View Full Version : Making a fake tattoo

08-10-2004, 08:39 PM
For my next cosplay (at the CNAnime Con in Toronto), I'm cosplaying as Billy Coen. I have almost everything down, except the tattoo on his right arm. You know, the "Mother Love" tattoo? I need to get that on my arm somehow, but I don't know where to look in order to actually accomplish it. I thought about using permanent marker, but that might rub off somehow.

Any ideas on how to do this, people?

08-10-2004, 09:15 PM
Well, you can do a couple things:

1. Make a stencil and use eye-liner, but with that you'd have to be careful about it rubbing off


2. Buy a Henna kit, make a stencil, and apply the henna. Granted, it turns a Brownish-red colour, but if you used it right and practice, it should turn out fine. I just bought a Henna kit for $10.00, so for something that lasts 1-2 weeks, that's pretty good.

Scrapped Neko
08-10-2004, 09:35 PM
Well, for my Tiara tattoo I used a sharpie marker. I had planned on making it out of henna, but I ran out of time. The sharpie worked well as a last minute replacement. The tattoo was on the palm of my hand, so it did begin to fade after a few hours due to my hand touching things and such. The fading was barely noticeable, though, and the tattoo still looked sharp in photos even after hours of wear. If your tattoo is going to be on your arm, then the rubbing off thing shouldn't be an issue. But if you have enough time, I'd suggest just going with henna.

08-11-2004, 01:45 AM
This thread is "related"

in particular is Mikazuki's most about tattoo kits...

08-11-2004, 01:50 AM
Henna or what Mikazuki is suggesting is what I'd recommend. I wouldn't recommend using a Sharpie unless you can't find a temp tattoo kit and you a) need a weird color or b) are going to be putting the tattoo someplace really strange that'll get lots of rubbing action, like the palm of your hand or the sole of your foot.

08-11-2004, 02:42 AM
Well... um... my Sharpie is black. I have no idea if it will dry into a strange color, other than maybe a dark shade of grey, which will still be fine. The character's tattoo is black, or a darkish grey. And it's on my entire right arm, not in any strange places (sole of my foot...?)

I'm just wondering if I can use that hairspray technique to prevent the Sharpie ink from smudging... hmm...

So yeah, right now I think I'll stick with the Sharpie. I'm a tad strapped for cash at the moment.

08-11-2004, 07:18 AM
sharpie tends to bleed and leave weird lines in between skin (you know how it looks all vain-y), I suggest face paints, and put a tissue over it to take up the excess. Also, look around, they have some clear stuff (intended for eyeshadow) to put over makeup that isn't water-resistant by creating a kinda "shield," so it should also work with rubbing too (but still try to be careful about it)

08-11-2004, 08:58 AM
I had to draw 22 fake tattos al over me for my last cosplay. ^_^;; I just used water-proove eye-liner. Eyeliners are cheap and you can sharpen them, comes in a lot of different too. :)
After I draw them on I put another layer of lipstick-consealer over it to stop it from smudging. Clear nail polish top-coat works even better, but it tends to dry and peel-off.... ^_^;;

08-12-2004, 08:32 PM
In regards to waterproof eyeliners....

You can find waterproof liquid eyeliners in a variety of colors ranging from the standard brown and black to gold, green, yellow, red, etc. Yes you can find red liquid eyeliner and it's perfectly safe for non-contact lens wearers.

And as I previously mentioned (in the thread listed above) you can even buy temp tattoo kits. Here is one such link (http://www.justfortonight.com/temptu_tattoo_kits).

08-12-2004, 09:40 PM
I've never used them on myself, but I did wardrobe on a show about some guys with matching Marines tattoos once... we used this stuff:


08-12-2004, 09:43 PM
My friend was Zell once, and we used a black crayola washable marker. It stayed on all day, and it washes of easy. ^_^

08-12-2004, 09:53 PM
Henna works best on areas like hands and feet, where the blood vessels are close to the skin. It doesn't get as dark a stain on other body parts - in my experience it will barely leave a mark at all on arms & legs for some people. So be warned.

You can buy a spray makeup sealant at theatrical stores, or in a pinch hairspray can work too. ^_^

09-04-2004, 02:39 AM
Try Crayola Watercolor Pencils. Easy to use, accurate, washes off easily, doesn't smudge and doesn't itch. I swear by them. I use them whenever I do facepainting. Plus, they are like $2.50 a box and dry almost instantly.

09-04-2004, 01:03 PM
I suggest either Henna or temporary tattoo ink. The ink sets are really nice, because it goes on smoothly and doesn't smudge. However, you have to wait awhile for the ink to dry.

09-12-2004, 07:36 PM
One trick to make the tatoo look real, ( I found this trick from a fake tatoo kit) after you draw the tatoo brush some baby powder over it to make it appear that it's under the skin.

10-21-2004, 10:19 AM
the best thing i found for making fake tattoos and i would know being a tattoo artist myself is to go to a store and buy the cheapest pen markers you can find draw that tattoo on your skin and then mist it lightly with aqua net hair spray after that cover with a little baby powder and rush it off lightly it will look real stay on long and wash off with soap and water lately the trick is to let the ink dry before applying hairspray