The Kray Twins

June 22nd, 2016

Jay tattooed Donna this week with these pair of gangsters.the krays

Twin brothers RonaldRonnieKray (24 October 1933 – 17 March 1995) and ReginaldReggieKray (24 October 1933 – 1 October 2000) were English gangsters who were the foremost perpetrators of organized crime in the East End of London during the 1950s and 1960s. With their gang, the Firm, the Krays were involved in armed robberies, arson, protection rackets, assaults, and the murders of Jack “the Hat” McVitie and George Cornell.

As West End nightclub owners, they mixed with politicians and prominent entertainers such as Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland. The Krays were much feared within their social environment; in the 1960s, they became celebrities, even being photographed by David Bailey and interviewed on television.

They were arrested on 8 May 1968 and convicted in 1969, by the efforts of detectives led by Detective Superintendent Leonard “Nipper” Read. Both were sentenced to life imprisonment. Ronnie remained in Broadmoor Hospital until his death on 17 March 1995; Reggie was released from prison on compassionate grounds in August 2000, eight weeks before his death from cancer.


Neo Traditional Leicester fox

June 13th, 2016

foxJay did a fox this week based around the clients visit to the uk.

Friday the 13th Tattoo’s

May 16th, 2016

So why is the number 13 lucky for tattooists?

Tattoos being offered in celebration of Friday the 13th has long been an event that collectors have looked forward to, and the tradition being that tattooists will charge £13 for certain tattoos on Friday 13th.  The tattoo of the number 13 is considered a “lucky” symbol, and is

often accompanied by other “lucky” symbols this goes back to the days of traditional tattooing but today is still one of the most popular numbers to have tattooed. So, why do tattoo supporters embrace what others fear?

There is a large group of people who consider the number 13 to be unlucky and for some they feel that the day even holds dangers; with Friday the 13th being considered as being the unluckiest day of the year.  Most high-rise buildings will not have a 13th floor, and there could be fateful results if you have 13 guests sat around a dinner table. The Roman numerals Xlll on during a tarot card reading is supposed to denote death.

There are some cultures, however, that see the number 13 it as a symbol of life, fertility, and prosperity. Judaism celebrates a young man’s coming of age when he turns thirteen. In Punjabi, the word 13 is pronounced tera, which also means “yours,” which is a devotional pronouncement to God.  In Hinduism it is the 13th day following a death is the day on which a memorial feast is held for the departed.

There are, as always, many different theories as to why people became so superstitious about the number 13.  The Nordic legend is in regard to the Norse god of mischief, Loki, who was said to be the 13th, and uninvited, guest at a party where he caused the death of Balder the Good. In biblical history, 12 disciples joined Jesus for the Last Supper. Judas, the last and 13th member betrayed Jesus leading to his crucifixion and his death which was on a Friday.  In some ancient European religions, there were 12 good gods and one evil god; the evil god was called the 13th god.  And a meeting of witches, called a Sabbath, requires at least 13 witches along with the other story were witches are claimed to gather in groups (a coven) of twelve and during such ceremonies, the devil would appear as the thirteenth attendee.  Traditionally there should be 13 steps leading up to the gallows.

So it seems that unlucky symbols as tattoos usually have the reverse meaning and are considered lucky; this is due perhaps to some tattooists and tattoo collectors considering themselves as separated from everyday society.

Neo Traditional Bee’s with Skulls

May 11th, 2016

Jay tattooed some fillers on Chloe this week.

Feel free to contact us with any idea’s big or small bees

True Love Tattoo

May 11th, 2016

Jay tattooed this “True love Tattoo” on Gina this week…

This was half price at just £100 please follow us on facebook to grab yourself a bargain.True Love

Lucky 13 is a custom tattoo studio located in Clarendon Park a great little part of Leicester, with lots of small run Antiques shop’s and even a Great fine Art Gallery next door.

It’s the home of artist’s Julie, Jay and Jack.

At Lucky 13 we focus on our clients, and aim to offer them the friendliest and best tattoo experience possible, in a comfortable and clean environment.No matter how big or small your thinking of for your next tattoo don’t be afraid to contact us. The shop is run by appointment only, but feel free to pop in for a chat or ring us to arrange a free consultation.

Lucky 13 Tattoo
192 Clarendon Park Road

0116 270 0558

Opening Hours
Appointment only.

We also do some late nights on request.

For more Lucky 13 info, please read the FAQ.

If you’re a first time client at the shop, read the client info page.


If the following doesn’t seem to answer any other questions you may have, please call us on 01162700558 or pop in the shop!

How much does it cost?
Tattoo prices vary from studio to studio. Price also depends on the size and complexity of the tattoo design. We can’t give out quotes over the phone or online. The best thing to do is come in and have a chat about your design and placement. We can give you some advice, and let you know how long you tattoo is likely to take and how much it will cost you. Our minimum charge is £70.

Do I need to book an appointment?
It’s always best to make an appointment, however if we have space on the day we will take walk ins! How far ahead we are booked varies for each tattooist.

Can I make an appointment over the phone?
We don’t take appointments over the phone as we require a cash deposit for all appointments. If you are traveling from another city, arrangements can be made, call the shop for details.

Do you do Gift Vouchers?
We sure do! They start at £10 and they are valid for up to 6 months. Pop by the shop to purchase a voucher for a loved one!

Can I bring my own design?
Of course, but please print it on paper before coming in or even your smart phone.

