tattoo transfer

anonymous asked:

how would aliens react to tattoos? like, some humans undergo large amounts of pain to have an image permanetly inked on their skin and sometimes the reason is no more than "eh, it looks cool"

“Human Tyler, you seem to have acquired pigmented particles under your skin.” Rytrinq began, trying to gain their attention at the same time as xe remained polite and considerate. “Do you wish time to cleanse yourself?” Xe asked, quite pleased with xemself for remembering the appropriate question.

“Fuck off, don’t be rude.” Human Tyler repeated, looking enraged for some reason. Granted, Rytrinq didn’t have the longest experience deciphering human mannerisms, but the wording didn’t leave much room for ambiguity. “This took a loot of time, and I’ll have you know I’m really happy with how it turned out.” They added, baffling Rytrinq further.

“You got dirt under your skin on purpose?” Xe asked, getting more confused each time Tyler spoke. Fortunately, it seemed they realised xe genuinely didn’t understand. Or at least they were willing to indulge him. 

“It’s not dirt. It’s ink, and yes. It’s called a tattoo. It’s art.” They said, clearly still angry, though they did look slightly less terrifying, which xe decided to count as progress. Xe had heard that human art came in many forms, but xe had never heard of one involving the human body itself.

“Human Tyler, that is immensely intriguing. How is it made?” Xe asked, relieved when they seemed to realise it was a case of cultural confusion rather than xem being purposefully rude.

“Well, you go to a tattoo artist, and they make the design and then make a sort of template, I guess you could call it. Anyway, they put that on the place you want the tattoo, and it transfers a bit of ink so the artist’s got something to guide them. And then they have this machine, which is basically a bunch of needles that pierce the skin with ink. Which the artist use to sort of draw on the skin, leaving cool art like this.” Human Tyler said, adding a pointed look for the last part while showing off the art. Rytrinq was however too worried - and quite frankly terrified - to think too much about it.

“It pierces your skin and drags the ink machine through your skin? Is that not painful?” Xe asked

“What? No, no it goes up and down into the skin. If you drag it without the needles getting up you’ll end up with big scars. It does kind of hurt, but it’s not that bad.” They answered, clearly believing that to sound better. As if getting stabbed multiple times was no big deal.

“What purpose does it serve? Is it a hierarchical or sociological requirement?”

“No, some people don’t even like them. Think they look unprofessional or whatever bullshit like that. But it doesn’t really have a purpose.” Human Tyler answered with a brief elevation of their shoulder area.

“Then why do you put yourself through the pain?” Xe wondered. They had to have some reason after all, right?

“Eh, it looks cool. I mean, I just really like daffodils, always have. They’re cool.” They said, once again reminding Rytrinq that xe would never fully understand humans.


Michael Scofield’s Tattoo Time-Lapse
Wentworth’s tattoos are transfers. They were printed on special paper. We’ve actually designed it so that it wraps perfectly around his forearms. He also has palm tattoos, which have the eye. The tattoos take about – just under an hour in application, and there is a little bit of hand painting that goes into it, just to tie everything in. — Jennifer Latour, makeup artist

DIY tattoo transfers

so short of ordering transfer paper online, people always seem to struggle with transfering an image onto there skin when they want to do a stick and poke/diy tattoo etc… so I thought I’d share a method that I’ve used many times that works for me.


clear deodarant (not gel, the solid variety I use speed stick)

paper of some sort: the kind you use is up to you, tracing paper is ideal

ball point pen: any bic pen will work



1. Draw the image you want on the tracing paper. go over the image with the ball point pen.

2. Apply deodorant to the area you want to apply the image (shaving this area isn’t a bad idea either).

3. Apply your tracing paper with the image onto the desired spot you placed the deodorant.

4. Keep the paper in place and apply pressure. smoothing the paper out is ideal just make sure you don’t move the paper around. apply pressure for a good thirty seconds. a good way to think about it is the way you would apply a temporary tattoo. apply pressure for a good thirty seconds and then quickly peel the paper away

5. If you’ve done everything correctly you should have a nice transfer. now lightly spray the image with hairspray. this helps later with smudging. let sit for five minutes.

protip- this should give you a clear image guideline for your stick and poke. but be warned this isn’t fool proof in that you can’t continually wipe the image. Personally I try to poke the image at least once before wiping so I have a more permanent guide to go by. I ve had varying degrees of success when it comes to wiping ink away, it depends on your skin type, what kind of pen, deodorant, hairspray etc etc that you use.

happy poking.

cherryvanillawaves  asked:

I want to start doing stick n pokes but idk where to start lol!??!!?!?! :(

ahhh i love stick n pokes its so much fun  yea well i recommend buying some tattoo needles on amazon  (i started with sewing needles but tattoo needles are SO much better and not that expensive) they come in big packs and are individually packed to be sterile and disposable. I usually shave the area where i wanna poke, rub alcohol on skin to sterilize. u wanna pour some ink into a small sterile plastic container so that you can dip the needle in it. You can buy tattoo ink on amazon too, I use india ink which also works p well (you don’t want to use any other type of ink besides tattoo ink or india ink!!). you can either draw on a design with a pen (different color ink) or get tattoo transfer paper to trace and transfer a design or use the method where u put clear deodorant on skin then press a pen drawing on paper onto the skin to transfer the design. then u dip the needle into the ink and poke into the skin where you want to design to be. It takes some getting used to cause you want the ink to go under the skin but not too deep and you’ll have to go back over the same area several times, wiping the excess ink away as you go. at the end either put a bandaid or something to cover it for at least a few hours and dont touch it to make sure it doesnt get infected. thats pretty much it!!! oh also you should probably pick a really simple and small design for your first one and then later you can get more ambitious once you’ve gotten used to it. i have 4 stick n poke tats and i have some experience doing them on myself and others lemme know if u have anymore questions!

The tattoo expo

wordcount: 2k ish

warnings: swearing

notes: slightly rushed because I really wanted to post something. ao3 here

Luke had an attraction to tattoos. It was something about the way it seemed to bring peoples skin to life, the swirls and patterns marked into their skin giving a glimpse into the heart of the person they were a part of. Whether they were well planned out or just a spur of the moment thing, they were like an open window into a part of their life. There was an intoxicating beauty to art that someone found worthy to permanently add to their body.

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Ich brauche mal Rat^^ Ich plane momentan Ellie aus dem kommenden the last of us zu cosplayen und dazu bräuchte ich das Armtattoo. Vorlage ohne, mit Hintergrund, gespiegelt hab ich schon. Jetzt ist die Frage was ich am Besten mache.

1.Selber aufmalen, obwohl mir das eigentlich zu kompliziert ist

2. das irgendwie mit Tattoo-transfer-folie machen. Sprich Bild in A4 auf die Folie drucken mit nem Tintenstrahldrucker. Hat einer Erfahrung damit und wo ich das am Besten kaufe? @official-german-cosplay (ich wollte das an dich schicken, aber tumblr meinte immer ich hätte nen link in der Frage)

eventuell hat jemand ja noch ne andere Idee?

Hier mal ein Beispiel

Worth Fighting For - Chapter 1: Begin At The End

Rating: M (violence, smut, language, references to abuse and violence)


He was ruthless, cunning and completely committed to protecting his city but her arrival to Dauntless called everything he ever thought he believed into question. Duty and following orders were no longer enough. They both found more than they ever thought possible. They both found something worth fighting for. Eric/OC AU M Tragedy/Romance

@kenzieam@ericdauntless@jojuarez26@jaihardy@iammarylastar@captstefanbrandt@captainviolets@badassbaker@readsalot73@fuckthatfeeling@dani5102@beltz2016@beautifulramblingbrains@affabletimelady@irasancti@meganbee15@pathybo @lauraaan182@gylisaa@scorpio2009 @gylisaa

A/N: Posting this here but is also on site. 


The Choosing age has changed twice since Eric and Four joined Dauntless at sixteen. First it went to eighteen and then two years before our story starts it was changed yet again by the orders of Marcus Eaton to the age of twenty. Eric and Four have been members of dauntless for over eight years at the start of the story. The last two years before choosing the dependents were kept to doing faction oriented duties.

Eric Coulter: 24, Dauntless Leader, transferred from Erudite at 16. (Jai Courtney-original cast member)

Kat Prior, 20, Initiate, transferred from Abnegation at 20 (Chloe Grace Moretz)

Chase Oldham, 24, Dauntless Training Instructor/Intel Ops Officer, transferred from Candor at 16 (Liam Hemsworth)

Tris Prior, 20 (almost 21), Initiate, transferred from Abnegation at 20 (Shailene Woodley-original cast member)

Tobias ‘Four’ Eaton, 24, Dauntless Instructor/Control Room Officer, transferred from Abnegation at 16 (Theo James- original cast member)

Zach Godfrey, 25, Dauntless Legal Liaison Officer, transferred from Candor at 16 (Aaron Taylor-Johnson)

Zeke Pedrad, 24, Dauntless Intel/Control Ops Officer, Dauntless-born had choosing at 16 (Charles Michael Davis)

Uriah Pedrad, 20, Initiate, Dauntless-born (Keiynan Lonsdale - original cast member)

Marlene Banks, 20, Initiate, Dauntless-born (Suki Waterhouse-original cast member)

Lynn Morrison, 20, Initiate, Dauntless-born (Rosa Salazar-original cast member)

Max Cornell, 48, Dauntless Senior Leader, Dauntless-born had choosing at 16 (Idris Elba)

Christina Stevenson, 20, Initiate, transferred from Candor at 20 (Zoe Kravitz -original cast member)

Will Madsen, 20, Initiate, transferred from Erudite at 20, (Ben Lloyd-Hughes-original cast member)

Tori, 32, Dauntless Tattoo Artist, transferred from Erudite at 16 (Maggie Q-original cast member)

Bud, 44, Tattoo Shop Owner/Artist, Dauntless-born choosing at 16 (Sebastian Roche)

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Regret - Chapter 2 (Eric X Fox)

Rating: M (swearing, violence, smut - everything you’ve come to expect from me :* )

Genre: Drama/Angst

****Trigger Warnings - Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, Child Peril****

Thanks everyone for the re-blogs and support!!! IT IS SO AWESOME!!!

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Fox’s blood ran cold. Oh hell no. She’d put herself in this situation with Ethan, but keep her son out of this. Wordlessly, she launched herself at Ethan, maternal rage and protection racing white hot through her. But Ethan was cunning as well as smart and was anticipating her violent reaction, had deliberately stoked it. His hand closed around her throat as they crashed to the floor and he twisted their bodies, pinning Fox beneath him. Ethan, two years Eric’s senior and four years Fox’s, had excelled in his initiation year by being unparalleled at submission holds and anticipating his prey’s moves. He hadn’t goaded Fox without this exact plan in mind. In their nearly four years together there were still parts of his reptilian mind Fox had not seen, had no idea even existed.

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So today I got my tattoo done with one of my favourite lines of the song ‘Anything’ by Thomas Sanders ( @thatsthat24 ) what makes this tattoo so much more special to me is Thomas actually wrote the words especially my tattoo transfer!! I love him so much for participating in this special project!! I hope you love this addition as much as I do Thomas! 😍💙💜

how to do stick & pokes

here’s what you need and why you need it:

dettol / green soap - this is for sanitizing your skin before you poke. this is important! infections aren’t fun and taking care of yourself is punk af okay. green soap is what most tattoo artists use, dettol is just a basic antiseptic / antibacterial wash. i have both and prefer the green soap, it seems to clean better and smells nice (there’s lavender in it!)

transfer paper - don’t use normal carbon paper, get tattoo transfer paper. it’s cheap and easy to use. there are videos online of how to use transfer paper, so google it. you can wipe over your design transfer a few times while working which is why i recommend using a transfer, even if it’s a really simple design. (also skin moves & when you’re working. and you want to hold the skin taut while you’re working, which can warp the design. so transfers = good amazing yeah woo fun)

clear solid (not gel) deodorant - this is for transferring your design to the skin. and it works really well! i use bar of speed stick. (remember, men’s deodorant is usually cheaper than women’s so go with that if you’re on a budget)

powder free latex gloves - gloves are like condoms, they come in lots of sizes so there’s no excuse not to use them & they keep everything safe. pregnancy, however, is not an issue with stick and pokes. if you somehow end up pregnant from a stick and poke, it’s safe to say you got a bit lost in the process. “stick & poke” is not a euphemism.

tattoo needles - really important! i have no fucking idea how people manage a good line with a sewing needle. tattoo needles are awesome because they come sterilized and they’re a bunch of really sharp needles bound together. you can buy all sorts of sizes (sizes is probably not the right term), but for the work i do, which is thin / medium line work, i use 7RL and 5RL for outlines, and sometimes a 3RL for smaller lines or line shading. what “5RL” means is that there are 5 needles bound together, creating a round tip (as opposed to in a line). 3RL means there are 3 needles bound together. (i haven’t used shaders or anything else so i can’t tell you abt those.) look around on ebay to see what they sell–i ended up with a box of assorted sizes since i was just starting out and didn’t know what would work best. 

tattoo ink - you can buy any colours you like! they have them all! i work only in black (at least for myself). tattoo ink isn’t that expensive and since it’s formulated to be used in tattoos, it’s not dodgy like india inks. the ink i started with was a black ink from mom’s millennial, which is a good affordable brand (though it does get gloopy, it’s a bit messy, and it heals kind of blue-ish). i’ve now switched to intenZe ink’s “true black”, which doesn’t dry as quickly and doesn’t make such a mess when wiping up, and it heals fairly dark (not pure black tho, i don’t think many inks do). other highly reviewed black inks for outlining are the black pearl from mom’s millennial, kuro sumi black ink, and talens.

BE VERY CAREFUL buying tattoo inks on ebay, and even amazon. in fact, i would kinda suggest not doing that cause there are a lot of knock-offs out there (especially of intenZe inks.) if you’re serious about tattooing yourself and you want something that you know is safe and is going to last, get it straight from the manufacturer.

pencils & tape - this is to bind your tattoo needle to to make it easier to work with. you don’t need to wrap the needle in thread when you’re using tattoo needles, since they hold ink on their own. the kind of tape doesn’t matter so much. i use masking tape.

paper / ink cups - you can use paper cups (cut down) to store your ink, though this creates more surface area and so more of your ink will dry out faster. ink cups and ink cup holders are really cheap on ebay (I got 100 small and medium ink cups with a holder for $5) and a good investment. but whatever you use to store your ink, make sure it’s disposable. don’t reuse supplies.

small spray bottle - when you’re working, you’ll want a small spray bottle (a 3 oz travel size works well) filled with a mix of water (purified is best) & dettol or green soap to help wipe away the ink as you poke. 

paper towels - cut up a good sized stack of paper towels to have on hand for wiping away ink. kleenex leaves behind fibers, so paper towels or dinner napkins are your best bet.

gauze / bandage - i usually cover my fresh tattoos with some gauze if they’re on a part of the body that’s going to rub up against anything. there’s some debate as to what’s best to wrap fresh tattoos in, and i feel like saran wrap isn’t ideal, since it’s not breathable and will basically incubate the tattoo (and any germs) instead of letting it breathe.

aquaphor - i use aquaphor for aftercare, since it’s a gentle, breathable ointment. i’ve had minimal itching and scabbing with it and my tattoos have all healed really well (except for the tattoo on my finger, but those are notoriously sketchy when it comes to healing, so it’s not the aquaphor’s fault)

so far i’ve spent about $70 on all these supplies and i’ve done nine tattoos (seven on me, two on a friend)

update: still using all these supplies, spent maybe $7 on a box of 5RLs, i’m up to about 16 tattoos on myself and 5 on other people. i’ve still got a lot of ink, ink cups, about half a bottle of green soap. 

the process:

before you start, make sure you have enough time and energy to do a stick and poke! they take longer than they look, so don’t try to squeeze one in before bed or work or something.

clean your work area & your skin. make sure to shave any body hair from the area you’ll be tattooing (some say up to a 4" radius). this is done becuase it’s easier to work without a bunch of hairs in the way, and it keeps everything cleaner, since hair can hold bacteria. 

transfer your design to transfer paper with a ball point pen & cut it out. apply some deodorant to the skin and lay the transfer on. don’t rub or touch it too much of you’ll get a smudgy design. if you don’t put it on in the right place, no worries! you can rub the transfer off and use it again, up to about 3 or 4 times i’ve found.

you don’t need to leave the transfer on for too long; once the paper looks wet, you can remove it. wait for the deodorant to dry before you start poking. if your skin is wet, the ink bleeds really easily, making the design underneath difficult to see.

then, start poking! it does depend on the area of the body you’re working on, but i find that stick and pokes don’t hurt very much. if you’re just starting out, a lot of people recommend tattooing the bottom of your foot first, since the skin there is thick (it’ll hurt less), and doesn’t shift a lot (fleshier areas are harder to get a clean line on in my experience, bonier areas hurt more but are easier to poke). and becuase our feet get so much wear, your tattoo may wear away in time, which is good if your first job is shitty (hey don’t worry tho, happy accidents.) my first stick and poke was my “stay creepy” over my knee, and that was a super easy place to tattoo. my recommendation, design wise, for a first poke is something tiny. and simple. that way you can gauge just how long these take (they take way longer than you’d think, especially when you’re starting out) and can make sure you set aside enough time to finish them if you want to do bigger and more complex designs later.

how deep you should poke you’ll figure out on your own. it should definitely stick into the skin, though. i can usually hear a small “pock” kinda noise when i take the needle out of my skin if i listen closely. 

really really take your time with your pokes. i usually do three pokes in the same spot before moving on, and i have to go over my lines at least twice. make sure you have plenty of ink on the needle & wipe away ink whenever you need to. i usually spray my water/dettol mixture on the paper towel and then wipe at the skin; spraying directly on the skin can make it run everywhere. 

you might bleed a tiny bit, but that’s okay! i don’t know where or what or why bleeding happens, but i’ve only had one (update) four tattoos bleed on me (it was just one or two pokes next to each other) and it didn’t hurt any more than the other pokes. tattooing over your wrist or any place with really visible veins can be scary, but don’t worry, you’re not going to puncture anything. my friend jack, who i’ve given two tattoos, both on his wrists, is still very much alive.

since tattooing takes a while, this is a good time to listen to podcasts or audiobooks or your favourite album or “rewatch” your favourite tv show (i’m quite fond of watching the mighty boosh or buffy)

and once you’re done poking, wipe away as much left over ink as you can & bandage it up. then just do the standard tattoo aftercare stuff & it should be all good!

Anti-Possession Tattoos and Why They Work

The main part of the tattoo is the pentacle in the center of the circle. Typically the pentacle is the sign of the Devil, but it has to be inverted, so in this case it isn’t Lucifer’s sign. It acts more as an indication that the tattoo will only work against demons, not anything else like ghosts. Because it has the pentacle though, it looks more like a regular devil’s trap, except without the sigils.

This creates two problems.

  1. Demon possession tattoos are supposed to repel demons, not trap them.
  2. Without sigils it’s powerless anyways.

Therefore, something has to ward off the demons and something has to give the tattoo power to ward off said demons. The only thing left in the tattoo to give it power is the flames.

However, it would be much more practical just to have sigils on the tattoo, rather than flames, so there must be a reason why there are flames.

