Also known as The Lord's Supper, this familiar image represents our Lord's dedication to finish His sacrifice for us, exhibiting full knowledge that He would be betrayed and killed all too soon. At a time when so much seems uncertain, a Father's love is something we can all count on. This particular rendition isn't quite finished, as our good friend Jordan will be returning to Cardinal Tattoo soon to finish the all-too-tender parts on the outside of his chest and the background in a final session.
Wendell has been getting tattooed at Cardinal for the last couple of years and this is the result of his latest session, part of a sleeve dedicated to Asian-themed artwork. This depiction of a skull with a samurai helmet is a striking one. Stay tuned to Cardinaltattoo.com for updates on Wendell's sleeve, or visit Cardinal Tattoo at 110 North Water Avenue to start your own!
This is a three-day-old photo of a portrait of Ice Cube that Will did on our very own Tasha Grey. The product of a five and a half hour session, this particular portrait is Will's promised Christmas present to Tasha. Cardinal Tattoo has artists specializing in black and grey and color realism; new school and neo-traditional; and traditional American-style tattooing. We enjoy what we do and sincerely hope you will visit us and see what all the fuss is about!
Religious imagery has been a staple of tattooing since its inception. People have tattooed images of their gods and religions on themselves for thousands of years. Now is no different, but ask yourself who you would want doing your religious tattoo, someone of a like mind, or someone just trying to make a buck? At Cardinal Tattoo we are proud to be home to artists of varying creeds who are proud to be able to put indelible marks of faith on those who would seek them. Home to Christians and Atheists, Buddhists and Wiccans, the collective mindset of the artists at Cardinal Tattoo is one of embracing the freedom of religion offered us by the Constitution of these United States of America.
It just so happens we live in the South, and most people around here are Jesus folk. So here you go! Please enjoy these images that are a celebration of faith!
With Tax Refund season fast approaching, Cardinal Tattoo thought it best to give a few pointers for those of you who may be new to how this works. Every year starting about the second week of February through March, people are getting their tax refunds in. This is unbudgeted money for a lot of people, some of who may be claiming themselves on their taxes or filing taxes for the first time. A little 'found money' never hurts, but spending that money without a plan could. Especially where getting a new tattoo comes in.
Every single years it happens: As people cash those checks, tattoo shops the nation over fill up. Walk-ins abound, appointment books fill to bursting. Oftentimes people will call shops and ask if they have time for walk-ins, calling until they find a place that does and completely disregarding those that don't. Makes you wonder- why, during the busiest time of year, would a tattoo shop have time for walk-ins? Hence our pet name for tax refund season: Future Cover-Up Season!
Every. Single. Year. Loyal customer comes into Cardinal Tattoo, looking to spent that $600 tax refund check that's burning a hole in their pocket only to find out the whole shop is booked our for an entire month and some of our artists even more. Disgruntled, they decide to go someplace else, give them a shot, only to come back months later to ask us what we can do to 'fix' the tattoo they got somewhere else. Every year.
Don't be that person! Act now! Call or come by the shop and leave your deposit in anticipation of your refund. If getting tattooed is something you're planning on doing with the money anyway, waiting until you actually have all of the money just puts you further back in the queue. Don't deal with the frustration. A sixty dollar deposit books five hours, a $100 deposit books 10! Beat the rush, don't wait get what you want, you owe it to yourself.
Cardinal Tattoo, open seven days a week from noon to 10pm 615 527-7102, we hope to see you soon!
Patrick began his Harry Potter tribute leg sleeve a few months ago in preparation for competing at the Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Festival's tattoo competitions. After winning multiple awards at the show, including best portrait and Tattoo of the Day, he was excited to get back to work in order to finish his leg by next year's show. It's great to be able to share work like this with everyone in and around Nashville as well as holding our own in competition! The Full Moon festival is an annual tattoo convention held in Nashville and has a horror movie theme, complete with horror film celebrities, that is held right before Halloween every year. If you haven't been to a tattoo convention before, put this one on your calendar kids, 'cause it's tons of fun!
