What do you get when you combine body stickers and the safe non-toxic ingredient found in tanning agents?
A sunless tanning tattoo called TanArt.
Paul Bakken of Springfield Township is the co-inventor of the adhesive stickers, that when applied, slowly darken the skin without going into the sun.
The local product was hatched in the mid-1990s when Mr. Bakken and his business partner, Scott Billings, were running a printing company in the Chicago area. They obtained a patent in 2003 and began selling it in May, 2006.
It is intended for children ages 5-years-old and up, but has attracted teenage buyers and young moms, Mr. Bakken said.
Photo by Herral Long.