Wear Your Ingredients on Your Sleeve with Recipe Tattoos

06/24/2014 at 06:19 PM ET

I Tradizionali Recipe TattooCourtesy I Tradizionali

It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get cooking!

Or at least that’s what the creators of I Tradizionali are hoping you’ll do with their new temporary recipe tattoos.

The idea: Choose your recipe and apply it to your arm with a damp paper towel or cotton ball, then follow along as you cook, nixing the need to turn cookbook pages with greasy fingers and preventing potentially lethal splatters from ending up on your iPad.

The tattoos, which are available in both Italian and English, are organized into packs — currently antipasti, primi, secondi, drinks and dolci — and come with four different recipe designs. Instructions in the pack will include ingredient amounts, since the tattoo itself just gives the steps for assembling the recipe.

I Tradizionali Recipe Tattoo

Courtesy I Tradizionali

While you might not be able to fit a recipe like osso buco on your forearm, you’ll find simple, illustrated recipes for dishes like date balls or spaghetti with dry tomatoes and anchovies.

And thankfully, you can do it all without having to get inked for real — just wash your arm with rubbing alcohol when you’re done.

Don’t want to wear a full recipe? Opt for another food-themed temporary tattoo from Tattly. We’ll be ordering the wine bottles, stat.

—Kristin Appenbrink

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

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Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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