Tattoo shops cash in on Friday 13th

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – Despite its near rare occurrence, the 13th of June was welcomed by a Friday and subsequently a full moon. The unusual event only happens every so often, and some Wabash Valley businesses used the event to cash in.

At Vincennes Ink, located just off 6th street, tattoo artist Chris Thompson, sat with a packed house, offering up small tattoos for $13. Shop managers explained that the promo, plus the unusual date created a major uptick in business.

Several shops use this tactic to generate new business.

“At least 50 [people], at least,” said Jenny Thompson, shop manager and piercer. She noted that at around 2 p.m. the schedule had filled until at least 7:30. When asked if those numbers were higher than a usual business day, Thompson said: “Yes absolutely.”

The allure of becoming inked, is no longer in the minority, explained Thompson. She credits more people wanting tattoos as part of what could be a popular culture movement, and more people thinking of tattoos as socially acceptable.

“People are expanding their minds, I think society is actually opening up to different being different,” Thompson added. But, as for Friday the 13th, the most in demand tattoos, we’re did not revolve around superstitious themes; like a lucky rabbit’s foot, or the number 7

“Infinities, stars, crosses,” said Thompson.

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