The Anti-Festival Style Guide to Gold Tattoos

Tread subtly

Gold tattoos are a bit tongue-in-cheek, but that’s okay. They can also be quite good-looking when worn as small pieces of jewelry. A thin gold-ink band layered in with real bracelets or rings is playful and refined. If you really want to go for it, get a symbol on your shoulder, inner arm, or ankle. Like henna tattoos, gold flash tattoos last only about a week.

The L.A.-based company Gold Ink Tattoo does custom orders, so you can don your favorite drawing or the initials of a loved one for a spell.

Should you fall in love with your gold tattoo, you can get the semi-metallic real-deal. Gold tattoos can’t be made permanent (yet), but artists can achieve a metallic effect through methods of shading. We’ve picked a few to get you started: