On that sacred tattoo holy day, you pick a design from a flash sheet and get a quick tattoo for $13 and a $7 tip. Lots of parlors offer cheap deals you can pick off a flash sheet for Halloween, too, even if you aren't likely to find ink for quite that cheap. That's not a bad thing, though. It's worth paying the right price to make sure your artist takes their time, has a sanitary workspace, and is properly compensated for giving you a tattoo you love.
Nonetheless, it's still fun to grab a gruesome Halloween-inspired design from a flash sheet and be part of the day. Here are some tattoo parlors across the United States that are participating in Halloween specials.
Krol Body Art Book your appointment with Sean at Krol any time in October, and you can grab a $40 tattoo from the flash sheet. There will also be a special event on Friday, October 26 from 11am-8pm where you can stop in without an appointment.
Mind Crusher Tattoo The Chicago shop is offering $31 tattoos with a mandatory $9 tip on Halloween for an even $40. As you might expect, you'll be picking the design off a flash sheet.
Artistic Encounter The shop will be offering $40 piercings on Halloween. Give a call to get more details.
Halloween Tattoos in Denver
Kitchens Ink All month long, you'll find spooky flash pieces from artists at Kitchens Ink. Most start at $100; some start as low as $80. Check out the Instagram and Facebook feeds to find samples of flash sheets.
Halloween Tattoos in Houston
Battle Royale You can grab a design from the Battle Royale flash sheet on October 26 and 27. However, the only way to schedule an appointment is on the shop's Instagram post for the day. Details on how to book are available in the post, but the process is a bit complicated. Work will cost you around $100, depending on the placement.
Alchemy Tattoo The shop is doing Halloween deals every day in the month of October. Tattoos from the flash sheet start at $60, and the flash sheets will be shared throughout the month on Alchemy's Instagram page.
Halloween Tattoos in Minneapolis
Minneapolis Tattoo The Minneapolis staple is hosting a flash event on October 27. The tattooing will kick off at 11am, and designs will be shared on the Facebook event page. Four artists will be doing tattoos throughout the day, and if you have an idea you think should be on their flash sheet, you can share the idea in a comment on the Facebook event page. Though, there's definitely no guarantee it'll make the cut.
Halloween Tattoos in New York
Magic Cobra Tattoo Society Pick up palm-sized tattoos for $100 on Halloween. You can grab them in color or black and white from noon to 9pm. However, they're only tattooing arms and legs, and the shop is only taking cash.
Halloween Tattoos in Philadelphia
Hunter Gatherer There are a couple events happening at Hunter Gatherer. Two artists -- Mike Munter and Clay Willoughby -- will be tattooing on October 27 with flash pieces between $50 and $200. If you're in a costume you get VIP treatment. (You get to sign up first.) Then on Halloween, Jennifer Rahman and Dana Jones are offering themed pieces for $60 to $300. Also, a rep says there will be candy. Bonus.
12 Oz. Studios It's not just Halloween specific, but the shop in Brooklawn has a "One and Done" wall full of art from the shop's artists. Each tattoo can only be done once. Or you could try Jose Bolorn's game of chance. He's put flash sheet-style designs in a gumball machine. $100 gets you a token to get one. Whatever design comes out, that's your tattoo. (It's $20 to try again.)
Halloween Tattoos in Portland
Icon Tattoo Studios Icon runs a Flash Day on the last Saturday of every month. That coincides with Halloween this year since the last Saturday is October 27. The studio says there will be "spooky designs" to choose from in addition to others.
True Fit Tattoo There's no Halloween deal, but True Fit will be hosting a Dia De Los Muertos special on Friday, November 2 from noon to 8pm. The flash sheet will be shared on the shop's Instagram before the event. The tattoos will come in three sizes for $60, $100, and $160.
Moth & Dagger The shop doesn't offer a Halloween sale, but owner Mario Delgado does cancer ribbon tattoos for free for survivors and care providers. He also offers to tattoo nipples back on for breast cancer survivors for free. "Nipple tattoos are considered cosmetic and unnecessary and aren't always covered by insurance," he says. "That's where I thought we could come in. I have no problem donating an hour or two of my time to help someone that just went through the worst part of their life. I think that any capable tattoo artist should do the same."
Halloween Tattoos in Seattle
Supergenius Tattoo Supergenius is offering tattoos from flash sheets for $50-$150 on October 26 to 28. The flash sheets are being posted daily on the Supergenius Instagram feed.
Halloween Tattoos in Tucson
Tattoo Artistry For $31 you can pick a spooky tat off the shop's flash sheet. The event starts at 11am on October 27 and runs until 10pm. It's first come, first serve and no advance appointments will be accepted.
Halloween Tattoos in Washington, DC
Laughing Hyena Tattoos The parlor is going to have three artists working off flash sheets on Halloween. Each artist will contribute four designs to the flash sheet with a 13th design will be a collaboration between all three artists. The promotion will only run from 3-8pm, and it's first come, first served. The flash sheet will be posted to the shop's social media pages the day of the event.
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Dustin Nelson is a News Writer with Thrillist. He holds a Guinness World Record but has never met the fingernail lady. Follow him @dlukenelson. dnelson at thrillist dot com