Nashville Tattoo Convention Results!

Well, it’s that time again: The Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Festival has come and gone, the dust has settled, and it’s time to take stock of the great weekend we just had. In addition to making some great new friends and catching up with old ones, Cardinal Tattoo scored our usual litany of tattoo awards. This time, however, things were a bit different. This year, Will won an award for Best Horror Tattoo with a portrait of Frankenstein’s Monster he did ON HIMSELF!!! Karen also won her first-ever tattoo awards, four of them (!), including a Tattoo of the Day (which is kind of a big deal).

We would like to take this time to thank some of the people who made this possible, if we miss anyone please forgive us:

Maggie Kate; Wayne; Jordan; Curtis; Dakota; Daniel; Cristel; Mikey; Jay, Jeremiah, and Buzzy; miss Angeline; Crystal; and the great crews at Cardinal and Lighthouse Tattoo!

Here’s a list of the first places won at the show:

Best Chest Piece

Large Black and Grey

Tattoo of the Day (Color)

Best Color Portrait

Best Medium Black and Grey

Best Horror Tattoo

Best Sleeve

Best Black and Grey Portrait

We also won several second and third place trophies. All of this is pretty extraordinary considering Will asked his clients not to enter any pieces that had already been entered, as well as refusing to enter a tattoo in the tattoo of the day category. He quite literally won first place in every category he entered!

Will's Schedule

The wait for our realism artist, Will, is about two months for weekdays and four months for weekends. Given several breakthroughs in his artwork and upcoming events planned, we do not expect this wait time to diminish. In fact, due to scheduled travel involving guest spots and conventions, we expect that the wait will be closer to three months for weekdays by the end of September. It is for this reason that we highly recommend that anyone who would like to get tattooed by Will set an appointment sooner than later, to avoid protracted wait times. We appreciate your patience in this matter.

Will does a single tattoo per day, charging a flat rate of $600. While he can and does tattoo every style, he gives priority to realism- both black and grey and color. Previous clients and potential clients seeking large, multi-session pieces, such as sleeves or backpieces will be given precedence. He takes a $100, non-refundable deposit that is deducted from the cost of the tattoo in order to set an appointment. Will is currently working seven days per week in order to prevent him from booking out more than three months, but at the current rate and given his upcoming travel schedule, we expect him to be booking for January by the end of September. After that we start booking for the upcoming tax refund season, during which Will is still going to be travelling so you can imagine the kind of delay procrastinators will face.

Two years ago Will was booking out 5 months in advance. He increased his prices to curb demand and increased his workload to 7 days per week, only taking days off when the inevitable last minute cancellation occurs from time to time or for family obligations. He elected not to take a vacation this year and cut his convention schedule, freeing up a total of about 40 appointments.

We share this with you for the sake of full disclosure, as many times people will visit Cardinal Tattoo in order to get tattooed by Will, only to find out they have to wait weeks, if not months to get an appointment. Will has also made some impressive progress over the last few months, working intensely to improve his skill set, the results of which we will be sharing with you here immediately following the Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Festival this Oct. 19th-21st in Nashville! Stay Tuned to for more!

Karen's Back!

For those of you who do not yet know, our beloved Karen is back, at least on a part-time basis for now, from her recent maternity leave. The family at Cardinal Tattoo would like to thank you for your patience and welcome you to book your next appointment with Karen at your earliest convenience. Baby Lillian Rose is doing well.

'We Will Work With Your Budget' Doesn't Mean You Can Get The Same Thing Cheap

At Cardinal Tattoo we have a policy of trying to work with our customers' budgets.  This doesn't mean that you can get the same thing for less just because you can't afford it.  It means that we will change the design in order to make the tattoo you are getting fit into your budget whenever possible.  

This doesn't mean the same thing to everyone.  For some people budget is a limitation, for others it means the sky's the limit!  So when we ask you what your budget is for a given piece, it isn't a loaded question or some sort of trick or gimmick, we just legitimately need to know how much money you want to spend so that we can fit our customers' needs.