Cardinal Tattoo's resident realism artist, Will, recently completed this awesome portrait of Heath Ledger as the Joker from the Dark Knight series of Batman films. Regarded by many as the best portrayal of the character ever, we feel like Will did this 10 hour piece justice. If you're in the greater Nashville or Hendersonville areas an are interested in black and grey or color portraiture or realism, Cardinal Tattoo is the place for you!
As tax refund season approaches, we ask that all of our valued customers take the time to schedule any tattoo appointments well in advance of the upcoming rush. From the middle of February to the end of March is the single busiest time for walk-ins and last-minute tattoo decisions. Take measures to prevent this extraordinary influx of new clients from inconveniencing you by scheduling any tattoo you might want before summer now. Cardinal Tattoo is already open seven days per week, ten hours per day and during the busiest time we tend to extend our hours in order to serve all of our annual tax refund customers in a timely fashion. Once again, please be sure to book any prospective tattoos by mid January or risk having to deal with a longer -than-usual wait time. Thank you for your understanding.
This portrait of Michael Myers is a part of an entire modern horror slasher sleeve. Try saying that five times fast! Samantha came into Cardinal Tattoo after researching for the best black and grey artists in the middle TN area and decided Cardinal Tattoo was the place for her! Visit us between the hours of noon and 10pm any day of the week to find out what all the fuss is about! Cardinal Tattoo is located at 110 North Water Avenue across for the courthouse. Our number is 615 527-7102. See you soon!
Dakota visited Cardinal Tattoo for the first time a few months ago to get his Frankenstein portrait which can be found by scrolling through this blog or in Will's portrait gallery. The Bride of Frankenstein was next, followed by this newest edition of Bela Lugosi's Dracula. We still have the Wolfman and the Invisible Man or maybe the Mummy. Love old horror movies? Stay tuned to cardinaltattoo.com for much, much more!
Cardinal Tattoo will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, returning to normal hours on Tuesday, December 26th. We will be open from noon-5pm on New Year's Eve and open for normal business hours on New Year's Day. We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Really though, this crystal ball moth WIP by the indomitable Tasha Grey just goes to show how far she's come in such a short time. Tasha started at Cardinal Tattoo three years ago and has worked diligently to hone her craft ever since. You'll be seeing more of her very soon, so stay tuned to cardinaltattoo.com for updates on her, as well as special events and our artists' travel schedules!
For those of you who don't know, a WIP is a Work-In-Progress. This portion of a skull was done over a seven-hour session on our good friend and Model of Mass Destruction Miss Lada Wake. The skull isn't quite finished, but will be after our next session in a couple of weeks and is only the start of an entire meaning of life backpiece. Cardinal Tattoo has been called the best tattoo shop in Gallatin and the surrounding area for a while now and this is the sort of thing that garners those accolades. Tattoos like this are the reason we came into existence and what we live to do. Creating art on skin is our purpose and passion and we work exhaustively to become the best we can at it. You can call the shop at 615 527-7102 between the hours of noon an 10pm seven days a week to set something up or visit and see what all the fuss is about for yourself!
For a while now, Cardinal Tattoo as been considered the best tattoo shop in Gallatin, indeed, in the entire North of Nashville area. However, the tattooing landscape has recently changed and not necessarily for the better. A new shop has opened and another has closed and this has resulted in new potential clients and a slew of new and, um, interesting behaviors. The most interesting of these behaviors has been individuals who come into the shop shop only to ask how much a prospective tattoo might cost, with no real intention of setting an appointment. Any tattooer will tell you that price shopping is one of the most hated behaviors that potential clients can exhibit and here's why: Any tattooer worth their salt is only interested in doing the best tattoo they can, and any tattooer that's worth trusting with your body is worth trusting to not rip you off. Cardinal Tattoo has proven time and again to be just that- good at what we do and fair in our prices.
So what's that mean for the people reading this? If you're one of our dedicated clients and you've seen these things for yourself and know them to be true, not much. If you're intent on getting the very best tattoo work possible from people who care about what they do and are focused on building a lasting relationship with our clientele, you're also in the right place. If, however, you're only interested in getting a tattoo as cheaply as possible; or you don't trust our professional expertise with regard to how to give you the best tattoo; or you're not willing to set or keep an appointment in order for us to give you the best service we can, then you should go somewhere else.
