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Oct 15 by

Halloween tattoos

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The scariest night of the year is around the corner: Halloween is coming! Halloween has been popular in the United States and the United Kingdom for decades, but these days Halloween fever has spread far and wide across the world. Chances are that Halloween parties or Halloween tours will also be part of your neighborhood this year, and children will take to the streets with that familiar chant of “trick or treat!”

For one crazy, creepy night of the year, most of the fun of Halloween is in dressing the part – and preferably being as scary as possible. Besides masks, wigs and other accessories, temporary Halloween tattoos will add the finishing touch (unless of course you’re so fanatical that you’d prefer a ‘real’ tattoo). This year the choice of Halloween tattoos is vast: from small, cute pumpkins to truly ‘horrifying’ tattoos. This fun ‘scarefest’ seems to have inspired tattoo designers all over the world.

Cute Halloween tattoos

For those of you who are not a big fan of horror and blood, there are many temporary tattoos available that are not so gory, but still make a bold (and suitably creepy) statement:


The laughing pumpkin

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Friendly ghost

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Halloween cat (glows in the dark!)

Wounds and scars

Nothing is as gruesome as someone with a great gaping wound or a horrific looking scar! There are some amazing temporary tattoos on the market that make those wounds and scars seem chillingly realistic.

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The packets of different tattoos from Tinsley Transfers – aptly named Gorywood – are especially very popular:

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Tinsley Gorywood

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See the full range of wounds and scars from Tattoo For A Week here.

Tinsley Transfers

We have written about Christien Tinsley previously, a special effects makeup artist in Hollywood (read the blog post here). He has built his whole career around designing creepy and gory temporary tattoos. For example, not only the Gorywood packets (see above) but his other designs are also like something straight out of a horror movie.

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And let’s not forget the ‘face-tattoos‘ by Christien Tinsley and the temporary tattoos from his zombie series. The scary combination of ‘gruesome’ temporary tattoos together with a creepy Halloween outfit will definitely send chills down the spines of everyone who crosses your path on the night!

See the whole range of Tinsley Transfers here. Tattoo For A Week was chosen as one of only two distributors for the European market!

Extreme make-up

For those of you who plan on doing makeup, Halloween is the perfect occasion to go over the top. Everything and anything goes! With a little practice and ingenuity, you too can imitate these looks. It does not matter if it’s not very neat – that often makes it even creepier!

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Many make-up artists are inspired by Halloween because they can really let their imaginations run wild. In the weeks before Halloween, you see also a lot of their work on internet blogs. The designs of this French make-up artist, for example, are really impressive.

Nail varnish

To really round off your look perfectly, why not change your nail polish for the occasion as well? Obviously there are pre-made synthetic nails available, but why not try your hand at your own designs? With only a few colors, and a steady hand, you may be amazed at the result!

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Dracula or zombie?

Are you ready? Have you decided what you want to be this year? Then finish off your look with temporary tattoos! You’ll find the full Halloween range from Tattoo For A Week here. All our products are anti-allergenic and meet international safety standards. And best of all, we can deliver the tattoo of your choice in just a few days!

We realize only too well that the temporary Halloween tattoos often have to serve for one night only. But those who want to, can still show off their temporary tattoos for a few more days. And for those of you who don’t want to show up at work with a ‘gaping head wound’ or some bats on the arm, the tattoos can be easily removed with Limisan tattoo remover, or with alcohol or any oil.

Happy Halloween!

Aug 15 by

Are tattoos dangerous?

tattooed girl - are tattoos dangerous?Tattoos have been around for centuries to decorate the body, accentuate certain powers, or convey a special meaning. Even though techniques may have changed over time, tattoos continue to remain incredibly popular. More and more people visit tattoo parlors – even people who are not necessarily ‘rough’ or ‘artistic’ by nature. Top rated TV shows such as “LA Ink” featuring tattoo artist Kat Von D has further contributed to their popularity.

