I’ve always thought tattoos were pretty awesome, but I’ve been too much of a wuss to take the plunge and commit to one design forever. Well, Halloween is starting to creep up on us, and it’s a perfect time to try out a whole new look, and whip up a fast costume. Don’t know what to be this year?
How 'bout some tattooed rockabilly style? No ink commitment required! All we need is a pair of tights and a cool design.
Step 1: What you need
- An Urban Threads design (or any design) printed at the size you want (I’d advise using our hand embroidery version for the simple linework -- I used our Rockabilly Calavera)
- Fabric pens
- Sharpie (for detail - plus I hear Sharpie have fabric markers now!)
- A large piece of tag board
If you’re going for the realistic “tattoo” effect, grab a pair of nude tights. If you just want to have some cool pattered tights, grab anything!
Step 2: Prepping the roll
To minimize a distorted, stretched design, we want to trace our image as close to the stretch of your legs where the design will be. Try to roll the tagboard so it’s roughly the same width around as your leg. When you have it approximated to the right size, tape it in place.
Next, tape your printed design onto your roll.
Step 3: Adding your tights
Be careful! Tights are a lot stretchier than you think. If you’re unsure of where you want your design to be, put the tights on first (all the way! they stretch quite a bit) and mark on your leg with some tape where the design should be. Then, carefully remove your tights without disturbing the tape and position them over the design.
Step 4: Draw!
When your outline is finished, you can go back in with colored fabric markers and add accents or color in your whole design.
Step 5: Carefully remove tights
Step 6: Done!
Now I can show off my Urban Threads tattoo like anyone else, and best yet, if I decide to change my mind, I just grab a new pair of tights.