Cheers! On August 1st, Cardinal Tattoo celebrated our 5th year doing business in Gallatin, TN. We would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported us, some of you can’t even comprehend how much you did to keep us motivated and working hard to be the best we can (especially our haters, we love you guys too!) Here’s to the future of Cardinal Tattoo and to all those who wish us well! Cheers!
If you’re feeling that summertime sadness then maybe its time to get that tattoo you’ve been thinking about getting. We are sure Lana would support it!
We are strong believers in the saying, “no pain, no gain” here at Cardinal Tattoo; and tattoos can be painful at times - especially when you are nearing the end of an all day session like our friend Blake here. We have started doing candid photography as a thank you to our customers who don’t always have someone to do it for them. And frankly, we are tired of the crappy bathroom selfies that are getting posted to social media that don’t ever do the art justice.
Cardinal Tattoo is now accepting Apple Pay!! Apple Pay is easy and works with the Apple devices you use every day. You can make secure purchases in stores, in apps, and on the web. Apple Pay is even simpler than using your physical card, and safer too.
With all of the rave about the new release of “Stranger Things 3”, we thought it was time to share this gem!! While you’re eating your Eggos and drooling over the Demogorgons and Shadow Monsters, maybe check out our website, cardinaltattoo.com or call us at (615)527-7102 to set up your next appointment!! We are sure we could make it bitchin’!!
We are changing our piercing times to 5PM to 8PM Sunday through Friday and noon to 10PM on Saturdays. You can call the shop at (615)527-7102 to set up an appointment over the phone. We will still accept walk-ins during that time but all appointments will come first.
(click on the image to fit it to your screen) This is the outcome of a five hour session, the poor guy couldn't take anymore! Our next session will fill out the details in this realistic piece. As always, we'll keep you posted on our WIPs (Works-In-Progress). Stay tuned to Cardinaltattoo.com for more updates!
With the impending arrival of the summer season, everyone is getting ready to show some skin and get in the water. People are also getting inspired to get their next tattoo or piercing to accent their beachy summer look. Before you decide to rush off to the closest tattoo shop or piercing parlor, keep in mind just a few things.
Piercings should heal for at least one month before entering the water!
- Lake and ocean water are dirty enough to cause pretty intense infections in deep puncture wounds and pool water contains tons of harsh chemicals that will severely irritate any piercing it comes into contact with. Saltwater pools are off limits for this time frame, as well.
Fresh piercings should have very limited sun exposure!
- UVA and UVB rays can cause an excess of damage around a piercing that is already working hard to heal. Sunburns can cause great amounts of irritation and flaking off of skin around a fresh piercing, compromising the piercing itself and increasing risk of rejection.
Sunscreen should NEVER come into contact with a healing piercing
- The chemicals in sunscreen are extremely abrasive on broken skin, and the sticky texture causes debris and germs to easily stick to and infiltrate a fresh piercing.
Tattoos must heal for at least three weeks before entering water
- Submerging a tattoo in water before it is properly healed can cause infection in the early healing stages. In the later stages, it can cause the fresh skin that grows over a new tattoo to swell up and slide off the body. It’s very painful, very itchy, and can reopen the tattoo to the possibility of infection.
Tattoos should not come into contact with direct sunlight
- Getting tattooed causes the same type and amount of damage as a severe sunburn. Adding more of that same type of damage on top of a concentrated area can have painful effects that cause your tattoo to heal very poorly and much more slowly.
Sunscreen should NEVER go onto a fresh tattoo
- For the same reasons as it should not go on a fresh piercing. sunscreen should not touch a new tattoo for at least three weeks after getting it.
Sunscreen SHOULD be applied to healed tattoos before sun exposure
- To preserve the colors and not subject the tattoo to sun bleaching, sunscreen should always be applied over healed tattoos when covering them with clothing is not possible. For color tattoos, this will keep lighter tones (yellow, orange, pink) from fading into obscurity. For black and grey pieces, this keeps the black values as dark and rich as possible while preserving small, light details.
Look into the portfolio of every tattoo artist and piercer you will be working with
- This is more of a general rule that should always be followed, but is easily forgotten during vacations. The temptation to get a tattoo or piercing to commemorate a trip can be overwhelming, but use discretion in what you get and from whom you get it. A lot of shops in tourist-flooded areas don’t perform as immaculate work on out-of-towners because they know the likelihood that those people will return to complain or ask for a touch-up/repierce is very low.
Be careful out there this summer and most importantly…make good decisions! Stay safe and have fun, everyone.
Ever done something you wish you hadn't? It seemed like a good idea at the time but later you realized it might not have been the best decision? Yeah, us too. That's life. But it doesn't have to be that way with tattoos. At Cardinal Tattoo we pride ourselves on a service we call 'pumping the brakes'. You've been in a relationship for three months and want your significant other's name tattooed? Pump the brakes. You don't think he did it so you really want a portrait of Bill Cosby? Pump the Brakes. You want a tattoo because it'll be funny? Pump the brakes. Tattoos are permanent and while they're great fun, without a little foresight you could end up with something that you really hate down the road and we don't want that.
