Tattoo Community Revels in Freedom of Expression Ruling

After four years of battling a Key West ordinance that prevented our owner Brad Buehrle from opening a second tattoo shop, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of  protecting tattooing under the First Amendment. This case sets the precedent that tattooing is a protected form of artistic expression that cannot so easily be discriminated against by local governments. We are ecstatic to be a part of this monumental ruling that will hopefully protect tattooists and their businesses from outdated stereotypes and social intolerance. Furthermore, we are hopeful that protecting tattooing as a form of artistic expression will lead to greater acceptance of tattoos in the workplace. As the craft of tattooing becomes more mainstream and accessible to people from different walks of life, we are excited to see how this decision effects the future of the industry.

As we celebrate this victory we must take a moment to reflect on all of the tattoo and piercing enthusiasts that have kept our doors open over the years. Thank you to all of the clients who have supported us! While Key West may have attempted to shut us out, we cannot be more thrilled with how vibrant, creative, and accepting our Richmond home continues to be. We have been able to expand our shop twice since opening in 2003 and are now 13 tattoo artists strong. We look forward to improving our shop Richmond shop for our customers even more in the coming years and can’t wait to see how we can grow in other ways. In 2016 look for more shop renovations, new guest artists, and a convention schedule detailing the travels of some of our resident artists.

Please share the news of this court case to raise awareness for the imminent changes that will be impacting the tattoo community!


“Eddie Munster” Visits Lucky 13 for Voodoo Fest Pre-Sale Event


Join the Lucky 13 crew at 1800 W. Broad Street on October 7 for a Richmond Voodoo Festival ticket pre-sale event with Butch Patrick, aka “Eddie Munster,” from the 60’s satire sitcom, The Munsters. Collect an autographed event poster or pose with the macabre Munster hotrods, Drag-U-La and the Munster Koach while we gear you up for Halloween weekend! The Munster Koach, a hotrod built on a lengthened 1926 Ford Model T, is combined with the body of a hearse to make for an eccentric pre-Halloween photo-op. Meanwhile, the The Drag-U-La is a dragster built from a real coffin!  We will be selling advance tickets for the First Annual Richmond Voodoo Festival at The Broadberry for only $7 from 12-4-pm. The festival includes music from hardcore legends Murphy’s Law, local rock n’ roll acts The HellHounds and Octane Saints, as well as the New Jersey rock group The Cryptkeeper Five. A haunted attraction will be erected in the adjacent parking lot by Red Vein Army and while costumed actors mingle through the crowds. A costume contest with cash prize, t-shirt giveaways, as well as band merchandise tables and vendors like Rest in Pieces will round out the evening. We look forward to seeing you!


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RTD “The Best Tattoo Shop” Nomination


Thank you to all of the customers who nominated us for the Richmond Times-Dispatch “The Best” issue in the tattoo shop category. We are honored to be listed alongside True Tattoo, Salvation, and some of Richmond’s other esteemed tattoo shops.  A first place and two runners-up, determined by most votes, will be recognized on October 11th so if you took a few moments of your time to place a vote in our favor, we appreciate your support! Stay tuned to see if we won this year, and if not, we will just be more motivated to better service you in 2016. 

Fall Promotions

From our family to yours, we want to thank all of our customers new and old for their support. With summer fading into fall and the holidays fast approaching, we have new gift certificates printed and ready to go for the special people in your life. In addition to having these new certificates available for sale, we are also rolling out some promotions to reward you for supporting our business.

For every 500 followers we gain on Instagram we will give away $100 in store credit good towards all Lucky 13 goods and services. If you repost our tagged giveaway image with our handle, @lucky_13rva, and hashtag, #lucky13rva,  we will randomly select and announce a winner at 500 follower increments.

Additionally, if you visit the shop and leave us a Yelp review in-person and show it to us before you leave we will give you a coupon for $20 off your next $100 purchase. We appreciate your honesty and are always looking to improve our service to you!

Stay tuned for a huge Halloween event announcement and further updates on our preparation for RVA Pride on Sept. 12th! l13certificates2

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VA Pridefest 2015



Come visit our tattooer Abel Killian at Pridefest 2015! Drop by our booth to pick up Lucky 13 T-shirts as well as new RVA Pride shirts designed by our tattooer Matt Nemeth. In addition to new threads, we will have glassware, jewelry, original artwork, Lucky 13 gift certificates and raffle prizes. Purchase a $25 raffle ticket for your chance to win a $250 tattoo by Abel Killian.

