Ink Sans Costume Guide

Ink Sans, the enigmatic protector of artistic expression, is a striking figure within the Undertale fandom. Whether you're drawn to his vibrant personality or his unique artistic abilities, this guide will help you transform into this beloved character. We'll cover crafting his iconic outfit, embodying his mannerisms, and even explore ways to make Ink Sans part of a fantastic group costume. With a bit of creativity and the techniques provided, you'll be ready to unleash your inner Ink Sans and add a splash of color to any event.

Our Verdict

  • Difficulty: 4/10  Requires some basic crafting skills for the paint splatters and accessories, but can be simplified.
  • Can you build it from your own wardrobe:  Depends on if you already own a red t-shirt, brown pants, and a tan scarf. Other elements would likely need to be crafted or purchased.
  • Scare factor: 0/10 - Ink Sans is a friendly, whimsical character – not frightening at all!
  • Cost: $$$$$ Here's a rough breakdown:
      • Basic (from your wardrobe or thrifted): ~$20-$40 (If you need to purchase dye, thrifted brown shirt, fabric for a scarf. Assumes you have basic craft supplies.)
      • Mid-range (mix of new and pre-owned items): ~$50-$75 (If you need a new red t-shirt, a brown belt, and vials for the accessory belt. This range still allows for some thrifting or DIY for other elements.)
      • High-End (replica pieces): ~$100+ (If you want an exact replica of Broomie the paintbrush or aim to purchase pre-made versions of each item.)

Additional Notes on Cost:

  • Creativity is key! Look for substitutes to lower costs: use brown markers instead of dye, make the vials from recycled materials, etc.
  • Thrifting can be a fantastic option for the basic clothing components.
  • The more accurate and detailed you want your costume, the higher the potential cost.

Ink Sans Costume Essentials

You will need the following items for your Ink Sans Halloween costume:

  1. Full Head Sans Mask
  2. Basic T-Shirt
  3. Long Sleeve T-Shirt
  4. Sans Cosplay Blue Jacket
  5. Scarf
  6. Legging
  7. Classic Shorts
  8. Brown Suspenders
  9. Shotgun Sling
  10. Fingerless Glove
  11. Sneakers
  12. Yellow Shoelace
  13. Acrylic Paint Set ( To dye required parts of ink sans costume and ink sans' paintbrush)
  14. Latte Color Super Saver Yarn ( To DIY ink sans' paintbrush)
  15. Wooden Dowel Rod 36 Inch (To DIY ink sans' paintbrush) Check this video tutorial to DIY Ink Sans' paintbrush

How To DIY Ink Sans' Iconic Look

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Ink Sans's vibrant colors and unique accessories make him instantly recognizable. Ready to get creative and bring his artistic flair to life? While we've provided a shopping list for those on a time crunch, here's how to DIY his signature look for an extra touch of authenticity and personalization.

Crafting the Basics

What You Need:

  • Plain white short-sleeved t-shirt (Any simple shirt will do.)
  • Fabric dyes: Red, brown
  • Old paintbrushes (For creating splatter effects)
  • Large bowl or container
  • Gloves

How To Do It:

  1. Prepare your workspace: Lay down newspaper and wear old clothes you don't mind staining.
  2. Dye the shirt: Following dye instructions, color the shirt a light red. Allow to fully dry.
  3. Create the splatter effect: To mimic Ink Sans's ink-splattered look:
    • Dilute brown fabric dye in a small amount of water.
    • Wearing gloves, dip an old paintbrush in the mixture and flick it over the shirt to create random splatters. Allow to dry.

Bonus Tip: Experiment with splattering other colors, like blue or yellow, to make your Ink Sans outfit unique! If you lack dye, brown fabric markers can work in a pinch.

The Brown Overlayer

What You Need:

  • Old brown long-sleeved shirt (A cheap thrift-store find is perfect!)
  • Scissors

How To Do It:

  1. Trim the sleeves: Cut the sleeves off at the shoulder seam.
  2. Cut the sides: Make vertical cuts from the bottom hem to the armpit on both sides, leaving the back intact. This creates a loose, layered effect.

Bonus Tip: Customize the fit! Remove the collar or fray the edges for a more worn look.

Ink Sans's Signature Scarf

What You Need:

  • Tan or beige fabric (approximately 1 yard)
  • Scissors

How To Do It:

  1. Cut the fabric: Cut a long rectangle of fabric (length is up to you, consider how dramatically you want it to drape).
  2. Fray the edges: Gently pull threads along the edges for a slightly distressed look.

Bonus Tip: Experiment with different textures! Burlap or a cheesecloth-like fabric can add a rougher, more artistic feel to the scarf.

Ink Sans's Ink Vial Belt

What You Need:

  • Brown faux leather belt (or a strip of brown fabric)
  • Small plastic vials (available at craft stores)
  • Colorful acrylic paints: (red, yellow, blue, green, etc.)
  • Hot glue gun

How To Do It:

  1. Paint the vials: Fill each with different bright colors of acrylic paint. Allow to dry fully, caps optional.
  2. Attach the vials: Evenly space the vials along the belt, securing them with a dot of hot glue.

Bonus Tip: I like labeling my vials with little tags for a more detail-oriented look. Remember, Ink Sans values his artistic tools!

Ink Sans Cosplay

A great costume isn't just about how you look – it's about how you act. Ink Sans has a quirky and expressive personality, making him a ton of fun to embody. Let's dive into some key traits to make your portrayal unforgettable.

How to act like Ink Sans at the Halloween Party:

Ink Sans's Exuberance

What To Do: Ink Sans is almost always bursting with energy, whether happy, excited, or surprised. He rarely stands still!

How To Do It:

  • Big gestures: Use your whole body to express yourself. Throw your arms out wide when excited or bounce on your heels with glee.
  • Animated facial expressions: Don't be afraid to exaggerate smiles, frowns, or looks of wide-eyed wonder.
  • Vocal outbursts: Ink Sans lets his emotions out! Practice sudden exclamations like "Wow!" or "Oops!"

Bonus Tip: Watch clips of the character for inspiration! Pay attention to how he moves, his tone of voice, and his signature gestures.

Ink Sans's Forgetfulness

What To Do: A quirky side-effect of his soullessness, Ink Sans often forgets things mid-sentence or gets easily distracted.

How To Do It:

  • Mid-sentence pauses: Start a sentence strongly, then trail off as if you lost your train of thought.
  • Sudden topic changes: Jump between topics nonsensically for a humorous effect.
  • "What was I doing?" moments: Pretend to look around in mild confusion, like you've forgotten your purpose.

Bonus Tip: This is all about playful timing. Don't overdo it, or it will feel forced. A few well-placed forgetful moments throughout a conversation will hit the mark.

Ink Sans's Mischievous Streak

What To Do: Ink Sans loves to play pranks and have fun, sometimes with a dash of chaos.

How To Do It:

  • "Whoops!" moments: Spill a little fake ink on yourself or "accidentally" bump into someone. (Always gauge your audience – be playful, not disruptive.)
  • Hide and seek: Find clever spots to playfully pop out and surprise people.
  • Prop humor: Use artistic props like oversized paintbrushes or fake vials of spilled ink to create amusing scenarios.

Bonus Tip: Know your limits! Your pranks should be harmless and lighthearted, never mean-spirited. Ink Sans is mischievous, not malicious.

Ink Sans's Artistic Focus

What To Do: Whether he's creating or simply admiring, Ink Sans's artistic passion shines through.

How To Do It:

  • Fixate on beauty: Focus with exaggerated awe on seemingly mundane objects, commenting on colors or shapes.
  • The "sketch" pose: Hold an invisible pencil up with a thoughtful gaze as if envisioning a new creation.
  • Doodling moments: Carry a small notepad and playfully scribble during downtime.

Bonus Tip: I've seen cosplayers make simple sketches of other attendees– it always gets smiles! Remember, Ink Sans values spreading artistic joy.

Combine these traits for a performance that's uniquely Ink Sans! Practice in front of a mirror and film yourself to hone your portrayal. Most importantly, have fun!

Couple, Group and Family Costume Ideas

Take your Ink Sans costume a step further with these awesome couple, group, and family-friendly ideas that highlight his creative world!

