Missing out on Le Garage Sale? AS IF!! Trust us…you won’t want to miss out on these epic Flash deals (we’re talking 50% off select collections….woohoo!) so you can sparkle and shine for the rest of summer, when heading back to school, and of course at ACL too. Hope to see all you Austin babes on August 27-28 at the Palmer Events Center. It’ll be a sale to remember!

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Flash Tattoos x The Miracle Foundation are back at it again! We’re super excited to officially announce the launch of Karisma (phew – that was a tough secret to keep!), the second collection of henna-inspired metallic temporary tattoos supporting The Miracle Foundation’s efforts to empower orphans in India to realize their full potential.

For those of you babes who’ve been sparkling with us since the beginning, you might already know that The Miracle Foundation and Flash go way back. We first partnered up with them in July 2014 with the debut of Sheebani, which remains one of our top-selling collections to date…all thanks to you babes with a heart of gold! Following in the footsteps of Sheebani which was named after the orphan who served as inspiration for the charity’s founding in 2000, we loved how the popular Indian girl’s name Karisma means “miracle” or “gift” – a nod to the The Miracle Foundation and the difference each and every single one of you Flashionistas who purchases a pack makes in the lives of orphan children.

So, what exactly makes the new Karisma collection obsession-worthy? There’s like 10000 reasons! The collection includes four sheets of AMAZING body jewelry tattoos designed to be worn as cuffs, bracelets, anklets, necklaces, underneath the ribs, and more…we’re talking major statement pieces paired with dainty little decals for the perfect balance. You’ll sparkle in shimmering shades of metallic gold, silver, black, white and green for some extra wow factor. 5% of all proceeds from the sales of the Sheebani and Karisma collections benefit The Miracle Foundation so you can look good while doing good! A sprinkling of the body bling featured in the pack was hand-drawn and painstakingly digitized…each sheet was made with love and lots and lots of patience. Come to speak of it, these tats were designed exclusively for The Miracle Foundation so you won’t find it anywhere else except FlashTat.com…oh, and all those awesome shops that stock it.

Shop Karisma, and show us how you’re getting golden for a good cause!  Tag @flashtattoos @themiraclefoundation #flashtat #OrangeisforOrphans on social media!

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The Flash office is buzzing with excitement over this week’s latest launch – the Karisma collection, a beautiful henna-inspired collection benefiting The Miracle Foundation. For our second collaboration with this incredible non-profit, we teamed up with Brit babe Olivia-Fayne – the super talented artist behind the gorgeous and intricate tattoo designs from her namesake business ‘Olivia-Fayne Tattoo Design’ – to co-design this exclusive pack.  Today, we’d like to introduce you to the gal behind the pen and paper with a little q & a!

How did you get your start designing tattoos?
It started off as a hobby, I drew the design for my own tattoo as I wanted to create something totally original that only I had. I posted it on Instagram and from that a few people got in touch asking if I could design one for them. Over time, things just continued to grow naturally until it became a legitimate business.

Each of your designs are totally custom. Walk us through what that process looks like.
Customers start by sending their visions and ideas, including anything they would like the design to represent. Once I have this initial brief, I aim to bring the idea to life as a piece uniquely deigned for them as an individual. I start with a rough pencil version which is sent over to the customer to check out. Then, if they are happy, I finalize the design as an ink version. If any amends are requested, then I do those at this stage and we work together to get the design perfected. No design is created the same, they are one of a kind specifically made for the client!

People are often surprised to know that not all of us gals on the Flash team have permanent ink! Tell us a little bit about the tattoos that you have.
I’ve always wanted original pieces/designs for myself, so I just began designing ideas that I personally really liked. Each piece I’ve created at different stages but I always try to design new tattoos that compliment the others around it. I’m currently looking to add to the ones on my right arm by designing something for the bits in-between the current ones to link all of the designs as one, I don’t know what that will be yet but I guess time will tell!

Who would your dream celebrity client be to design a tattoo for?
I’d have to say Rihanna, mainly because her tattoo styles are similar to mine. I love her recent Puma ‘creepers’ collab! Rihanna, if you’re reading this, hit me up…let’s make some new special edition ones! 😉

What are your fave places to find inspiration?
I often use an app called We Heart It – for anyone who’s not heard of it, it’s a little like Pinterest/Instagram. It’s basically an image bank full of amazing ideas/images/photos etc  and it’s a great place to get me in the mood for drawing and designing. It’s sometimes quite hard to just sit down and start drawing from scratch…all designers will tell you sometimes you get ‘artistic block’ and just need to find some inspiration to spark things. We Heart It and Instagram are great sources of inspiration for me to light the fuse and kick start my drawings. :)

So, fun fact that people might not know ….we actually ‘met’ on Instagram! What Insta feeds are you especially loving lately?
I’m constantly scrolling through my Insta feed (on an almost unhealthy level) ha ha! But there’s so much amazing work out there. Social media has his good points and bad points, the downside is that my work is constantly being copied without my consent, but the flip side is it has provided me with a platform to showcase what I can do, something that would have taken years without this new world of instant connection. There’s a few that I follow closely, be it individuals or larger companies:

On the homeware side, I love Anthropologie (@anthropologie). I’m currently working on a homeware collection and for me to work with these guys would be a dream!

