A tattoo artist talks about Friday the 13th $13 tattoos. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral

If you’ve been wanting a spooky tattoo or just a simple cactus, this Friday the 13th might be your opportunity.

Hundreds of people visit tattoo shops across the Phoenix area to celebrate the unlucky day with a cheap Friday the 13th-themed tattoo. Some parlors offer simple, traditional tattoos during the event as well.

Many parlors offer pre-drawn $13 tattoos with a mandatory $7 tip. A few offer larger tattoos for $31, and others just discount prices. Some piercing deals will be available.

Prepare to show up early or wait in line as most places tattoo on a first-come, first-served basis. Some shops post designs online in advance so spend some time researching, or just let the spirit of the day guide your decision. If you’re unsure about getting a tattoo now, the next Friday the 13th is in December.

Here are some metro Phoenix tattoo shops with deals this Friday.

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Gypsy Rose Tattoo

From 11 a.m. to midnight, the shop will have dozens of pre-drawn designs for $20, $40 or $60. Customers are urged not to call — just show up, knowing that a line, if not a lengthy wait, may be ahead of them. 

Details: 1505 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. 602-266-1028,

Cardiff Giant Tattoo

Designs will be released on Friday. You’ll pay $31 for tattoos and body piercings (basic jewelry included). There will be live music, food and drinks during the 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. event. Check Cardifff’s Facebook page on Friday to see the available designs.

Details: 119 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix. 602-253-0007,

Love & Hate Tattoo and Piercing

Unlike other shops, Love & Hate is taking taking reservations for its Friday the 13th sale. Select tattoos are $60, with $13 going to a local charity.

Details: 322 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix. 602-973-4093,

Artistic Tattoo

Artists will be working around the clock starting at midnight Thursday, inking $20 tattoos that are about 2 inches by 2 inches. Customers are limited to two tattoos at a time on arms or legs. If you want more, you must get back in line. Most tattoos will be new designs mixed in with a few old favorites. The parking lot will be roped off, and be sure to bring cash.  

Details: 664 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-230-8333,

Extreme Salon Tanning and Tattoo

This salon will have 2-inch tattoos for $31 (that includes a $6 tip). The designs are posted on the shop’s Facebook page.

Details: 21043 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. 602-992-8266,

Golden Rule Tattoo

Golden Rule’s artists have designed four pages of designs for the event, each tattoo costing $20. The event takes place only at the shop’s Roosevelt Row location, and not at the shop in central Phoenix. Check out Golden Rule’s Instagram page for designs and details.

Details: 120 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, 602-374-7533.

Third Eye Body Art in Mesa

Get one pre-drawn tattoo for $30 or two for $50. The shop also will offer $13 piercings with a limit of four. Raffles will be held throughout the day for everything from paintings to gift cards. Visit the shop’s Facebook or Instagram page for additional details.

Details: 6247 E. Main St., Suite 1, Mesa. 480-848-0740,


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Idle Hands Tattoo

Customers may get as many of the $20 tattoos as they like, so owners urge people to arrive early for the first-come, first-served sale. Doors open at 10 a.m. Tattoos are black only and no face, hand, lip or neck tattoos. See the shop’s Facebook event for additional details.

Details: 2722 S. Alma School Road, Suite 4, Mesa. 480-345-1884.

Next Wave Tattoo and Piercing

True to the date, the parlor offers $13 tattoos starting at noon, with the last tattoo begun at 8:30 p.m. Customers may order up to three, but may not change the designs other than asking for a smaller version. Visit the shop’s Facebook page for additional details.

Details: 855 W. University Drive, Suite 8, Mesa. 480-671-9982,

Mortuary Tattoo

Order as many $20 tattoos as you’d like at both Mortuary Tattoo locations. No custom designs will be offered, nor may changes be made. Discounted piercings will be offered at the Mesa shop only. Piercings will be $20, which includes basic jewelry. All sales are cash only. 

Details: 1720 W. Southern Ave., Suite C8, Mesa, 480-610-4726; 68 S. Ironwood Drive, Apache Junction, 480-671-1352,

Diamond Body Art Tattoo and Piercing Studio

With seven artists and one piercer on hand, the shop will be taking just 250 clients for its $13 tattoos and basic piercings ($20 with $7 tip). More than 150 designs will be offered and no alterations will be allowed. See Diamond’s Facebook page for details. 

Details: 1116 S. Crismon Road, Suite 103, Mesa. 480-354-2782. 

Tattoo 151

With about 150 pre-drawn designs to choose from, this shop will do $13 tattoos with a $7 mandatory tip. Designs will not be released ahead of time, so what you see is what you get. Want a second one? You’ll need to get back in line.

Details: 5826 W. Olive Ave., Suite B103, Glendale. 623-776-9334,

Rebel Ink Tattoo

There will be flash tattoos for $13 and $31, both requiring a $7 tip. The shop turns into party central with music and giveaways throughout the day. For more information about piercing deals, visit the shop’s Facebook page.

Details: 330 N. Dysart Road, Suite 103, Goodyear. 623-234-9121,

M2 Ink

From 10 a.m. to midnight, the shop will offer $13 pre-drawn tattoos (add $5 per tattoo if you want a color in addition to black; no other alterations are allowed). While the shop officially closes at midnight, artists will stay to make sure the last client is served. Visit the shop’s Facebook page to see available tattoos.

Details: 162 E. Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg. 928-231-1574,

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