Couple Costume Ideas

  • Idea 1: Ink Sans and Error Sans (Difficulty: Moderate)

    This is my favorite couple costume idea. Error Sans, Ink Sans's rival, embodies destruction and chaos – it's the ultimate artistic clash! Play up the contrast between Ink's creativity and Error's destructive tendencies for dramatic photo ops.

  • Idea 2: Ink Sans and Broomie (Difficulty: Easy)

    Broomie, Ink Sans's giant paintbrush, is his most trusted artistic tool! One person can dress as Ink Sans, the other as a humanized version of Broomie with a big brush head and colorful costume.

  • Idea 3: Ink Sans and Classic Sans (Difficulty: Easy)

    While not a traditional dynamic, pairing with Classic Sans highlights Ink Sans's unique artistic flair. The color contrast between Ink's bright design and Classic's simple look makes for a visually striking duo.

Group Costume Ideas

  • Idea 1: The Star Sanses (Difficulty: Moderate)

    Gather a group for this one! Ink Sans, Dream Sans (the guardian of positivity), and Blueberry Sans (the cheerful one) make the perfect trio. Focus on bright colors and whimsical accessories.

  • Idea 2: The Bad Sanses (Difficulty: Moderate)

    Form a mischievous squad with Ink's rival Error Sans, the power-hungry Nightmare Sans, and even the villainous Killer Sans. This group is for those who like a darker twist!

  • Idea 3: The Art Squad (Difficulty: Varies)

    Crossover time! Think of other characters across pop-culture who exude artistic energy: Bob Ross (happy little accidents!), Ms. Frizzle from* The Magic School Bus* (a field trip through artistic possibilities!), or even Art Attack's 'The Head'.

Family Costume Ideas

  • Idea 1: The Creator and Creation (Difficulty: Easy)

    Ink Sans is accompanied by one of his own artistic creations! Dress a child as a simple doodle or sketch brought to life. Bonus points for making a wearable prop to represent Ink's creation process.

  • Idea 2: The Art Supplies (Difficulty: Easy and Fun!)

    Ink Sans is the star, while other family members dress as his tools! Think giant paintbrushes, walking paint palettes, colored pencils, or even an eraser for some playful humor.

  • Idea 3: The Multiverse Family (Difficulty: Moderate)

    Each family member dresses as a different version of Sans! Classic, Blueberry, Ink, and even Papyrus... the possibilities are endless. It's a great way to utilize similar costumes and embrace the multiverse concept.

About Ink Sans

Ink Sans is more than just a splash of color – he's a complex figure who inhabits a unique space within the sprawling Undertale fandom. Let's explore his backstory, personality, and the unwavering passion he inspires in fans.

Character Overview

  • Role in... Ink Sans is the protector of the Undertale multiverse, specifically the countless Alternate Universes (AUs) created by fans.
  • Creator: Comyet, also known as Mye Bi.

Background and Personality Traits

  • Personality: Ink Sans is chaotic, bursting with energy, and deeply passionate about art. His emotions depend on the vials of paint he consumes. Without these, he's emotionless, highlighting his unusual existence.
  • Appearance: Short and covered in ink splatters, his most striking features are his ever-changing eye colors (often a star and a circle) and the giant paintbrush Broomie strapped to his back.

Role in the Story

  • Guardian of Creativity: Ink Sans safeguards the AUs, ensuring that the flow of creativity continues. He encourages artists of all kinds to keep creating.
  • Opposing Forces: His primary antagonists are Error Sans, who seeks to destroy AUs, and other "out!codes" who disrupt the balance of the multiverse.

Cultural Impact

  • Fan Favorite: Ink Sans is adored for his quirky personality and artistic symbolism. He's a cosplay staple and inspires endless fan art and stories.
  • Creative Empowerment: The character embodies the joy of creation without limits. Fans find him inspirational as a symbol of artistic freedom.

With this deeper understanding of Ink Sans, you're well-equipped to bring him to life—whether through your costume or by channeling his captivating spirit.

Further Reading:

Ink Sans on Undertale Wiki


From colorful attire to those playfully forgetful moments, this guide has covered all the essentials for transforming into Ink Sans. You understand his artistic passion, the quirks of his personality, and how to make him shine in group settings. Now, it's time to unleash your creativity! Let your artistic spirit flow, embody Ink Sans's joyful energy, and most importantly, have fun bringing this beloved character to life!

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