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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 and discusses issues related to all sorts of waterslide temporary tattoos.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Temporary Tattoo Application Instructions I get lots of questions asking the proper way to apply a temporary tattoo to get the best appearance and longest life. I've prepared a detailed video of the application of a premium quality Japanese Paper Tattoo. The written instructions appear below. Watch the video to see how it should be done.


This is, perhaps, the most important part of the application. Temporary tattoos will not adhere properly to skin that is dirty or oily. Use rubbing alcohol to remove oils from the skin. Pay special attention to skin contaminated with tanning lotions or other oils that may not be water soluble. After removing oils, wash area and rinse with clean water. Dry skin after washing.
NOTE: If there is thick or dark hair in the area where you want to place the tattoo, you should remove it before application...or select another area.

NOTE: Do not apply to sensitive skin or near eyes.

1) Trim excess paper from around the tattoo. This is especially important with large designs.

2) Remove the protective sheet from the front of the tattoo.

3) Carefully place the tattoo against the skin.

4) Wet back of tattoo with a damp sponge or cloth. Add water as necessary to insure backing paper is fully saturated. Keep gentle pressure applied.

5) After 20 or 30 seconds, test by rotating the backing paper. If backing does not slide easily, apply more water and wait a little longer.

6) Gently slide or peel the backing paper from the tattoo. Allow 30 seconds for the tattoo to set, then rinse with water and pat dry.

7) For a more realistic appearance, dust with powder. Remove excess powder with a damp cloth.


Remember that natural body oils and rubbing by clothing will break your tattoo down over time. You can slow this process by gently washing the tattoo with non-oily soap two or three times a day. Rinse and pat dry. Then apply powder as discussed above. With proper care, your tattoo should last for several days. Avoid contamination from oil or Lotions.

Your temporary tattoo will gradually fade as a result of rubbing and natural body oils. If you wish to remove it sooner, use rubbing alcohol on traditional temporary tattoos or baby oil on Japanese paper tattoos.

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