This in itself is not necessarily a drawback. On the contrary, the more people who want tattoos, the more tattoo art can develop and evolve. However, this does not mean that you should go about getting a tattoo impulsively. Keep in mind that tattoos are (almost) permanent and not completely without risk.

Tattoos dangerous?

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Anyone who has had a tattoo done, that is to say in a quality tattoo parlor, has certainly been exposed to possible risks: allergies and sensitive skin can cause the skin to react badly to the ink. However, these effects are usually of short duration and many people seem to accept it as part of the deal.

But are there also long-term effects? Dr. Andreas Luch of the German Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin, believes that people should be cautious. According to Luch, it is not clear what happens to the ink that you inject under your skin, but we may assume that the ink spreads into the bloodstream and organs. Tattoo ink mainly consists of organic substances, but also from preservatives and contaminated particles such as nickel, arsenic and lead, which then ends up in your body. A study in Switzerland showed that preservatives that are banned for use in cosmetics were found in no less than 14% of tested ink samples! Luch does not want to be an alarmist, but asks people to think carefully before getting a tattoo (read the full article here).

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Have you set your heart on a tattoo? Then keep the following in mind:

  • Don’t just go to any tattoo shop. Do some research and check with friends or family which tattoo parlor they’ve had good experiences with. Think of a tattoo as a medical procedure. The tattoo parlor should be as clean as the practice of a doctor or dentist.
  • Ask if you may see the material that will be used for your tattoo. The needles must be new, sterilized, and individually wrapped. Ink should only come from small ink jars for single use. Everything that touches your skin should not be reused. The tattoo artist should wear gloves.
  • Any possible contamination should be avoided. The worktable of the tattoo artist should therefore be free of personal items such as mobile phones.

Temporary tattoos

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The popularity of temporary tattoos have been growing steadily for several years. Gold and silver tattoos have especially been a big hit this summer, simply because they look so great against bronzed skin. Or how about Halloween or carnival tattoos? For people who enjoy variety, temporary tattoos are the perfect alternative, and they’re available in all shapes and sizes.

With temporary tattoos, you obviously don’t have to be afraid of contaminated needles, bacterial infections, or unpleasant reactions to the ink. But even here you have to be careful. There are low quality tattoos on the market that can cause skin irritation. Always be sure to buy your temporary tattoos from reliable sellers such as Tattoo For A Week.


All of the tattoos we offer are safe (also for children) and non-toxic. They only contain dyes that have been approved by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration of the USA) and were made without black henna or PPD. We only sell products that comply with the strictest American, European and international regulations. Our tattoos aim to bring a little fun into your life – without worry!

No matter what you choose, whether alternating with temporary tattoos or opting for “the real deal”, keep it safe and enjoy your tattoos!

Jan 15 by

Rihanna’s Tattoos: An Overview


Since Rihanna first appeared on the stage in 2005 with her first single ‘Pon de replay’, she has gone through a true metamorphosis. From the innocent little girl with the long, wavy hair, she changed into a sexy, provocative vamp. She has increasingly been depicted in the media with excessive indulgences at parties and with drug use as of late. Her fans are staying loyal to ‘RiRi’ and her music though, and so she currently remains one of the bestselling female artists.

Through the years she also began to explore the world of tattoos more and more. She says she is so intrigued by tattoos that you could almost call it an obsession, or addiction. She has had no less than 23 done, each with a special meaning. We’ll tell you about the main ones.

Rihanna’s first tattoo


Rihanna’s first tattoo dates back to 2006, right at the time her music career was first taking off. So it’s not surprising that her first tattoo is an ode to music: she got a G clef and a musical note done on her foot.


It seems that despite the special meaning of that first tattoo, Rihanna got tired of it after 6 years and and in 2012 she had an Egyptian falcon tattooed over the music tattoo. The tattoo was done by Keith ‘Bang Bang’ Mccurdy, a well-known tattoo artist. He also did some of the other tattoos Rihanna has. He says Rihanna goes into complete ecstasy after she gets a new tattoo. “She jumps up and down like a 16-year-old girl that just got a new car.”

