About Us

CHristien TinsleyTinsley Transfers Inc. Tattoo FX
The most realistic tattoos available.

Founded by Hollywood make-up and special effects artist Christien Tinsley, Tinsley Transfers was established out of necessity during the filming of Pearl Harbor (Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale). While working on approximately 40 extras that required multiple wound and burn effects daily, Christien realized the need for a quick, timesaving tool to create such effects. The end result produced an easy to apply tattoo transfer with an emphasis on continuity and reality of the effects. 

Established in 1999 Tinsley Transfers Inc. has solely provided Hollywood’s biggest film and television productions with custom temporary tattoo transfers. Such stars and films as Vin Diesel in XXX, Brad Pitt in The Ocean Films, Sean Penn in Mystic River, Gary Oldman in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Wentworth Miller in Prison Break, Adrian Brody in High School and Justin Timberlake in Alpha Dog are just some of the trademark creations. Along with the 2-D transfers, Christien developed and implemented a new process known as a “Prosthetic Transfer" a 3-D prosthetic that is transferred to the skin. This ingenious idea was created during the filming of The Passion of the Christ. An Academy Award nomination was given to Christien in 2005 for this inventive and time-saving process. In 2008 Christien received an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement for this revolutionary process. You can see the entire body of work that the Tinsley Studio is responsible for by visiting TinsleyStudio.com. Tinsley Transfers Inc. continues to grow and emerge as the leading provider of temporary tattoos and Makeup Effects for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. 

Customer Service 
We always work to provide our customers with the highest level of customer service. Its important to us that you receive a level of service that is enjoyable and worth remembering. In the event you have had a less then adequate experience with us please visit our contact us page and call or leave us your comments. 

Made in the USA 
This is our seal of excellence. We have been supplying the film, television and the retail community with the most realistic tattoos for over 10 years. Our products are manufactured, packaged and shipped from right here in the USA. Located in San Fernando, California we look forward to our continued efforts to supply you with quality US made products. All our temporary tattoos are completely safe, non-toxic and hypoallergenic. The colorants used are FDA certified and meet or exceed all applicable US and international regulatory requirements.