Ever dreamt of having a killer bicycle-inspired tatoo, but aren’t sure of the permanent commitment?
Ever looked at a hot fixi chick and marveled at the bold black ink that decorates and differentiates the owner from all other bike riders?
Maybe you have fantasised of enshrining your love of bikes in some body art way, so that everyone will know how much you love bike and riding.
This blog has previously featured cycle ink and bike tattoos, but for this post, we are delving into the safe, but arty world of temporary bike tattoos.
Temporary tatoos are a great way to signify your love of all things two-wheels, while side-stepping the cost, uncomfortableness and potential problems of a permanent tattoo. Temporary tattoos used to be only reserved for school kids and were originally found in bubblegum wrappers or junk food promoting special deals or the latest Disney movies.
Today temporary tattoos have evolved past the pasty faded old outlines of yore, into some progressive marketing for television programs, sports teams and cartoon characters.
A recent creative development has emerged whereby local artists spruik their designs through a range of products – like homewares, prints, cards, tee-shirts, and of course, now as temporary tatoos!
To go one step further, there are places like Australia’s Amazing Raymond who offers a personalised service to get your own unique bicycle-inspired temporary tatoo printed and shipped out to you.
So what is the attraction?
As with any tattoo genre, bicycle tattoos vary in shape, size, design and identity associations – both for the owner and the observer.
Admittedly it is does not carry the same dedication and kudos that permanent inkwork does, but at least it provides a happy medium.
Even as in temporary form, these designs are still eye-catching and communicate important messages. I think it is interesting to keep in mind what Mark Bauerlein points out, is that “a tattoo isn’t the Word made flesh, but the flesh made word.”
May I please have a bicycle temporary tatoo!!!
Tattly celebrates art by licensing designs from professional artists and turning them into high-quality temporary tattoos. Our artists get a generous cut of every single sale. We think that’s only fair. We see our tattoos as an experience of play and self-expression, a moment of being a rebel and doing something daring. Wearing a Tattly allows a glimpse into a life where you don’t care about what other people think. Tattly started as a side project by our founder Tina, aka swissmiss and has grown into a healthy, creative business.
These designs are originally from this site – although you will see other providers supplying the Tattly bicycle temporary tatoos elsewhere. These designs are very popular.
Source for above image & words: Tattly
Scared of long-term commitment? We know the feeling. But with 100% customisable temporary tattoos, now you can have your cake and eat it too. Create your own design or choose from thousands of pre-made designs. These temporary tattoos are the perfect fun addition to fancy dress, office parties, fun runs and other special events.
Source for above image & words: Tazzel
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They have a decent rage of bicycle temporary tatoos, and in some cases you can custom order your own design.
Source for above image & words: Etsy
A few other bicycle temporary tatoos providers -with much smaller ranges
Ali Express has a limited rage
Tats and Tags
For our European friends – there one sweet image available at Happy Bicycle (Portugal)
How to DIY bicycle temporary tatoos
If you don’t see anything you like – then feel free to make your own design.
Here is a quick 3 min video on a simple DIY hack to create your own temporary bicycle tattoo.
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If you come across any other bicycle temporary tatoo providers, artists or services you think should be included here – please email me the recommendation via the contact tab.