Do you do piercings?
We don’t do piercing, just tattoos.

Do you take credit cards?
Cash only please!

Can I cancel an appointment, and will I get my deposit back?
If you choose to cancel an appointment please give us as much notice as possible. You may move an appointment, but we require a minimum of 48hours. Deposits are non-refundable. In certain circumstances vouchers may be given.

How much does it hurt to get a tattoo?
When it comes right down to it, that’s what most people really want to know! Actually, getting a tattoo is not very painful nowadays because modern tattoo equipment is such that the needles go in and out of your skin very quickly. You’ll be completely able to carry on a normal conversation while getting your tattoo.

Of course, depending on your tattoo designs and location, the amount of discomfort can vary to some degree. Generally speaking, tattooing over bone where there’s little flesh or fat – hurts a bit more. So getting a tattoo on the fleshy part of your arm probably won’t hurt much at all, but directly over your ankle bone or collar bone may be more painful – though still quite bearable.
Tattoo designs can also make a difference with regard to how it feels. Tattooing lines produces a different sensation from ‘filling in’, or tattooing blocks of color. Interestingly, though, there’s quite a lot of disagreement over which hurts more! It seems to be a subjective reaction – some people find the lines more comfortable than the filling in, while others say just the opposite. Suffice it to say that neither is really all that painful.

Is it safe to get a tattoo ?
It is very safe to get Tattoo if you go to a Professional studio, where they use sterilized equipment or disposables. Most tattoo artists will be glad to set your mind at rest by showing you the unopened package of needles they will be using before the tattooing begins.

How old do I have to be to get a tattoo?
You have to be EIGHTEEN, Some tattoo shops are more diligent than others about asking for I.D. The older you are when you get a tattoo, the less likely you’ll be to regret it later on!

When should I not get a tattoo?
You shouldn’t get a tattoo if you’re drunk or high (and most tattoo shops have a policy in place about this; they’ll refuse to tattoo anyone who appears to be drunk or high or as a sign in one shop says, “just plain stupid”). The other reason for not getting a tattoo is if you’re not sure. Wait until you do feel sure or just don’t get one. This is not a good thing to feel ambiguous about. There are no specific medical considerations, but use your common sense. If you’re sick, wait till you get better. You cannot get tattooed when you are pregnant.

I’ve heard that getting tattoos can be addictive. Is that true?
It isn’t true in the sense of a real addiction, but it is a fact that people who already have one tattoo are more likely to get another one … or so. It is possible to get ‘hooked’ on the excitement of getting a tattoo, just as some people get ‘hooked’ on shopping, but that’s not a real addiction. Most people who end up with multiple tattoos do so simply because they like them.

Will having a tattoo make it harder for me to get a good job?
If you’re worried, why not get the tattoo in a place where office clothes will cover it? Even if you can’t keep it covered though, in this day and age it probably won’t matter. Tattoos are a lot more socially acceptable than they ever before and in most workplaces you are judged on the basis of your ability. There are exceptions, of course; there are tattoos that are so prominent and controversial in terms of their appearance or content that they may cause problems for you, just as there are workplaces which are exceptionally conservative. You need to make sure that all aspects of your appearance fit your objectives, and that includes tattoos. But having a tattoo or two certainly won’t preclude you from being gainfully employed – not in this day and age!

How do I get tattooed at a convention?
Details of any convention we’ll be working at will be posted on the blog. Everybody likes to do things slightly differently at conventions, some people take bookings, others take walk ups only. All details will be on the blog.

Tattoo Aftercare info
We take great care and pride in all of our work, and you know all the tattoos we perform will have been made using sterile equipment. We do not re-use needles etc, and each customer has their colours mixed individually, with any leftover disposed of. We only use the highest quality needles and colours. You will be given the best advice available and with conscientious aftercare on YOUR BEHALF problems should not arise.

Whilst we take every precaution possible, the aftercare of a new tattoo is the sole responsibility of the client - we cannot accept any liability after a client has left the studio. As we have wide experience of tattooing, we offer the following advice.

A light scab or "top" will form on a new tattoo after about 24 hours. The newly tattooed part should be kept clean and dry at all times. You should bathe the area with a good quality soap and warm water 2-3 times a day, DO NOT soak the area. Pat dry with a clean towel, DO NOT RUB. Clients engaged in work of a dirty or dusty nature are advised to keep the newly tattooed area covered with a dry, light bandage for the first 4 days.

Lightly rub a small amount of Bepanthen Cream (available from either "Boots" or "Tesco") into the new tattoo twice daily for approximately one week. Do not put petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on a new tattoo as this will not allow the skin to breathe and, due to its sticky nature, may make particles of dust or dirt adhere to the tattoo.
Do not be tempted to pick off the scab. The top will peel away, or flake off, in about 5 - 7 days. If you pick the scab, you risk infection, scarring or removing the colour from the tattoo. Sunbathing should be avoided whilst healing, as the sun will not only burn your tattoo, but also cause colours to fade. Avoid swimming, saunas, dirt, oil, grease, paint, industrial cleaners, caustic substances, raw meats, creams or ointments (except those already recommended).

Swimming is not recommended for 10 days. An after care leaflet will be given to you before you leave the shop. It is very unusual for a tattoo not to heal quickly as hygiene methods follow recommended procedures. Should yours not be healing to your entire satisfaction, consult your doctor immediately.

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