As of this post, Cardinal Tattoo is booked solid until April 5th. Will is currently booking for July, at a flat rate of $600 per day. Please take this into account when planning your next tattoo at Cardinal.
On July 1st, 2017, Will's daily rate for tattooing will increase to $600 per day. As of this post, he still has about 8 appointments left at the $500 rate, so act now!
This piece about the path to salvation has four parts: Starting with the wrist piece titled 'Desperation', this is the rock bottom so many of us have to find ourselves in order to seek Redemption. 'Temptation' follows, depicting a demonic hand trying to appeal to our baser nature and the soul's natural reaction to this wickedness. Above that we have Salvation, a depiction of Christ crucified and the only salvation we can ever have. The final piece, 'Redemption' shows the freedom of accepting His love and the peace of mind walking with our Lord can bring. It was completed in two sessions as part of an entire Christian-themed sleeve. More to come!
Will has been tattooing Ruth for over ten years now, so when she moved to Sacramento, California, it was to be expected that they would see each other less. Fortunately for Ruth, will hasn't exactly been resting on his laurels.
He's been practicing.
This Lynda Carter (the original, and arguably the best Wonder Woman) is the result of a seven hour session Ruth got when she flew in from the City of Trees! It's also a testimony to why so many people travel from far and wide in order to get work done at Cardinal Tattoo. Will is currently booking for June, but has opened his schedule (by working on his days off) so that he does have some sporadic availability between now and then. Please visit Cardinal Tattoo at 110 N. Water Ave, on the historic Gallatin, TN square to apply for an appointment with this great artist!
Tyler got his first Cardinal Tattoo the other day and it's a doozy! This Murmillo Gladiator is part of an ancient Rome sleeve. Lovers of the movies 'Gladiator' and Frank Miller's '300', and any crossfit junkies out there can appreciate where we're going with this particular composition. A testament not only to physical fitness and a tough mental attitude, this tattoo represents an appreciation for great art from the seat of western culture. Visit Cardinal Tattoo today to leave a $60 non-refundable deposit and lock in your appointment!
We finally got our Hush order in! A topical anesthetic, Hush is applied an hour before starting the tattoo process and alleviates about 25-30% of the discomfort associated with getting a tattoo for up to three hours. With this, we also use a topical cream during the tattoo, made by H2Ocean called Nothing, as well as a foaming soap, all containing lidocaine and designed to make the tattoo process more tolerable and improve healing. We charge an additional $20 per day for these three items and recommend it to anyone getting larger work or work done in a particularly painful area. We call this our Pain Management Protocol, or PMP. Ask for it today!
Well, it's that time of year again, the time when people start getting their tax return money and acting as if it's going to burn a hole through their pocket if they keep it too long. It's during this time, for about a month to six weeks, that tattoo shops all across the country are so busy it'd make your eyes cross. It's the time we've been warning you about. To those of you who have taken heed and made your appointment weeks or months ago, thank you. You've made it possible for us to better serve you while navigating the most hectic season of the year for tattooers.
Now for the rest of you: Due to the dramatic increase in business during the tax season, Cardinal Tattoo will be a By-Appointment-Only establishment, no walk-ins. If you don't have an appointment, you're not getting tattooed. You're welcome to set an appointment by leaving a $60 non-refundable deposit, either in person or over the phone by calling 615 527-7102. If you don't want to leave a deposit, go somewhere else. If you don't want to set an appointment, go somewhere else. If you don't like how we do business or serve our clients, go somewhere else.
Get the idea?
For those of you who aren't in-the-know and want to get tattooed but hadn't planned on the rush, don't worry, depending on the tattoo the wait may only be a few days. Larger, more involved work will require about a three-week lead time, and if you want to get tattooed by Will, our resident realism artist, he's currently booking for June.
Please don't get us wrong. We'd love to do everyone's tattoos, there's just not enough hours in the day to get them all done and we'd rather spend our time working with the people who are understanding of our workload and the time it takes to do things right. To those folks, we thank you. Hope to see you soon!
