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!
Geralt, of the Witcher video game series, is reportedly being portrayed in an upcoming Netflix series starring Henry Cavill, whom some of you will recognize as the most recent movie Superman. The creators of the game have said they love the show and Netflix has reportedly already approved the filming of a second season even thought the first has yet to be released. If all of this is true, fans of The Witcher are certainly in for a treat.
This particular portrait is quite large, and since it’s on a side we elected to choose the better part of valor and live to fight another day. Stay tuned to cardinaltattoo.com for updates on this stunning Witcher portrait tattoo!
These photos are the healed shots of the skull tattoo posted on this website during the third week of April (scroll down to see it). Now, a few weeks later, we are proud to display this healed work. We encourage not only our customers, but all tattoo aficionados to examine not only the fresh work of the artist they are considering being tattooed by, but especially the healed work. Lots of good looking fresh tattoo out there end up looking less than stellar once they’ve healed, and that’s what you’re going to be walking around with for the rest of your life. Don’t leave the life-long quality of your tattoo work to chance, stick with the proven methods and results of the artists at Cardinal Tattoo, you’ll be glad you did!
A parent’s love of a child is widely recognized as the benchmark for familial attachment. Realism is considered the height of modern tattooing by many, and Cardinal Tattoo has been regarded as THE place to go when getting a realistic or portrait tattoo anywhere in Sumner county or the North of Nashville area. So it is fitting then that a parent would get a portrait of their child, an outward representation of the love they will forever hold.
If you are considering getting a tattoo to honor a loved one, please contact Cardinal Tattoo, on the Historic Gallatin Square, seven days a week between noon and 10pm, by calling 615 527-7102 or visiting the shop at 110 North Water Avenue. You can also email us at email@example.com
Wow. This one’s a doozy! Sex is such an important part of people’s lives, from sexual identity and preference, to the more nuanced aspects of practicing the act itself. Sex appeal is used in advertising the world over as an almost universal language. Like tattoo, sexual expression is a deeply intimate and personal thing, so it’s fitting that someone would choose to exhibit such a thing on their body permanently. It’s certainly not something everyone would do, or even every tattooed person, but we at Cardinal Tattoo will not discriminate against someone based on their sexual preferences.
Art is sometimes challenging, and we respect that not everyone will embrace the subject matter of this piece, which is why we chose to post it here. Like it or not, none can question the exquisite detail or jaw-dropping intensity of such a piece, which is truly Not Safe For Work!
This lil’ guy was just too cute not to post!
We know it’s strong language, but COME ON! It’s Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter movie series, arguably the most despicable character in any movie ever. We hate her, everyone should. Imelda Staunton, the actress who played her has been quoted as saying ‘I think she’s a bloody monster.’ I mean YEESH, that’s pretty bad. If you don’t know who she is, we can’t be friends, and you can’t be friends with Patrick, who has this tattoo as part of an entire Harry Potter leg sleeve!
Hey, we had to do some villains too.
If you want a Dolores Umbridge tattoo, just call….someone else. Seriously, we’re not doing another one of these things, we just did it because we like Patrick since he’s really nice and all and he’s been getting tattooed by Will for a long time and it’s a part of this whole leg sleeve, but if you want one you’re probably a pretty messed up individual and should seek some help. #mentalhealthawareness
it’s no big secret that if you do tattoos, you probably like doing skulls. There’s something about skulls that draws people to them, and repulses others strongly. The beauty of the humanity under our skin and the fear of the mortality that skulls represent to many are where two of the rawest reactions to skulls come from. People will travel around the world to visit famous tombs or cemeteries. The catacombs in France were the setting of the recent horror film ‘As Above, So Below’, and many of us have heard of the church of bones in Poland, or Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic (if you haven’t, look them up, they’re cool.) Even our rituals of burial and cremation serve to both celebrate life and revere death.
As far as tattoo goes, Skulls and grim reapers traditionally have been performed as a way to ward off death or maybe alleviate a fear of one’s own mortality. While it probably doesn’t do either of those things, it certainly looks cool! If you’re interested in getting a skull tattoo, or maybe your next skull tattoo, visit Cardinal Tattoo on the Historic Gallatin, TN square or call 615 527-7102 seven days a week, between noon and 10pm to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!
It’s no big secret that the artists at Cardinal Tattoo love their customers. We understand that nothing we do here would be possible without them. The requests and trust placed on us as artists serve to drive us, to challenge us, and give us an outlet in an art form we adore. it would be difficult to find another occupation and lifestyle that so closely integrates the artist and their canvas.
