How do I make a temporary tattoo?

Posted on by Emma Levy

So you’re interested in learning how to make a temporary tattoo. Well, we’re experts in the subject - so let us give you an outline guide into the process by which we create our temporary tattoos.

By the time you get to the end, you may conclude that, rather than making one yourself, it’s going to be a lot less hassle to get in touch with us. We’ve got a huge range to choose from - and we can create a special tattoo for you too. As we always say, if you can think it, we can ink it.

It all starts off with ink, as we hand-draw any new design in ink and make sure it’s as perfect as it can be.

As the leading suppliers of temporary tattoos to Hollywood and TV producers, we’ve got extremely high standards and they apply to everything we create.

Once we’re happy with that hand-drawn design, we convert it to a digital image. Then it’s time to move on with the first of three stages of the printing process.

i) We print the ink on to high quality coated decal paper that will carry the temporary tattoo until it’s time for a customer to apply it to their skin. This part of the process can be digital, but we also use screen printing - and sometimes we use a combination of the two techniques.

ii) We print the layer of adhesive that will ensure the temporary tattoo sticks to the surface of your skin immediately, and for as long as possible. We use a special adhesive that has been created specifically for this purpose. The key consideration is that the tattoo must look as good as it can - but at the same time, it must last as long as it can too.

iii) In the third part of the printing process, we apply a protective layer that preserves the quality of the design but also ensures that it is as resistant to damage as possible.

Once the entire process is completed, the tattoo can be packaged and sent out to customers.

As you can see, the work involved in making a temporary tattoo is surprisingly complex. It really is not a case of finding a simple way for the ink to be transported from someone’s imagination to a customer’s skin.

In many ways, the most important ingredients in the whole creative process are the expertise and experience we bring to it. You can add them to the impressive levels of imagination and artistic excellence that have been honed over more than 10 years as a leading supplier of temporary tattoos to customers in the film and TV industry and beyond.

We work constantly to improve our creative and printing techniques, as well as to introduce new lines and concepts to the market place.

Clearly, the work required to create a temporary tattoo is painstaking and time-consuming and requires a high level of expertise.

Why not just leave it to us?