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A superstitious soiree

By: Jodie Darrell, Staff Reporter | Photos by Scott M. Roberts

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All is One Tattoo Shop has a special tradition for Friday the 13th: tattoos. The shop offers an entire flip book of tattoo samples — called flash — for customers to choose from. Every tattoo includes the number 13; some are hidden in the tattoo, while others stand out. The CNM Chronicle stopped in to chat with some of the artists and customers to get their thoughts on the tradition.

Torrie Bustamante, tattoo artist and former CNM student, Albuquerque, NM

What tattoo shop are you from? “All is One.”

Why did you get into tattooing? been interested since I saw my dad’s military tattoo. When I got into to high school I got into art and body modification. That evolved into tattoos.”

What do you think about the Friday the 13th tattoo tradition? “I think it’s awesome. It feels really cool to be a part of it. The thirteen thing has always been a like tattoo culture type subject. It’s awesome that my boss puts

What’s your favorite piece you have tattooed? “A big black death moth.”

How many tattoos do you have? “Over 20.”

Freddie Arroyo, tattoo artist, Denver, CO

What tattoo shop are you from? “Fallen owl Tattoos”

Why did you get into tattooing? “I had a lot of friends who pushed me into it and wanted me to tattoo. It was something I never really felt comfortable doing, so I would say tattooing kind of found me. I don’t think I got into it, it got into me.”

What do you think about the Friday the 13th tattoo tradition? “This is my first one; everybody seems pretty pumped and excited. It’s insane that there is already a line of people outside.”

What’s your favorite piece you have tattooed? “One of my first portraits. It was a Frankenstein portrait.”

How many tattoos do you have? “About 15 pieces.”

Josh “Dank” Romero, tattoo artist, Albuquerque, NM

What tattoo shop are you from? “Por Vida”

Why did you get into tattooing? “I was working for the city and I went to Alonzo Rodriguez’s shop and got tattooed from him. I was always drawing and he asked me if I wanted to be an appren­tice. Something like that, right away I jumped on it and left the job. I became a full-time apprentice.”

What do you think about the Friday the 13th tattoo tra­dition? “I love it. There is nothing like it out here.”

What’s your favorite piece you have tattooed? “I did a tattoo of my friend’s son’s name that he drew himself. It was really childlike.”

How many tattoos do you have? “Probably about 45.”

Rafael Marte, tattoo artist, Bronx, NY

What tattoo shop are you from? “Morris Park Ink.”

Why did you get into tattooing? “Somebody pushed me into being a tattoo artist that was looking for an apprentice.

 What do you think of the Friday the 13th tattoo tradition? “I think it’s really cool because it exposes people that normally wouldn’t get tattoos to come through. I like it.”

What’s your favorite piece you have tattooed? “I did an old Harley Davidson Knucklehead with a mechanic girl sitting on the motorcycle.”

How many tattoos do you have? “If you count one of my legs as one, I would say about 15.”

Lisa Neil, customer

Why are you getting a tattoo for Friday the 13th? “Because it’s $13.”

What are you getting? “I have no clue, I am gonna pick it right when I get up there.”

What do you think about the Friday the 13thth tattoo tradition? “I didn’t know there was a tradition. I think it’s awesome though.”

How many tattoos do you have? “I would say about 30.”

Patrick Gonzales, customer and former CNM student

Why are you getting a tattoo for Friday the 13th? “It’s my last Friday the 13th in town, might as well remember it.”

What are you getting? “I’m get­ting a horseshoe on one foot and a black rose on the other.”

What do you think about the Friday the 13th tattoo tradition? “I love it.”

How many tattoos do you have? “15”

Gerald Herrera, customer and former CNM student

Why are you getting a tattoo for Friday the 13th? “Because I love tattoos.”

What are you getting? “Probably some Day of the Dead skulls.”

What do you think about the Friday the 13th tattoo tradition? “I think it’s really cool. It’s different. It’s fun because they are having a block party.”

How many tattoos do you have? “Right now I have seven.”

Katlyn Mcginn, customer and former CNM student

Why are you getting a tattoo for Friday the 13th? “I’ve always had good luck on Friday the 13th, so I figured: why not add a little more to it?”

What are you getting? “I think I’m gonna get a little voodoo doll with the 13 on his tummy.”

What do you think about the Friday the 13thth tattoo tradition? “It’s a new thing to me. I have only been in Albuquerque for two years and I had never heard of this anywhere else. It’s pretty cool. I like it and it stirs up business.

How many tattoos do you have? “This will be my third tattoo.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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