Tattoo regret is the single most damaging thing to the tattoo industry as a whole. At Cardinal Tattoo we'll tell you if we think what you're getting is a bad idea and sometimes we'll simply refuse to do it. No Swastikas, ever. No gang tattoos. Don't ask us to tattoo your boyfriend or girlfriend's name on you, we won't do it. If you want your hands, neck, or face tattooed and you don't already have one of those areas done or are otherwise covered in tattoos, forget it. We're not the kind of people who will take your money and do whatever you ask.
At Cardinal Tattoo we answer two questions before we start any tattoo: Does this person know what they're asking for? An example of this would be the old guy who doesn't know that the rainbow tattoo he just asked for is a gay pride symbol. Or the black guy who wants the Thor tattoo that's actually a white supremacist icon. We have to make sure people know what they're asking for before they get it. Question #2: Will getting this tattoo cause the person undue harm? Some people hate tattoos and they give tattooed people as much flak as they can get away with. It's harder to get certain jobs with tattoos that can't be easily covered with clothing. These are widely understood concepts and it's accepted that these things come with the 'being tattooed' territory. What some people don't know is that getting that rebel flag tattoo will brand you as a racist, even it you're not. That getting you're lover's name tattooed on you is a big no-no, especially if you're not married (if you have to go through a divorce, a tattoo is the least of your worries), or that Creed is a terrible band and no one should ever get their logo tattooed on themselves, ever. We're not being snobby, we're just looking out for our people. We want all of the work that comes out of Cardinal Tattoo to be loved, for life.
R.I.P. David Bowie.
Alright folks, it’s about that time; Spider-Man: Far From Home is hitting theaters Tuesday and that means it is time to throw out some tattoos that will make your web spin !!! All six of these tattoos were done by Will up at Cardinal Tattoo.
Since opening, Cardinal Tattoo has had a 'no hate' policy with regard to the tattoo work that we provide. No Swastikas or hate speech, no gang tattoos, we won't even do your girl or boyfriend's name, it's just not a good idea.
The Confederate battle flag means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. While we recognize that not everyone who flies the flag is a racist we also see the writing on the wall. White supremacists have used this symbol since it's inception and the numbers of those who would defend its meaning now are in steep decline. The meanings of symbols change and out of a sense of responsibility to our younger customers who may not fully understand yet the impact of their decisions, but to those who are professed white supremacists, let us be very clear: Cardinal Tattoo will not do Confederate Battle Flag tattoos.
We do not support hate speech, and this flag has become that. Failure to admit when the meaning of a symbol has changed is folly. If this upsets you we ask that you reconsider your position on the matter and that if your mind isn't changed that you go somewhere else.
With love, Cardinal Tattoo.
This Freddy Krueger portrait is the result of a twelve hour (!) sitting conducted by Will at the Cardinal Tattoo booth during the Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Festival held Easter weekend at the Airport Marriott. See below for the breakdown of the awards won by Cardinal Tattoo at the show!
So you've decided to get your first tattoo. On your hand. Great.
But sorry, no. Not at Cardinal Tattoo. Not ever.
Unless you already have one of those done. Or you've already covered a large amount of your body with tattoo. Or you can prove to us that you're independently wealthy. Or a felon.
Here's why: There’s this thing called gainful employment and if you get your hands, neck, or face tattooed you can pretty much forget about it. Think about your dream job: great pay, benefits, lots of vacation time, totally awesomesauce. One problem, you can't have any visible tattoos. Life ruined. If you're rich this isn't an issue because rich people don't have to live by regular people rules and if you're a felon, well, you're already screwed, what's one more bad decision right?
People that are heavily tattooed are different. They've had time to adjust to the way society treats them and they've made peace with or at least learned how to maneuver in a culture that still doesn't accept them. In short, they've earned it. You? You're 19 and think you know better than someone who's been tattooing professionally for almost as long as you've been alive. You don't know what life has to offer and the hard road that you're paving for yourself because you don't want to listen to what those who have been through it are telling you.
So we're going to clear things up for you. If you want your hands, neck, or face tattooed and you don't meet the above criteria don't even bother. We'll tell you once what a bad idea it is, nicely, and if you insist you'll be asked to leave. Nicely. (We're always nice, until it's time to not be nice anymore. Thanks Patrick Swayze!)
Another important thing to remember about getting those impossible-to-hide tattoos prematurely: It doesn't speed you to the front of the 'We got a badass here' line. Quite the opposite, it makes you look like an ignorant jabroni, a poser, a jerk, a dipshit, moron or a tool, a dumbass or fuck stick, etc., etc., etc. So don't embarrass yourself. Tattoos are permanent and time should be invested into collecting them before you go all Al Pacino and jump in the deep end of the social reject pool with both feet by getting your throat or face done. I don't care what you saw on Pinterest, it's not cool.
