Flash Art Vs. Custom Tattoos: Convenience And Speed Or Individuality And Freedom
While many people see getting a tattoo as an expression of individuality, there is also a case to be made for tattoos as a means of displaying your membership and loyalty to a group or organization. A number of different counter-cultures have adopted tattooing as a means of being unique, but just as many groups use tattoos to create unity among their members and solidarity. When deciding between custom work and pre-drawn art, often called “flash”, make sure you know what you’ll get from both approaches so you can make a decision that fits the intent of the piece and your personal style.
Making the Most of Flash Art
While pre-drawn tattoo art is somewhat limiting in the freedom it provides, to the artist applying it to your body, it does make reproduction for several people much easier. It can be customized to some degree without significant alteration to the original design though, making it possible to add your own unique spin to the concept. As an added benefit, a lot less time needs to be spent drawing up your tattoo, which can make getting a flash tattoo more convenient.
For groups, organizations or just a circle of friends, using pre-drawn tattoos can help to reinforce a bond you already share by giving you each a symbol of that bond to carry with you. Military personnel, fraternities, sororities, and many tribal cultures use this shared ordeal to strengthen the unity of a group. In addition, larger groups can use these as a way of identifying one another, such as military special forces units.
Customized Self-Expression Through Body Art
While not necessarily the original purpose behind tattooing, many people have chosen to use the art placed on their bodies as a means of commemorating events, individuals or ideals. This form of personalized art is most directly demonstrated through customized works designed specifically for a single client and never used again. While this approach can be used for group unity as with flash pieces, it is a lengthier process and involves a great deal of time spent shaping the final design with the artist applying it.
Unlike pre-drawn designs, there is literally no limitation on what a custom tattoo can embody or look like. So long as it fits in the space available, and the detail is within the artist’s range, there isn’t much you can’t accomplish. As an added benefit, if you yourself are an artist, it’s possible to use a sketch or drawing you’ve created as the basis for your tattoo as well, granting you even greater attachment to the final piece.
Tattoos can be used for many purposes, so when considering a new piece it’s a good idea to figure out the reason for it. This can help guide your decision-making and allow you to choose a form which is both convenient, unique and suited to your needs.(For more information on tattoos, contact a company such as Emerald City Tattoo & Supply)