It is with this in mind that Cardinal Tattoo has begun a new program designed to give back to the people who mean so much to us: our clients. Every month, Cardinal Tattoo will hold a drawing to win tickets to a show, whether it be music, a play, monster trucks, or some other entertainment venue, if you have been tattooed at Cardinal Tattoo in the last month, you have been entered in the drawing! Our first winners were drawn earlier this month: Jessica Ashley and Tasha Turner will be joining a couple of our artists to see their old favorites Dave Matthews Band. Of course we called and made sure they were fans, we wouldn’t want to drag someone to a show they didn’t want to see!
We hope this, coupled with the free tattoos that Will does each month simply for the love of the art, will serve as a small token of appreciation for our dedicated clientele. We love you and we know none of this would be possible without you. You’re the best!
Hercules, the fabled half-god, strongest-man-in-the-world. The OG He-man. Performed in just under ten hours on a client who came all the way from Memphis to Gallatin, TN to insure they got the best possible result. His next session will incorporate the famous Hydra.
Eminem, Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady. Arguably the greatest rapper of all time.
Every business has to deal with varying degrees of customer satisfaction, it’s a fact of life when working in a service industry. We at Cardinal Tattoo are quite proud of our record of satisfied customers and our business is supported largely by a growing number of repeat, if not downright habitual, customers. But it’s not always so.
Let’s start with the easy ones: Some people have completely unrealistic expectations with regard to how tattoos are priced and how long it takes to produce high level work. Some people expect to be able to speak to their artist any time, day or night, via personal social media accounts or cell phones. Some people are generally disrespectful of our time and our lives. These people are easy to dismiss as being unreasonable. If you think we’re being rude by pointing this out, stop reading now, you’re one of those people and we’d rather not do business with you. For the rest of you, read on and enjoy learning how you might successfully address filing a complaint in any service industry, including Cardinal Tattoo.
First, how not to do it.
1. Don’t, after having a less-than-ideal experience, immediately go online and attack the business.
2. Don’t, in your public online post, lie.
3. Don’t assume that the only reason you didn’t get things your way is because the business/world/universe is against you. It may have a lot to do with your attitude.
4. Don’t assume that the business would be unwilling or unable to work with you to your satisfaction.
Now, for some things you should do:
1. Speak up, if something isn’t right or the way you want it, let someone who works at the establishment know, or ask why that’s the way it’s being done. Good customer service would dictate that your question or comment will be answered or explained to your satisfaction. If it isn’t, ask for clarity. However, once the situation has been explained, don’t assume that everything has to be changed just for you. At Cardinal Tattoo we have dealt with a significant number of individuals with this sort of entitlement mentality, where they seem to disregard policies in place to protect ourselves and our clients from harm. Yep, people have actually left negative reviews about us for following health department rules. No joke.
2. Contact your artist through proper channels. You wouldn’t look up the local Mickie D’s manager’s personal account on Facebook and tell him how they got your order wrong, right? Well, don’t do that to your tattoo artist either. Cardinal Tattoo is open seven days a week from noon to 10pm, our phone number is posted frequently on this website and can be found with a simple internet search (615 527-7102), if you need to speak with your artist, simply email the shop at firstname.lastname@example.org, call during business hours, call after business hours and leave a detailed message for us to call you back, or better yet, visit the shop and speak with that artist directly. Messages regarding business sent through personal channels are inappropriate and will not be answered. Once again, if you think this is rude, Cardinal Tattoo is not the place for you. You guessed it, we’ve had a number of people leave negative reviews about our business because we wouldn’t answer business-related questions through personal social media accounts, even AFTER we asked people not to do that and redirected them to the business contact information.
3. Tell the truth. Even if it’s not what we want to hear, it’s better than lying and we’ll respect that. Good relationships cannot be built on lies. If you lie to us, show’s over.
4. Cardinal Tattoo has a policy against doing further business with individuals who have posted negative comments or reviews online. Doing so will end any further communication from us. This is because doing so undermines the process by deliberately trying to harm our business, once someone does that they are forfeiting any possibility of reconciliation.
