It is not uncommon for a person to wish they had gotten their tattoo a bit bigger, smaller or a little to the left or the right. Before you get close to the needle, take your tattoo for a test drive. Tattoo Johnny's Tattoo Transfer Paper turns any ink jet or laser printer into a personal tattoo test center. By simply printing your selected design onto this special paper you can easily transfer the printed image to your skin. We recommend testing your tattoo for at least a day to get accustomed to your new body art. Your test tattoo will fool almost everyone, including yourself. You will experience many of the emotional attachments with your test tattoo that you would if it were real. Taking your tattoo for a test drive is great fun and the best way to know you have made the right selection.
To Test Drive your tattoo you will need:
- Your Tattoo Test Paper and clear transfer sheet.
(You will need one of each to test your tattoo.)
- Your downloaded tattoo designs.
- An ink jet or laser printer.
- A few sheets of regular letter-size paper for your ink jet or laser printer.
- A pair of scissors or an X-ACTO blade.
- A sponge or wash cloth.
- Some water.
- A mirror.
- A clean table or counter to work on.
- For tattoos on your back, bring a friend.
Step 1. Figuring out the size.
Some computers and printers will let you adjust the size of your printed design to your preference. A sheet of tattoo test paper (8.5" x 11") can usually hold more then one image, so it's a good idea to lay out several tattoos on each page. To avoid wasting any tattoo test paper, make a sample print using your regular ink jet or laser printer paper. Once you like the way your design looks on regular paper you are ready to print directly onto your Tattoo Test Paper.
Tip: Use your computer to flip (reverse) the tattoo, so you can test it in both directions!
Step 2. Printing your design on your Tattoo Test Paper.
When printing on your Tattoo Test Paper you must print on the shiny side of the sheet. Don't assume that what goes in your printer face-up comes out face-up. Many printers reverse the paper while printing. If you are unsure, do this simple test: Take a sheet of regular ink jet or laser printer paper and mark one side with a pencil before running it through your printer. This will tell you what side of the paper you printer prints on. Now you are ready to load the Tattoo Test Paper. We recommend loading only one at a time.
Tip: DO NOT print on the clear transfer sheet!
Step 3. Letting your tattoo test paper dry.
After you have printed your design on your Tattoo Test Paper, allow it to dry thoroughly (10 minutes). If your Test Tattoo Paper has curled, roll it backwards until it lays nice and flat. Make sure your image is laying face up on a clean table or counter.
Step 4. Using the clear transfer sheet.
Like a sticker, your clear transfer sheet must be peeled from it's backing to reveal a sticky adhesive (If you have trouble peeling apart the transfer sheet try curling one of the corners). Apply the sticky side of your clear transfer sheet directly to the printed side of your Tattoo Test Paper. Be sure to make good contact between your test print and the adhesive by applying pressure from one end to the other, working out small air bubbles as you go.
Tip: If you have air bubbles that won't come out, poke the bubble with a pin to release the air.
Step 5. Cutting out your design.
With your test paper and clear transfer sheet pressed together, use a scissors or X-ACTO knife to carefully cut out your test tattoo. It's best to trim as close to the image as you can.
Step 6. Applying the design to your skin.
Be sure your skin is clean and dry before you apply the tattoo test paper. Peel the clear transfer sheet away from the tattoo test paper. The adhesive from the clear transfer sheet should now be on your test tattoo. Use a mirror to help you position your test tattoo over your skin. When you feel you have the correct position, firmly press the sticky side of the test paper onto your skin. Press and hold firmly, letting your body heat help set the tattoo in place. Make sure your skin has made secure contact in every area of the test tattoo. Hold for one minute.
Tip: For best results on body parts with a lot of hair, consider shaving prior to application.
Step 7. Removing the test paper.
Wet a sponge or or wash cloth with warm water (not soaked, but more then damp). Use the sponge to thoroughly wet the back of your test tattoo. As the water soaks in, the tattoo will become visible through the paper. The water will dissolve the adhesive allowing you to slide the tattoo test paper away, leaving the image on your skin. Congratulations on your Tattoo Test Drive!
Tip: You can easily remove your Test Tattoo at any time, with baby oil. Be sure to wash the area with soap and water before you try again..
Your Tattoo Test Drive can last for several days. If you have sensitive skin and have received a rash from band-aids, adhesive or other chemicals you may want to leave your test tattoo on for only a few hours. You can shower with your test tattoo but do not scrub- just rinse lightly to keep clean. It's tempting to touch your tattoo, but try to leave it alone. Allow it to dry well before covering it up with clothing. Although nothing looks as good as a real tattoo, your tattoo test will look very authentic. You can surprise your friends and get their opinions. Of course, the most important opinion is yours and there is no better way to make sure you have made the right choice than taking your tattoo for a little test drive!
Disclaimer: Do not use Tattoo Test Paper if you are pregnant or nursing a baby because of chemicals in the adhesive and possible migration of chemicals from the copiers or printer ink into your body. Some individuals can develop skin allergic reactions even when using medical grade glue. You must assume all responsibility for the safe use of this adhesive and this paper. Do not use in high speed industrial type copiers or printers. Even though this product has been tested on most late model ink-jet and laser printers, the user must determine the compatibility of this paper with his/her own equipment. In some cases if the paper jams and stays in contact with the hot fusing roll in copiers and laser printers damage can occur. In case of paper jam, remove paper immediately. Do not attempt to reuse this product. Do not attempt to print on pages that have already been cut or have holes in them. This can cause a paper jam and may possibly damage your equipment. You must assume all responsibility for any damage to your equipment.