Can I tattoo and do piercings on my TPE doll?

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    Due to the type of material (Thermoplastic Elastomer), 3 options are available:


    Tattoo sleeve (simplest option): “Tattoo sleeves”, or “body art stockings” look real & seamless; easy slip on & off. Made out of Stretchable fabric material (usually nylon & spandex). Unisex and one size fits most.


    Temporary decals (does not last long): Decals, yes just like the one you were getting on Malabars as a kid actually turn out  to hold better on TPE than on human skin, are cheap to acquire, and can be washed off easily without leaving marks on your doll’s skin.

    Checkout our awesome tattoo decal selection here! Over 150 models to choose from!

    PLEASE NOTE: Make sure to avoid applying decals on parts which are covered by clothings, as too much friction with the fabric will rip off the decal.If the decal is ripping off, it is easy to stick it back up with a bit of water, by applying it on the damaged area with your fingers.


    STEP 1 – Clean the area thoroughly with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. Do not use a glass cleaner because it will leave a residue behind that will prevent the sticker from adhering well.


    STEP 2 – Rub a squeegee or credit card firmly across the sticker through the clear transfer tape to prepare it for application. This ensures the sticker will cling to the transfer tape and removes any air bubbles that may have formed.


    STEP 3 -Peel the white paper backing off the sticker. If the sticker clings to the backing, slowly replace the paper backing and repeat Step 2.



    STEP 4 – Slowly lower the sticker onto the surface and rub it in place firmly with a squeegee or credit card. For best results, wait 24 hours before moving to the next step.


    STEP 5 – Slowly peel the clear transfer tape off at an angle. Be careful not to pull the sticker off the surface. If sticker pulls away from the surface repeat Step 4.




    Pad printing method is needed for such tattoos. Permanent Ink (complicated and costly): to be able to apply permanent tattoos on your doll which will not end up bleeding or erasing, you will require solvent based printing ink type “TP 253” and “TP 273/T“It is also important to note that it also always requires pre-treatment as TPE is mostly water based. Silicone derivative flow agents must be used in order to reduce the high surface tension of the water, which has a negative influence on adhesion properties. Pretreatment with “Adhesion Promoter PP” will be essential to achieve good adhesion, not only as a primer but also as cleaning agent.


    TPE is the perfect material for piercing! It looks just like real! All you will need is a needle and one or more of our awesome jewelry items available here!

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