Lighthouse Tattoo is having their Grand Opening soiree on Saturday January 28th! Festivities will begin with a kid-friendly shindig for the early bird crowd from 4pm to 7pm. If you can't find a sitter or you just aren't into hard partying anymore but would still like to see the shop and give your well-wishes, this is the time for you.
After that, things get dicey. We will start by opening the doors to the adults-only party at 8pm. It's a BYOB event kiddies, so bring it if you want to drink it. We're thinking about getting a keg, but it will be either Miller Lite or Yeungling, so if you don't fancy those two, you're on your own! We will have Irish Carbomb cupcakes for those early arrivals or late-night revellers with a sweet tooth and seasoned liver made with Bailey's and Jameson; a tattoo giveaway for those who like to live life daringly; a tattooed pin-up girl contest and a chance to get a photograph with one of your favorite Models of Mass Destruction. The good people at Crescent City will be on hand for your culinary delight, so those of you who enjoy good Cajun cooking can feel at home.
The parking lot will be roped off for the food truck, so please park across the street and walk over, there should be plenty of parking, the pin-up contest starts at 9 (or so). See you there!
The results are in from Cardinal Tattoo's trip to the Washington D. C. Tattoo Expo! After a long weekend spent with some of the best people in the industry, replete with a show by Mini KISS(!), Karen & Rev, Ricky, and Wayne are back with the trappings of a show gone well: Dozens of new stickers from some great shops, catch-up stories from old friends and some from a few new ones, and a short stack of trophies taken in the tattoo contests.
Cardinal Tattoo brought home the following :
Best Small Black and Grey- 1st Place
Best Large Black and Grey-1st Place
Best Black and Grey Portrait- 1st Place
Best Color Portrait- 1st Place
Not bad from a small shop in a small town in Tennessee.
A great time was had by all, so much so that we've already booked our return trip next year! We'd like to take a moment to thank Piper for hosting a great show and Michelle for all of her help as well as the crew at Exposed Temptations Tattoo and Baller Inc. for making us feel at home during our first visit, see you next year!
If you've enjoyed the creativity, cleanliness, and courtesy Cardinal Tattoo has extended to the people of Gallatin and the entire North of Nashville corridor, we would like to introduce our good friends at the newly opened Lighthouse Tattoo! Located at 328 N. Cumberland St off the square in Lebanon, TN, you may recognize Lighthouse as the former Lone Wolf Bodyart Lebanon location. Then again, you may not recognize it at all, they've made a few changes. With a light, beach-inspired atmosphere, state-of-the-art equipment, and friendly staff, we at Cardinal Tattoo wholeheartedly and without reservation recommend visiting Lighthouse if they're closer to you. We are sure they would do the same for us!
We would also like to extend an invitation to Lighthouse Tattoo's GRAND OPENING party on, Saturday, January 28th, at 9pm. It's BYOB and among other things, they are having a tattooed pin-up girl contest offering cash prizes, call (615) 784-4500 between the hours of noon and 10pm seven days a week for details! We'll see you there!
No, Cardinal Tattoo hasn't branched out into the world of quick refunds and payday loans, we just want to remind people that every year the same things happens: Once people get their tax refund money, tattoo shops across the country get a huge influx of business from people who want to get tattooed RIGHT NOW, and there's just not enough of us to satisfy the demand. Which is why you want to go ahead and book your appointment now in order to avoid long wait times to get that sweet new tattoo you've been waiting all year for.
Every year we get tons of calls from people asking if they can get tattooed 'tonight', when they hear the answer's 'no' they hang up, never to be heard from again. Until five months later, when they need the tattoo they got from the shop that wasn't busy covered up! We've come to affectionately call this phenomena 'cover-up credit', poor planning that results in a tattoo fail.
I'm not even sure why we're telling you this. Cover-up credit usually keeps us busy well into the winter when things are slow due to the fact that everyone's out Christmas shopping, spending all of their money on gifts that aren't of the tattoo variety. Maybe it's because we'd rather do a good job on the front end instead of trying to shine up someone else's turd later.
