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Midvale tattoo shops host Friday the 13th body art event

Feb 03, 2023 09:27AM ● By Annabelle Larsen

A couple of friends wait outside the tattoo shop excited for their new ink. (Annabelle Larsen/City Journals)

Unlike the victims in Victor Miller’s “Friday the 13th,” many Midvale residents enjoyed their Friday the 13th as they got in line to get some tattoos at local shops. 

With no sign of Jason Voorhees in sight (apart from the inked skin he appeared on), tattoo shops opened their doors to many eager ink enthusiasts looking for their next work of art. This tradition is often considered a major event at many tattoo shops across the nation, offering inexpensive flash designs to tattoo fans throughout the “cursed” day. The beginning of this “holiday” originated from Dallas, Texas tattoo artist, Oliver Peck, who offered his artistic skills on Friday the 13th to those looking for a piece of art at a very affordable price. Since then the tradition has spread across the country and to Midvale. 

Wild Coyote Tattoo, 7681 S. Main, was one of several locations in Midvale that offered deals on this “unlucky” day. Within five minutes of opening Wild Coyote’s foyer was packed with patrons already adorning outlines of flash art that portrayed images of spider webs, ghosts, cats, and, of course, hockey masks all incorporating the number 13 into the design.