Leto’s Joker is a modern take on the original

jokerThe picture of Jared Leto as The Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad is getting a lot of attention and it seems mostly negative comments so far……It is true that this look is a very modern take on the beloved Batman villain and a huge change from the previous screen versions.

I do think it a little strange to compare this joker to the Tim Burton version and more recently the Heath Ledger Joker as both of those characters were meeting Batman for the first time unlike this version who has been fighting the Bat for years.

From a makeup stance we really like this version……It’s modern, edgy and we love the Tattoos.

We actually have a range of Big Mouth Tattoos (similar to Leto’s forearm) coming out this Halloween so stay tuned for those.

We’d love to know what you think of this new look……Are you a fan?


Space Monkeys May Discount Code

blog discountThis year seems to be whizzing by and As May has two Bank Holidays we thought we’d give you a little treat.

Just enter the code at the checkout and make some May savings on your next order.

This code can be used throughout the month of May 🙂

Coming soon to space Monkeys

We have some great new products coming out this year and in time for Halloween!

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  • Big Mouth Tattoos will give you a smile no one will ever forget
  • Tinsley FX Teeth will definitely take your next costume to the next level
  • Tinsley Blood FX products are very innovative and fantastic to use
  • Zombie 3D FX Transfers will give you that Walking Dead look

Having fun with Tinsley Transfers Temporary Tattoos

One of our favourite things to do is spend some time having fun playing with Tinsley Transfers Temporary Tattoos.

Here is what we got up to yesterday with some Vintage and Pinup Tattoos.

sweet sour pinup tattoo

We love how old school and cool the Sweet & Sour Devils look and the 1950’s Pinup is one of our most realistic tattoos.

map tattoo gypsy tattoo

The Pirate map tattoo is part of our Buccaneer Pirate Tattoo Kit which is a great way of putting together a themed look and the Gypsy Vintage tattoo is another great old school style tattoo.

Hope you like them and if you have any of our tattoos or any products don’t forget to send us your pictures of you wearing them : )

A Quick review of using 3d Prosthetic Transfers

3D Fx Transfers by Tinsley Transfers are a very cool looking new prosthetic transfer product that certainly looks the part.

These are latex free and need no glue to apply, like a normal Temporary Tattoo Transfer you use water to apply them so that is already cutting down on the additional products needed which is a bonus.

There are quite a few videos online and these are absolutely brilliant as they take you through the whole process from opening the packaging to applying the transfers and they even have a few good tips on colouring them. You can see the videos here

Right lest to grips with these transfers….. After opening the packaging there is a small amount of prep needed but it’s very straight forward. Then it’s just a case of cutting out the transfers you want to use.

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transfers cut out and ready to go

Now the next trick is remembering the shape of the transfer you are using as when you put it on the skin it will be face down and you will just be looking at the back of the transfer. A great little tip for this is to draw the shape of the cut or wound on the back of the transfer so you have a good idea of the shape and you can place it exactly where you want it to go.

fx transfers drawn on
flip the transfers over and mark out the shape of the wounds

Now you just apply them like you would a normal Transfer Tattoo. When you have picked the place you want your wound to be you peel off the transparent cover and push the transfer onto the skin. Next you soak the backing of the transfer with water and apply a little bit of pressure. There is no rush for this next bit, just keep the transfer quite wet for approx 30 seconds or so and then peel the backing away leaving the transfer on the skin.

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Cheek and neck slashes applied
3d transfers bite
cheek bite applied

Now you just need to powder the wounds with some transparent powder and then apply a little sealer over the top and you you’re ready to add makeup or blood if needed. We were going for a fresh zombie look so we went a bit crazy with the blood and added some white mesh contact lenses that give a really good dead eye look.


kel zombie mcD worker - Halloween 2012finished zombie look1

I think overal these transfers are fantastic to work with! There is no mess, no additional products needed and you can use any type of makeup over the top of them. The Instructions included on the pack are good and easy to understand but as I said earlier the videos online are really good to have on hand.

There is a quite a good range of 3D FX Transfers out at the moment and they come in Small and Medium sizes. If youd like to see the ranges you can find them here


Getting Gory with Gorywood

The Gorywood range of Temporary Tattoos from Tinsley Transfers is a range of Wound and Scar tattoo sheets that make it easy for you to create nasty looking wounds really quickly and easily. Each sheet is themed and for the look I was creating I chose the “Human Carving Board” sheet which consisted of lots of cuts and slashes and some bigger ready made words and symbols

Here are some wound tatoos I was planning on using and the FX Veneer teeth I used for the look

The first thing I did was cut out a few of the tattoos that I thought I’d use and I also had some Wired FX Veneer Teeth from Dental Distortions which would finish off the look nicely.

These tattoos are transfers that are applied with water so the next step is simply make sure your skin is clean and free from any oils (I use Isopropyl Alcohol for this) pick where you are going to place the tattoo and then peel off the transparent backing and place the tattoo on sticky side down. The next step is to soak the back of the tattoo with water for approx 30 seconds or so and then slowly peel away the backing to reveal the tattoo underneith


Once all the tattoos were on and looking good I wanted to add a little blood but I didn’t want to use sticky, messy blood so instead I just added a few washes of Alcohol Activated Makeup. Now I know most people use Skin Illustrator palettes but I was on a budget so used a great product by Michael Davy. Once dry the whole thing is water proof so no chance of it coming off until I want to remove it. (removal is easy with Isopropyl Alcohol or Baby Oil)

The finished look with the teeth in

So this is the finished look of this very quick and easy character makeup using only a handful or Temporary Tattoos, some Alcohol Activated makeup and a pair of FX Veneer Teeth. I had great fun doing this and I hope you enjoy seeing it and at some point try it yourself

A little Introduction

Hi All and welcome to Space Monkeys Blog

I thought I’d do a little introduction and let you know what you are going to see on this blog.

We are a family run business selling Theatrical Makeup, Prosthetics, Temporary Tattoos, Contact Lenses and FX Teeth and Fangs so basically everything you need to create your next creature or monster. We’ve always had a real interest in Special Effects and Films and have tried to create an online shop that’s a bit different from your standard Fancy Dress Shop. We try and stock the type of stuff we would want to buy ourselves.

We also love playing with the products we sell so we will tell you about new products we are getting in and show you just what can be done with them.

We have also been involved with Scare Attractions in the UK for the past 25 years or so. Not only supplying the Makeup but also acting in them and actually designing and running our own. We supply most of the major Theme Parks with FX and from time to time get out and about ourselves dressed as various characters so you may see a bit of that on here too.

We love films and especially Horror, probably to the point of obsession so if we watch something cool we will share it here and see what you think of it.

Hopefully you will find something on here interesting and even more important find it useful

See you all soon

The Space Monkeys Team