're sugar-free, fat-free and come in packs of eight.

Apparently sticking your tongue out is encouraged these days. :P

Tung Toos are available at Party City, Kroger and Hallmark stores for $1 to $2.50 per pack.

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines.

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive samples for review purposes.

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