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Flash Friday - FAQ

The first Friday of every month, we hold a Flash Friday event. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about how to get one of our discounted flash tattoos in Fort Collins.


What is Flash Friday?

On Flash Friday, we release never-before-seen, original tattoo flash at discounted prices for one day only. We also offer piercing discounts on this day -- one day per month.


What is flash?

Flash is pre-drawn tattoo designs. Here is more info about tattoo flash. Below is an example of some of our in-house flash.

Fort Collins tattoo flash
Artist Liv Laeta's tattoo flash

When is Flash Friday?

We offer this the first Friday of every month from noon-10 p.m.


Why do you do this?

Several reasons.

  • The heritage. First, we want to bring the heritage of flash tattoos back into the mainstream. Flash tattoos are a major part of tattoo history, and we think it's important to preserve this part of the art's tradition.

  • For our artists. Second, this allows our artists to flex their creativity and make designs that they want to tattoo. We love drawing custom tattoos for our clients, but it's also fun to have the chance to tattoo our favorite styles and designs.

  • Creative ideas. Third, flash is inspiring, and we love to inspire the community. Think about how many times you've seen a tattoo online or on a friend or stranger and it sparked an idea or desire for you. Art begets more art. We hope you see a design and fall in love with it -- or that it acts as a muse for more creativity.

  • Accessibility. We understand that not everyone can afford a full back piece, but we want you to still have the opportunity to own your skin, express yourself, and mark moments in time. There are many reasons why people want to get a tattoo. We discount our flash by $50 or more, with designs starting at just $60, on Flash Friday to make tattoos more accessible to more people.

  • It's fun. Flash Friday is fun. Many people make it a monthly tradition and show up every month. We love the high energy of the day and the chance to meet new people and build new connections. It's basically a big party -- the best way to start a new month on a positive note.

What piercings are included in Flash Friday?

All basic, above-the-belt piercings are $25 on Flash Friday. This is priced per hole. So if you want a piercing that has two holes, that would be $25 per hole. The piercings all come with quality, internally threaded jewelry. We only use high-quality jewelry -- not the cheap stuff. "Basic" means the jewelry included in that price is not our high-end, upgraded jewelry (but you are welcome to upgrade).


How can I assure I get seen on Flash Friday?

The lines can be long, but we try very hard to get to everyone. If you want to make sure you can be seen, come early and get your name on the list. We recommend lining up before the doors open at noon. We will take names and you will be seen first come, first served, unless you want in with a specific artist; then you will be seen in order and when that artist is available (it may take a little longer). We have also noticed a frequent, small slow-down around 2-3 p.m., with it picking back up around 4 p.m. We don't recommend showing up around 9 p.m. and expecting to get in -- but you can always call the shop or swing by and ask! If you need or want to be seen at a specific time, we do not take appointments on Flash Friday. However, we do take appointments every other day; you just won't get the discount.


Can I see the flash designs before Flash Friday?

Yes! We post teasers on our Instagram in the days leading up to Flash Friday. Make sure you follow us and check both our posts and our stories. We don't always post ALL of our new flash designs in advance, so we recommend coming by the shop to see everything on Friday.


How are the tattoos priced?

We use a grid system to help inform the prices of our tattoos and make sure they are consistent and fair. In addition to size, the price will depend on the level of details, the location of the tattoo, and the style. All flash sheets show tattoos in their pre-priced size, which is why we recommend coming in to see the designs in person. This allows you to gauge the size (and its price) to best decide where to place it.


How much can I change the flash design?

The designs are priced as-is, and that includes size. You may be able to go smaller on some designs -- but that depends on the design and level of details. If you go too small, it might not look good or hold up well over time. If you want to go larger, it may cost more. You can also choose color or not. We may be able to accommodate a very minor change if it is small and time/demand permits, but that's unlikely. Otherwise, we do not make custom changes on flash tattoos on Flash Friday. If you want a custom tattoo, we would love to help you the next day.


Does the tattoo have to be color if the flash is in color?

No! You can get any tattoo however you want it: in color, black and grey shading, or just as line work.


What if I don't like any of this month's designs?

No problem. We also offer 10% off ALL other flash on our walls and in books. That's thousands of designs. We are sure you can find a design that you love in our shop. So even if you don't like this month's designs, pop in and browse our walls.


Can I get a Flash Friday tattoo anywhere on my body?

Of course; it's your body. But the discount only applies to arm and leg tattoos. If you want to get the tattoo elsewhere, there may be a small extra charge.


Can I get more than one tattoo on Flash Friday?

Yes! You can get as many tattoos as you want.


Who designs the Flash Friday flash?

It is all made in-house by our artists and apprentices. Occasionally, we also feature flash designed by local artists and CSU art students. If you are interested in participating, please email solanatattoo@gmail.com.


What forms of payment do you accept?

Unlike many tattoo shops, we accept all forms of payment: cash, credit card, debit card, PayPal, Venmo, Zelle.


I have another question not listed here.

Email us at solanatattoo@gmail.com and we can help!


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