Attention superstitious and lovers of bad luck, Friday the 13th is here! While seventeen to twenty-one million people supposedly suffer from triskaidekaphobia, or the fear of Friday the 13th, it tends to be a revered day for most of us dark art-loving weirdos. The date comes around once every 212 or so days, and usually inspires a rash of sales, tattoo flash, print releases and more.
We are also featuring the Prince of Darkness: Dragol print for a little extra treat. This piece comes from the infamous occult manuscript Compendium Rarissimum, comprised of 31 watercolor illustrations of demons. At the top of the print, it reads: “Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros, Anno 1057. Noli me tangere,” in English, “Most rare summary of the entire Magical Art put together by the most famous Masters of this Art. Year 1057. Do not touch me.” You can snag this piece at a special discount or if you use the code, it's a double discount. Just saying. Snag it here.
So, what the hell makes Friday the 13th so concerning? First off, it's a relatively new superstition, going back no more than one hundred years. The number 13 however, has a long history of being an unlucky number all over the world. One of the first recordings of 13 being a bad idea comes from around 1770 BCE. Babylon's Code of Hammurabi eliminated the number 13 from its list of laws. Because there were 13 people in attendance at the Last Supper, Christians tend to see 13 as an omen of death.
Some other myths associated around the day include children born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life, trips began this date are destined for failure, if you see a funeral procession you will be the next to die and if you cut your hair on this date you are sentencing someone in your family to death. This last one is my favorite just because it's so unorthodox.
Real cause for concern not, Friday the 13th has been known to host some pretty unlucky events including: hospitals record an uptick of around 52% of transportation-related injuries, Tupac's death, King Phillip of France arrested and executed several Knights of Templar during the Crusades, the stock market crashed of 1989, and a famous plane crash in the Andes on that killed many and caused the survivors to resort to cannibalism.
Whether or not you believe it, it's still a wonderful justification of snagging some rad art. Click this link and make sure to use the code FRIDAY13 when you check out.