The tattoo is an almost exact replica of a 2300-year-old Egyptian falcon that is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Rihanna herself tweeted this about the meaning of the tattoo: “A falcon: a light in the darkness. Never close their eyes when they sleep.”

Rihanna’s hands and fingers


A large portion of Rihanna’s tattoos are on her hands and fingers. On her right hand we find a henna-ish tattoo in the shape of a dragon claw. She had that one done during a concert series in New Zealand. It was one of her most painful tattoos. Rihanna chose to have it done in the traditional ‘Maori’ way. The Maori are the original inhabitants of New Zealand. Her then-boyfriend Chris Brown has the same tattoo. Rihanna declared that the tattoo stands for strength and love.


The Maori tattoo was later incorporated into another henna-style tattoo that covered her whole hand. First the lines and incomplete angles were done (see the lighter colour on the photo), and later the whole tattoo.

Subtle: ‘Love’ and ‘Shhh…’


The middle finger of her left hand says ‘Love’. It is a very subtle tattoo, written in cursive. In pictures this one is especially visible when she makes the peace sign or puts up her middle finger. The meaning of this tattoo is not entirely clear. In the first instance maybe she wants to strengthen her message, but what about when she gives the finger? Her fans can only guess.

Rihanna’s Shhh tattoo

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The second subtle finger tattoo is on Rihanna’s index finger and says: ‘Shhh…”. So she can make you shut up by placing her finger in front of her mouth. This tattoo was copied by an incredible number of fans as well as by other celebrities, such as Katy Perry and Cheryl Cole.

Rihanna’s ‘pretty face’

It would be such a shame to cover a Rihanna’s pretty face with tattoos. But that did not prevent her from getting a number of subtle tattoos on her neck, shoulders and even her ears.

The little star in her ear was an impulsive tattoo that she got when she was with a girlfriend. The date of birth of the same friend can be found on Rihanna’s left shoulder.


The tattoo behind Rihanna’s right ear is a symbol of her astrological sign, Pisces.

Rihanna stars back tattoo

One of Rihanna’s best-known tattoos starts behind her neck and runs down to her shoulders. Just like the dragon tattoo on her hand, this tattoo also refers to her former boyfriend, Chris Brown. The stars match the three stars that he had tattooed behind his ear.

Being careless, Riri?


On her neck we find the cursive tattoo ‘Rebelle fleur’. Language purists say it should really be ‘Fleur rebelle’ , but ‘Bang Bang’, the tattoo artist, declared that is was written like that on purpose.

It wouldn’t be the first time something went wrong with Rihanna’s tattoos. In 2007, she had a Sanskrit prayer tattooed on her hip. Rihanna wanted it to say: forgiveness, honesty, oppression and control. Instead she got a quote about long-time suffering and fear.

Never a failure, always a lesson


In 2009, Rihanna had her life motto, ‘Never a failure, always a lesson’ tattooed below her right clavicle. The tattoo was purposely written in mirror script, so that she would be reminded of this every time she stands in front of a mirror.

Around and below the breast

Since Rihanna often wears very revealing clothing, we regularly get to see the tattoos she has around and below her breasts.

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On one side she has two smaller tattoos: a revolver on the right and on the left side, in Arabic: “Al Hurria fi Al Maseeh”, which means “Freedom in God”.

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On the other side she also got two bigger tattoos done with a special meaning. One is under her left armpit, just above the Arabic words. It is an image of the Egyptian king Nefertiti, who was known as an icon of beauty.

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For the tattoo below her breast, Rihanna was also inspired by Egyptian mythology. She had the Egyptian goddess Isis put there as a tribute to her late grandmother. Isis is the symbol for the perfect mother and woman.

Are you feeling inspired?

Rihanna’s overwhelming success has not escaped the attention of Tattooforaweek and so Rihanna’s tattoos are included in their offer. You can find all of them here. Order now!

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