The 13 Best Tattoo Parlors in DFW

Tattooing the number 13 on Friday 13th has been a tradition among tattoo addicts long before Jason Voorhees climbed out of Crystal Lake and donned a hockey mask to silence a few horny campers by using every-day garden tools like a hatchet, a shovel and a machete.

It's a day and a tattoo that have spawned legends among tattoo aficionados. From legendary inkslinger Spider Webb's tattooing the Roman numeral 13 on 13 goth girls all dressed in black in under 10 minutes to Dallas legendary inkslinger Oliver Peck's tattathon involving the sacred number, which landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most tattoos slung in a 24-hour period, Friday 13th is fast becoming a tattoo holiday for people of all ages to celebrate.

In honor of Oliver Peck's first Elm Street Music and Tattoo Festival on Friday 13th, we've scoured the DFW area in search of the 13 best tattoo parlors that have some of Texas' best artists seven days a week.

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Christian McPhate is an award-winning journalist who specializes in investigative reporting. He covers crime, the environment, business, government and social justice. His work has appeared in several publications, including the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Miami Herald, San Antonio Express News and The Washington Times.