So not every DIY turns out perfect. I had these shoes for a long long while and remember when everyone was painting the toe on their shoes?! Well, I tried that! —it did NOT work out for me. But I really love a pointy kitten heel and these were so comfy and the perfect color tan, I couldn’t throw them out!
Then I saw this picture and was inspired and soooooo happy I didn’t get rid of them! I headed to Etsy to score some old temporary tattoos!
(photo via Where Did U Get that)
So you’ll see my shoes are pretty beat up. They had acrylic neon paint on them, which I removed with nail polish remover, but there are still some remnants of the neon paint plus some damage from the nail polish remover. I was bummed at first the painting left such a mark, but honestly, I kind of dig it with the tattoos!
Some Tips on DIY Tattooed Shoes
- This did NOT work well on black shoes. The colors just don’t show up very much. If you’re fine with that then get to it, but I was a bit bummed I couldn’t see the vibrant colors of these old school tattoos.
- It took some trial and error to find the right timing, ultimately I needed to leave the tattoos on a little longer than you would applying a temporary tattoo on yourself—bout a minute or two longer.
- Don’t tattoo the same area back to back. The tattoos didn’t take well when the area was damp, so go to a totally different area on your shoe or a different shoe and wait till areas are dry to apply.
Now that I know how to tattoo my shoes I can’t wait to do another one! I’m pretty sure these will wear well for a while, but I’m pretty excited for when they fade out so I can tattoo them all over again :).