My Adventure Searching For A $13 Tattoo

My Adventure Searching For A $13 Tattoo

Friday the 13th is the best day for a tattoo discount.

For many, October is the spooky month, full of horror movies and month-long plans for Halloween costumes. For others, October is about the start of fall, corn mazes and pumpkin patches that lead to jack-o-lanterns. For Chicago, it was the perfect time for Friday the 13th. A day hyped up to be a day drowning in bad luck, this Friday the 13th just happened to be the best time for almost every tattoo shop within the Loop to celebrate with tattoo deals...

Our group of eight flew through the streets of the South Loop as we started our journey to the Roosevelt train stop. A group that I had only just met; all with one goal to get $13 tattoos for Friday the thirteenth. An adventure that had been delayed by my six hours of Cinema classes and the aching need for Harold’s Chicken to fuel my tattoo craze. It was on this adventure that I learned that the Red Line was quite possibly the best train in the area. I gripped the pole for dear life as the orange train rocked and weaved on the tracks, making it for a very uncomfortable two stops. The train stopped, but far from fast enough. As we exited the train on the Ashland stop I thanked the CTA gods for getting me to my destination safely. My newfound friend Karena and her boy-something, (they’re exclusive but no labels, whatever that means) Leroy lead us down the unfamiliar streets as we walked towards The Hard Core Element Tattoo Shop.

The adrenaline was pumping as we walked. I was prepared for hours of waiting, after calling ahead a few hours before I was assured it was at least a 5-hour wait. I had prepared by packing multiple snacks and drink options for myself and my suite-mate Delisia, who came along for the adventure and to provide moral support, completely disregarding the possibility of ever needing the bathroom. After a 10 minute walk, we spotted the neon signs and the line of tattoo enthusiasts wrapped around the building. As we approached, closer and closer, we realized the line not only wrapped around the building but the houses that lined up down a whole block. We cursed under our breathes as we realized we were fucked on that night's sleep, but thank god for the game of Uno.

We sat down on the cold concrete as we completed our walk of shame down the never-ending line of eager young adults because for some reason no one else wanted to wait 8,000 years for a tattoo…weird! We had only been there for about 20 minutes before one of the receptionists came strutting down the line flashing her iPhone light in our faces, “You weren’t here before” it was then I knew this adventure was going to be short-lived. Apparently coming at quarter to seven was too late, they had cut off the line about the time we had just reached the Ashland stop. We were too late and had wasted our time and quite possibly our lives on that horrid orange train for no tattoo. A group of virgin skinned girls ahead of us moaned as they hastily starting searching there phones for another shop around the Loop offering deals.

The prospect of getting my fourth tattoo had been so hyped up I refused to come back home without my fresh ink. As we dragged our feet back to the Orange line I called Code of Conduct, a shop I had walked past earlier that day heading to my Cinema classes. I had never noticed it before, as it doesn’t screen tattoo shop; it’s tucked away under train tracks with its only neighbor being an alley. They weren’t offering any Friday the thirteenth deals, but were accepting walk-ins for another hour and a half. I dragged my suitemate with me as I intended to fulfilled my great tattoo adventure. $100 spent and a tattoo running along my left forearm later, I had completed my goal for the night. Friday, October thirteenth, 2017 will now forever go down as my most daring day. A day usually spent filled with superstition and bad luck became a day of watching multiple needles pierce through my skin and mark me forever.

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10 Abnormally Normal Things About College

Some stuff just doesn't fly in the real world.

College is a weird, weird place. For whatever reason, the young adults who are supposed to be cultivating their minds with all of the worldly knowledge available to them, seem to get away with quite a bit using the justification "it's college." Even the best students live abnormally while on the alien planet that is a university. So, while to us college students it may just seem like another day, here are ten things that are only normal in college.

1. Straight up theft.

In the future, if I walk into my forty-something-year-old neighbor's home and see a collection of stolen signs, stuff from the local restaurant, and property from the construction site down the road, I would definitely be concerned about the character of my neighbor. However, in college, people proudly display campus signs, traffic cones, or dining hall napkin dispensers that they have impressively commandeered - it's a cheap decoration and a great conversation starter.

2. All-nighters.

Maybe with the exception of parents of little babies, very few people willingly stay up for close to 24 hours on end. In the real world, if a friend came to you and said that they literally did not sleep the previous night, it's completely logical to be worried. On the other hand, when a friend in college says that he was up all night you laugh a little, give him an understanding pat on the back, and walk with him to the coffee line.

