How to Create a Sharpie Tattoo
Have you ever wanted a tattoo but you were either too young, too broke, or didn't want to commit to something for life? Luckily, you can create a fake tattoo unique to your style without breaking the bank or your moral code. Try making a tattoo using a sharpie with either baby powder and hairspray, or with gel deodorant. All the following methods should help you accomplish creating your Sharpie tattoo!
Sample Tattoo Designs
Using Baby Powder and Hairspray
Draw your tattoo design on your skin.Take your sharpie, and draw your tattoo directly onto your skin. You can use multiple colors of sharpie if you like, but keep in mind that whatever you draw will be the ‘permanent’ version. It may be easier to have a friend help with this part, to make sure that your drawing is just right. Wait for the sharpie to dry completely.
Coat the drawing in baby powder.Pour a generous amount of baby powder into your hand, and thoroughly coat the sharpie drawing with the powder. Rub it into the drawing; it shouldn’t bleed or smear. Wipe off any excess powder that doesn’t stick to your skin.
Spray the tattoo with hairspray.Hold a can of hairspray 12–16 inches (30.5–40.6 cm) away from your tattoo, and spray over the entire thing. Make sure to thoroughly coat the tattoo and baby powder, although be careful not to get it all over the place. Wait for the hairspray to dry.
Wipe off all of the excess.Use a tissue to carefully wipe away any extra baby powder or hairspray around the tattoo. When the hairspray is dry, the tattoo should be ‘permanent’ and won’t smear when rubbed with a tissue. This method should make the tattoo last for up to a month.
Using Gel Deodorant and Tracing Paper
Trace your tattoo onto your tracing paper.If you’re copying an image, place your tracing paper over the top of the image and carefully draw the outline. Attempt to place it on as flat of a surface on your arm as possible. Otherwise, draw the tattoo you would like onto tracing paper (even if you don’t have to trace). You can use multiple shades of sharpie if you would like, but make sure it is a ‘sharpie’ and not another type of pen or ink.
Coat your skin with gel deodorant.On the place you would like your tattoo, spread a layer of the gel deodorant. Make sure that there is enough that it doesn’t dry right away, but avoid putting so much of the gel that it prevents the paper from coming into contact with your skin.
Put the drawing on top of the gel.Place the tattoo drawing face-down onto the gel layer on your skin. Hold it there for a minute with firm pressure, so that the image will transfer. When you’re finished, remove the paper and check the results. Fix any mistakes in the drawing by repeating the aforementioned process.
Set the tattoo with baby powder.Sprinkle baby powder on top of the tattoo, to absorb any leftover moisture and to help it to set. Doing this will make the tattoo last much longer than without; no baby powder means that your temporary tattoo will only last 2-3 days.
Wipe away any excess.Use a clean tissue to carefully wipe off any gel or powder that might still be on your skin. Be careful not to rub the tattoo too much, until you’re sure that it has set and is completely dry. When you’re done, you can help protect the tattoo for longer by covering it up with a wrap when you’re sleeping.
QuestionWhat can I use besides baby powder?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you don't have baby powder, Gold Bond or cornstarch also work.Thanks!
QuestionThis did not work. I drew a complex feather but when I sprayed it melted. What can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAfter adding the baby powder, let it sit for 5 to 15 minutes, then spray the hairspray so it doesn't smear.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use metallic Sharpies?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, of course! Keep in mind that metallic Sharpies are made using a slightly different formula than standard Sharpies. Some types of hair spray may cause the pigments to separate. Before doing your final tattoo, consider doing a spot test first.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I remove it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTypically if you use just soap and water you can use your nail to "scratch" away the ink. Despite it being said that Sharpie is permanent, it is surprisingly easy to remove.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use something else instead of hairspray?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry some makeup setting spray. You can find it at most beauty supply shops.Thanks!
QuestionCan this also work with the gel deodorant and flour, or does it have to be baby powder?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWheat flour is not as good as cornflour. Wheat flour tends not to be fine enough.Thanks!
