The superstitious might feel risk-averse on Friday the 13th. You know all about Jason's mom. Netflix probably sounds a lot better than skydiving or training for your new career as a snake charmer. If you enjoy a little thrill and correctly believe creepy holidays are the best ones, you probably already know it's a big day for tattoo shops.
Popularized by tattoo artist Oliver Peck in Dallas, Friday the 13th tattoos are a major event for many 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 cheap, quick tattoos that often cause lines around the block.
Be good to your artist if you're going under the needle. That should go without saying anytime you're getting a tattoo. However, artists usually aren't making much on your tattoo when they offer steep discounts. 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."
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."
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.