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How Tattoo Artists Create Templates with Their Printers

So, you are considering getting a tattoo (or maybe not) and want to know more about the process, including the transfer paper the artist uses to put a template of the tattoo on the subject's skin. Maybe you even want to try it yourself. Chances are that your kids have already experimented with this amazing paper, and learning a bit more about this technology may help you to better connect with them.

The paper is an inkjet friendly transfer paper, and it is very similar to the stuff used for the temporary tattoos that kids love- the major difference is that inkjet printers would obviously create ink based templates, whereas kids' temporary tattoos are generally a combination of vegetable based dyes and glue. Along with this application, though, the paper is used to position, "test drive," and act as a guide for henna and permanent tattooing.

If you would like to try your hand at tattooing, henna, or just want to "fake it" for a few days, you can buy the paper yourself. It is offered for sale by a number of different retailers and range quite significantly in price per sheet depending on the retailer. The best way to price shop this product is to perform an internet search with terms like inkjet cartridge tattoo sheets or something similar.

To create your own temporary tattoo or a template for a more permanent version, you will first need an image. It is general practice to have an artist draw an image for your, or to visit a tattoo parlor where they will supply you with books of tattoos to choose from. However, you can also find or create your own image. Searching sites like Google image search for "tattoo designs" will produce hundreds, if not thousands of options, which can be used exactly as is or altered using photo editing software to fit your needs. You might also consider creating your very own image using painting software, or by drawing the image on paper and scanning it to the computer.

Once an image is selected, you can load the printer with the transfer paper (be careful to load the paper correctly so that the image is printed on the correct surface), and then print it. Now it is simply a matter of cutting around the image and following the directions on the packaging to transfer it to your skin.

Whether you decide to make it permanent, use it just for fun, or to enhance a costume, tattoo transfer paper can be a great deal of fun and a lot less painful than the actual tattooing process. And, if you do have children, do not be surprised to receive requests to join in your tattooing fun. It's important to note that if your kids plan to use this technology for temporary tattoos, you must be careful as some little ones have fairly sensitive skin that could react to the ink and cause a rash or other skin problems.