None. I will only tattoo each piece once.
Each piece contains 2 areas that can be personalised. The text ‘this is ours to destroy’ can be changed to suit you along with the colour scheme.
Yes. After you buy the artwork just email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you a reference image and stencil file for your tattooist to use.
Please ask your tattooist to add: ‘Original flash by @paultlbt’ to their post so I can share the piece.
Yes. But please contact me BEFORE your purchase and we can arrange a correct license for use.
No. The artwork remains my property. It is licensed to you and only you. To wear as an original tattoo.
Yes. Contact me to find out what my availability is like. Paul@paultbt.com
Please email me your question and I’ll get back to you.
The term “Tattoo Flash” is derived from the traveling carnival and circus trade in the late 1800s. Drawing the crowd to an attraction with visual appealing, eye-catching designs. Called flash. Tattoo artists working at those carnivals would hang up their designs in front of their booths to catch people’s attention. So they adopted “flash” as a term for this artwork.
Back in the day, picking a new tattoo was much easier and far less stressful. You walked into a parlour, stared at the walls of pre-drawn art until something jumped out at you and got it tattooed. You could even leave, think about it for a week or two and then go back and get it once you where sure about it.
HOW AN AGE OLD TRADITION BECAME A DIRTY WORD
In the 1980s there was a shift in iconography from images based on flash to customized large tattoos inspired by the wider creative world. By the year 2000, most tattoo studios had become custom shops, with the flash serving largely as a reference for ideas. Most tattoo designs are created by the tattoo artist developing an idea brought in by the customer.
Some people look down on tattoo flash, arguing that while it’s fine to use flash for inspiration, tattoos really ought to be custom designed, to create a unique and original piece. But they’re forgetting that the beauty of ‘the old way’ was that – not only were you able to see, really see, what your new tattoo was going to look without spending any money. But also, you were always looking at designs that were made to be tattooed. Not paintings, not photos, not pencil sketches. Tattoos. Each design had been carefully and professionally put together to work on skin by a skilled tattooist.
CUSTOM ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER
During the early days of ‘Tattoo TV’ the reality show makers responsible for shows like Miami Ink pushed a narrative about tattoos having meanings. The truth is that tattooing has always had meaning. But until it suited the needs of TV execs the meaning of the tattoo was separate from the images used. The image didn’t have to depict the exact meaning. It was chosen, by the client, in a more abstract way.
CHOOSE ART. ADD YOUR OWN MEANING.
These Days clients are convinced that every tattoo must have a meaning and a story behind it. Regardless of how the finished result actually looks. This is a ‘modern’ idea but it’s not necessarily a better idea.
Times are changing. Clients are preferring to choose art. Favouring the ‘old way’ of choosing from designs they can – once again – see in advance. They prefer to choose from a selection of pieces by their favourite artist and find the perfect one for them. And then adding their own meaning to it.
CAN YOU DECIDE WHAT THE MEANING OF ART IS?
As early as the 1940’s Postmodernism overturned the idea that there was one inherent meaning to a work of art or that this meaning was determined by the artist at the time of creation. Instead, the viewer became an important determiner of meaning, even allowed by some artists to participate in the work as in the case of some performance pieces. Other artists went further by creating works that required viewer intervention to create and/or complete the work.