Friday the 13th Denver Tattoo Shop Deals October 2023 | Westword

Fifteen Denver Tattoo Shops With Flash Deals for Friday the 13th

Landmark Tattooing is rolling from noon to 8 p.m., Thick as Thieves has a whole vendor fair while you wait in line, Marion Street Tattoo will have $13 tattoos, Sol Tribe has pages of Halloween-themed flash, and so much more.
Lifetime Tattoo on Colfax.
Lifetime Tattoo on Colfax. Lifetime Tattoo

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Is there anything sweeter for an autumn person than an October Friday the 13th? Leaves sparkling in the Colorado laser sunlight, plucked free by a crisp breeze, and horror movies playing on every screen, often with a certain hockey-masked murderer stomping around.

And, of course, there are great tattoo deals across the metro area at our many fantastic tattoo shops.

If you're a fan of body art and you've been getting that special itch, there's no better time to get a quickie dip and rip. But much like a rigorous yet rewarding hike, you have to be prepared. Get ready to wait in line, double-check your shop's details (payment guidelines, sign-up protocol, placement rules and color add-on options) and be ready to leave a solid tip. Then, while you cool your heels waiting for that cute li'l Jason mask, read up on Denver's fascinating local tattoo history here.

Here are fifteen Denver tattoo shops offering flash deals:

Bound by Design
1332 East Colfax Avenue

Bound by Design is offering a sharp selection of mostly Halloween-themed pages from Tim Arndt (classic cartoons in black and white, with some color accents), Sarah Jamison (doughnuts, rabbits feet and Colfax love), Alissa Kendal (spooky and occult flash), Josh Topher (plenty of ghosts), and Harry Catsis (different sets of lips with fangs). All designs are $100, first come, first served, and arms and legs only, with size limitations. Hours are 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Bound by Design accepts cash and cards.

Certified Tattoo Studios
8025 West Colfax Avenue

3216 East Colfax Avenue
6250 East Yale Avenue

Certified has a small body-art empire going with three locations in metro Denver (as well as two in Colorado Springs and one in Hawaii) and a large range of styles available, from portraiture to fine line and traditional. Certified is offering a Friday the 13th 50 percent off flash sale across locations, with more than 5,000 designs available; prices for blackwork outlines range from $50 for two-by-two-inch flash, to $150 for four-by-four-inch flash. It also has a piercing studio offering deals for the occasion.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Yale Avenue and East Colfax, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on West Colfax. Appointments can be booked now, exclusively through its booking app, cercus. The company accepts cash, debit cards and Apple Pay.

Crimson Hilt Tattoo
2907 East Colfax Avenue

Crimson Hilt has three great sheets of pure Colfaxian style: gunslingers, jailbirds, death's head moths, ninja turtles, all the way down to a packed page of $20 classics filled with more than 100 designs of ghosts, skulls and such characters as Jason and Kilroy. Larger designs are priced at $50 and $100. Flash is black only (color add-on pricing is available), cash only, arms and legs only, with no alterations. First come, first served, from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Death and Taxes Tattoo Parlour
1284 South Jason Street

Death and Taxes will be running a general 20 to 30 percent discount on Friday, as well as providing seasonal-themed flash sheets to choose from at comparable rates. All styles, color and sizes are negotiable. Placement will be arms and legs only (unless you can make a case for a great spot on your back or chest). The shop leans neo-traditional but embraces many different styles. Artists on deck for Friday include Donovan Medina, Luen Montes and Gregory Kennedy II. Death and Taxes is cash only, with an on-site ATM.

Landmark Tattooing
609 East 13th Avenue

The Cap Hill legends of Landmark will be offering flash from noon to 8 p.m. The shop is playing it close to the vest, with no pages of flash posted yet, but designs will be in a range of color options and detail levels, palm-sized and up, with prices ranging from $100 to $300. Many of Landmark's talented crew (known especially for traditional and fine-line work) will be in attendance, including James Clark, Danny Boy, Jodie Tattoo and owner Ben Chase Thompson. Participants must sign up in person at the shop on Friday; flash is cash only and first come, first served. Keep an eye on the store's Instagram for sneak peeks at available designs.

Lifetime Tattoo
1510 East Colfax Avenue

Lifetime is hosting a "flash fiesta" from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. There will be two boards of palm-sized designs for $150 each, available in black and grey or color according to preference; designs are arms and legs only. The Colfax staple is anticipating a packed house, so make sure you get there early. Payment type varies by artist (that means bring cash to be safe).

