At FTS, we understand the growing need for airbrushed FX tattoos for productions. With the advent of HD 4K+ cameras and televisions, the invasive scrutiny of such technology can no longer support the old “slap transfer” type FX tattoos. The FTS way of painting the tattoo art on the skin quickly and consistently using our stencil system is becoming the go to source for FX tattoos for more and more productions. When the shot calls for extreme close ups with HD cameras, the viewer’s eye is drawn to the shininess of transfer tattoos and often it is plainly seen as fake. Statistics show that 40% of American adults have tattoos. They know what real tattoos look like. This means that 40% of the viewing audience know when they are looking at a transfer tattoo in film or on TV. When we are tasked to the job of creating FX tattoos, the realism is literally engineered into the stencil at the design stage. The rest of the job of mimicking the tattoo is done by the artist’s hand, resulting in a piece that tricks the naked eye, thus standing up to HD cameras and televisions. The viewer can retain their suspension of disbelief. Close in tight shots are no longer a problem leaving productions room to take the opportunity of using tattoos to build characters that reflect real people. (40% of whom have tattoos).