5. Talk to Will. We know, his knuckles drag the ground sometimes and he has a neck so thick it looks like he could gargle peanut butter, but this business is his entire life. He literally cares about it like you care about your next breath. He has a bit of a reputation for being a jerk, earned purely because he doesn’t take crap, not because he isn’t fair. Beyond that, he is polite, kind, generous to a fault, and open to reason. One of his greatest flaws is also one of the best things about him: his candor. Will once told a woman to her face that the reason he didn’t want to tattoo her was because he felt she wasn’t mentally stable. Should’ve seen the look on her face! But he meant it, and he was right, a real loop-de-loop, that one. He has also offered to cover-up or finish tattoos for free (done by artists who no longer work for Cardinal Tattoo); Given up his portion of the tattoo price as a discount for someone he indirectly inconvenienced; got to work early or stayed late to make getting tattooed easier for someone with a tricky schedule, etc., etc.
6. Say you’re sorry. We know this may seem a bit counter-intuitive to some of you (those in the ‘the customer is always right’ brigade), but if you find yourself on the wrong side of some of our policies or maybe you let your freak flag fly a little too early in the conversation we have a policy- everyone gets a second chance. In order to get that chance you have to be reasonable though, and you have to say you’re sorry. We’ve had people run their mouths online just to come in a few weeks later and apologize, they still get tattooed at Cardinal to this day. One woman cursed Will out in front of a room full of people and her son threatened him with violence. She said she was sorry, he welcomed her back. We’ve had people who no-call, no-showed for an appointment try to reschedule, only to find out they have to pay in full for their appointment to do so, swear at us and hang up the phone only to call a couple weeks later, pay for their appointment, and get a super-sweet tattoo. It’s nothing personal, really. Don’t make it that way.
The policies and procedures at Cardinal Tattoo were developed through years of training and experience to protect the artists and clients of Cardinal Tattoo. These policies are discussed at length throughout this website and every client has to sign paperwork stating they understand and agree to the shop rules. Even knowing this we have people violate that agreement on a weekly basis. If anyone reading this disagrees with any portion of what they have read thus far, you don’t get it, or you are just plain needy, please go somewhere else. We simply don’t have the time to deal with people who can’t or won’t understand why these policies are necessary. Thank you for your time.
Will did this massive realistic skull on Johnathan at Cardinal Tattoo in about 9 hours. If attention to detail is what you’re looking for, with a finished tattoo that heals well and quickly, with minimal discomfort and maximum satisfaction, you owe it to yourself to check out the artists at Cardinal Tattoo! We are open from noon to 10pm seven days a week on the historic Gallatin Square about 30 minutes North of Nashville. Call 615 527-7102 with any questions you haven’t found the answers to on this website, or email us at email@example.com (no inquiries regarding price will be entertained via telephone or email).
They say imitation is the sincerest from of flattery. But cheap imitation is just that: Cheap. In the last two years, two new tattoo shops have opened right on top of Cardinal Tattoo (one directly next door) in an attempt to capitalize on our success, as if being close to us will somehow rub off on them. All it’s done is lead the lamb to slaughter baby. If you want to compete with us, just let us know and we’ll take a little time off from cleaning our trophies, traveling the world going to different conventions, and hob-nobbing with the rich and famous to show you how it’s done! WOO!
Cardinal Tattoo has put the work in building the biggest and best group of customers, throwing the best parties , and doing the best tattoos and piercings in Sumner County just to be challenged by a bunch of pretenders to the throne? Brother, you got another thing comin’! WOO!
It’s true what they say, ‘to be the man, you gotta beat the man’ and while tattooing isn’t a competition, Cardinal Tattoo has the best artists, prices, and customer service there is! We have the tattoo awards to back it up! We participate in the greater industry by attending tattoo conventions and or bossman teaches seminars and mentors artists from across the country (he’s even been gracious enough to teach our wanna-be’s a thing or two).
If you want the best tattoo shop in the county, with the best art at an affordable price, people who stand by their work and do their best, everyday, to satisfy their customers, then you want to get tattooed at Cardinal Tattoo.
If anyone would like to challenge us, we would be happy to document the competition and provide the results on this website. Please consider this an open invitation. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! P.S. Enjoy Wrestlemania this weekend!
If you know us, you know our fearless leader Will. His work speaks for itself and has been the flagship that has taken Cardinal Tattoo to its current heights. His work is in such high demand that he has decided to change the way he charges to accommodate such a broad clientele. His new rates will take effect for all appointments made after July 1st. They are as such:
All day appointments based on an 8-hour day will be $800.
Black and grey portraits, Will’s preferred genre, will be a flat rate of $600, portraits routinely take more than six hours, but Will likes them and we like to keep him happy! Color portraits will be done at the $800 all-day rate.
Smaller-scale work will be done at the rate of $160 per hour.
