Friday the 13th is a lucky day for tattoo lovers: As custom calls, cheaper tats lie in their fates.
Gainesville’s Anthem Tattoo Parlor, Addiction Tattoo & Piercing and Oasis Tattoo Collective will be continuing the tradition of offering discounted tattoos this Friday, Nov. 13.
With the COVID-19 pandemic presenting new challenges for many local shops, some locations have found ways to continue the deals safely.
At Anthem Tattoo Parlor, located at 230 NW Second Ave., four artists are offering 135 palm-sized tattoos for clients’ arms and legs, with prices ranging from $100 to $175. Most of the designs are in color, and the artists can alternate the colors but not the designs.
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Addiction Tattoo & Piercing artist Julie Tast will be offering discounted designs including a fox and a heart outlining the word “kawaii.” For just line work, her tattoos will be $60 and $80 for color.
All appointments are booked for Friday, but the shop’s Friday the 13th deals will carry into the weekend, and they will be accepting walk-in clients Saturday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m at 12 NW 7th Terrace.
From painting and drawing to tattooing on “fake skin,” or silicone sheets, Tast began tattooing clients in January, and she aims to make her name known.
“Having the opportunity to have a deal to get my name out there a little bit more, have a little bit more experience,” Tast said. “That's why I decided to go ahead and do it.”
Oasis Tattoo Collective, located at 201 SE Second Ave. will be offering two flash sheets with 29 designs.
Clients can sign up for a time between noon and 9 p.m. on sign-up sheets outside the studio.
Each predesigned tattoo will cost $31 with a $9 tip, she said.
The tattoos are smaller than palm-sized and for the arms and legs. All of them are black and white, but one artist will do color tattoos, too.
Maria Arjona, the 27-year-old founder, said some people religiously get Friday the 13th tattoos, and tomorrow will be no different.
“It's just a change of pace from your average day, and I think it's always fun to see familiar faces,” she said.
The shop has only been open for about six months, and is one of the only bilingual tattoo spaces in Gainesville, Arjona said. ith 50 to 100 tattoos herself, Arjona said the feeling of the needle can be painful, but the sensation is exhilarating. She said as she tattoos people, she also wants to transmit happiness to them.
“At the end of the day, we're beings in a human sack,” she said. “We have to wear this so we might as well make it look how we want.”
For this Friday the 13th, Oasis Tattoo Collective is offering $31 tattoos with a $9 tip from two flash sheets with 29 designs.
Katie Delk is a sophomore with a journalism major and an anthropology minor. For the Avenue, she writes about music, culture and the environment. When she is not writing, she is outside with the trees, reading a fantasy book or listening to Beach House.