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Give your guitar a temporary tattoo with this instructable. This is a very simple and fun procedure, provided you have a few things:

Guitar to Tattoo
PhotoShop (or something similar)
Printable Window Decal paper (avery)
piece of paper (optional)
scanner (optional)

This is great because you can 'decorate' your guitar without damaging the finish! You'll be able to change out your guitar tattoo whenever you like. You can slap your name on your guitar. How about a picture of your significant other? Display the name of your band. Display the name of your bird. Whatever. Enjoy!
 
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Step 1: Preparation

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My first step was to draw the contour of the bottom right area of the body of my guitar. To do this I just set my guitar on a piece of paper and traced the edge... simple right?

Step 2: Design your Tat

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I scanned my traced guitar contour guide line into my PC and opened it in PhotoShop. Following the guide line contour I was able to create a 'tattoo' to accent the curve of my guitar.

If you know how to use layers in PhotoShop, put the traced guitar contour on a separate layer from the tattoo. Then before you print it, turn off the line layer. If you are not familiar with layers, just erase the guide line before you print.

Step 3: Finish Up

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Now stick the window decal paper into your printer and print your tattoo. I usually let the printed decal dried for a while. Make sure your guitar is clean. Then cut out the decal, peel off the back and carefully put it on your guitar. That's it!

You don't even need to do the hole 'contour of the guitar' thing. As you can see in my final photo, just print out some of your favorite pictures and decorate! Pan, God of Music, graces the top of my guitar.
Hollis6131 year ago
Great idea. Where did you find that pic of Pan?
taywill953 years ago
Would it be alright to print something out and make it into a stencil to sharpie onto the guitar? I'm wondering if I need to avoid it...
i've tried drawing on my guitar with sharpies before, the clear coat and the alcohol based ink keep it from being permanent. it will slowly wipe off completely, but the plus side is, you can wash any mistakes off with rubbing alcohol.
the trick is to remove the clear coat then draw.then add the clear coat
paqrat3 years ago
This is very cool.
Lawlzorz5 years ago
Are you using a laser printer or inkjet??
JKibs955 years ago
Sweet! Questions: 1: Do the tattoos come off? If so, do they ruin the finish of the guitar when they come off? 2:Wasn't Apollo the Greek God of music?
mnajar5 years ago
very nice and sleek. Where would you get a decal paper from? any arts and craft store?
potatojesus (author)  mnajar5 years ago
Staples or Office Max is your best bet. As long as the carry a good variety of printer papers.
mneufeld6235 years ago
This is a pretty nifty idea. I bet you could do this type of thing with tons of other stuff. Thanks!