Existing clients will be ‘grandfathered’ in at the old rate for a limited time and they will take precedence with regard to booking. We strongly encourage any clients who are working on larger-scale work to go ahead and book the necessary appointments to finish what you’ve started in order to take advantage of this policy! We hope to see you soon!
Cardinal Tattoo is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party on Saturday, March 16th, starting at 7pm. The party will be at 328 North Cumberland in Lebanon, TN. This is a 18 and up, BYOB (no drugs) event. Everyone’s invited and feel free to bring a date/friend/ or both, admission if free. We will have free food and beer for those interested in the best things in life. We have hired the pyroclastic stylings of the fire dancers from Magnificent Light Entertainment, a bagpiper (we know it’s Scottish and St. Patty’d Day is Irish, but who’s going to pass up a good chance at listening to the ‘pipes’?), we will have a DJ, karaoke, a giant Twister game, an Irish-themed costume contest, and a team drinking contest for a substantial cash prize.
Rules for the drinking contest: Teams of four; each team must have at least one woman; three drinkers will finish 20 oz. beers in succession before the anchor drinks a 34 oz. ‘boot’ (a la Beerfest). Teams will be eliminated single-elimination tournament style. Each team member must pay $10 to enter, winner takes all!
Rules for the costume contest: Contestants must have a recognizably Irish theme or gimmick. Contestants will be judged on originality, humor, sex appeal, authenticity, and overall investment (if your costume cost $600 or you spent three months making it, you’ll score higher), judges will be independent Models of Mass Destruction provided by Mass Destruction Clothing. First place winner will receive a tattoo gift certificate to Cardinal or Lighthouse Tattoo. Consolation prizes will be offered if costumes are worth a damn. Show up to win people!
Parking will be available across the street, and please, don’t bring your drugs onto our property, if you smell like weed, we won’t let you in. If you are under 21 and we catch you drinking, you will be beaten by bikers, no bullshit. If you get into a fight or are caught stealing you will be permanently banned from both shops, and you will probably be beaten by bikers.
Dalton’s right. When it comes to a lifetime of enjoyment from you new tattoo, pain don’t hurt much at all. Visit Cardinal Tattoo to get a quote on your next (or first!) piece, and beat the tax season rush today! We’re located at 110 North Water Ave on the historic Gallatin square or you can call us at 615 527-7102 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!. We only give quotes in person though, so we look forward to seeing you soon!
Every year around this time at Cardinal Tattoo we get inundated with new, unique customers interested in becoming a part of the Cardinal Tattoo family. Every year we see new young people with this ‘found’ money in the form of a tax refund looking to get a jump start on that new sleeve or get that long sought after next tattoo. And every year, people get distraught when they find out they may have to wait weeks or months to get an appointment.
Tax refund season can be great fun, the influx of fresh cash is always exciting, especially if you receive more than expected. Tattoos are great fun too, but having to wait for weeks when the money is available now can be frustrating for people new to the process of getting tattooed. With that in mind we ask that prospective clients plan ahead when looking to spend their tax refund dollars. Please be sure to physically visit the shop to speak with your prospective artist and periodically visit this website for news and updates (as well as the occasional funny anecdote) to have the best possible experience.
We will do our best to serve all of our clients, new or old during this busiest of times for tattoo artists. We ask for your patience and understanding.
Cardinal and Lighthouse Tattoo attended the Harry Potter-themed tattoo convention Literary Ink recently and had a blast! Much appreciation goes out to all those who made the drive to support their local tattoo establishment. Will, Rose, and Victoria all got tattooed. Will got invited to do a guest spot at Juan Salgado’s shop in Puerto Rico (curious? Google it!) and Tasha got invited to do a guest spot at Kelly Doty’s shop Helheim Gallery in Salem, Mass. (don’t know who Kelly Doty is? climb out from under your rock once in a while!) Will got to share drinks with one of his tattoo idols, Mr. Joe Capobianco!
Of course, there were tattoo contests as well…
This show did things a bit differently though, all of the contests were Harry Potter or Wizarding World themed. Rose entered the Best Fantastic Beast category and won, with a portrait of the inimitable Danny Devito! It was a joke from the start though, so Will made the executive decision to give the award to someone who he felt did a great tattoo that was actually part of that category (not that Danny Devito isn’t a fantastic beast, but still) Miss Austin West. This left us empty-handed though, until Will won another award for Best Portrait for a Severus Snape he did at the show!
All in all we had a great time, made some new friends and got a chance to catch up with some old ones, what more could you ask for?! We are certainly looking forward to next year!
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.