QuestionDoes it have to be a Sharpie, or can it be another type of pen?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt will work with a regular pen. Just keep in mind that this might not work for all skin types.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I use other than gel deodorant with the tracing paper method?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTrace the design with pencil and go over it a few times. Then, run over the area with a damp paper towel, place the design on it and run your hand over it. It's very light but it works as a transfer for you to go over with a pen or a marker.Thanks!
QuestionHow long will these last?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe tattoo will last around two to three days without showers or when covered by a plastic bag, and with showers or uncovered, it will last around one to two days. Results may vary, due to different skin types and the manner in which you applied the tattoo.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I make it last a month?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerApply a thin layer of hairspray over the tattoo and avoid washing the area.Thanks!
Does cornstarch really work as well as baby powder, and if so how long does it typically last?
Can you use white flour instead of baby powder?
Can you use petroleum jelly instead of gel deodorant?
To create a Sharpie tattoo, use a permanent marker to draw a design on your skin. Next, coat the drawing with baby powder and rub it in with your fingers, then wipe off any excess powder. Spray the area with hairspray, holding the can 12 inches from the tattoo. After the hairspray has dried, use a tissue to wipe away any remaining hairspray or baby powder from the design.
- Try to avoid washing/scrubbing your tattoo when you shower, to help it last longer.
- If you don't have baby powder, Gold Bond or cornstarch also works.
- If you spray the hairspray too close to your tattoo and the ink starts to run, dab it off quickly and grab a Q-tip. Dip the Q-tip in some running alcohol, be sure to squeeze out any excess, andcarefullyrub around the edges of your tattoo to get rid of any unwanted ink.
- While fixing your tattoo, be sure to dab it with a clean bit of tissue or toilet paper every one to two seconds to prevent the rubbing alcohol from further damaging your tattoo.
- If you draw the tattoo and mess up, use nail polish remover to fix the lines.
- If you aren't comfortable using a sharpie, you can also use a Crayola marker or an ex-op marker.
- Be advised, these do not survive more than 48 hours if contacted by clothing or with regular bathing. Sleeves will wear the ink off arms within 2 days.
- Every time you fix the tattoo be sure to add another small coat of hairspray. The fresh ink you applied is yet to be coated, so without the hairspray, it will come off even faster.
- If you ever want to give a dripping effect or want to make your tattoo fade (or go away, of course), spray your tattoo with body spray. It not only makes the tattoo runny, but it can also make it fade, of that's what you want.
- Change tissues frequently to avoid smearing powder and making a mess of your tattoo.
- Before applying baby powder and hairspray, let the sharpie dry and add multiple layers for added realism.
- Skin can react to alcohol or Sharpies, so be cautious.
Sources and Citations
In other languages:
Español: , Português: , Italiano: , Русский: , Deutsch: , Français: , Nederlands: , العربية:
About This Article
Sep 5, 2019
Jun 30, 2019
Jul 15, 2019
Sep 22, 2019
Jul 7, 2019
Mar 8, 2019
Oct 13, 2019
Jul 12, 2019
Jul 8, 2019
Feb 21, 2019
Aug 31, 2019
Oct 25, 2019
Aug 20, 2019
Video: How To Make A Sharpie Tattoo-Best Method
How to Deal With Abusive Phone Calls
6 Smart (and Easy) Tricks To Stop Overeating For Good
7 Women Share How They Finally Lost Their Belly Fat
Shaun White wins gold medal in mens halfpipe in dramatic finish
A Vegetarian Diet for Heart Health
The Best Haircuts for CurlyHair
How to Greet People in Japan
7 Driving Tips for Ankylosing Spondylitis
How to Cook Eggplant
Help Your Loved One Lose Weight to Reduce Osteoarthritis Pain
Uma Thurman has officially accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault
How to Download Shows from Netflix
Beauty Recipe: Frizz-FreeCurls