By Appointment Only

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!

Results are in!

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!

Introducing Lighthouse Tattoo

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!

Tax Preparation

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!


Christmas closings

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!