Crowds get inked on Friday the 13th

‘Life’s a gamble’

By ROBERT JORDAN
Of the Record staff
Posted 5/17/22

Numerous tattoo customers felt lucky on Friday the 13th as Heart and Hammer Tattoo at 301 E. Broad St. held its regular Friday the 13th sale. Every Friday the 13th, Josh Jernigan, one of the …

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Crowds get inked on Friday the 13th

‘Life’s a gamble’

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Numerous tattoo customers felt lucky on Friday the 13th as Heart and Hammer Tattoo at 301 E. Broad St. held its regular Friday the 13th sale. Every Friday the 13th, Josh Jernigan, one of the parlor’s owners, said the business holds what he calls a “flash event.”

Flash designs are pre-drawn designs ready to be tattooed on participating customers. Last week’s sale included 67 of these designs prepared specifically for the event.

However, it being Friday the 13th, customers subjected themselves to a “luck” of the draw. Each participant paid $60 for a tattoo, but chose the design they received by random draw.

There were no appointments. The event was first-come-first served. Participants arrived as early as 7:45 a.m. to be first in line.

“We have done this every Friday the 13th since we opened in 2016,” said Jernigan. “In the past, we allowed customers to choose the flash design they wanted, but this time we are calling the event, ‘Life’s a gamble’. You won’t know what design you’re getting until you roll the dice.”

Lorenda Langdon, a paramedic, wife and mother from Princeton brings several family members with her to each flash event. On Friday, there were three other members of her family participating. Langdon’s roll of the dice selected a cartoon design of a cowboy in chaps which she had applied to the top of her right thigh. She has several tattoos, the largest of which is a design that covers her entire back. She shared a photo of that design with The Daily Record.

“I am a paramedic from Johnston County. I wanted a design to represent the constant battle paramedics fight with death as they work to save lives,” said Langdon. “The skull at the top represents death, but the design flows into beautiful flowers at the bottom.”

Langdon says she sometimes wears bathing suits or clothing with a scooped back to showcase the artwork. When she does, she says, many people stop her to inquire about the ink.

“Every time I go out with my back exposed, my friends say, ‘Oh no. Here we go again.’ The friends know we’re going to get stopped and questions are going to be asked.”

There were four people getting tattoos when the The Daily Record stopped in the shop around noon. On the sidewalk outside were nearly 20 others waiting their turn.

“The last time we held a promotion like this, we had to cut it off at 150 customers,” Jernigan said. “It has become a very popular event.”

The next Friday the 13th happens in January 2023.

Robert Jordan can be reached at rjordan@mydailyrecord.com or 910-230-2037.

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