Friday the 13th tattoos: Trick or treat?

Woody's Old School Tattoo and Piercing celebrates Friday the 13th by collecting food donations for shelter animals in exchange for a 2 by 2 inch tattoo for $13. On Sept. 13, the lines wrapped around the shop before it even opened at 10 a.m.

First and foremost, if Friday the 13th tattoos are a new concept for anyone, then get ready for a little factoid bomb. Friday the 13th tattoos and piercings were largely not a thing in the early 1990s, until Oliver Peck from “Ink Master” came along and made that unlucky 13 into a makeshift holiday. He kicked off this trend in 1995, and the party lasted for a whole 24 hours.

College is all about experiences ⁠— I think most people can agree to that. Name a better experience than getting a tattoo on the unluckiest day of the year.

I know how it sounds, but there are a lot of reasons why someone should scratch it off their bucket list while mom and dad are too far away for their disapproval to be heard.

First and foremost, tattoos are awesome. They are permanent self-expression on the body. We are living in a time where everyone is trying to express who they are and what they stand for. But before anyone takes the big leap of getting a spontaneous tattoo, let me answer any questions that may be floating around.

I contacted two local shops that advertised their Friday the 13th tattoo deals in an effort to get some answers. Those shops were Flagstaff’s very own Woody’s Old School Tattoo and Piercing and Avail Tattoo Studio.

When asked about pricing, both gave me different answers. The artists from Woody’s said their tattoos were, in fact, $13.

Avail said their tattoos range from $80 to $100 on the 13th, but a discount on the regular priced tattoos was only awarded to the first 13 people who walked in that day.

The college student in me, along with my wallet, was leaning toward the $13 tattoo. But there were many more details in this situation.

I also asked the shops if the tattooing process would be rushed because of demand. Naturally, many people wanted $13 tattoos. How could it affect the tattoo I’m getting, though? We are talking about a lifelong commitment. Both shops admitted that the demand is always high, but that the quality of tattoos will not be affected.

Lastly, I asked about any possible size or color restrictions, and if they could be picked by the person getting a tattoo.

Unfortunately, a Woody’s employee said there was a 2 by 2 inch restriction on these highly discounted tattoos. However, color tattoos had a little more leeway in terms of size, which was amazing. Avail Tattoo, with the more expensive tattoo, loosened their restrictions a bit in regard to size and color. The upside, however, was that patrons were able to give the artists their own ideas of what they wanted.

Nothing should restrict a person from self-expression. Whether one opts to spend $13 or $100 on a tattoo, the person getting a tattoo on one of the unluckiest days of the year is almost guaranteed to luck out with a wonderful work of art.