Alex Bawn (@alexbawntattoo) is one of my favorite tattooists to follow, and more than capable of bringing my designs to life. She’s top of my list to recommend when people ask me for suggestions of good tattooists.

Minnie Mcgee (@minniemcgeeart) is actually a friend of mine who creates some amazing stippling based designs, her prints are awesome!

I recently found out about a Ian Berry (@ianberry.art) away from Instagram (he lives in my apartment). He designs pieces using only denim. It’s a really niche and unique concept and he’s insanely talented and def worth checking out!

Being a busy gal with a long list of clients to design for, we imagine you’re always on the go. What are a few items you never leave home without?
So I’m pretty forgetful (I think that’s part and parcel of having the ‘design’ gene) but when I can remember, I always take my pens and a pad to scribble ideas down. Hair bobble is a must, I cant seem to create with my hair down (imagine “Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events” – just like Violet, ideas seem to come to me once my hair is out of the way!). Kalms tablets which help my anxiety and a pair of headphones so everything has a soundtrack to it. I hate silence!

Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your fab life, Olivia! Be sure to follow her to stay up to date the with her latest happenings, inspirations and projects!
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We love the babes at Beach Bunny Swimwear and Galore like woah, so we were extra amped when they invited Flash Tattoos to add some sparkle to their “mer model” squad for the presentation of their 2017 collection at Miami Swim Week! This show was basically our summer beauty #goals, babes. The perfect braids (we still can’t get over how amazing they were), the headpieces, the glittery make-up, the Flash Tattoos (it was a mix of Zahra, Goldfish Kiss, Lena, and Sofia packs if you wanna cop the look), the jewelry…and of course, the BIKINIS!

Get the full beauty scoop here, and we’ll see you babes under the sea….or at least Flashing us your tats on Instagram!

 

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For the second year in a row, we teamed up with our bff’s at Luli Fama to add some sparkle to their Miami Swim Fashion Week runway show. We had so much fun bouncing around ideas for a series of custom tattoos, all inspired by the super fun prints featured throughout the new collection. From the coordinated chaos of backstage to seeing everything come together as the models worked the runway, it was such a treat to be a part of the show. We just love how the cute and colorful little flowers and swallows Flash Tattoos looked with the suits! Kisses to all the Luli babes for the collab fun!

Now time to dish…which look was your fave from the show?!

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Just a little love for some of the Internet’s latest and greatest to keep you babes entertained during this mid-afternoon slump because let’s face it…procrastination and Mondays go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Currently spinning this Beyonce song on repeat….sorry (but not sorry) for getting this song stuck in your head.

Wanna get a little insight into our Flashy secrets of marketing success? Our very own Michelle is spilling the deets over on StitchLabs.

Mango lassi ice cream? We’ll be in the kitchen whipping a big batch of this up should you need us.

Have you heard about our 4th of July Flash sale? Nab some Flash faves (and whip up a patriotic flad design with ur Nikki and Zahra tats) at 30% off now through the 4th.

Loving this DIY flower crown bar from the babes over at Glitter Guide. Perfect for summer parties and bridal/baby showers! As our these little golden trinkets. 😉

Grandmaster Flash is headed down to Tulum this week, and we’ve made a special request that she brings back at least 23534654654 bottles of this beachy perfume because we’re oh so obsessed.

Goldfish Kiss does it again with this freakin’ adorable pineapple print pedicure! Now we just need to hijack her incredible artistic skills, and we’ll be all set.

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Suns out, buns out? More like suns out, sunnies out! Babes, we are super excited to introduce you to our new Sunnies by Flash Tattoos collection! Say hello to your 4 new fave pairs of shades, each customizable with four Flashy phrases to change up your vibe whenever the mood strikes. Whether you’re feeling dreamy, thirsty, lazy or like a beach bum, we’ve got you Flashionistas covered!

Can’t wait to see you babes shining in our Sunnies….be sure to tag us @flashtattoos #FlashTatSunnies!  😉

 

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As you babes know, we like to shine….and shine a light on some of our most favorite charitable causes. This Mother’s Day, we’re honoring motherhood in all its shapes and forms in celebration of our partnership with the Miracle Foundation – and you can, too. Some of the greatest gifts we can ever receive are the gifts of family, and that’s why the amazing team at the Miracle Foundation ensures that the orphans they support grow up with a loving, nurturing (house)mother – in a family that eats together, studies together, and plays together. There are a few ways to help the Miracle Foundation give the love and care of a housemother to orphans who don’t have one, and join them in their mission to ensure stable, happy childhoods for motherless children.

Right about now, you might be wondering…what is a housemother, anyways? A Miracle Foundation housemother acts as mom to the 20 orphaned children in her care, creating an environment in which they can truly thrive! These incredible women raise the Miracle boys & girls they support into smart, strong, compassionate, independent men & women. When our Flash founder traveled to India and met a few of the housemothers, she was blown away by the attention and love these women provided for their family units. You can watch her Indian adventure to Anbarasi with the Miracle Foundation here….and you just might start to feel all the feels. You’ve been warned.