I went through a number of theories on what it couldn’t be.

My initial thought was that it was for hellfire. Demons are fundamentally repelled by hellfire as they don’t want to return to Hell (Except for Alastair). Having a human with the mark of hellfire on them would act as a repellant, maybe serve to make it feel like hellfire if the demon possessed said human. However, according to Lucifer, Hell doesn’t burn hot. It burns cold. So this theory doesn’t work.

Lucifer’s sign. Lucifer was also known as the Morning Star. With the pentacle in the center and the flames directed outwards with five points longer than the rest, it looks like a star. The pentacle on the inside typically serves as a Mark of Lucifer. Any human marked with Lucifer’s sign could be viewed as one of those the Devil has set aside and therefore demons would be less likely to risk possessing them. However, once again, the pentacle isn’t inverted and if anything, demons would still probably possess them.

It looks cool. I refuse to think that the writers would be so shallow that it’s only for aesthetic.

However, after eliminating hellfire and Lucifer’s sign, there was only one thing left that I thought it could really be without stretching it too far.

Holy Fire.

Originally the tattoo would probably have been protection against Lucifer, maybe not even in regards to possession.

If the tattoo or the symbol itself was to be protection against the devil, then it had to protect against an angel. It was probably a ring of Holy Fire in early days, placed over the heart or on the forehead so the Devil could not enter or affect the heart or mind.

Afterwards, the tattoo was probably transferred onto the very nature of demons with the addition of the pentacle. The pentacle noted that it was to apply to demons and the holy fire was left to keep out the Devil.

It probably can’t keep out angels because the pentacle corrupted the holy fire. It’s no longer divine enough to restrict them. But for corrupt beings such as demons, the blend works.


We get a ton of headcanons about what Cecil looks like.

Of the features that are 100% made up by fanon, the one we hear about the most is “tattoos.” Usually magical ones. It’s as if all the magic-tattoo enthusiasts in fandom heard a signal and flocked, en masse, to this series.

This one’s for you, niche enthusiasts. Enjoy our Top 10 Headcanons That Involve Tattoos.

94) Cecil has a third eye tattoo he never asked for. It lights up when he has strange insight (which is so common, he never mentions it) and it shines at full intensity when he hails the Glow Cloud.

109) Cecil has tattoos. Carlos feels the same way about them as Cecil feels about Carlos’ hair.

110) Cecil has both work and personal tattoos. His work tattoos are usually very old designs, some having been found on mummies that are thousands of years old, or runes. His personal tattoos are a weird mixture of eyes, tentacles, and symbols that have a sentimental meaning for him (i.e an Erlenmeyer flask for Carlos, a paw print for Khoshekh, and a cartoon spider wolf for Janice).

124) Cecil has tattoos that change according to his mood and thoughts. He is always so open about his feelings (like saying he fell in love with Carlos on air) because he knows everyone can tell what he’s thinking anyway. 

152) Cecil has supernatural tattoos. He can transfer them to other people, control them, and feel through them – even when they’re over on Carlos.

201) Cecil is tattooed with an extremely detailed and accurate map of Night Vale, which updates itself constantly, Marauder’s Map style. The radio station is directly over his heart.

210) Cecil has tattoos that glow when he’s happy. Carlos had to buy a sleep mask in order to sleep with Cecil, because he glows like crazy when they’re together.

211) In Night Vale you get tattoos when something tragic happens. The tattoos are living things and they move around. Cecil is covered in tattoos, but when he meets Carlos, one tattoo turns into a heart.

226) Cecil has tattoos that glow for a brief moment when he sneezes, so when he has a cold, his body turns into a light show.

299) Cecil has dark purple markings on his skin. They’re living runes, and are how Studio Management chooses their ‘Voice of Night Vale’. When Leonard Burton retired, the runes chose to migrate from him to Cecil. That’s how Cecil came to fill Leonard’s shoes.

435) All Strexcorp employees are tattooed with bar codes. By force, if necessary.