It’s almost summer time, which means sooner or later you’re going to have to take your shirt off in public. Coincidentally, Friday the 13th is coming up as well, and that means the return of everyone’s favorite deal: Friday the 13th tattoos. There’s no better time than right before you bare it all on the beach to get a tattoo, ideally one that you can reveal in front of as many unsuspecting friends as possible for maximum oohs and ahhs. Also, not to alarm you or anything, but this is the ONLY Friday the 13th this year, and there are only two in 2017. Will you even be alive by then? Who knows! So go to any of these fine tattoo parlors to get yourself some ink for $13 plus a lucky $7 tip (unless otherwise noted).
Body Art and Soul (95 Morgan Avenue, Bushwick)
Like that eyeball up there? Better get your hands on one quick, as according to Body Art and Soul’s Facebook page, they’re only going to be offering their sweet $13 tattoo deal (plus a lucky $7 tip) to the the first 60 people who show up, 1-10pm. Bring one of those soon-to-be ‘Tubmans’ ($20) and you’re all set.
Triple Diamond Tattoo (257 3rd Avenue, Gowanus)
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.
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 tattoo deal. Some holy symbols, some truly unholy symbols, it’s all there for you. They’ll be doing first come first serve, 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.
Armageddon Ink Gallery (7 Meserole Street, Bushwick)
Armageddon receded onto Meserole Street in order to let yet another yuppie brunch spot open up on Union Avenue, but you can still inked with them this Friday for $13. No photos have surfaced of the design options just yet, but last year’s November special resulted in a record 250 new tattoos. We’re told they’re upping their ink squad count, too, so that number might go up again this year. This is one of the busiest shops in Brooklyn every Friday the 13th, though, so don’t be a weenie and play by their rules. No substitutions.
Gnostic Tattoo (1089 Flushing Avenue, Bushwick)
We know what you’re thinking when you look at that flash sheet up there, but no, as far as we know, getting a tattoo of a marijuana leaf is not going to act as some kind of spiritual summons for the government to “legalize!” That being said, there’s some pretty cool stuff on this flash sheet, stuff that gets to the heart of how we feel most of the time. Noon ’til late, first come first serve. Caveat: arms and legs only. No putting that eye right below your real eye like some kinda shaman.
Abuela’s Tattoo Parlor (608 Myrtle Avenue, Bed-Stuy)
What’s Abuela’s planning on inking you with? All they’re saying at the moment is that they’re gonna have 20 designs for you to choose from. There’s a maximum of two tattoos per person, so don’t get crazy, though we’re not sure why you’d want to put yourself through that kind of bone-rattling discomfort twice in one day. We’re also not here to judge. Anyway, we suggest getting there well before noon to put yourself down on the list, since it’s first-come first-serve and It’s very important to be first in the $13 tattoo competition.
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 the tattoos you see above. Hey hey stop yelling at us, jeez. We know, this is an article to help you get $13 tattoos on Friday the 13th, but not everyone believes in symmetry like that. Just keep in mind that Magic Cobra is promising all of the tattoos will be full color, and they look a little larger than your usual flash sheet offerings.