Tattooed Tennis Shoes

Craft a pair of customized kicks that are sure to turn heads.

How to:
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Start with a pair of light colored canvas tennis shoes. Find some clipart in a font you like and print on regular paper. Adhere the image on the shoe.

Trace the image with a black permanent marker. Go very slowly so the ink will bleed through the paper. Remove the paper and you will have a faint outline of the tattoo. Use a black fine point permanent marker to trace the image.

Now you can fill it in with colored permanent markers. The ink will bleed out just a bit, so leave a slight border when filling in the image. The color will spread out and fill the image in.

Add some color. you might want to try stripes, polka dots or plaid.

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7 thoughts on “Tattooed Tennis Shoes

  1. Tana S. says


  2. Pieces of Arnarnia says

    OMG! I made the most boring looking canvas bag and after this technique everyone will want one! Thanks

  3. Karen A. says

    Fun & personlized :-)

  4. Mary Lou says

    This would be great to do with old or stained shoes so that u could be caught live in them!

  5. Scholastic says

    What a great post and video! A fantastic idea!

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  7. Gregory says

    This is the best site I have read in a long time. I love it! I will definitely be coming back for more.

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