That's right, we said it. Drink it in.
Cardinal Tattoo was founded with the sole purpose of creating the best tattoo art we possibly can. We've worked hard to create an environment where people can learn about tattoo art and culture as they become a part of it. We love our little family that we've built and we will fiercely defend it from those who would seek to see it watered down or are driven solely by the prospect of monetary gain.
In order to reflect this ideology Cardinal Tattoo will no longer give price quotes for anyone who is not setting an appointment. If you ask for a quote under the pretense that you were setting an appointment and leave anyway, when you return the quote will increase by 40%. Cardinal Tattoo will not participate in any price matching or deal making beyond the great session rates we already offer.
We don't charge a minimum, touch-ups are free within 90 days, our session rates are less than the industry standard and competitive with any law-abiding tattoo shop, anywhere. We offer a safe, clean, drug-free and family-friendly environment that's centered on helping people express their individualism while protecting them from getting something they might regert later. We've also won more awards for our work than any other shop for 20 or more miles.
We hope you understand this necessary step we've taken to protect ourselves and our industry from those who don't care about anything but the bottom line in an industry where all too often 'you get what you pay for' is a paradox.
This flaming gramophone tattoo by Tasha Grey is the result of one of Cardinal Tattoo's now mildly famous $300 5-hour sessions! The neotraditional style of tattooing incorporates the best aspects of traditional American tattoo, while fully utilizing the improvements in techniques, pigments, and technology made over the years. Interested in a neotraditional tattoo by Tasha Grey? Don't wait until the tax refund season rush! Schedule your appointment for as far out as you like, but schedule it now to avoid long wait times! See you soon!
This Saturday, December 9th, immediately following the Gallatin Christmas Parade, Santa Claus will be at Cardinal Tattoo! A few elves and Mrs. Clause will also be on hand to pass out free hot chocolate and hot apple cider for children and parents alike! Those children who write to Santa and leave their address will receive a handwritten letter from Santa before Christmas. This will be a wonderful free photo opportunity with the kids! Did we mention it's free? Just be at Cardinal Tattoo on the historic Gallatin Square right after the parade!
This December 9th, at 9pm, Lighthouse Tattoo in Lebanon will be hosting an Ugly Christmas Sweater and Krampus Party for those of us who like to cater to our inner Scrooge. Replete with a rap battle; Free giveaways; costume contests; and a DJ, this is going to be one for the books kiddies! It's also a BYOB event. Winners of the Ugliest Christmas Sweater, Best Krampus, and the rap battle will receive gift certificates to Lighthouse Tattoo, just in time for Christmas!
Cardinal Tattoo takes pride in our level of participation in community events. We always show up with our best and this Halloween was no different! The Cardinal Tattoo family showed up in Disney-inspired costumes to hand out goodies to the spooks, goblins, and ghouls who invaded our historic Gallatin square. Here are a few of the more photogenic moments captured that day.
Cardinal Tattoo has officially booked our first international tattoo convention! The annual tattoo show in Evian France has long been the destination of choice for some of the very best tattoo artists in the world. Held in the French Alps, the Evian Tattoo Show is a held 'by invitation only', with artists' work having to be vetted prior to being allowed to attend. Cardinal Tattoo is very proud to have been selected for this honor and we will work ardently to deliver our very best, something we've become known for doing daily.
WIP means a Work-In-Progress. At Cardinal Tattoo we like to show how our pieces come to life over time and this is one of those instances. The top of this Halo Master Chief is about 90% finished, with the rest of the body being only about 60% complete. We still have to add a significant amount of detail and some background to make the image 'pop' off the skin. We always laugh when asked if the artist who did this piece, Will, ever does color tattoos. He does, quite well we think! Interested in color or black-and-grey realism tattoos? Visit Cardinal Tattoo on the historic Gallatin, TN square, roughly 30 minutes North of Nashville after noon seven days a week or call to set up your appointment.