Introduction: Fake Tattooing

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this is an easy and fun way to make fake tattoos on yourself or others.


Step 1: What They Look Like

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theese are some i made on me and my mom...1 on me 2 on my mom. they are definentally not the best considering i just started making them and you can only do so many on one person.

Step 2: What You Need

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Cotton balls or pads, Rubbing Alcohol isopropyl 70% - 99% Ball point Pen or pencil (pencil gives best result, i did not no that at the time.) tracing paper sharpies black & color (color is optional) (NEED EXTRA OR ULTRA FINE POINT!!!!), Q-tips

Step 3: Getting Started

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-find a tattoo pattern or draw one or stencil one on a normal piece of paper. -put the paper underneath the tracing paper and redraw onto tracing paper. -cut out around the object and move o next step...

Step 4: NEXT

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-Find a place that the tattoo will fit and that you want it (my leg) -apply rubbing Alcohol to cotton ball and apply cotton ball to skin. -rub the alcohol around in the same size as the object would be. -set the "tattoo" in the alcohol covered skin so it sticks. -Put a small but good amount of alcohol on the tattoo tracing paper until it has transferred the ink or lead onto you. (sorry no pic, it has to be done rather fast)

Step 5: 3rd

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-remove the tracing paper and you should have the outline of the tattoo on your skin! - Take the Sharpies and trace the outline. -Once traced, color inside and if you want outside your new tattoo! (optional) There you have your new real-ly-fake tattoo!!! (start small and easy and gradually progress to harder!!!)



Don't worry if you feel this way when your almost done with a tattoo!!(first pic) steps to fix it> > -Get alcohol and Q-tips (i put alcohol in lid so it was easier to get) -rub at the part you messed up on until it just disappears...POOF! (took me 3 Q-tips and about 5 mins. for a tiny mess) -Re-draw the lines and re-color the right way.

Step 7: More Finishing Touches

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Never Be DISCOURAGED!!!! i used about 1/4th a bottle of alcohol on my first tattoo (kinda sad). start off small unlike me. the more you tattoo (fakely) the better you get! Hoped you liked this instructable!

Step 8: Some Links to Patterns/outlines

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kitrayne (author)2016-11-15

Does anyone know how long these tattoos last? :0)

zotobot27 made it! (author)2016-11-01

thats how it turned out

zotobot27 (author)2016-11-01

cool worked pretty well

7SinNerd (author)2016-10-06

neat Idea

adashh made it! (author)2016-06-12

I tried the batman logo using sharpie.

wai905 (author)2016-04-01

you can also use a sharpie and put baby powder on it. it's amazing and lasts for at least a month! believe me!!;D

dancingdiva1998 (author)2016-03-27

It doesn't have to be sharpie if you are using a thin coat of clear nail polish.

ToriH (author)2015-09-28

Well, that uh...didn't work well. It's a great tutorial but when I put the rubbing alcohol on the tattoo, it got really blury. If I put too little on, tattoo doesn't come on. If I put too much, ink blurs. Any tips?

HimitsuI made it! (author)2015-07-28

I made it as a test and I played a little with line thickness. My results were not good. I wouldn't try this again.

JoEllyn99 (author)2015-03-23

Can i use Wax paper instead of tracing paper?

HimitsuI (author)JoEllyn992015-07-28

Not really. My lines did not transfer nearly as well. If you are doing a design with very very thick lines it might work well but thin lines will not show up well at all. Parchment paper works better than wax but tracing paper works the best.

MeganL2 (author)2015-06-05

Can you use wax paper

HimitsuI (author)MeganL22015-07-13

The picture is upside down but frankly no. It works much much much better with tracing paper. [This picture is done with wax paper (the butterfly) and parchment paper (the heart) though I had to use diluted alcohol thanks to skin sensitivity.] Big, thick lines seemed to work better than the thin ones. This picture was before re-outlining with sharpie. If you have good lighting and put the temporary tattoo in a good spot I guess you can try it but it did not work for me.

thomas.myrick.39 (author)2015-04-24

I am a young individual who finds doing fake tattoos fun, I really like that idea, but I would want something big enough for my whole arm

christian292827 (author)2012-01-06

Can we use wax paper instead of tracing.?

did you try it with wax paper? did it work?

KatzR4mejulia (author)2015-03-23

jordon.boucher (author)2015-03-12

I let my art teacher doodle and now i can save it for a while thanks for the useful tips

shyanna05 (author)2014-04-09

This is basically the same technique that actual tattoo artists use to transfer images onto the skin before tattooing!

scartissue3 (author)2011-08-17

after you apply the tattoo if you want it to stay longer you put baby powder on it or gel deoderant on it. i forget. also you could after the deoderant or baby powder put plastic rap on it.

Father Christmas (author)2009-07-29

Hmm I actually like this process. It is really simple and something everyone could do. When I am bored, I generally grab my favorite black gel pen and design Tribal around my hand and wrist. I may do this, so others can wear my artwork too!