So don't delay, a $60 deposit is all it takes to get your name on the books. Will is booked until March 27th as of this writing, and tax refund season has a tendency to extend this already considerable wait time. Visit Cardinal Tattoo today to avoid long waits through the summer!
This year, Cardinal Tattoo will be sending Karen Masters and Ricky Smith to the DC Tattoo Expo! They will be in DC from Jan. 12th-17th for some good times and great tattoos. If you're interesting in getting tattooed by either of them when they get back, avoid the rush and book your appointment now! All appointments require a $60 nonrefundable deposit and can be made by visiting Cardinal Tattoo on the historic square in Gallatin, TN or calling (615) 527-7102. Don't delay, the wait gets longer every day!
Well, another year's done and gone. We've lost some greats: Bowie; Ali; Gene Wilder; Alan Rickman; Carrie Fisher; Prince, to name just a few. It'll make you think. At Cardinal Tattoo we encourage our customers to build a real relationship with their artist, relying on their expertise to create a life-long image in their skin they will always be proud of, custom tailored to the individual.
But not everyone listens.
We still have people coming here more interested in expense than art. Skeptical of our collective abilities. Folks with bad attitudes towards our industry and way of life.
Almost everyday someone comes through our doors that has no concept of what they're getting themselves into. To them it's a game, something they saw on T.V. or the INTERNET and just HAVE to have. Right now. Cheap.
No dice, homeslice!
We heard somewhere about a movement directed at more intelligent consumerism, getting more for your money without necessarily trying to save money. That's right, paying for quality. In a world of Black Friday deals and discount tattoo prices targeted at people who want the most, there's a growing group of people who are no longer willing to settle for watered-down, inferior junk just because it's cheap. Y'know, people like your grandparents (or great-grandparents, we're not getting any younger), who understood that spending a little more on the front end would pay off in the long run. The same logic applies to tattoo. Buy less. Choose well. Happy New Year, indeed!
Nick added to his horror leg sleeve with this Silent Hill nurse. A bit more obscure than some of his other tattoos (Linda Blair from the Exorcist; Tim Curry's Legend-devil; and Pinhead), these twitchy, blind nightmares left their mark on the horror video game genre as well as on the big screen. Will loves doing horror portraits due to their innate high-contrast imagery and the visceral response they get from their viewers, but booking with him requires a degree of patience, so please allow 3-5 months to schedule an appointment. Don't delay, work like this doesn't just grow on trees!
Our good buddy Lee came by and got another session done on his Marvel Comics sleeve. Lee has the Venom and Carnage collage if you look in Will's portfolio. The original art for this piece was done by a fantastic artist named Stanley Lau, who goes by Artgerm on instagram, for those of you into that kind of stuff. We certainly are! Will still has one more session to go on this piece to add some background, but first he has to add another character on the other side of Lee's forearm: Ghostrider. Stay tuned to Cardinaltattoo.com for updates!
Cardinal Tattoo will be closed on Saturday, December 10th for our annual Christmas party. We will re-open on Sunday the 11th at noon. We will also be closing on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, and closing at 5pm on New Year's Eve to celebrate the holidays. All other days will be normal working hours of noon-10pm. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Ricky Smith did this rendition of the Red Hot Chili Peppers album art to 'I'm With You' on Jared a few weeks ago and we saw fit to include it here.
Only people who have seen death can see a Thestral. In the Harry Potter books, only Harry and Luna can see these creatures. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theatres November 18th. We won't even try to contain our excitement!
Cardinal Tattoo will be closing at 5pm on Halloween day to enjoy time with our families and friends. Please have a safe and happy Halloween.
Maggie got her first tattoo at Cardinal on her 18th birthday, it was a portrait of Johnny Cash to start a Tennessee-themed half sleeve. She hasn't looked back since. After winning five awards at the Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Festival this year, she's added a floral sidepiece; a portrait of Leonardo Dicaprio as the Great Gatsby, and now this portrait of Mark Wahlberg. When asked why the Leo and Marky Mark, she replied in true Maggie Kate fashion 'I just want a leg sleeve of hot guys in tuxedos'. UP NEXT: A portrait of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Stay tuned!