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Cosplay Tip 2: Fake Tattoos

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These are tips my girlfriend *Nobodyyyyy and I picked up when working on our cosplays. We try to give back to the community, and post tips every Tuesday on our Facebook!

Thank you to ~LJMucci for the tip and the photo!

If this tip helped you with your work, send me a picture and I'll post it here in the description!

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ShadowCloneSan's avatar

Hi! Great tip! Where is a good place to get universal dye, in store or online? Also, do you know if it would be best to start with clear or white prosthetic adhesive? Thanks a lot!

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Bllacksheep's avatar
Hey Travis! I saw your message on the Black & Nobo Facebook page, and I sent you a response. But for anyone else with the same question, I'd like to post a response here as well. You can buy universal dye here: www.highlandwoodworking.com/ti… . They have a bunch of different colors. As for the prosthetic adhesive, the clear stuff will work better with the tints-all, it will take the color better. The tints-all is great, it is concentrated pigment and it can be added to anything - paint, glue, resin, pourable plastics, etc. It will work really well with the prosthetic adhesive. But if you don't want to buy the universal dye, then I've heard that acrylic paint can be used as a dye as well. I haven't tired it with the prosthetic adhesive, but if you're feeling frugal, maybe you want to give it a try!
breathelifeindeeply's avatar
Can you explain more about prosthetic adhesive?  Is this something that can be removed and reused again?  Also how do you make it? Thanks!
Bllacksheep's avatar
Prosthetic adhesive is a glue meant for your skin, it's what you would use to attach latex prosthetic. For example, if you bought elf ears you could use prosthetic adhesive to attach it to your skin. You can't resuse it, once you apply it you need a prosthetic adhesive remover to take it off. It's cool stuff! Here is a place you can buy it! www.amazon.com/Ben-Nye-Prosthe…
breathelifeindeeply's avatar
ooooh - would spirit gum qualify?
Bllacksheep's avatar
Spirit gum will definitely work for attaching a latex prosthetic, but as a tattoo? Hmm... I don't know for sure but if I had to guess I would say that it wouldn't work. The yellow-ish color might cause an issue when your adding dyes, and it's a little bit more gooey and thick than the prosthetic adhesive, and might not be painted on as smoothly and evenly. But if you give it a try and it works, let me know!
breathelifeindeeply's avatar
Thanks for the advice!
MsMojorisin's avatar
Thanks for the tip! Do you have any ideas about how to do very large scale, detailed tattoos? I'm specifically going for Newt from Pacific Rim and was thinking of painting the tats of a sleeve or something. Not quite sure what material would be best and how to get it to not obviously look like I'm wearing sleeves.
Bllacksheep's avatar
Well I wasn't familiar with the character, and I agree with you that sleeves would be a good idea. If you used prosthetic adhesive, you would have to paint all those tattoos on and remove them each time. I actually have another tip that will do the trick!
MsMojorisin's avatar
Ah thank you so much! You're very helpful. :D
Bllacksheep's avatar
Thank you, that's really nice! Me and my girlfriend love making them, and I hope people find them useful
KoryXIII's avatar
Awesome tip! Good job, I think your tips idea it's so good!! ^_^
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