J@50n (author)Father Christmas2009-07-29

send me some pics of it i wanna see it! either with the gel pen or not.

Father Christmas (author)J@50n2009-08-01

well, as a little "teaser", I guess you could call it, one of my first was an openblock-style set of wings. Most of what I do now is solid-form tribal.

J@50n (author)Father Christmas2009-08-06

thats really cool looking! is tht on a piece of tracing paper or one off the internet? it looks professionally done!

Father Christmas (author)J@50n2009-08-06

It is just something That I drew up in my spare time. Just regular piece of paper, and scanned it. I still have yet to test this way of doing it. I am looking forward to the results.

okay im not calling you a lier or anything but its just to symetrical, i can see if you folded the paper in half but and traced it from the other side but i cant see a crease soooo yea

I used Photoshop to remove the crease. It was originally drawn on notebook paper, the lines were also removed.

Oh ok, because thats what i do is just fold it in half then try to trace over the other half, but i cant get the ink OR the lead to transfer properly

HollyWood How To XD (author)2011-06-27

The outline wont go on it just bleeds off, did i use too much alcohol?? please help me!

jlove3 (author)2011-05-11

Butterfly tattoos are attractive, colorful and very distinctive. Although these tattoo designs are generally more favored by women, there are some men who also get fascinated by the versatility of this design. It is for this reason that the Celtic butterfly tattoo is usually incorporated in a lot of tattoo themes and designs among both men and women. In fact, it is a relatively common concept in tattoo art

KwartzKitten (author)2011-04-19

Hypothetically, would these bleed or some off during or after exercising?

J@50n (author)KwartzKitten2011-04-29

Depends where its located and the amount you sweat.

KwartzKitten (author)J@50n2011-04-29

I'm talking like on the arm or the back of the shoulder, and... um... a lot of sweat? Not like dripping off, but close.

J@50n (author)KwartzKitten2011-04-30

Not sure haha... you could just do a like with sharpie or something and see what happeneds for a test?

knexcthulu (author)2010-05-21

would it matter if your leg was rly hairy like a gorilla not saying mine is though just curious?

onebrokenneck (author)knexcthulu2010-09-10

That's the funniest thing I've read all day!

anthea15 (author)knexcthulu2010-07-02

lol sureee

16csupplee (author)2010-04-16

could parchment paper work?

talltalldude (author)2010-04-10

it'll be kind awkward for left handers like myself

penguin.waddle14 (author)2010-01-29

how long do these last for usually? if its a long time, that means you are doing something equivilant to henna, where you stain the skin, and sharpie is not very good for the skin. just a warning, very cool idea!

J@50n (author)penguin.waddle142010-01-30

 they dont last very long, depends if you take showers i guess, haha.  if you dont rub them off with soap in the shower they last a while, maybe a half week or so. and the sharpies on the skin is not as bad as everyone thinks0. not saying its GOOD for you but its not as bad. here is a paragraph i found on a Health Central website according to ink on the skin.

        Writing on your skin probably won't kill you, but it's not exactly healthy, either. While most writing inks are nontoxic, they do contain chemicals that can be poisonous if ingested in LARGE amounts. According to Health Central, you generally have to swallow at least ONE OUNCE (that's several pens' worth) of writing ink to induce poisoning.

Thanks for the comment!

penguin.waddle14 (author)J@50n2010-01-30

your welcome! its a very good instructable... i write on myself a lot, because i swim, but its just not the best for you. i was just saying that so that people know its not great for you.

but yea, i think i mite try this sometime.

Biohazard1194 (author)2009-10-09

So how long does this stay on, and/or how easy is it to get off? 

J@50n (author)Biohazard11942009-10-09

 if you don't touch it or shower it will stay on a LOOOONG time. it comes off extremely easy with rubbing alcohol or OK in the shower with soap and scrubbing.

Biohazard1194 (author)J@50n2009-10-10

Allright, that's what I  needed to know. I'm off to try it now.

J@50n (author)Biohazard11942009-10-10

 I want pics! 

Mia bea (author)2009-10-08

Thank you so much for posting this! For my halloween costume I am going to be a valkyrie-warrior-princess-pictish-viking-woman. . . thing idk but I needed some blue paint & I couldn't find one that would work as well to look like blue pictish tattoos as your idea! + I already have a blue sharpie instead of buying blue paint & having it get everywhere on my costume! Its so perfect cuz I don't want it to last too long but to stay on for two days without smearing off. If you want I'll post a picture of my costume when I put it together :D

J@50n (author)Mia bea2009-10-09

 Practice before Halloween comes!it also helps to draw the tattoo on a kleenex instead of the tracing paper! I would love a picture of it when you are done! hope it turns out!

redsuit09 (author)2009-10-04

nice, i think it looks pretty damn sweet without the sharpie. i was needing something like this because i want to get a tattoo but wanna see what it would look like first.

J@50n (author)redsuit092009-10-04

Thanks for the "i think it looks pretty damn sweet". and i was just board. they look pretty real. you can also color it in with BIC pen and they look even more realistic.

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