On Friday the 13th, tattoo parlors nationwide get ready for a rush. Patrons line up, examining body parts, deciding where to place their new $13 tattoo.
Yes, you read that right. It says $13.
Tattoo artists provide illustrations with the number 13 in the design, whether it be numerals, hidden designs or just the plain ol' 1-3. These tattoos cost $13 and are respectably small.
Although the exact origin of getting inked on Friday the 13th is unknown, numerous posts on the interweb speculate that Oliver Peck of Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas started the tradition of charging only $13 for tats with this infamous number on every Friday the 13th since 2001. If his name rings a bell, this is because Peck made the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008 for "Most Tattoos" drawn in 24 hours. How many did he do, you ask? 415. We're hoping the last ones didn't come out too shaky.
Oh, and if you feel bad not knowing about this whole affair already, don't. Certain tattoo artists we called to inquire about this event were also out of the loop. "I've been doing this for 38 years and have never heard of such a thing... A $13 tattoo? Really?" said one in disbelief. Now that you know, you've got a few hours to decide where ya want your cheapy tat. Here's a list of 5 tattoo parlors in Broward and Palm Beach counties that are keeping the tradition strong.
5. Hellcat Tattoo
Steven Lahman, tattoo artist, never had a problem with the number 13. "In my own personal experience, 13 has always been lucky. Other tattoo artists feel the same because it's the opposite of what everyone else thinks. Tattoos and tattoo artists have always gone against the mainstream... I met my wife on Friday the 13th, and we're happy." Preach, brotha!
Hellcat Tattoo, 519 25 St., West Palm Beach. Call 561-659-2900, or visit Facebook.
4. Formula Ink
Featured in New Times before, Formula Ink is not a stranger to us nor the Friday the 13th craze. Gigi, the owner, says, "We do this every year for our clients. It's tradition. We create our own artwork. It's a way to give back to the community and clientele."
Formula Ink, 1218 NE 4 Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-530-7041, or visit Facebook.
3. Cool Cat
The design of the letters on the door may make the parlor look more like an Asian restaurant than a tattoo spot, but trust us, their designs are sick! Not that you'll be getting a cool sleeve piece for $13 but hey, take notes for the future.
Cool Cat Tattoo, 3579 NW 9 Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-568-9522, or visit Facebook.
2. Triton Tattoo
No guys, King Triton does not work here. The place does, however, look like his home. Mark Reynolds, tattoo artist says, "We're clean, friendly, and have a different surrounding. It's ocean-like, which makes people happy."
Triton Tattoo, 9092 Hwy A1A Alt, North Palm Beach. Call
561-840-2020 or visit Facebook.
1. True Love
You'll fall in true love with this place. Tattoo artist Frank Facenda certainly loves what he does. "We provide quality customer service," he says. "We take pride in everything we do here. We're not here to rip you off. We're here because we like what we do and we have fun doing it. [The tradition] is really cool. It allows people that aren't in the same group to mingle and get together, all for the same reason." And what's better than getting a product from someone who loves what they do, especially when it's tattooed permanently on your skin?
True Love Tattoo Studio 1400 N. State Rd 7(441), Margate. Call
(954) 979-9300 or visit Facebook
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