design tips for making a great tattoo:
but many people who are thinking of getting temporary tattoos
printed up don't put enough thought into the design process.
The fact is, the design is far more crucial than the tattoo
itself in terms of advertising potential. Tattoos are more than
just an ad for your company. Because they are applied to the
bodies of your customers, your tattoos need to be fun and eye-catching.
An excellent tattoo design will be the difference between someone
applying it and taking it off shortly thereafter, or wearing
it for many days, showing it off, and talking about it with
anyone who asks. Here is a short list of recommendations that
we've compiled based on our decade of dealing with temporary
Do it Iconic!
Time and time again, our customers have proven that iconic designs
sell far far better than anything else. An iconic design can
be defined as symbolic, a design which stands alone (ie without
text). Design your tattoo around a general iconic image that
is interesting, and you will find that many more people will
wear it. Simply have a look through the many pages of our
gallery for ideas!
Be cautious of corporate logos.
Unless you have a remarkably cool corporate logo, consider how
uninteresting a generic corporate logo tattoo would be to people
you might be giving or selling these to. Will they be excited
enough about it to wear it on their body for days? Often times
we end up recommending that our clients take any graphic part
of your logo (the iconic part) and just use that as opposed
to a the full corporate logo. Any detailed information can be
printed on the backing for no extra charge. If you absolutely
need the entire logo, consider placing it within some kind of
funky design to increase the coolness factor. (And yes, we have
Beware of geometric shapes!
A hexagon, square or circle might be all well and good on company
letterhead, but when you're putting it on a 3-dimensional body,
remember that the shape will get twisted and warped by the movement
and shape of the skin.
Size to your crowd.
If you are not going to be giving or selling these to a specific
demographic, watch out for the size. Most women, and a fair
percentage of men, do not want to wear a very large tattoo.
We always recommend that if your demographic is vast, don't
go any larger than 2.5" on any one dimension.
Size to be seen!
Be cautious when submitting designs that have a lot of fine
detail, such as text. Skin is not smooth...it is covered with
bumps, creases, hairs and wrinkles. When you apply a tattoo,
it conforms to all of that...meaning that small details will
often become impossible to read or even notice.
The realism factor.
If your goal is to make these look like real tattoos, consider
the fact that a real tattoo would have a different color structure...there
would be no jet blacks, whites, or brightly vibrant colors.
They would also not be as sharp and distinct as a printed image
would be. If you are after realism, let us know up front and
we'll be able to advise you.
Don't be afraid to ask us!
Our business has built itself on creating the coolest temporary
tattoos out there. We can always suggest ways to make your tattoos
cooler and more popular, so if you have doubts, email the design
on in for a free design appraisal...we'll make sure you get
top-notch, popular tattoos every time!