What nation are you playing?
Most Navarr players would have kit on them to do tattoos themselves, because it’s a big part of Navarr culture.
Whether they’d do tattoos for people from other nations is a question without a simple answer - my character would in some circumstances, but not just for fun.
You’d be potentially facing competition from an entire nation who are well known to offer a similar service for free.
1: Do you already have the equipment to do it or would you be purchasing stuff specifically?
2: How easy would it be to get to camp?
3: Does it look IC?
4: Could it promote roleplay? (I think it could)
Yes, the Navarr have tattoos in their IC brief, but by no means would they have the monopoly on them. And as of yet I’ve not seen an IC tattoo parlour so it would certainly be a novelty. I’d give it a try!
Maybe get a priest involved and sell Testaments to go with them?
Thanks for the comments, the plan for the next event would be to get some temporary tattoos made by a company I’m speaking too.
These would be the like the ones you get as a kid that you dampen to transfer to the skin.
Depending on how they are received i would consider developing the service.
In terms of IC I was going to research how they would be done historically and try to replicate the method via role play.
It’s a low cost set up to begin with but could be fairly interesting in terms of role play as I could “research” new patterns between events and take commissions etc
Tattoos are listed as one of the symbols of Loyalty. So you potentially have a huge market.
Followers of the virtue may have tattoos which directly or obliquely reference that which they are Loyal too, which leaves plenty of room for stock pieces (horses show your loyalty to the Empire!) and individual designs.
I suggest making friends with the Assembly of Loyalty, or becoming a priest and joining them!
We’ve a few people in another LARP I do who use temporary transfer tattoos, and they’re a bit hit-and-miss - they can end up looking “fuzzy” and grimy pretty quickly, and that’s a parlour situation so I don’t know how they’d hold up to a weekend of camping. That may be down to relative quality (they’ve purchased print-your-own paper for the transfers) but without seeing the ones you’re commissioning that would be my concern.
What I’ve seen people use for IC tattoo parlours elsewhere is temporary tattoo pens but those rely on being able to draw (or having stencils done up ready).
youtube.com/watch?v=dQF6TiQ7YnU is probably the method you’d want to research, and would be easy enough to replicate ‘in the field’ (videos contain footage of hand-poke tattoo in progress, so be aware of that if you’re squeamish).
Are the tattoos you’re talking about temporary IC, or are they intended as IC permanent tattoos that you’re physrepping with OC temporary tattoos? If they are temporary IC then I have some vague concerns about how that makes sense in terms of in-game technology but admit I don’t know much about the real-world method (aside from “lick and stick”!)
I was thinking of coming up with an IC justification of being able to offer them either permanent or temporary IC.
Possibly offer a “pack” for people who want them for every event with 2/3 spares for future events and then we can just make some more copies of required.
The maybe offer an Bottle of Tattoo remover for people who want them for one event.