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TATTOO is now in print as a limited-edition, hand-numbered zine. 
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What is TATTOO?

TATTOO is a roleplaying game about tattoo artists, their clients, and the reality TV show that puts them in the spotlight. It's lightweight, GM-less, and can be played without any prep or study.

It's also a competitive party game of deduction, gambling, and competitive doodling.  

And it's a remix of Taboo, the classic guessing game.  (Taboo. Tattoo. You get it.)

TATTOO players take on three roles:

As the Artists, they'll be the stars of the show.  Players will flex their design muscles, craft killer tattoos for their clients, and compete for success and prestige. 

As the Clients, they'll be the tattoo parlor's celebrity guests, trying -- and frequently failing -- to communicate their artistic visions to a team of artists.

As the Producers, players will keep the show moving, acting as host, judge, and DJ.  (Instead of a traditional timer, TATTOO employs a playlist of 36 killer punk & hip-hop tracks to keep the energy high and the drawing time limited.)


One of "The 20 Best Tabletop Roleplaying Games of 2022"


"Hi-octane fun ... one of its kind"
Iko, Podcaster & Game Designer (The Lost Bay)

"A fantastic encapsulation of reality TV, 
working seamlessly into the DNA of  RPGs.
This game gets it on an atomic level."
Will Jobst (TORQ, this discord has ghosts in it)


TATTOO is a game for 5-10 players & takes 1-2 hours to play.  Players will need:

  • A copy of the game book & the player sheets
  • A deck of Taboo cards
  • Some drawing materials
  • A big pile of little tokens: pennies, pebbles, buttons, etc.
  • A few six-sided dice
  • Some speakers -- the louder the better -- and access to the game's soundtrack (available on SpotifyApple Music)

The game book is 36 pages and approximately 3600 words long. 

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(22 total ratings)
GenreCard Game, Role Playing
TagsCasual, Funny, GM-Less, Multiplayer, party-game, Short, Tabletop, Tabletop role-playing game
Average sessionA few hours


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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $7 USD. You will get access to the following files:

TATTOO - Spreads.pdf 7 MB
TATTOO - Singles.pdf 8 MB
TATTOO - Artist Sheet.pdf 1 MB
TATTOO - Client Sheet.pdf 898 kB
TATTOO - Producer Sheet.pdf 877 kB
TATTOO - Soundtrack Sheet.pdf 824 kB
TATTOO - Hi-Res Print Quality.zip 204 MB
TATTOO - Text Only.pdf 95 kB

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I use Tidal rather than Spotify or Apple Music, so have made the playlist for Tidal to save other folks the time if they also do. Feel free to make a duplicate! 


Rad! Thanks so much for sharing!


Any plans to translate it? I'd love to help if possible.

Let's get in touch!  You can shoot me an email at seanpatrickcain [at] gmail.com, or DM me on Twitter @seanpatrickcain

Hey so... Why is this in the Queer Games bundle 2022 if I gotta BASICALLY buy it a second time?

Pardon me, I missed the button at the top. Never claimed to be a smart man--

Seems like you figured it out, but let me know if there's any other help you need.  -S

Dicebreaker shared an awesome rundown of TATTOO:

"Tattoo reinvents '80s classic Taboo as an inkcredible party game of drawing and roleplaying"



Sean's writing is a pleasure to read, and is elevated to straight-up illuminated status with every layout choice. I don't think it's possible to set a better stage than "We are the remarkably talented, devastatingly hot dirtbags of TABOO INK."

This game brings Taboo into the post-Jackbox party game classics territory, something I'd pull out with anyone anywhere any night.

It's such a fantastic encapsulation of reality TV, working seamlessly into the DNA or RPGS, this game gets it on an atomic level, and speaks to the designer's curatorial smarts and instinct: what stays, what goes, and what's the focus. I think the talking head skull and the ?! buttons on the character sheet reallllllllly make this clear. 

The graphic design is beyond kinetic, it's inviting and fun and loud and blends style with iconography in the way that the best UX does. Even further, I feel like I'm inside of TABOO INK when reading, and I imagine play will have me seeing my own name as a grungy chiron when I'm speaking.

The soundtrack is the best in a game and I mean it: Bad Brains, Rico Nasty, Danny Brown, and more. This is just my daily listen at this point. Five stars easy


looks awesome!! I can’t wait to grab a copy soon!!

thanks so much!!


This game looks amazing and beautiful !

Thank you so much!  (It's really nice to hear!)