How to Buy Tattoo Flash Art

Tattoo flash art is designed for the ultimate purpose of creating tattoos. Usually, several tattoo designs are placed on a sheet and displayed on the walls of a tattoo shop. Tattoo shop clients may look at this flash art to help them decide on a tattoo. Follow these steps on how to buy tattoo flash art for your tattoo shop.


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    Decide what kind of tattoo flash art to buy.
    • Select popular flash art styles. Choose the styles of tattoo flash art that are currently popular. Some popular styles of tattoo flash art are tribal, Celtic, Maori and oriental.
    • Choose flash art based on your customer demographics. Select flash art that will appeal to your customer base. Depending on your clients' preferences, consider pin-ups, crosses, butterflies, dragons, fairies or skulls.
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    Determine where to buy tattoo flash art.
    • Research online. The Internet provides a vast selection of tattoo flash art. Some websites offer free flash art, but many websites require you to pay a membership fee to gain access to the tattoo flash art or pay for each piece individually.
    • Contact tattoo suppliers. Typically, companies that sell equipment to tattoo shops also sell flash art. Call your tattoo suppliers and ask for a catalog of their flash art merchandise.
    • Read tattoo magazines. Examine the advertisement sections in the back of most tattoo magazines for flash art ads, sales and special offers.
    • Attend tattoo conventions. You can meet artists at tattoo conventions and get familiar with other types of tattoo art. Many artists offer flash art for purchase at tattoo conferences or conventions.
    • Talk with local tattoo artists. Find out where local tattoo artists purchase their tattoo flash art. Ask the artists if they have any of their own artwork they'd be interested in selling.
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    Buy tattoo flash art. Depending on what you're buying and who you're buying it from, tattoo flash art will range in price. A page of art with several images on it can sell for as low as $5 a sheet up to $40 to $50 for a sheet.
    • Consider purchasing a book of flash art, rather than individual sheets. The prices for most flash art books start at around $50 and increase in price based on the amount of flash art content in the book.


  • Attend a tattoo convention near the end of the event. Many tattoo artists will sell flash art at discounted prices near the end of a convention.
  • If you intend to hang your flash art on the wall, laminate it to prevent it from getting damaged.
  • If you don't want to hang flash art directly on the wall of your tattoo shop, you can buy flash art racks to display the art. The racks allow you to fit more flash art in a small space and prevent the art from getting damaged.
  • Alter commonly used or standard flash art before tattooing it into skin, so the recipient won't have the exact same tattoo as someone else. If you're a tattoo artist, encourage the recipient to alter remote details in the tattoo to prevent replica tattoos.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Tattoo trade magazines

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Categories: Tattoos and Piercing