Dirty Dozen Tattoo Flash Set
A dozen tattoo flash design sheets by Jason "The Tattoo Nerd" Sorrell, including over 60 of his most popular designs.
Since I was in high school, before I had even considered becoming a tattoo artist, my friends suggested that my designs and drawing-style would be great for tattoos. I joined the Army to help pay for my college education, and while in Basic Training was pulled into the Drill Sergeants' Office to design a tattoo for one of my Drill Sergeants (talk about pressure!). While in Germany, I visited and was inspired by the art in tattoo shops, and when I came home I started designing toward tattoo flash sheets (the sheets of tattoo designs found on the walls of many tattoo studios).
My early designs, though primitive and clearly lacking a true understanding of what is involved in a good tattoo design, won accolades and small awards in my local community. My designs sheets were purchased as "collectors' flash", designs collected by tattoo artists mostly for their aesthetic appeal and for being different from what was typically on the market.
My first tattoo flash set was horrible. In fact, I marketed it as "The Worst Tattoo Flash Set... Ever". My second flash set was far more polished, and was the reason I was given a tattoo apprenticeship at a studio in Austin, Texas. That education opened my eyes to what was wrong, and right, about my designs, but also pushed me away from flash designs and more toward custom work for my clients. Still, I continued to create tattoo designs, leading eventually to the creation of the "Jason Sorrell Coloring Book for Adults", a collection of over 70 pieces of art including tattoo designs and continuing to sell very well.
And, I continued to create designs.
This year, I decided to get back to my roots, creating a set of collectors' flash that incorporates my knowledge of tattoo design with my love of weird and sexy art. I have pulled together my best and most popular designs into 11X14" tattoo flash sheets (the industry standard size) to be printed with color designs on the front and line-art designs on the back. This campaign will help bring these sheets into production and will give you a collectible piece (or set) of lowbrow American Art.
Risks and challenges
In regard to obstacles, there is nothing foreseeable that will stop these sheets from going to print other than a major medical event (and I am in excellent health). I plan to go to print in August, 2016. There are a few steps between today and the final product.
1. Finish formatting the sheets.
To date, I have nine of the proposed 13 sheets formatted. This is a matter of compiling the line-art designs and arranging them on sheets. I expect to have the last three sheets completed by the end of the first week of the campaign.
2. Print proofs and color tests.
Once the 12 sheets are completed, I will be printing and coloring the designs. I will be choosing between color-pencil, water-color paint, or alcohol-marker.
3. Print final proofs of each sheet.
This represents a moderate financial investment.
4. Creation of the "secret" 13th sheet.
This will be a sheet including new designs created during this campaign and exclusively available to patrons who purchase the complete set.
5. Designing and generating packaging for the set.
6. Printing stock and reaching beyond my local market.
My access to my local market is excellent, but beyond Austin I will need to determine the best way to market the set.
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