But, if you're a tattooed badass (a real one) and you're ready to take the next step in your tattoo career, Cardinal Tattoo is the place for you!
Cardinal Tattoo will not be offering piercing until after 4pm on Thursday, June 13th.
As a matter of fact, we are toying with the idea of limiting our hours for piercing to a four-hour window: Either 3-7pm or 4-8pm. This will allow us to become more efficient at serving both our piercing customers as well as our tattoo clients.
For the past four years, Cardinal Tattoo has offered piercing services as a walk-in only service. Since we have become the only piercing establishment in Gallatin our piercing business has grown significantly, sometimes creating significantly long wait times to get pierced (more than 30 minutes). In order to alleviate this issue, we are instituting an abbreviated window of time to get a piercing and we will being accepting appointments for piercings in 10 or 15-minute windows of time. We would appreciate our customers’ opinion on this matter and will take every reasonable measure to make this transition a smooth one for everyone.
This will allow all of our piercing customers to receive prompt service and avoid protracted wait times. We will continue to revise the way we do business to better serve you! Log on to Cardinaltattoo.com for updates!
So many people come to Cardinal Tattoo to get black and grey portraits that sometime our proficiency in color realism goes overlooked. Will has long been regarded as one of the better realism tattoo artists in the area, and by area, we mean Middle Tennessee. His black and grey work has won awards across the country and as the photo above can attest, his color work's not too bad either. The only problem is, his portrait work tends to overshadow his color realism because people simply don't know what he can do. In the photo of these two roses, the bottom rose is healed and about a month old and the top rose and blue background are freshly done. If you or someone you know are interested in color photorealism, stop by Cardinal Tattoo on the historic square in Gallatin and speak with Will. He's expressed interest in balancing out the color-to-black and grey ratio of his recent work.
Will knocked out this Wednesday Addams portrait as part of a larger session at Cardinal Tattoo. The sheer fact that this is only half of the work that got done this day is a testament to Will’s unyielding work ethic. In a world where premier artists can be difficult to contact or book an appointment with, often taking long vacations or traveling frequently, Will books seven days a week, his books are never closed, and you can book with him simply by calling Cardinal Tattoo a 615 527-7102 and leaving your deposit over the phone. He charges a flat rate of $800 per day and only does one tattoo a day so he doesn’t have to split his focus between multiple clients in a single day.
Let’s repeat that in simpler terms: Will charges significantly less than the industry standard for artists of his caliber simply because he loves tattooing. He believes that everyone should be able to get good tattoos and that means keeping prices manageable and working a lot. He possesses an acute understanding of the finiteness of his career as a tattooer and spends most of his waking hours being the best he can be at what he does. Maybe they’ll write that on his tombstone one day.
Our esteemed realism artist Will currently has only four more days available for tattoo appointments in August and his weekends are full until October. We strongly encourage any of his existing clients to contact Cardinal Tattoo and book, as Will is going to be raising his daily rate after the first of the year, even for his existing clientele. Please take advantage of this grace period before all of the time is booked!
Additionally, Will is going to be attending the Lenoir City Tattoo Convention in North Carolina with George Patrick from To the Grave Tattoo from August 30th to September 1st. His Friday appointment will be an $800 session, and his Saturday appointment will be for $1200 (this is a 12 hour day), large-scale realism work only. If you are interested in attending, please contact Cardinal Tattoo and submit your idea for approval, Will only does tattoos at these shows that he believes can contend for Tattoo of the Day awards, so he tends to be a little more picky about what he’ll do there.
Also on the convention schedule (an abbreviated one this year, due to familial obligations) is the Pit Row Tattoo Expo at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 4th-6th. A friend of ours, Mr. Cody Gower of Against the Grain Tattoo invited us to attend and it looks like a great time! Tasha Grey will also be attending and Will and Tasha are looking to book two all-day sessions apiece, the Friday appointment for either artist will be $800, the Saturday appointment will be $1200. Interested parties for either artist can contact Cardinal Tattoo at 615 527-7102 to submit your idea for approval and leave your contact information. If selected, we will call you to leave a deposit and arrange travel plans.
Going to shows with your tattoo artist is one of the more in-depth experiences you can have as a tattoo collector and we strongly recommend that you try it if you have the ability to do so! We never fail to have a good time and get some great stories to tell!
This isn’t the first Leatherface that’s been done at Cardinal Tattoo and we hope it won’t be the last! Horror portraits have been a staple of Will’s portfolio since the beginning. We all share a deep affinity for horror movies and we eagerly await the release of the second part of Stephen King’s IT this fall. If you’re like us, you can’t get enough. It’s with that in mind that we request: More horror portraits please!