Amanda Pendolino
February 19, 2013

Kendall Jenner Draws Attention to Growing Sharpie Tattoo Trend

Kendall Jenner has a new tattoo, but don’t worry — it was drawn with a Sharpie.

The 16-year-old reality star posted a photo of her new tat to her Instagram account — and it’s already garnered over 13,000 comments.

The tattoo, which features a skull and some kind of Native American headdress, was drawn by Nat Wood, an L.A.-based artist and designer.

Kids drawing on themselves with Sharpies is nothing new, but Kendall’s ink is representative of the more sophisticated new trend of detailed Sharpie tattoos. You can check out a nice collection of Sharpie skin art on Flickr; the Tumblr F*ck Yeah Sharpie Tattoos also features a variety of drawings.

To make your own Sharpie tattoo, you want to do more than just draw on yourself. Check out this YouTube tutorial on how to make a Sharpie tattoo by tracing and using baby powder:

Are Sharpie tattoos safe?

The company that makes the permanent markers actually does NOT recommend using Sharpies on skin. Sharpies have been tested and are considered non-toxic by the ACMI, but according to, this testing is concerned with inhalation and ingestion, not absorption into the skin. Sharpies contain a number of chemical solvents, some of which may cause reactions or other health effects.

Sorry, kids. I guess you’ll just have to stick to real tattoos.