Marion Street Tattoo and Gallery
2815 East Colfax Avenue
Marion Street Tattoo is offering $13 tattoos (sold for $20 to include a $7 tip), which means get there early, because the lines for these are always long. All designs are black and grey only, cash only, first come, first served, arms and legs only, and will be posted the day of. Food and drink will be available on site, and the festivities will run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The shop is also fundraising for Children's Hospital of Colorado during the event, and is offering an expedited line-wait in exchange for a $20 donation; that offer ends at 1 p.m. Friday.

Nest Art Collective
7460 West 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge

Femme- and queer-owned-and-operated Nest, known for its trauma-informed and inclusive tattooing, is offering a full day of activities to complement flash sheets (in both black and white and color) from artists Megan Lee, Mikayla Riley, Izzy Bump, Sydney and Russell Rae-Ruemancek Apell. Doors are open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., with shopping, candle dressing, tarot readings and vegan ice cream available while you wait, as well as the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on hand for an up-close, scientific look at tattooing implements. Flash is arms and legs only and ranges from $50 to $200, cash only. Take a look at pricing sheets by artist on their instagram.

Preying Mantis Tattoo
850 Kipling Street, Lakewood
1057 South Wadsworth Boulevard, Lakewood

Praying Mantis will be offering Friday the 13th flash at both of its locations, with the Wadsworth shop open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and the Kipling store running 1 to 9 p.m. The black-outline flash is very Halloween-friendly, with a cutie-pie Michael Myers and Pinhead as well as lots of coffins and fangs. Prices range from $50 to $100, and payment is cash only.

Ritual Tattoo and Gallery
84 South Broadway

Ritual has a $100-and-up flash sale Friday, with sheets from Whitney Wells (Halloween staples include a ghost Snoopy), Charlie Douglas (punky versions of Bart Simpson and Ghostface, plenty of webs, bats and mushrooms) and Savannah Leigh (fine-line flora and fauna). Doors are open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. for walk-ins only; first come, first served. Deals are cash only; there is an on-site ATM available.

Sincerely Tattoo
4120 East Colfax Avenue

Sincerely Tattoo has a fun sheet of flash outlines available, with a smattering of everything: anime (Dragonball Z, One-Piece, Naruto), Halloween (Nightmare Before Christmas, Friday the 13th) and classic Colorado (bladed implements, cacti). All are $50, first come, first served, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cash is preferred; Venmo and Zelle are available.

Sol Tribe
56 Broadway

Sol Tribe is known for its stewardship of tattoo history and culture as much as for its amazing work. It has a variety of piercing and tattoo specials available on Friday, with four lovely pages of Halloween flash designs going for $85 to $125, arms and legs only, first come, first served. Cash is preferred, but cards are accepted. If you're a fan of classic Halloween decorations, this is the spot for you, with jack-o-lanterns, Frankenstein owls and retro masks galore. Hours are noon until 8 p.m.

Street Hate Tattoo
944 Sante Fe Drive

Street Hate is offering $31 tattoos walk-ins with a wide range of more than 200 black-outline designs encompassing a wide range of styles, including lots of Halloween and traditional flash. The day will be first come, first served, from noon until midnight. Street Hate accepts all forms of payment; placement is negotiable by artist.

Thick as Thieves
4610 East Colfax Avenue

You can make a whole day of it at Thick as Thieves, with a vendor fair of craft and vintage bizarre goods to peruse and a food truck from Tacos Jalisco to munch on while you wait. There are three tiered sheets with over 300 designs, ranging from $50 to $200 in price with a $20 color add-on, and including everything from classic traditional flash to video game and TV show characters, Halloween and Pokémon. All designs are cash only. There will be prizes and giveaways throughout the event, including a massive art raffle. Hours for the day are 10 a.m. until midnight.

Tribe Tattoo
698 Santa Fe Drive

Tribe will be providing flash from more than fifteen artists from its excellent crew, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Prices start at $100; first come, first served. The shop hasn't released flash sheets yet, but they're guaranteed to be great given its offerings for past Friday the 13th deals. Founded by John Slaughter 23 years ago, the shop has a comfortable and modern vibe, and Slaughter assured us in an interview for our history of Denver tattooing that he educates his artists on the art form's Indigenous roots.
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