Bad news: you've spent all your money installing a giant Home Depot skeleton on your fire escape to freak out the pigeons and now have no more money for tattoos. Good news: It's about to be Friday the 13th, the Black Friday of the the tattoo world, when super-cheap sales abound. Even better news: It's a Friday the 13th in October, a perfect storm for flash-sheet sales. New York's tattoo shops are breaking out hundreds of seasonal, spine-tingling and silly designs that you can get for as little as $20 on Friday.
The first-ever Friday the 13th tattoo sale reportedly dates back to a 24-hour party in Dallas in 1995 hosted by Oliver Peck, who would later become a judge on Ink Master. Ever since, the date has held special significance in the tattoo world, a place inhabited by mostly very nice people who like to pretend like they are spooky and mean.
Time was, a Friday the 13th tattoo would actually cost $13; shops stopped doing that after the set up for each tattoo started costing more than $13. Now prices are often in the $31 or $130 range, but a deal is still a deal.
We rounded up every good Friday the 13th deal we could find in all five boroughs this week. Tattoos are first-come first served unless otherwise noted, and usually cash is preferred, but check with each individual shop first.
New York Hardcore
127 Stanton St., Lower East Side
Prices range from $33 to $131 at this shop personally endorsed by two members of Team Groove.
208 Malcolm X Blvd., Bed-Stuy
Tattoo prices start at $40 and up. Designs will be posted on Instagram today (Oct. 12).
Red Ink Tattoo Studio
315 W 54th St., Midtown
Now here’s a real old-school tattoo sale: pieces start at $20 among 70 small and simple but neat designs.
55 Meadow St., East Williamsburg
The $100 flash sheet is available from noon-8p.m. at this all-vegan-ink shop.
Magic Cobra Tattoo Society
775 Driggs Ave., Greenpoint
Prices range from $120-160 and they’re by appointment only so DM @tradbabynyc to book. Artist Christian Cervantes at the studio is also doing a flash sale, DM them directly for more info.
Rising Dragon Tattoos
51 W 14th St. #2R, Union Square
Book a spot in advance on Friday the 13th or Oct. 30 for 20 percent off the shop rate on “horror flash” and pictures.
424 Broadway, second floor, Soho
Designs cost $66, $100 and $130, with more designs available in the shop.
Red Baron Ink
238 W 14th St., West Village
From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. hundreds of custom flash from a variety of artists will be available, starting at just $31.
Hell’s Kitchen Ink
764 Seneca Ave., Ridgewood (no, not Hell’s Kitchen)
Loads of classic flash sheet designs are available for only $31 plus $9 mandatory tip. Appointments are accepted.
Electric Anvil Tattoo & Piercing
648 Franklin Ave., Crown Heights
Tattoos run from $100-400 from the flash book above, walk-ins only from noon-8 p.m.
Electric Lotus Tattoo
692 Fulton St., Fort Greene
No flash sheet or prices have been posted but the vegan-ink shop promises “a specific vibe for the upcoming holiday season.”
FIB Tattoo Bar
1051 Flatbush Ave., Flatbush
FIB is a tattoo shop hidden under a bar, and there’s plenty of flash sale options here for you to peruse after having a few (just kidding, don’t tattoo drunk!). Check their Instagram for more designs, all of which cost $60.
The Catrina Ink
620 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Lefferts Gardens
You get two days — Friday and Saturday — to take advantage of this $31 tattoo sale featuring some classic spooky designs.
95 Morgan Ave., East Williamsburg
A rare flash sheet with some color options, these designs are available for $113; DM to set up an appointment.
158 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg
Flash deals from more than 100 designs are available all weekend long, and there's a bulk discount: two for $90, three for $130 and four for $160.
Ink and Water
346 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
Pricing starts at $100 for the many designs that range from spooky to cutesy.
Nice Tattoo Parlor
177 Grand Street, Williamsburg
Flash sheet designs go for $130, with appointments available, with more designs available here.
Born For Ink
2429 E Tremont Ave., the Bronx
The shop has rebranded as Tattoo Shop of Horrors for the month so you know they're taking this day seriously. Tattoos run between $40 to $60.
42-16 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside
Design prices are between $150 and $350 and bookings are required, though if you can’t make it in on Friday, a rain check is available for a $40 fee.
6264 Amboy Rd., Staten Island
Tattoos range from $50 to $100 at this shop which is also turning the day into a party with DJs and free food and drinks.
Beyond Friday the 13th:
572 Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint
From 12-8pm on Oct. 28, 11 artists will be ready to administer flash tattoos for $31, $100 or $250. Enter the costume competition to win hundreds of dollars worth of gift vouchers.
NYC Tattoo Shop
42 West St., Greenpoint
The shop has a deal going on all month long, with tattoos that normally cost $300 on sale for $131, including color designs.
Red Rocket Tattoo
78 W 36th St., Midtown
All designs are $130 and are available now through the end of the month.