I asked my editor if I could get a tattoo for journalistic purposes. She said no.
Tomorrow is the second, and last, Friday the 13th of the year. (A calendar year will have one to three.) The day is essentially a tattoo holiday where artists offer small $13 — or discounted — tattoos that are pre-designed.
The holiday is special not just because of the price, but the overall experience.
Popular tattoo shops that participate can be packed with lines out the door. The spontaneous canvases rotate through and hop on the table for the permanent design they chose off the sheet. (Or not, but I’ll get to that.) Once a tattoo is done, the artist preps the station, the next person is called and it goes on for hours.
Shops will put their own spin on the day, too. For the really spontaneous, Think Tank Tattoo in the past has put 13 designs on a wheel that the customer spun. What you landed on is what you got inked on you forever. Unfortunately, Think Tank said it was too booked to participate this year.
The first 13th of this year, which was in April, was a special day for me. It’s when I got my first and — thanks to said editor — only tattoo.
In April, my girlfriend and I had been scrolling through our respective Instagram feeds when we stumbled across the various flash sheets for artists at Ritual Tattoo & Gallery in Sunnyside. Artists typically drop their flash sheets the day before or the day of Friday the 13th, showing the designs they will be doing for the special. You can look through and pick a design that speaks to you — but most places don’t allow changes. Many designs have the number 13 incorporated and/or are spooky themed, such as black cats and coffins.
So there we were flipping through flash sheets when I saw her. An old-school cowgirl with a hat and bandanna to boot by Oakland-based stick-and-poke artist Joe B. It was love at first sight. Although, admittedly, the two or three whiskey gingers I had been drinking could have quickened the love factor.
The next day, Friday the 13th, the two of us went to pick up cash (some places are cash only) for our respective tattoos (she was going for a skateboarding demon) and rolled up to Ritual on Jason Street south of West 44th Avenue at about 10 …
Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle