- Name: jimhurd
- Location: Springfield, MO, United States
I'm often called Funtooguy because I've promoted and marketed waterslide temporary tattoos since 1988. I view my products as an alternative to the lifetime commitment of real tattoos. I constantly do research to find the most realistic and best quality in the industry.
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This blog is by the owner of funtoos.com and discusses issues related to all sorts of waterslide temporary tattoos.
Temporay tattoos make great "tramp stamps".
Tramp stamps can be a lot of fun, but do you really want them to last a lifetime? Probably not. It's easy to yield to peer pressure and do something you may regret down the road. Wikipedia
has some interesting comments about tramp stamps, and there are a lot of tramp stamp photos
online that you can view.
So what do you do if you want to have a little fun with a tramp stamp but not have to keep it all your life? The answer is simple. Use good quality waterslide temporary tattoos. They're easy to apply, look realistic, can last for days, and are easy to remove at any time. Besides that, you can change them anytime you want...just like you change the clothes you wear. Funtoos.com
is a good source for quality waterslide temporary tattoos. A good place to start looking for a great tramp stamp would be the Bikini Accent
category where you'll find dozens of designs suited for application to the small of the back. Another good area to browse would be the Armband/Bracelet
category. Live your fantasy without a lifetime commitment.
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Temporary Tattoo Parlors were big in the 90's
Temporary tattoo parlors were popular at festivals and other events through the 90's and into the 2000's, but they began to fade away by 2005. We operated Temporary Tattoo Parlors during that period, but once cheap waterslide tattoos appeared in stores and vending machines, the perceived value of a quality temporary tattoo declined.
We always had lines of people waiting to get "tattoos". The photo at left was taken during an open house for a Harley-Davidson dealer in 2004.
The photo at the right shows one of our technicians applying a temporary tattoo while other people viewed our display boards and waited their turn.
At some venues we had as many as 3 technicians applying temporary tattoos with a fourth person helping people choose their tattoo and getting them lined up for the next available technician.
So why did people loose interest in Temporary Tattoo Parlors? One reason was that temporary tattoos became common with the introduction of lower quality and cheaper products. The perceived value of a quality temporary tattoo dropped to that of lower quality products in the consumer's mind. For festivals, we always based prices on the cost of the quality product plus the markup for displays and the time to apply the tattoo.
A small tattoo would run $2 or $3 with large tattoos selling for as much as $9. The most popular were in the $4 to $6 range. After a while, it was no longer cost efficient to work festivals due to the vendor fees and reduction of sales volume.
We also worked company picnics and similar events where we billed the sponsor on an hourly basis. That worked for awhile, but tight budgets resulted in sponsors choosing face painters at half the cost of what we could charge. After all, we had product cost and provided a quality waterslide temporary tattoo with professional application that was waterproof and could last for days. It also involved a lot more labor in setting up our extensive displays. Eventually, we gave up doing events to focus our attention on providing high quality waterslide temporary tattoos to individual users through our mail order division.
Does this mean temporary tattoo parlors are a thing of the past? Not really. They are still popular at parties and school events. We even offer a wide assortment of Temporary Tattoo Parlor Kits
that includes tattoos, laminated display sheets, inventory system, and detailed instructions. These are great fun at birthday parties and even adult parties.
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Temporary tattoos at the local Pub.
I was visiting a local pub a few weeks ago and happened to have my portable tattoo parlor with me. I carry it with me when I visit such places just in case someone would like to try a temporary tattoo. On this evening I met three people who thought it was a great idea.
This couple was having a great time together. After visiting a bit, they said they used to be married but are now just dating. A rather interesting arrangement in my mind. When I offered them "tattoos", she chose a Japanese Paper Tattoo
of a black butterfly
. His mood was a little more adventurous and he decided on a Japanese Warrior Paper Tattoo
. They had a lot of fun showing these off to friends for the rest of the night. Since these premium quality waterslide temporary tattoos can last for 2 or 3 weeks, I have no idea how long they wore them.
While applying the tattoos to this young couple, I noticed the owner of the pub sitting at the bar watching us.
After visiting with him for a few minutes he asked if I had a temporary tattoo he might like. I assured him I did. It seems he was going into the hospital the next day for surgery and thought it might be fun to surprise the nurses with a fun tattoo image. After looking through my portable tattoo parlor selection, we settled on the Sexy Lady In Red Paper Tattoo
. This was another of the premium quality Japanese Paper Tattoos.
