Punk Up Your Life: Fake Tattoos To Go

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Why endure the pain of a real tattoo when you can get a wealth of funky, modern and eye-catching fake designs? They’re cool, bang on trend and the perfect way to make a unique, temporary fashion statement so check out these top 10 styles.
 
 
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10. Go wild

Whether you have a favourite creature or just adore all wildlife you’re sure to be impressed by the range of animal-themed tattoos available. With a vast selection of designs you can adorn yourself in beautiful butterflies and pretty birds or opt for bigger beasts including elephants, horses and wolves. Some are simple in design with a black outline while others are far more intricate and have plenty of colour detailing so it’s well-worth browsing the multiple listings. You’ll also come across a range of paw print transfers and stencils for a cute look.
 
 
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9. Oriental symbols

Chinese symbols are ideal for kids and adults alike and as they tend to be fairly small in size can fit on many body parts including the ankle or wrist. Each symbol has a different meaning be it ‘love’, ‘hope’, ‘prosperity’ and such like so it’s wise to do a bit of research before placing a foreign word onto your body. Other Oriental-inspired tattoos include elaborate Chinese dragons which make great statement tattoos for the upper arm, thigh or back, as well as tigers and snakes.
 
 
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8. Go gothic

If you love the darker side of life and enjoy anything that’s a little bit grotesque, gruesome, deadly or just downright unusual, you won’t be disappointed. Gothic tattoos have a wide market with everything from full sleeves to individual transfers offering a range of impressive images including Lady Luck dice, scorpions, skulls in hats, octopi and spiders. Gothic tattoos tend to feature bright primary colours including yellow, blue and red and are accentuated or enhanced with black and white.
 
 
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7. Tainted love

While, hearts, lips, kisses and other symbols associated with love are available in tattoo form, you’ll also come across saucier, more adult images including rockabilly punk love hearts with doves, stars, arrows, swords, black flowers, fire, edgy slogans and other decorations as well as swirls of black roses, black doves, cherubs, provocative ladies and much more. The tainted love theme is particularly great for Valentine’s parties, Burlesque shows or other fancy dress occasions.
 
 
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6. Celtic knots/tribal designs

Celtic knots make fabulous fake tattoos thanks to their free-flowing design which appears to have no beginning or end and is often thought to represent infinity or an uninterrupted lifestyle. There are many different kinds of Celtic knots and knot stencils as well as a host of tribal Celtic designs which tend to cover the whole arm. Tribal sleeves are particularly common and are sold in a host of intricate patterns.
 
 
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5. Nautical theme

There are the classic nautical designs, which include anchors, sailing boat wheels, birds and fish. Then there’s the edgier, more gothic styles including skull and crossbones, love hearts with swords through them, sassy mermaids, names on a scroll (like mum or dad) and enchanting doves. For the kids there’s also a whole range of transfer pictures to choose from including treasure chests, treasure maps, hooks, parrots and much more, making the nautical theme one of the most popular in the fake tattoo world.
 
 
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4. Golden girl

If you’re looking for a new way to wear gold, don’t miss these trendy, chic and ultra-classy gold tattoos. With everything from necklaces and bangles to rings and face art readily available you’ll be shimmering from dusk to dawn thanks to this fabulous collection of accessories. Gold tattoo earrings are also in fashion or you could opt for gold feathers, stars or your favourite creature. Fancy something different? Then you can also buy gold paint that can be used to decorate your hands or other body parts.
 
 
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3. Galaxy of stars

The great thing about star tattoos is that they can be positioned almost anywhere on the body and are both quirky and feminine. So, whether you fancy multiple stars running down the back of your neck like pop diva Rhianna or would prefer a trio on your shoulder like Sienna Miller, you can use multi-packs of transfers to do as you please. Placing a medley of stars around your ankle also works well or you could pop a transfer or two just below your ear. The collar bone is another place to pop a star or perhaps one of your fingers.
 
 
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2. Flower power

Whether you love pretty, feminine body art or would prefer something darker and edgier, you’re sure to find a floral print that’ll suit your personality and style. With plenty of interesting transfers to choose from why not take a leaf out of Cheryl Fernandez-Visini’s book with a risqué rose print or go down the boho-chic route with a daisy chain armband or a radiant sunflower? Black and white henna designs are charming and effective while brightly-coloured body stickers will certainly get noticed.
 
 
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1. Full sleeve

You have to be both dedicated and hardcore to get your whole arm inked in a host of elaborate designs, but there’s an easier way to punk up your life and achieve a similarly awesome effect. Indeed, you can now buy pull-on tattoo sleeves that can be worn as and when you please. Typically made from nylon or spandex they come in a host of styles with gothic patterns, tribal markings and Aztec decorations being particularly popular.
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