Custom Vs Flash Tattoos
Are you debating getting a tattoo? You’re not alone. Many people are considering it. Perhaps you’ve seen someone with a butterfly on their lower back or an infinity sign on their wrist and thought to yourself, ‘I want one of those’. But what exactly are flash tattoos?
Flash tattoos are pre-designed and can be applied by anyone– there’s no need for a professional tattoo artist. They usually only last a few days to weeks because they’re made from temporary ink, unlike permanent custom tattoos.
What is a Flash Tattoo?
A flash tattoo is a ready-made design that you can find on posters or inside books at the tattoo parlour.
There are two types of flash tattoos:
Market Flash is the tattoos you usually see in books or hung on walls in tattoo shops. They generally have simple designs like hearts, roses, or pop culture references. Because they are easy to complete in one sitting, these flash tattoos are often generic and recycled by tattoo artists. If you choose a design from a book, chances are someone else has the same tattoo as you.
Tattoo artists only use Collector flashes. According to the artist, they’re made in the artist’s unique style or about their own interests.
If you want a one-of-a-kind tattoo designed by an artist specifically for you, then you will want to look at an artist’s portfolio. In general, artists do not repeat their tattoo designs, so if you find one that interests you, it is best to make an appointment with the artist to discuss the next steps.
Most tattoo shops in Vancouver have special flash events where artists create a bunch of tattoos they will do for an extended period, usually a day or month. These range from holiday specials to fundraising events.
If you want a tattoo that is unique to you and not just a “flash” piece, then a custom tattoo is what you’re looking for. You can either come to your artist with specific reference photos or simply describe an idea and give them creative control.
If you want a tattoo with unique meaning to only you, then getting a custom design is the best way. Custom tattoos are not limited to one size and usually take up more space than flash designs. Plus, no one else will have a tattoo exactly like yours!
Here are three reasons tattoo artists recommend custom tattoos: expanding their portfolio, creating something unique, and Saving money in the long run.
How to Pick a Tattoo
Don’t be afraid to inquire with various tattoo artists for suggestions and concepts while deciding on what sort of tattoo you want.
If you’re looking for something lighthearted, little, and brief, a flash tattoo might be your ideal choice. It takes only one session to complete and leaves little room for delay.
However, if you want a tattoo that is meaningful and significant to you, create it yourself! Visit one of our tattoo artists and see what they can do for you if you like their style.