3. Atrocious eating habits.

Sometimes you don't have time to eat. Sometimes you order pizza at 2 in the morning. Sometimes you eat three dinners. Sometimes you diet. All I can say, is thank goodness that our metabolisms are decently high at this age.

4. Breaking and entering.

In high school, you hopefully knew everyone who entered your home. After college, hopefully, that's still the case. However, when you live in the middle of thousands of bored college students, people knock at your door, walk into parties, cut through your yard, and stop by without invitation or hesitation. It keeps life fun, but still not normal.

5. Calling mom when stuff goes down.

I really doubt a time will ever come that I don't need to call my mom for guidance on how to do something. But, hopefully the frequency of those calls with go down a little bit post-graduation. Maybe after four years of doing it on my own, I'll know how to fill out government forms, cook real dinners, and get stains out. But for now, I'm going to keep calling while I still can without seeming totally pathetic.

6. Being intoxicated at weird times.

Drunk at noon on a Friday is the quintessence of an alcoholic at any time - unless it's college. Not that this is necessarily a good thing, and it certainly doesn't apply to everyone, but there aren't many other places where people would instantly assume someone is intoxicated if they're acting even a little weird. I've even seen people drink in the library....

7. The messed up dating scene.

There are people who meet the love of their life at college and live happily ever after. They are people who meet the supposed love of their life at college and never talk to them again after Sunday. There are people who use Tinder. Hormones are high, freedom is bountiful, and football players are cute - what else needs to be said?

8. A warped sense of time.

The career I'm pursuing will require me to be at work by 7 am, five days a week. I am fully aware of this. Now, will I enroll in an 8 am next semester? Absolutely not - I'm not a demon. In college, nights often start at 10 p.m., dinners are eaten at 4, and mornings can begin anywhere from 8 to 2. We don't get that whole 9-5 idea.

9. Costumes... for no apparent reason.

High schoolers have a dress code. Adults have dignity. College students have fun. Here, people will wear a corn costume to get on ESPN, a fanny pack to get into a fraternity, or a tutu to match a theme party. Is it actually a weird thing, though? No one even blinks an eye.

10. Insanely close friends.

Name another point in your life when you live with your friends, study with your friends, drive with your friends, eat with your friends, go out with your friends, and even grocery shop with your friends. I'll wait. At college, it's easy for friends to seem like family because you're with them constantly. Love it or hate it, it's weird about college.

So, enjoy this weirdness while you can - it won't last forever!


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If I Could Dream A Perfect Day, This Is What I'd Do

An inside look at what my dream day would be like.


Have you ever just had such a crappy day that you find yourself lying in bed daydreaming about what your perfect day would be like? No limitations, no pain, no frustrations. Just whatever you want.

Well, I have. Here is a look at what my perfect day would contain.

1. Teleportation


I know, I know. The first thing on my list is something that could absolutely never happen, at least in my lifetime. But hear me out.

I want to travel, but any form of transportation makes me sick. Cars, boats, planes, trains, you name it I end getting sick. So if I could teleport than I wouldn't have to deal with it. Plus I wouldn't have to pay for gas or airfare. It's a win-win.

2. My Mom

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It wouldn't be a perfect day if my mom wasn't along for the ride. Who else would I have fun with and then rub it in my brothers face later?

Just kidding, he would come too.

3. Food


It would not be a prefect day if it didn't involve food. And if it was free it would be even better.

4. London


I have been dying to go back to London, and if it was my perfect day I would definitely take a trip over the pond!

5. Meet the Stars


If it was going to be my perfect day, I would meet some celebrities. Let me scream, and jump, and totally fangirl in front of Emma Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Zac Efron, and Robert Downey Jr. just to name a few.

6. Meet Fictional Characters


Earlier I said no limitations, so that means I get to meet fictional characters such as the Mikaelson family, the Golden Trio, Sirius Black, the Avengers, the Joker (he wouldn't kill me), and Hannibal Lecter (he also wouldn't kill me) to name a few.

7. Disney World


Bring on the magic! I want to go to Disney World and not have to wait in any lines. That would be a perfect day.

8. Learn a New Language


If I could learn how to speak French or German in a day that would be amazing.

9. Queen Concert


If I could close out the day by traveling back in time to see a Queen concert with Freddie Mercury back on stage that would be the perfect end to the perfect day.

10. Happiness

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If everyone that I love was completely happy, with no stresses holding them down, for just one day that would definitely be a part of my perfect day.

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