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


Step 1: What they look like

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.
HimitsuI made it!1 month ago

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.

JoEllyn995 months ago

Can i use Wax paper instead of tracing paper?

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.

MeganL22 months ago
Can you use wax paper

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.

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
Can we use wax paper instead of tracing.?

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

KatzR4mejulia5 months ago
I let my art teacher doodle and now i can save it for a while thanks for the useful tips
shyanna051 year ago

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

scartissue34 years ago
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.
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 Christmas6 years ago
send me some pics of it i wanna see it! either with the gel pen or not.
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 Christmas6 years ago
thats really cool looking! is tht on a piece of tracing paper or one off the internet? it looks professionally done!
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
The outline wont go on it just bleeds off, did i use too much alcohol?? please help me!
jlove34 years ago
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
Hypothetically, would these bleed or some off during or after exercising?
J@50n (author)  KwartzKitten4 years ago
Depends where its located and the amount you sweat.
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)  KwartzKitten4 years ago
Not sure haha... you could just do a like with sharpie or something and see what happeneds for a test?
knexcthulu5 years ago
would it matter if your leg was rly hairy like a gorilla not saying mine is though just curious?

That's the funniest thing I've read all day!
lol sureee
16csupplee5 years ago
could parchment paper work?
it'll be kind awkward for left handers like myself
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.waddle145 years ago
 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!

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.
So how long does this stay on, and/or how easy is it to get off? 
J@50n (author)  Biohazard11945 years ago
 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.
Allright, that's what I  needed to know. I'm off to try it now.
J@50n (author)  Biohazard11945 years ago
 I want pics! 
Mia bea5 years ago
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 bea5 years ago
 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!
redsuit095 years ago
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)  redsuit095 years ago
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.
1nstru6 years ago
careful with the rubbing alcohol. it will damage your skin to some degree or another if you rub the same area of skin frequently. the alcohole destroys the fat-based protection layer of the skin. it may also iritate your skin and cause dry skin and itching. you should apply some suitable skin lotion after erasing a "tatoo" and not "tattoo" the same patch of skin again right away. you may even apply lotion to a new tattoo, but the lotion might mess up the sharpie colours.
J@50n (author)  1nstru6 years ago
good heads-up, thanks!
ege2076 years ago
sorry cant upload
ege2076 years ago
here is the one i made
ege2076 years ago
sorry i accidently subscribed it
ege2076 years ago
thnks ill make one
ege2076 years ago
isnt it bad for your health
J@50n (author)  ege2076 years ago
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.
kmelone6 years ago
Just did this tonight!
J@50n (author)  kmelone6 years ago
That one looks really cool! nice job!!!
superyunji6 years ago
Thanks for the tutorial! :D My first one turned out pretty ace. Only messed up once and did a pretty good job considering I had to draw at an awkward angle. Is there anything I can do to keep the sharpie from rubbing off? It's not a big problem but it would be nice if it stayed on a little better.
J@50n (author)  superyunji6 years ago
depends. is it rubbing off while you shower/bathe or is it just rubbing off when you touch it? if it rubs off while you take a shower or whatever, you could just wrap a piece of cling wrap around it, or redraw it when you get out. if it is rubbing off for no reason, a new sharpie might be in consideration for you. By the way, Is that drawn or real? its really good either way!
Well the first couple minutes afterwards it lightly came off (not too noticeably) on anything that came in contact (like when I'm typing, for example, it rubs on my desk). But now it seems to have settled in a little better so it's all good. :) I did the same thing you did in the tutorial - just got a picture I wanted, traced, and transferred. :) I'm afraid of needles so here's an alternative, I guess.
punky8596 years ago
thats awesome im sooooo gonna try that u totally get 5 stars
J@50n (author)  punky8596 years ago
lydwatters6 years ago
Very helpful and pretty dang cool! I wanna try it.
J@50n (author)  lydwatters6 years ago
Thats what its there for. also when you make the stencil on tracing paper it helps to put tape on the ends to stick it to the person after you apply alcohol to the skin!
okoshima6 years ago
i have to say this isnt bad, i was expecting a get sharpie and draw on self, but you actually start off the same way as the tattooist (sp?) did with mine. good job. also before im asked here ya go a pic
J@50n (author)  okoshima6 years ago
GOOD JOB!!! looks awesome. did u do that one like i did in the instructables or did you do anything different? please share! Thanks and good job!
okoshima J@50n6 years ago
nah that ones real XD you only said post a pic o your tats. but as i say i think the only thing different from a real one and yours is your using a sharpie. o and enjoy your 5* from me
J@50n (author)  okoshima6 years ago
O haha it looks good n e way! and thanks for the 5*!
okoshima J@50n6 years ago
you deserve it, you went that extra mile and actually did something new, im not sure if there are any other ibles like this about but i know this is the first fake tattoo thing ive seen with that touch of realism
J@50n (author)  okoshima6 years ago
LOL Thanks! Gotta try may Hardest right!
wyrdmaege6 years ago
I kept hoping for pictures of the tatt taking shape. A little disappointed that all you showed were the materials used. Thanks for the idea of transferring pen ink via tracing paper & alcohol to skin though.
J@50n (author)  wyrdmaege6 years ago
Come Visit it now i just uploaded 20 pics of the whole process!!!!!
J@50n (author)  wyrdmaege6 years ago
I am going to make a new instructable that has pics in every step... Make sure to re visit this instructable tomorrow!!!