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Meet Sam Bagdassarian of Tattapic in Burbank

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Bagdassarian.

Sam, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The idea came about in the Summer of 2015, when I was struggling to figure out what tattoo I wanted and where I would place it on my body when I figured things out. I’ve always been someone who loved tattoos, but without ever getting one. I was super hesitant to have one on me for the rest of my life. It was here where I thought to myself, let’s try out a few temporary ones to really solidify things.

Thinking this was going to be a piece of cake, I was shocked to find out that there was a shortage of good options out there. It was either that you would have to deal with big minimum order quantities, or the quality of the temporary tattoos was just terrible. They resembled stickers instead of tattoos! Every option that was out there was unrealistic and peeled off as soon as I put them on.

It was about this time that the bulb went off in my head. I knew I couldn’t be the only one to face this similar problem. So, off I went. I got in touch with every temporary tattoo manufacturer that I can find, both domestically and overseas. After hundreds of tests, creations, and tweaks, Tattapic was born, stemming from our motto: “TATToo Any PICture”.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
One of the biggest struggles we had was getting the product to the place it is now, which is unmatched in its industry. There were a few sleepless months until we nailed the secret formulas down. We literally had to create our own adhesives and even paper! Along with that, we were the first to bring to market a solution that is placed on the tattoo after it is applied to the skin. We’ve coined it our Tatt Be Real Potion, which makes your tattoo, look like it was needled in under your skin like the real thing!

Please tell us about your business.
We are Tattapic – a place where you can create the most realistic temporary tattoos from just about any picture! Every day we serve a wide variety of people: -The individual who is trying to test drive their tattoo before getting a lifelong commitment. -Artists who want to create another clever work of art from one of their own works of art. -Companies to further push their branding -Mothers who want to make their children feel even more special.

Our take on temporary tattoos is completely unique. Aside from the tattoos being temporary tattoos on steroids, we also created what we call Tatt Be Real Potion TM. After applying the tattoos, a small amount of Tatt Be Real is applied to the tattoo that is now on the skin. This not only seals in the tattoo, but makes it look like it was needled underneath the skin! As far as what I’m proud of most as a company, it has to be our tight knit group that runs super efficiently.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
None of this could have been done without Ripsy Martikyan. She has been my partner in crime throughout all of this. Being our Creative Director, everything public facing has been due to her.

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  • Instagram: @tattapic
  • Facebook: @tattapic

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