After all that info and little video, we imagine you want to help support this amazing cause…because how could you not unless you are an unfeeling cyborg? Here’s how you can get the perfect Mother’s Day gift for mom:

1) You can honor your mom with a Mother’s Day donation in her name to fund housemothers for orphaned children! Did you know that $25 feeds a housemother for one month? That a $60 donation funds a housemother for one month, including food, salary, and room & board? That if you gave $180, you could fund a housemother for three months? Or best yet, that a $720 donation funds a housemother for an entire year!?

After making your donation, you’ll receive an email with a Mother’s Day certificate you can share with your honoree, along with a profile of one of the amazing, selfless housemothers you are helping fund.

Contents_Sheebani2) You can also gift mom with a pack of Sheebani Flash Tattoos, in which 5% of proceeds from each Sheebani collection sold are donated back to the Miracle Foundation. Think of it as a little cherry on top to make your dear mama shine bright (while doing some good) on Mother’s Day!

Now, go give your mama an extra special hug…or call her to tell her you love her. Because moms are the best, aren’t they?

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In celebration of Earth Day tomorrow, today’s blog post is comin’ at ya from one of our fave babes, Melissa Matherne from Rainforest Partnership. She’s sharing a little bit about how Earth Day came to be, and why it’s important for us to all be responsible for preserving the environment that we all share. Prepare to be enlightened, babes….and impress people at parties with this awesome Earth Day trivia on April 22nd! Take it away, Melissa…

On April 22, 1970 millions of Americans joined their collective voices for one simple shout out, Save Our Planet. And this Friday, 45 years later, you can to can join the party as we will celebrate Earth Day, a movement for change.

But to understand what we are celebrating this Earth Day, we should take a look back at where it all began. 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the end of the Beatles, and Simon & Garfunkel released their final album “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” War raged in Vietnam and youth across the country opposed it.

At that time, gas was only 6 cents/gallon and Americans everywhere drove massive gas-guzzling cars. ‘Environment’ became a dirty word and the smoke signals of industry meant one thing: money. And finally the Apollo 13 mission to the moon is abandoned with a few simple words, “Houston, we have a problem,” and boy did we ever.

Realizing the need for change, and the power of the student anti-war movement, Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin and a few of his friends powered a movement known today as Earth Day.

Now you too can join the movement around the world this Friday. Whether you donate or opt to get Flashy with the Illia pack which benefits Rainforest Partnership, it’s an easy way to be a BFF to the rainforest! Pssst….you can also take 20% off your purchase of the Illia pack with code RAINFORESTLOVE until April 22, 6pm CST.

Tropical rainforests are the lungs of our planet. The Amazon Basin alone stores 400 million metric tons of CO2 per year – about 25% of all carbon stored on land. It produces 20% of the world’s oxygen. It’s incredibly important to our climate – and our life. And it’s disappearing. Fast.

Nearly 4,500 acres of rainforests are lost every hour from illegal logging, mining, agriculture, forest fires,
and oil drilling At this rate we won’t have any tropical rainforests in 100 years. That’s a lot more carbon in the atmosphere – and a lot less oxygen.

Rainforest Partnership works directly with rainforest communities to sustainably develop products found only in the forest, giving the community a stake in keeping their trees intact.

And you can help! For the cost of…

• A Lava lamp in 1970 for $19.95, you could provide an identifying vest and belt for our Chipaota community forest patrol.
• With monthly rent in 1970 for $140.00, you could cover the salary for five forest inventory and monitoring patrols in our Chipaota community .
• A 1 Carat Diamond Ring in 1970 for $299, you could provide building material and supplies for two bee boxes in our Colibri Cloudforest community.

Earth Day 1970 gave a voice to those rising concerns, taking all those vibes of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center. So in honor of the founding members of that 1970 ‘think tank’…we hope you will join us, and we wish you peace, love, and rainforest vibes!

Thanks so much for sharing, Melissa! PS Just because we love a good party, we wanted to share a fun little Earth Day soiree for you Austin-based ladies and gents. Kendra Scott is throwing a blingy and Flashy Earth Day shopping event benefiting the Rainforest Partnership! The event takes place at Kendra Scott’s Lamar location on Friday, April 22nd, 2016 from 6-8PM with 20% of the sales benefiting their amazing cause to save the rainforest.  Check out more details here!

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It is 5 o’clock somewhere! Tequila shots are fun and all, but we thought we’d give you Flashionistas some tequila cocktail recipes and sweet treats to avoid getting too #schwasted on shots this Cinco De Mayo! So, start gathering your most glitzy pinatas, order your custom Flash Tattoos, and shake up some of these recipes for a fresh and fab Cinco de Mayo celebration!

1. Sugar Skull Flash Tattoo // 2. Flashy Piñatas // 3. Cinco De Mayo Themed Ready to Ship Flash Tattoos // 4. Paloma Cocktail // 5. Champagne Margaritas // 6. Churro Bar

Want some extra party inspo? Check out our Cinco De Mayo Pinterest board….and let the celebration countdown begin!

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