Tattoo flash is a staple of the industry. When you imagine yourself in a tattoo shop, you likely envision all kinds of tattoo designs hanging on the walls of the waiting area. This art is called “flash.” Flash has a couple of different purpose in addition to decorating the shop.
First of all, it offers ready-to-go designs for customers who are able to find something on the walls (or within binders) that they like. Tattooists could simply use the flash design to ink the customer on the spot.
This was the typical use for flash until fairly recently. Nowadays, flash is used more as a reference point. Customers look at a shop’s flash to get ideas and then customize them for their own desires. Often, a client will come through the door with a good idea of what he or she wants. Looking through flash designs can provide an idea of style, size, and coloring for what they’re envisioning.
The old-school method of creating flash is to draw it by hand…