SI Swimsuit edition featuring Tinsley Transfers!


The 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is out and it features the stunning Kate Upton wearing a Tinsley Transfer!

Makeup artist Joanne Gair contacted Tinsley Studio in 2012 to create custom tattoos for the shoot.  The result can be seen on Alyssa Miller (zipper and clasp) and Kate Upton (top).

Check out Ms. Gair’s amazing body paint and makeup on all of the girls and don’t forget to order your own custom Tinsley Transfer!

Kate Upton was photographed by Walter Looss Jr. in Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas. 
Body Paint and Makeup by Joanne Gair using Body Art Products by Reel Creations, Tinsley Transfers and Tinsley Studio 
Swimsuit inspired by Delfina from the original by Delfina.




Viva Super Bowl Ads!


What Super Bowl 47 boasted not only a surprisingly interesting game but also featured 8 trailers for movies opening in 2013. Out of those 8 films, 4 have tattoos and/or prosthetic transfers created by Tinsley Studio. We are very excited to have been a part of these films and can’t wait until they hit the big screen. Here is a list of those films for your viewing pleasure (click here to view all trailers on Cinema Blend):


Fast and Furious 6

World War Z

Iron Man 3


Also airing during the Super Bowl was a hilarious Taco Bell ad featuring a custom Tinsley Transfer™.

Taco Bell "Viva Young"



Ryan Gosling… need I say more?


The Place Beyond the Pines tells the tales of two different fathers and how their lives intersect over the course of 15 years. This film brings two of today’s biggest male stars Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling, who altered his naturally handsome look to create the character of Luke. In order to achieve this Ryan worked closely with tattoo Artist Ben Sheilds to design his character’s ink. His makeup artist, the talented Leo Won, then contacted Tinsley Studio to turn the designs into our Tinsley Transfers.


 Check out the trailer to learn more about the film and to see more of our transfers in action.






This Moll’s a doll!


Want to know how to get Emma Stone’s Gangster Squad look? Check out Entertainment Weekly and Star Magazine’s featurettes with tips from Makeup Department Head Christien Tinsley and Costume Designer Mary Zophres!



Gangster Squad opens in theaters today.

You can do Magic


What could be better than a movie about Vegas style verses Street style Magicians starring Steve CarellJim CarreySteve Buscemi and Olivia Wilde? Nothing, if that movie also includes tattoos and prosthetics designed by Bill Corso and produced by Tinsley Studio. And it does.


Check out the trailer here and note the Tinsley Transfers worn by Jim Carrey.

We are certainly looking forward to The Incredible Burt Wonderstone which hits theaters March 15th. Want to get a similar or Vegas inspired look? Check out these tattoos currently available at

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The original tattoo clothing


Did you know that Tinsley Transfers, Inc. originated Tattoo Sleeves and clothing? 10 years later the market is now flooded with knock-offs but we feel our product is still the best on the market. Designed by Tinsley’s talented tattoo artists and made in the USA, our tattoo clothing is often requested for film, television and stage shows.

Cobie Smulders wearing Rock O' Billy sleeves for "How I Met Your Mother"


While our Tattoo shirts and sleeves our always for sale it has been over 5 years since the tattoo t-shirts have been made available. Get yours now while they last.


“No Names. No Badges. No Mercy.” But there are Tattoos


Go back in time with us to Los Angeles, 1949 where we find John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) assembling a team of rogue cops intent on taking down Mob Boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). “Gangster Squad” directed by Ruben Fleischer and co-starring Ryan GoslingEmma StoneAnthony MackieNick NolteGiovanni RibisiRobert Patrick and Michael Peña is an action packed, romance laced journey to yesteryear that is sure to leave you cheering.


Christien Tinsley re-creates the look of the era as Makeup Designer and Department Head with the film’s makeup effects created by Tinsley Studio, featuring the handsome Ryan Gosling wearing Tinsley TransfersGangster Squad opens January 11th.

Olympic Ink

If you have been tuning in to the Summer Olympics this year, you have probably spied dozens of athletes rocking the recognizable multi-colored Olympic rings by now.  It’s like something of a right of passage.

American Swimmer, Ryan Lochte

Both top American rival swimmers, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte have Olympic themed tattoos.  Michael Phelps, who recently won his 19th medal, a gold in the men’s 2x400m, has a tattoo on his right hipbone.  Ryan Lochte’s Olympic tattoo is on the inside of his right arm, highlighted when he performs his dominating backstroke.

Other than the classic five-ring logo, viewers have also seen more personalized ink on the competitors.  Fernanda Silva Rocha, Brazilian women’s handball competitor, (pictured above) has a star on her left calf.

Italian olympic swimmer Federica Pellegrini has nine tattoos all together.  Pictured above is her intricate flower design on her ankle.

Mongolian judo competitor Tsagaanbaatar Khashbaatar wears a tattoo on his chest that features two feet and the word “Champion.”  Being one of the world’s best athletes takes determination, commitment, and some serious confidence.  You must truly believe you are the best, and the slightest bit of doubt can alter your performance.  Perhaps his tattoo is of a past great achievement, and gives him the extra boost to believe in himself to conquer again.

So if you would like to design your own before you get the real thing get a custom tattoo!  You can also check out our spirited tattoos like the Vintage 1940 Rose and Nautical Stars to be like your favorite olympians!

How would you design your spirit?

Pin-Up Style

Let’s face it- men want them, women want to be like them!  Pin-ups represent sexiness and feminity while symbolizing female empowerment, and the women look damn good doing it.  Pin-up art continued to grow in popularity and sophistication through the 1950′s.

Tinsley Transfers features their own line of vintage designs.  From overtly sexy, to adorable sailor, these vintage pin-ups are in trend.  With 50s Mad Men inspired style sweeping the nation, you can join this craze with these sexy designs!

You can’t talk about pin ups without mentioning Bettie Page.  She was featured in the earlier editions of Playboy and Hugh Hefner says, “She had a saucy innocence that is both contemporary and provocative, and also nostalgic.” The Bunny takes an influence from the traditional playboy uniform, complete with a cottontail.

Another one of the most popular, early glamour girls was Betty Grable, whose poster was ubiquitous in the lockers of G.I.s during World War II.  Today, this movement has seen another wave of women whose personal style derives from the 50s, such as Dita Von Teese.  This current day beauty has not only sparked a reinvention of the burlesques scene, but inspired a number of other sexy modern pin-up girls.  With a hint of rockabilly, and a touch of free spirit, this care-free sense of sexuality the women give off is intriguing.

These temporary tattoos truly embrace the pin-up style- exuding confidence, sex appeal, and beauty.  Man or woman, sporting these tattoos adds that extra funk to any look.  Don’t you want to have (be) One Fine Dame?

From Stars & Stripes to Lady Liberty

How are you spending the long 4th of July weekend? Whether you’ll be spending time BBQing with friends or lighting off some fireworks, tattoos are a great way to express yourself and pay tribute to the things you love most!  Nothing shows your love for the USA like a traditional tattoo.

Tinsley Transfers temporary tattoos are the perfect way to show your patriotic pride in addition to your classic red, white, and blue apparel. Even though these tattoos wash off, we know your American spirit won’t with the upcoming 2012 London Olympics just around the corner!