How to create fake tattoos
Tattoos create such a strong look, helping to bring a character to life, so when you're doing a creative project (like transforming an actor for a particular film or a model for a photo shoot) adding a few tattoos can make a big impact.
Fortunately, there are some amazing brands and products on the market that can help you create tattoos without having to resort to inking the skin.
Here are our favourite brands to help you create fake tattoos:
Whether you're looking for Traditional, Russian Prison style, Mandala or Celtic designs with over 1000 stock designs TattooedNow surly have something to suit your every desire. These realistic and super easy to apply transfers are the most convenient and straightforward way to create tattoos, which is why they can be seen to be used in productions such as Games of thrones, Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending and many more.
The tattoos being hand-drawn, slightly out of focus and designed by skilled tattoo artists ensure that once applied, it looks like the ink is under the skin. Finish off the tattoo by adding the Mattifing Gel, which will dull the shine on the surface of the tattoo.
TattooedNow also create custom designs which you can read more about HERE.
The perfect tool for free handing small and simple designs, these unique Tattoo Pens offer two different types of tips-fine and thick making this a very versatile tool. The ink is alcohol based, so it is water and sweat and rub resistent perfect for maintaining an effect for hours! Super handy to keep in your kit and available in ten colours.
Recreate any genre of tattoo using the classic aged black and green colors of the past with Skin Illustrator's new Tattoo Classics. From the old, faded, hand-made style to modern recreations of tribal bands to historical designs, Tattoo Classics can easily produce the aged effect you desire. The only variable is your application technique. Try using the Bdellium 118X SFX Tattoo Liner brush for the ideal application.
Designed to reproduce the look of period tattoos or to create the 'under the skin' effect of ageing tattoos.The Bluebird Ink Palettes are creamy with a lusciously rich colour. They have an amazing coverage and consistency. Palette colours are activated with a spray or dab of alcohol and have spectacular staying power even on Latex and Silicone.
The Ancient art of Horimono (traditional japanese tattoo), can now be taken to a modernistic level with the HORISHI PALETTE. Four new shades have been combined with the 'Aged Black Liner' and 'Aged Green Liner' colours from the Tattoo Classics Palette to produce the most versatile tattoo palette available. This combination of colours will allow you to recreate any era and style of tattoo, from classic Japanese and WWII tattoos, to modern day styles. Use the HORISHI PALETTE to make a tattoo from scratch (with or without outline transfers), touch up an existing tattoo or change a colour. With HORISHI in your kit, your tattoo art won't need anything else.
We first met James at this years IMATS convention. Browsing the IMATS Makeup Museum we came across the most adorable sculpture of a monkey in a space suit (Which you can check out on HERE), whilst admiring this sculpture we were approached by the artist himself. No points for guessing that it was James Olney, AKA Ripped from the Crypt. it didn't take long before we realised how talented, passionate and very sweet James was.
We were lucky enough to host his very first demo at this years United Makeup Artist's Expo. James, although new to the makeup scene is humble and genuine, we expect big things. (no pressure James!)
You can read all about the concept, design, construction and application of James's makeup below!