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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you apply a Sports Ink temporary tattoo?

Sports Ink temporary tattoos are fast and easy to apply.  Here's how it's done:

  • The skin should be clean and free of oils and makeup.
  • Remove the clear, protective top sheet, and with the design facing down, press the tattoo firmly onto clean, dry and relatively hairless skin.
  • Hold a wet cloth (or paper towel, kitchen paper works well) against the back of the tattoo while pressing down, ensuring to wet it thoroughly, and hold for @ 30 seconds.
  • Slowly peel off the paper backing.
  • Gently rinse the tattoo with water for best effect, and allow the tattoo to dry before touching or covering with clothing.

Every tattoo has these "How to Apply" instructions on the back.

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Are Sports Ink temporary tattoos SAFE?

Sports Ink™ temporary tattoos are safe and non-toxic.  They are manufactured using US FDA-certified colorants and meet all US and International regulatory requirements.  All of our products meet safety standards for cosmetic and toy products.

We don't recommend using temporary tattoos on children under 3 years of age; also, the adhesive used may cause a reaction for individuals who are allergic to plasters (aka "band-aids"), as the adhesive is the same.

Also, they shouldn't be used on or near the eyes, or on sensitive skin.

We've compiled a Further Note About Temporary Tattoo Safety, which we recommend you read.


Do Sports Ink temporary tattoos wash off in the rain?

NO!  The tattoos WILL NOT wash off in the rain!  In fact, they're quite resistant to ordinary soap and water, and will not smear or smudge when wet.  This is a HUGE ADVANTAGE over traditional face paint kits and other crude attempts at painting your face for sports events.

How do you remove them?

The temporary tattoos can be removed easily with:

  • rubbing alcohol,
  • baby oil,
  • transparent household tape,
  • makeup remover,
  • baby wipes,
  • skin toner.

How long do they last?

Sports Ink temporary tattoos are resistant to water and most soaps to ensure that they last 3 to 5 days on the skin.  This depends a lot on your skin type, and on where the temporary tattoo is applied.  The temporary tattoos will last longer when they are kept free from any abrasions (such as jewellery, wristwatches, necklaces, etc.) and any rubbing from clothing.

What designs can you get?

We can get ANY DESIGN, and can even help you to make a design of your own.  Just send us a high-quality digital image (JPEG, PNG, PDF etc.; 300dpi is optimal) and we can have a custom tattoo made.

My temporary tattoo isn't sticking!  What could be wrong?

There are a number of factors that may affect how well the temporary tattoo transfers to the skin.  The skin should be clean and free of any water, oil, moisture, makeup, sunscreen, or dirt.

Also ensure there is enough water applied to the paper backing of the tattoo.  It needs to be well saturated for the tattoo to transfer from the paper and onto the skin.