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Nov 14 by

Tinsley Transfers, realistic tattoos from Hollywood!

christien TinsleyChristien Tinsley has been passionate about make-up since age 7 and especially enthralled by special FX you can create on the big screen. As a young boy, he was already making his own Halloween masks and sculptures. At age 22, he began pursuing a career in Los Angeles and quickly became in demand as a make-up artist for film and TV. His work has been seen in “The Grinch”, “Swordfish”, “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Pearl Harbor.” The talent he brought to the table didn’t go unnoticed. He managed to acquire several pending nominations for the Academy Awards (the Oscars) and the Emmy Awards (prizes for work in television).

Pearl Harbor

It was while Tinsley was on set for “Pearl Harbor” that the idea popped into his head to use temporary tattoos. Every day, about forty actors (those in lead roles as well as extras) needed to be made up in cut and burn wounds. Manually putting on these kinds of wound marks every day was a chore. So he created temporary tattoos that could be adhered to the body rather simply, yet still appeared to be lifelike. Not only did the tattoos look realistic, they were also durable. They’d even last for several days of filming. Talk about a time saver! And just like that,”Tinsley transfers” were born!

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But that wasn’t all. Besides these 2D tattoos, he was the one who came up with 3D tatts, or “prosthetic transfers” for “The Passion of the Christ.” These tatts looked even more realistic due to the bevel and relief effect on the wounds that one might see in real life. His idea was lapped up like gravy on a butter biscuit. The “prosthetic transfers” in particular won him an Oscar in 2008, in the “Technical Achievement Award” category. His first – but probably not the last – Oscar picture was now a fact.

Of course, his work is not limited to these “wound tattoos.” Those who saw Justin Timberlake in Alpha Dog, or Vin Diesel in xXx, bore witness to the impressive “tattsterpieces” Christien Tinsley created.

Tinsley Transfers

Tinsley is on a roll! Right now, he manages two companies: Tinsley Studio, which is well-known in the film and TV world for realistic make-up, special FX and tattoos; and Tinsley Transfers Inc., the web shop where anyone can buy temporary tattoos themselves that Christien has designed.

These temporary tattoos look incredibly realistic. The colors are somewhat blurry, making them seem like real tattoos that have faded and worn down for a few years. A lot of Tinsley tattoos have a dark side, which makes them perfect for Halloween or Carnevale!

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On those kinda nights, zombieheads can’t be left out, for sure…

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Of course, the characteristic “wound tattoos” for which Tinsley gained his reputation make up part of the collection. They’re perfect for scaring the bejeezus out of your friends, family, or co-workers one good time! They come in “Gorywood” packages so you can just cover up your whole body in them.

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For an even gorier effect, you can opt for Tinsley’s 3D-tattoos. Ever thought about some devil’s horns or a Star of David that looks like it was etched into your skin? At TattooForAWeek, you’ll find a video with a brief “How To” on putting on these tatts.

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Not all Tinsley transfers are this terrifying, but Christien Tinsley can’t help but flaunt his not-so-secret craze for gore and mystery. Just check out this tattoo line:

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it’s something way different from the Tinsley’s vintage tatts. They’re mainly pin-up girls in all kinds of seductive poses.

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Not only that, for “traditional” tribal tattoo lovers, Tinsley also has a wide selection in both black and white and in color. What immediately catches the eye is how detailed these are:

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Wanna Order?

Tinsley has selected TattooForAWeek as one of two distributors authorized for sales to the European market! So, you can order Tinsley Transfers here. Shipping is free for orders totaling £15 or more.

All Tinsley transfers are safe for use. They are non-toxic and hypoallergenic. The dyes used have been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration of the United States) and adhere to all US and international standards.

See ya soon!

Nov 14 by

Angelina Jolie tattoos

Angelina Jolie tattoos

Today we know Angelina Jolie as a talented actress, UN ambassador, wife of Brad Pitt, and the mother of no less than six children. But she is equally known for her more dark and edgy side. At the time of her relationship with Billy Bob Thornton they wore each other’s blood in vials around their necks. Her dark role in ‘Girl, interrupted’ also reinforced the image of a somewhat bizarre yet beautiful woman. Over the years more tattoos were added, telling the story of her life on her body. But with Angelina Jolie tattoos are not forever. Over the years she has removed or concealed several of them.

Angelina Jolie coordinates tattoo 

Angelina Jolie coordinates tattoo
The most famous Angelina tattoo is perhaps the tattoo which displays the coordinates of the birthplaces of her children: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Namibia, Vietnam and France. But her husband was also not forgotten. The coordinates of Oklahoma, the birthplace of Brad Pitt, complete the list.

Angelina Jolie Billy Bob Thornton tattoo

Angelina Jolie tattoo Billy Bob Thornton
The coordinates tattoo hides an older tattoo of a dragon with the name of ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton above it. Afterwards, Angelina vowed that she would never be stupid enough to have a man’s name tattooed on her body again.

Bengal tiger

Angelina Jolie bengal tiger tattoo

The most impressive of her tattoos is undoubtedly the Bengal tiger on her lower back. It’s not only large, but also exudes enormous power. She had the tattoo done in Bangkok to commemorate obtaining Cambodian citizenship.

“Know your rights”

Angelina Jolie know your rights tattoo

On the back of her neck, just below the hairline, is the slogan “know your rights”. It is the title of a song by one of her favorite bands, ‘The Clash’.

Buddhist protection and Arabic strength

Angelina Jolie Buddhist tattoo

There’s a Buddhist prayer of protection on her left shoulder, written in Khmer script, the language of Cambodia – where she had the tattoo done. The invocation is intended to protect her and her adopted son Maddox, who has Cambodian roots.

The mantra is as follows (loosely translated):

“May your enemies flee from you. If you acquire riches, may it stay with you forever. Your beauty will rival that of Aspara. Wherever you may go, many will serve, protect, and surround you.”

Previously in its place there was a Japanese Kanji symbol for “Death”. It was Angelina’s first tattoo.

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On her left arm there’s an Arabic script tattoo that means “Strength of Will”. This tattoo hides a previous, abstract tattoo that she and former husband Billy Bob Thornton designed together.

Subtle references

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The Roman numeral 13 was originally on her left arm. This was Angelina’s way of showing that she does not believe in superstition. Later she added the Roman numerals “V MCMXL” to it. This translates to 13 May 1940, the date of Winston Churchill’s famous speech, when he said: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”

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On Angelina’s inside left wrist is a rune style tattoo of the letter ‘H’. This tattoo could refer to her ex-boyfriend Timothy Hutton or her brother, James Haven.

Angelina’s left forearm depicts the tattoo: “A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages.” This quote was inspired by American writer Tennessee Williams.

Apprehension before marriage?

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Angelina has appeared at the altar several times. She clearly doesn’t suffer from commitment phobia. Yet she had this tattoo done in 1995 on the eve of her wedding to Johnny Lee Miller. It depicts a thick black cross and next to it the Latin motto: “Quod me nutrit me destruit”, which means “What nourishes me, destroys me.” Not exactly an optimistic message for the new bride.

Is this your style? 

Tattooforaweek offers temporary tattoos inspired by the tattoos of Angelina Jolie. They are easy to attach, completely safe, and you will receive them quickly. Click here to order!

Bye for now!

Check out our video on Angelina Jolie’s tattoos and their meaning: