Generally understood to mean “approximately” or “about” when written beside a number, the tilde was originally used as a scribal abbreviation that meant a “mark of suspension”. To have the tilde exist as a temporary tattoo, the meaning of the character is at odds with the physical existence of itself.

The documentation photos below exemplify the tilde being used in the context of approximation. The temporary tattoos are packaged in random quantities. When combined with other packages, there is an invitation to the audience to utilize multiple characters in order to make designs or other forms.

Tilde, 2019.
Jennifer Zhao

But she never said…

These are stills from a video about the text messages my mom sends me. Since we do not call or see each other in person very often, we usually communicate through text. The texts presented are written in lipstick and the video includes audio of a lipstick tube being opened and closed. The sound of the lipstick tube represents the sound I associate my mom with, and in this instance, it stands in for her voice.

But she never said I love you, 2019.
Jennifer Zhao