Lucky 13 Tattoo Ideas

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Lucky 13 Tattoo Ideas
Show off your bad luck at gambling with a lucky 13 tattoo. (dice image by Alison Bowden from

The term "Lucky 13" is ironic since the number 13 is typically associated with bad luck and bad omens. Combine images associated with bad luck and good luck to create a funny and edgy design. You can tell the world you're born under a bad sign with a Lucky 13 tattoo.

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Black Cat

Butterflies, snakes, panthers, and images of other animals are popular tattoo choices. In the animal kingdom, a black cat is often associated with bad luck. Ink yourself with a black cat as part of your Lucky 13 tattoo, and constantly have a black cat crossing your path. Get a tattoo of a cat with a collar that reads "Lucky 13," for example.


Unless you're a seasoned gambler, it's more than likely your chances of winning at a game of poker or craps are purely governed by luck. Embrace your unlucky side with a Lucky 13 tattoo. Include images associated with gambling with your tattoo, such as playing cards and dice. For example, get a Lucky 13 tattoo featuring a pair of playing cards or dice that add up to the number 13.


The four-leaf clover is a universal symbol of good luck. Create a new twist on the four-leaf clover and consider getting the number 13 inked right in the middle. The design could be your own way to celebrate the yin and yang of life–good luck and bad–or maybe it would be a statement that lets everyone know that the rules of luck do not apply to you.

Dead Sparrows

Sparrows are common in tattoo designs. Two sparrows holding up some sort of banner is a typical tattoo image, for example. Turn the image of this traditional tattoo bird on its head. An old superstition says that sparrows are supposed to carry the souls of the dead to the afterlife and that to kill one means bad luck. Incorporate this idea into your Lucky 13 tattoo. Ink yourself with an image of thirteen dead sparrows. Or get a tattoo featuring two dead sparrows holding up a banner that reads "Lucky 13."

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