The dead of winter isn’t exactly a time when you’re looking to take your shirt off in public, but that’s all the more reason to get in on everyone’s favorite deal: Friday the 13th tattoos.
Yep, the best sale in Brooklyn is back, and covering up your ink now means it’s far less likely to peel and scab in the hot sun as it heals. By the time you unveil it to friends during beach season it’ll be as black as the heart of our presidential administration!
Also, not to alarm you or anything, but there are only two Fridays that are also the 13th in 2017. Will you even be alive by the second one? Who knows! Hashtag Trump’s America. Hashtag ink again. So go to any of these fine tattoo parlors to get yourself some ink for $13 plus a lucky $7 tip (unless otherwise noted).
Evil and Love (211 Franklin Street, Greenpoint)
Evil and Love just opened up in 2013, but they’ve already developed a loyal following and this Friday the 13th they’re showing just how diehard they can be with a flash sheet (1 of 4) that truly screams “Come at me.” Open at 1pm, first come first serve. Tattoos start at $20 for the smaller designs — before tip, so bring extra dollars — and we’re told that larger designs, while slightly pricier, will also be “heavily discounted.”
Body Art and Soul (95 Morgan Avenue, Bushwick)
Another year, another Friday the 13th, and Body Art and Soul is delivering as per usual with a $13 + $7 tip. Pretty sweet flash sheet, too, in our humble and partially tattooed staff’s opinion. The window to get inked on the cheap is for a “limited time ONLY,” but there’s no cap on how many folks they’ll accept this year! In fact, they’re even saying that if you bring a friend with you to cash in on the deal, you can receive a discount on your next tattoo.
Triple Diamond Tattoo (257 3rd Avenue, Gowanus) [NOTE: Triple Diamond is skipping this year’s holiday since most of the artists will be out of town, but check back on the next Friday the 13th!]
Want a $13 tattoo at Triple Diamond? Best play by the rules they set out last year, which include: a $7 tip, first come is first served, no altering the flash sheet designs, no tattoos on hands, necks, feet or ribs and don’t kill their damn vibe. It’s almost guaranteed you’ll be waiting in line for this one, so show up as early as possible (as in, way before 1pm) to get as far up the line as possible. FYI, the weather says rain, so dress for it.
Armageddon Ink Gallery (7 Meserole Street, Bushwick)
Armageddon receded onto Meserole Street last year in order to let yet another yuppie brunch spot open up on Union Avenue, but you can still get inked with them this Friday for $13. They’ve upped their ink squad and have a history of offering over 250 new tattoos on any given Friday the 13th, one of the busiest shops in Brooklyn for the unspoken holiday. Open at 10am, so get there. And the flash sheet above is just one of many, but for your own sanity, don’t get that one on the bottom right.
Citizen Ink (2083 East 16th Street, Sheepshead Bay)
Above, you can see just the flash sheet that our pals at Citizen Ink are offering for their $13 + $7 tip tattoo deal. Some holy symbols, some truly unholy symbols, it’s all there for you. They’ll be doing first come first serve until the list is full, 1-9pm, but no torso areas this year, so you’ll have to wait until next year (or just a regular-priced tattoo) to finally put a meat cleaver on your butt like you always wanted. Stay tuned on Instagram for flash sheets!
Gnostic Tattoo (1089 Flushing Avenue, Bushwick)
Gnostic’s Friday the 13th deal went up to $31 this year, aww. But NYC tattoo prices being what they are, that’s still a pretty good deal. And there’s some pretty cool stuff on this flash sheet, with more to come so stay tuned. Noon ’til late, first come first serve. And paparazzi alert: Viceland is going to be documenting the whole affair. Stay away if you don’t want to be tattoo famous!
Abuela’s Tattoo Parlor (608 Myrtle Avenue, Bed-Stuy)
What’s Abuela’s planning on inking you with? They’re not telling ’til day of, but you’ll have a whopping 13 hours to get in on the $20 special ($13 plus $7 tip). Cash only, so hit the ATM on your way! And we suggest getting there well close to when it opens at 10am. There may already be a line but the earlier you get there, the earlier you can put yourself down on the list. It’s very important to lead the pack in the $13 tattoo competition.
Scars of Desire Tattoo (475 47th St., Sunset Park)
We know what you’re thinking when you look at that flash sheet. No, as far as we know, getting a joint tattoo won’t act as some kind of magical summons for the incoming Trump administration to “legalize!” But get one of deliciously taboo designs on your body all the same for just $13, plus a $7 tip. And if post-holiday spooky Santa tats don’t scream seasonal “creep,” amirite? Scars of Desire will open at noon on Friday and it’s first-come-first-serve, but we suggest getting there early to line up with the rest of South Brooklyn.
Magic Cobra Tattoo Society (775 Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg)
The Magic Cobra is sticking with the format they started doing last year, charging $50 flat for any of their tattoos, which are palm-sized and in full color! Hey now, that’s not bad. We know this is an article to help you get $13 tattoos on Friday the 13th, but not everyone believes in symmetry like that. 12pm ’til midnight, and stay tuned on social media for the sheets.
For a more expensive option:
Gristle Tattoo (26 Bushwick Ave., East Williamsburg)
Gristle, an shop that uses all-vegan ink and processes, is mixing it up a bit this week: Instead of offering $13 tattoos, they’re offering larger $130 tattoos, which is still cheaper than the usual price. See more info here and here.