All proceeds from our booth sales will benefit ROSMY, a Richmond, Va. initiative benefitting LGBTQ youth. The program supports LGBTQ questioning youth through education and advocacy programs that range from public speaking classes to addressing being “out” among family and peers. Other programming includes discussing healthy relationships, body image, and healthy role models.  Groups for ages 14-20 are held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights in Richmond while a support group for 11-13 year-olds takes place on Wednesdays. More information about ROSMY can be found at

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GW-After Party Shenanigans

The 30th Gwar B-Q  is fast approaching on Aug. 15! With the anticipation of day-drinking, binging on rock n’ roll, and reveling in Richmond music history comes the responsibility of staying sober enough to attend the after party.

Join the Lucky 13 family at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery  to support our tattooer Chris Wilson as he performs with the Creep-A-Zoids! Take a shuttle straight from Hadad’s to the brewery and indulge in local brews, good eats from mobile vendors, and of course, three musical acts. The FREE event is open to all ages with the Creep-A-Zoids taking the stage at 9pm sharp followed by  Today Is The Day and Left Cross.

We hope to see you there, and as always, come see us 12pm-9pm for tattoos and piercings. We would love to make some GWAR-themed pieces for your collection!


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Guest Artist Pony Reinhardt Visits Lucky 13

Lucky 13 is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Pony Reinhardt Oct. 10-13 for a guest spot. Visiting from her private studio, Tenderfoot in Portland, Ore., Pony is not only a tattooer but a taxidermy artist and illustrator. Her blackwork style utilizes varying line weights and dot-work to create compositions based on organic and esoteric subject matter.

You can learn more about Reinhardt’s work by visiting her Instagram account @freeorgy or by visiting her Tumblr account, There are additional examples of her work as well as a helpful FAQ section that will help you understand her process and booking policies. Reinhardt will begin booking for her East Coast tour starting at noon on August 7th through her Instagram account. While at Lucky 13 she will be adhering to our hourly rates of $100/hour, but for further pricing information, drawing fees, etc., please contact her directly.

Good luck filling up her time slots and stay tuned for additional posts about future guests spots!

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Virginia Beach Tattoo Festival

We are excited to announce that our tattooer Matt Nemeth will be setting up a booth down at the Virginia Beach Tattoo Festival Aug. 14-16. He has been busy preparing a book of pre-drawn tattoos in his signature, traditional style for you to walk-up and collect or reserve in advance with a PayPal deposit. E-mail for inquiries.

The festival will take place at 1000 19th Street in the heart of Virginia Beach along the oceanfront. Doors open at 12pm on Friday and tattoo machines will be running until 11pm. Saturday hours are 11am-11pm and Sunday the festival will kick off at 11am and wrap up at 8pm. You must be 18 in order to attend the event and get tattooed and you can view more of Matt’s work on our website.

The event includes several tattoo contests, a pin-up girl competition, as well as a host of vendors and craftsmen from across the state. For additional information about parking, artists, coupons and more, visit

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Staff Expansion

Hello everyone! As you know we have expanded our shop and our staff over the last few months by renovating our studio space as well as taking on two new tattooers, Sara Bell and Matt Nemeth. As the demands of our client base grow, we have decided to add an additional member to our family in the form of a part-time receptionist. I am looking to hire an enthusiastic and professional candidate who is able to work Mondays and Tuesdays from 11am-9pm. There will be opportunity for additional shifts in the future, but the current opening is for 20 work hours. The ideal applicant is mature, an articulate speaker, organized, able to multi-task in a fast-paced and sometimes stressful environment, punctual, and good humored. Reliable transportation is mandatory and so is a positive attitude and sense of humor. Please inquire within or call the shop to see when interviews will be held. Additional information will be updated on our Facebook feed.

Thank you for looking and I look forward to meeting you!


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A Great Start

Hello to all of our new customers and returning clients! We want to welcome you to our website with our first official blog post. We have come a long way since opening as a small storefront on Broad Street ten years ago and as we continue to expand, add new artists to our team, and grow our reputation as one of Richmond’s destinations for custom and walk-in tattoos, we are pleased to share our growth online.

Here we will share shop news, events, and the special offers that make Lucky 13 more than just a street shop. We invite you into our family when you are pierced or tattooed here. We invite you to the rowdy rock shows we host at Emilio’s Downtown, we invite you to celebrate new semesters of college with back-to-school promotions, we invite you to celebrate holidays with us by giving you chances to win Lucky 13 prizes, we invite you to rejoice in all things taboo with Friday the 13th tattoos.

Visit us here and on our other social media pages to learn about everything from fundraisers to new jewelry orders to shop adventures and more. When we invite you to this page, we are welcoming you into our community and showing our pride for being a small, locally owned business in Richmond. This city is our home and we thank all of the colorful and bejeweled people who trust us with their bodies. Keep coming to see us and we will keep finding new ways to improve your experience.

Thanks for reading!
-Dana and Lucky 13