Friday the 13th is a good day to spend time re-watching Candyman before the Jordan Peele version comes out or binging The Walking Dead to see if it was any good after you gave up on it years ago. But, for many people, it's also a great day to get a spooky (or non-spooky) tattoo.
Popularized by tattoo artist Oliver Peck in Dallas, Friday the 13th tattoos are a major event at parlors across the country. The shops set out flash sheets -- a sheet or book of pre-drawn tattoo options -- often designed by artists in-house. Those drawings are available as affordable tattoos during events that sometimes go a full 24 hours and cause lines around the block.
If you're getting a Friday the 14th tattoo, be sure you're good to your artist. That should go without saying anytime you're getting a tattoo for painfully obvious reasons. However, artists usually aren't making much on your tattoo when they offer steep discounts like this. The prices vary by shop, but many offer the tattoo for $13 with a mandatory $7 tip. "The shop doesn't make $$ on Friday the 13th," New York's Daredevil Tattoo previously wrote on its site. "It actually cost us $$ and we are very tired at the end of the day so we really appreciate nice words and any nice reviews you can leave for us online." You can also go above the mandatory $7 tip.
Paul Collurafici of Chicago's Tattoo Factory, which doesn't do Friday the 13th tattoos, previously told Thrillist you "watch out for shortcuts." Participating shops are going to be going through a lot of customers throughout the day. "Counters and chairs should be wiped down with sani-wipes after every tattoo," he says. "Needles and tubes should be in sealed sterile packages and opened in front of [you]. New ink poured out while [you] watch." His is one of many shops that don't participate, so be sure you're going somewhere you know will be joining in the festivities.
With all of that in mind, here are shops around the country that are offering Friday the 13th tattoos. Be sure to check with your local parlor for more details, because the procedure will vary from place to place and details can change at the last minute. Additionally, check the shop's social media the morning of Friday the 13th to be sure events haven't been canceled over the spread of coronavirus.