How InkHunter App Will Let You Try On Any Tattoo In Real-Time
InkHunter says that augmented reality tattoos are in
Thinking about getting a tattoo? Well before you do, you should try out the app InkHunter which lets you try on a tattoo in real-time with your smartphone.
Born out of a 48-hour hackathon by a team of Ukrainians back in 2014, the company just recently acquired a seed accelerator’s standard $120,000 deal in exchange for 7 percent equity in this summer’s Y Combinator.
Now on both Android and iOS devices, the app has been downloaded over 6 million times across both platforms, has a nearly 5-star overall rating and has 26,750 combined downloads. It also won the best of category from Apple’s App Store in 2017.
Using the app is really simple, after installing it from the app store you’re instructed with three simple steps (after you register, of course).
First, draw a square smile on your skin, wherever you want the tattoo to go (it’s ok if you’re not that good at drawing, it’s a really easy design).
After you’ve successfully placed the square smile on your designated body part, point your phone’s camera at the smile and watch the magic work.
And that’s it – you’re ready to share your (possibly) soon-to-be tattoo with friends online.
The app’s creators also use the experience in order to gain valuable information about their target audience, such as when someone expects to get a tattoo (options range from “in a few days” to “not planning”). InkHunter says close to half (45 percent) of its users have expressed a desire to get a tattoo within the next few months
After scrolling through the gallery of possible tattoo options for a minute, we’re quite pleased to say that there’s a substantial variety of tattoos to choose from – how about a giant poke ball on your chest, anyone? Similar to Instagram, users can also heart designs that stand out to them, swipe through potential filters and easily connect with artists through Instagram.
Here’s a pretty cool tattoo of a deer that a team member is thinking of getting on his wrist. The app even saves all of the different tattoos you try on in one place so you can easily go back and review the ones you were thinking of getting.
You’re also able to book artists in your city, which the company is looking to one day expand into a full-service tattoo concierge service. However, they’re currently hand-picking local tattoo artists to help users with bookings. Once our team member expressed interest in purchasing the dear tattoo, he was asked to fill out 10 quick questions including his budget for the tattoo and current location.
Overall, we're quite pleased with the experience of the InkHunter app and are excited to see how it evolves after the team has gone through Y Combinator this summer.
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