I saw the pub owner a few weeks later. His tattoo was gone by then, but he said everyone got a big kick out of his Sexy Lady In Red tattoo. He said it created a festive mood and the operation was a total success.
It just goes to show how much fun you can have when you live your fantasy without a lifetime commitment.
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Use temporary tattoos to create a sexy necklace.
This fellow wanted a tattoo that would impress his lady, so he asked for an application using 3 tattoos from the sheet shown below. We used the two armband tattoos on the sides of the neck and then added one of the tribal designs as shown. The tattoos are from a sheet of Japanese Paper Tattoos
which are premium quality waterslide temporary tattoos from Funtoos.com
This is a good example of how several individual temporary tattoos can be combined to create a unique effect. Another nice thing is that you can experiment with ideas without the life long commitment of a real tattoo. Temporary tattoos can last for several days and they can be easily removed at any time.
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What do you do with a table full of temporary tattoos?
What do you do when you have a table full of temporary tattoos?
You decide to do a full arm sleeve with the help of a friend, of course.
Kristie, in Vancouver, BC Canada has been one of our temporary tattoo
testers for several years and has mentioned several times that she would like to do a full arm design with temporary tattoos. Following is what she wrote when she sent the pictures.
"We had a party for my dog, just turned 11. Then the birthday party turned into a tattoo party and here’s the results.
The idea was a sleeve but we ran out of tattoos. I
thought I might use a body paint to fill it in but some of the tattoos
were a bit old and didn’t last so that idea was out. We had a lot of
fun, used a lot of water. We did one mistake – we used the vintage rose
in with the bolder tattoos and it doesn’t do either style of tattoo
justice. There’s 36 tattoos on the arm + some little fillers that may or
may not have gotten counted. We stayed away from the inside arm for the
top part but circled the arm on the forearm. Other than the older
tattoos that started to show wear day one, the tattoos are looking
better day 3 than they did day one.
The next thing I want to try is the vintage rose
completely covering the arm with maybe an oval with something else in it
on the forearm. Still working that one out. One thing you can be sure
of, I’ll be making another order soon."
The photos below show some of the results: Next time you're thinking about having a fun evening, get a bunch of temporary tattoos
together, then invite some friends over and tattoo an arm.
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That tattoo may look hot now, but...
That nice tattoo you're planning on getting may not be so special in 10 or 20 years. An article in USA Today
notes studies from Harvard and University of Virgina that shows we think of things differently as we look back on them.
There's two things you can be certain of in the future. Your tattoo is not going to look the same, and you won't feel the same about it. That's a good reason to consider temporary tattoos that will not commit you to a lifetime with a tattoo. Waterslide tattoos, depending on type and quality, can last and look good for several days, and can be easily removed at any time with alcohol or baby oil. If you find one you especially like, you can keep some spares on hand to apply on demand...or just go clean for awhile in between. There are a lot of quality designs and sizes
to select from, and you may want to change the design and placement from time to time. Live your fantasy without the lifetime commitment. Check out temporary tattoos
to avoid something you may regret in future years.
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Temporary Tattoos and the 80/20 Rule
After 25 years in the temporary tattoo business, I've seen and learned a lot of things. One thing is that with any manufacturer, 20% of the products will generate 80% of the business. That's one of the reasons I don't manufacture temporary tattoos. Instead, I'm a reseller
who hand picks from the 20% group that performs best from trusted quality suppliers.
Another thing I've learned is that quality waterslide temporary tattoos are the best way to display a tattoo without making a lifetime commitment. They can be applied in just seconds and easily removed when desired. Quality tattoos can be very realistic and last for days.
Over the years I've researched and experimented with alternative types of temporary tattoos...air brush, Henna, body paints, marking pens, and other types of body art. None proved to be as good as a quality waterslide tattoo. I've also experimented with a variety of inkjet printer systems. None of them provided acceptable results, and most were just plain terrible. I've also experimented with fake body jewelry and cosmetic cover up products. Bottom line: you just can't beat a quality waterslide tattoo
and that's where I focus my attention.
Not all waterslide temporary tattoos are the same
. Over the years the marketing of waterslide tattoos has changed. Some marketers address the youth market where price is the major concern. Much of this market is filled by offshore manufacturers and artwork There are actually only a handful of waterslide tattoo printers in the U.S. Most of them do a pretty good job, but product runs seem to vary in quality from one run to the next. Most of the larger marketers don't actually produce their products but instead contract with someone else to print them. That may be a local manufacturer or one offshore...depending on price.
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