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

Calling all tattoo havers and wanters: This week has a Friday the 13th, and that means $13 tattoo deals.

Tattoo parlors around the world celebrate the cursed day with cheap flash tattoos, usually featuring the number 13. Flash is a simple, pre-drawn tattoo design that is meant to be done quickly.

Many parlors give flash tattoos for just $13 (usually plus a $7 tip, for luck), though some just give discounts on more detailed designs. It’s almost always first come, first served, so the wait can be long.

STORY: Why people get $13 tattoos on Friday the 13th

Still unsure? Friday the 13th will happen twice next year, in April and July. 

If you’re ready, here are some metro Phoenix parlors that have confirmed they’re participating in the deal for October 2017. 


Golden Rule Tattoo

This acclaimed shop, which often doesn’t participate in Friday the 13th deals, will be offering spooky flash tattoos at both of its locations for $13 with a mandatory $7 tip. It will be first come, first served, and artists will tattoos arms and legs only.

Details: 120 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, 602-374-7533, and 14 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602-626-7297.

Gypsy Rose Tattoo

This shop plans to post sheets of designs Thursday, and will work from 11:30 a.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Check for updates on the Facebook event.

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

Lady Luck Tattoo

This all-female group of tattoo artists will have food trucks and a DJ at this Friday the 13th party, where flash tattoos will be available for $20 from noon to midnight. It’s cash only and first come, first served, so show up to the shop inside the old Braggs Pie Factory building early. Find more information on the Facebook event.

Details: 1301 Grand Ave., Phoenix. 602-340-0262,

Cardiff Giant Tattoo

From 10 a.m. Friday to midnight, this shop is offering $31 tattoos with appointments booked on the Facebook event, and $31 piercings to walk-in clients. There will be live music, food and flash designs on display.

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

Love & Hate Tattoo and Piercing

This shop will be charging $60 for tattoos, of which it will donate $13 to charity. All tattoos require an appointment.

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

Lost Dutchman Tattoo

The flash designs made just for this event will cost $130 each, cash only. Find more information on the Facebook event.

Details: 4121 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. 602-230-1947,

Vivid Ink Tattoo Company

A simple outlined flash tattoo will be $13, and it will be $13 more for shading or color starting noon Friday. This shop plans to post flash sheets inside on Friday and not online. Find more information on the Facebook event.

Details: 13050 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. 602-971-8282,

Artistic Tattoo

Starting at 10 a.m., this shop will offer small flash tattoos with black outline, black shading, and either blue or red coloring for $20. One perk: they are allowing people to get multiple flash tattoos at a time, and they do not have restrictions on where people can get tattooed. Cash only. Find more information on the Facebook event.

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

Studio 2.0

Starting at 10 a.m., tattoo artist Zack Rose is offering black flash tattoos for $13 with a mandatory $7 tip; color flash tattoos for $31 with a mandatory $9 tip; and custom 2 inch-by-2 inch tattoos for $31 plus a mandatory $9 tip. Find more information on the Facebook event.

Details: 11426 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.  602-796-7756,

Extreme Salon Tanning and Tattoo

More than 50 flash designs will be available for $31 starting at 10 a.m. Nose piercings will also be $31 including jewelry. There will be a DJ, candy, chips and salsa, and raffles.

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


Tattoo parlors all over the valley offer discounts and deals on Friday the 13. Last year, azcentral’s Melissa Farley got a Death Star on her neck.

East Valley

Third Eye Body Art in Mesa 

Tattoos at this location are $60 to $250 as they are larger, detailed and custom designed, and include color. Piercings will be by appointment only and will be $13 plus the cost of jewelry, which will be about $30.

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

Idle Hands Tattoo in Mesa

From 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., this shop will have flash tattoos for $20 on a first come, first served basis. All designs are black only and include the number 13, and people can get as many as they want, anywhere they want. Find more information on the Facebook event.

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


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Next Wave Tattoo and Piercing in Mesa

More than 100 designs for $13 tattoos will be available in the shop, which will be open from noon to 8:30 p.m. Find more information on the Facebook event.

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

Mortuary Tattoo in Mesa

Tattoos and basic piercings will be $13 each from noon to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Facebook event.

Details: 1720 W. Southern Ave., Suite C8, Mesa. 480-610-4726,

Diamond Body Art Tattoo and Piercing Studio in Mesa and Gilbert

The shops open at noon, and designs will cost $20 ($13 plus a $7 tip). Find more information on the Facebook event.

Details: 1116 S. Crismon Road, Suite 103, Mesa. 480-354-2782. Also, 876 N. McQueen Road, Suite 104, Gilbert. 480-633-5777,

InkSlinger Tattoo Studio in Tempe

This shop near Tempe Marketplace is offering flash tattoos for $13 plus a $7 tip from 9 a.m. Friday to midnight. Find more information on the Facebook event.

Details: 2003 E. 5th St., Suite 7, Tempe. 425-770-6352.

West Valley

Iconic Tattoo & Piercing in Peoria

Black-only flash tattoos will be $13 plus a $7 tip, and color tattoos are $31 plus a $9 tip. The shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Details: 16610 N. 75th Ave., Suite 106, Peoria. 623-242-2994,

Ace Tattoo and Piercing in Glendale

About 100 flash designs will be available for $13. They also will be offering $13 nostril, navel or lower-lip piercings. Visitors can get up to two tattoos and two piercings per visit. Cash only.

Details: 15224 N. 59th Ave., Suite 15, Glendale. 623-937-8282,

Tattoo 151 in Glendale

You have to visit the shop to see the designs for this $20 deal. There also will be a deal on dermal piercings: Buy one for $30, get another for $13. They will be open from noon to 10 p.m.

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

Rebel Ink Tattoo in Goodyear and Glendale

There will be flash tattoos and piercing deals for $20 and $40. Find more information on the Facebook event.

Details: 330 N. Dysart Road, Suite 103, Goodyear. 623-234-9121. 5118 W. Northern Ave., Glendale. 623-937-7443,

Karma Tattoo Studio in Glendale

This shop plans to post its flash designs Thursday.

Details: 10630 N. 59th Ave., Suite 106, Glendale. 623-242-9924,

M2 Ink in Wickenburg

From 9 a.m. to midnight, this shop will offer $13 tattoos with one color, charging $5 for each additional color.

Details: 159 W. Wickenburg Way, Suite 5, Wickenburg. 928-231-1574,


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