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Michael's
1652 Camino Del Rio North,
Mission Valley
619-294-5891

Temporary tattoos allow the indecisive to ink themselves with whimsical abandon. The artwork rubs on with a damp cloth and can be washed away easily with soap or worn several days before the design peels off. Two to five dollars can buy a deep-green dragonfly, a voluptuous mermaid, rainbow-hued parrots or butterflies, assorted panthers and wolves, as well as perennial favorites like a moon and star, the yin-yang symbol, Celtic knots or a laughing skull accessorized with crossed bones, flames, lightning bolts, music notes, dripping blood, or, for the romantically inclined, valentine hearts. Other removable tats feature tribal patterns, commercial logos (Volkswagen, Nike), abstract patterns and cartoon characters like the Tasmanian Devil, Betty Boop, and Marvin the Martian. Some packages contain multiple applications and designs, and alphabet lettering can be custom-applied to express anything within the wearer's vocabulary.

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