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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.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Japanese art makes great tattoos

Japanese Paper Tattoos represent some of the finest temporary tattoos in the world.  They are different from the temporary tattoos we are familiar with because they use a different production process that results in a more realistic and longer lasting tattoo.  The artwork used is produced by traditional Japanese tattoo artists.

The vast majority of waterslide temporary tattoos from around the world are printed using traditional printing presses (I call them "traditional temporary tattoos") and lack the density of Paper Tattoos.  Although both traditional and paper tattoos are applied in the same way, removal is different.  Traditional tattoos are removed by rubbing them with rubbing alcohol.  To remove paper tattoos, you need to use baby oil.

Traditional temporary tattoos will normally look good for 3 days to around a week.  Paper tattoos normally last 10 days to two weeks or more.  How long a temporary tattoo looks good depends on a number of factors.  Since they are on the exterior of the skin, they are subject to abrasion (rubbing of clothing, etc.).  Skin type can also be a factor since natural body oils will break them down.  You have some control in selecting areas of the skin that produce less oil (ankles for example) and are not exposed to rubbing, but one thing you cannot control is that the skin is constantly renewing itself.  That means flaking off of old skin cells and being replaced with new ones. 

I've been marketing waterslide temporary tattoos for over 25 years and I do a lot of sampling and testing with temporary tattoos from suppliers from around the world.  Although they vary somewhat in quality and artwork, I've never found any that meet the standard of Japanese Paper Tattoos. Of course, I also offer a wide selection of traditional tattoos that have met my quality testing standards.  Browse all our temporary tattoos at

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