Dakota came into Cardinal Tattoo because he'd seen the work that Will's been doing and he knew that was the guy to do his sleeve. An avid fan of horror movies, Dakota has embarked on a journey to fill his arm with the legendary Universal Studios monsters. Beginning with this Boris Karloff Frankenstein's Monster, we will also include the Bride, Bela Lugosi's Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Alternates if space allows include The Invisible Man. Stay tuned for more at Cardinaltattoo.com!
Skulls are scary. They remind us of our mortality and that frightens us. But it's silly, really. At Cardinal Tattoo we see skulls as a symbol of our humanity, devoid of the various social labels that divide us. Indeed, regardless of race, sex, or creed a human skull is the one thing we all share as a people. Nothing to be afraid of you see, skulls are beautiful. Just like you.
Our lovely receptionist and piercer, Rose, is obsessed with Game of Thrones, the George R.R. Martin-based T.V. show with the insanely strong following, maybe you've heard of it? This is the first part of a larger Game of Throne-inspired leg piece on Rose. The much lauded scene of Khaleesi consuming a horse's heart is visceral and highlights the oftentimes shocking subject matter and surprise twists that make the series so enjoyable for its fans. We will post healed pics soon, so stay tuned to cardinaltattoo.com for more!
Emmy came to Cardinal Tattoo all the way from Gainesville Florida because she wanted a guarantee that this portrait of her pup, Rodney would be done right. Suffice it to say, she was thrilled with the result of this five hour sitting and has plans to return for more work in the future! Dog and other pet portraits have long been a staple of the realism tattoo industry, though some people may think it strange. Those of us in the know understand that the family pet is as much a part of your life as any person and the love we feel for them isn't diminshed by the lack of conversation! Visit Cardinal Tattoo at 110 North Water Avenue on the historic Gallatin, TN square to book your appointment now, or call us at (615) 527-7102 to leave your $60 non-refundable deposit over the phone.
Pumpkinhead is one of those great old revenge horror stories that have been forgotten in recent years as the stable of regurgitated, Freddy-come-lately horror flicks are all getting to makeover treatment. But Pumpkinhead is terrifying. It also carries with it a moral that so many new horror stories have sacrificed for hack and slash, get rich quick movie making. It warns of the damage done to us when we pursue revenge. In a world where horror movie remakes are hit-or-miss, treat yourself and give Pumpkinhead a watch. You'll be glad you did!
This particular piece is part of Nick's horror movie leg sleeve and won a Tattoo of the Day at the Louisville Tattoo Arts Convention a few weeks ago. We have a small session left to finish out the background and add white and more veining in the head, so taking such an award at a show filled with talented artists is something we at Cardinal Tattoo consider a great achievement!
You don't have to practice Kung Fu, or even be a fan of action movies to appreciate the legend of Bruce Lee. A man driven with a searing inner purpose an equipped with an indomitable will, Bruce Lee has inspired millions to work ceaselessly to obtain their goals in life, no matter the obstacle. This piece, performed in one day at the Louisville Tattoo convention won a Tattoo of the Day on Friday and a Best in Showfor the entire weekend-long convention. Not a bad testimony for an artist like Will or a collector like Wayne, who have both dedicated so much of themselves to this industry and artform. Interested in something like it? Visit Cardinal Tattoo at 110 North Water Avenue, on the historic Gallatin square, or callus at (615) 527-7102. Our email is email@example.com. Hope to see you soon!
It's a ship. Clipper ships and nautical themes have long been a part of tattoo culture and this little guy's no different! The product of a single seven hour session, this forearm piece is one to be proud of. Visit Cardinal Tattoo on the historic Gallatin, TN square seven days a week to book your appointment now! Avoid long waits!
Princess Tasha sat for a session and a half to complete this realistic black and grey tiger tattoo. Bengal tigers are a favored subject of tattoo culture and black and grey realism is a specialty at Cardinal Tattoo. Our resident realism artist is currently booked our months out though, so be sure to set up your appointment sooner than later to avoid long wait times! See you soon!
Mel came into Cardinal Tattoo during Gallatin's Squarefest last year to inquire about getting a sleeve based on her Thai heritage and some images she'd liked on the INTERNET. This is the result of 3 sessions worth of work. The tiger, lion, and pagoda took the most time, totalling two sessions between them, the lotus, mandalas, and sacred geometry all flesh out the rest of the piece and took the remaining session. We hope you enjoy it Mel!
Many of you already know Will was slated to attend this year's Louisville Tattoo Arts convention this April. These trophies are the result of some contest entries of Will's work. Once again he received high marks for his color and black and grey portraiture, taking two Tattoo of the Day awards as well as a Best of Show, a first for Will who admits to being 'pleasantly surprised' by the recognition from his peers. We would like to thank Troy and the crew at Villain Arts for a great time and a well-organized show! Another first for Will was winning first place in the Extra Large Black and Grey category with a clipper ship half sleeve on our buddy Nicholas. We hit our goal of making new friends and contacts in this industry we love so much while having a great time in the process. See you guys next year!
Yes, we've got a girl named Rose that works here, and no, it's not what you think, ya perv! Drew knocked out this righteous rose on a hand the other day and we didn't want everyone to miss out on the progress he's made!
Drew started his apprenticeship with will more than two years ago and has improved his craft to a remarkable level in a relatively short time. We'll be posting more of his work soon and updating his portfolio as well, so stay tuned to cardinaltattoo.com for more!
Curtis loves horror movies. He works for a local haunted house called Nashville Nightmares and had heard of Will's love of doing horror portraits. This is the aftermath of the second session on his slasher movie sleeve. Freddy Krueger, every girl's dream guy, makes an intense addition to this piece already containing Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees. Curtis' next session is in May, so stay tuned to Cardinaltattoo.com for more!
Will is representing Cardinal Tattoo at the Louisville Tattoo Arts Convention during the last weekend of April. It is being held at the Kentucky Expo Center and promises to be a good time. It's also a close enough drive to make it worthwhile for our more tattoo-culture-friendly crowd. Additionally, the Full Moon Tattoo Festival the is held in Nashville every spring has been moved to the end of October this year, so a visit to Kentucky might be just what the doctor ordered! We recommend attending at least one tattoo show every six months if at all possible!
Cardinal Tattoo will be closed on Sunday, April 16th in order to celebrate Easter. We will resumes normal business hours Monday the 17th.
This Jason Voorhees is the first of a slasher movie sleeve by Will. He also started a Michael Myers portrait next to this, but didn't get far enough along to warrant taking a photo. He had to leave the background blank as well, to allow for future pieces, but we think you can get the idea from these pics. As he progresses on the sleeve, Will intends to add shading that will bring your local Camp Crystal Lake tour guide to the forefront, and add white highlights as well. Stay tuned to Cardinaltattoo.com for more or check us out at our Instagram cardinal_tattoo
We'll start with the important stuff first. Type 1 Diabetes is nothing to laugh at, it's a beast of an illness that affects young and old alike for their entire lives. It takes true grit to sustain such a protracted battle with such a severe disease and a cure for this condition can't get here soon enough. But we hope. That's what the syringe and intertwining snakes are for.
The Day of the Dead Girl is just bad ass. Thanks Alex!
Unfortunately we didn't realize until too late that we didn't get a very good photo of those eyes, the centerpiece of the entire tattoo, so visit cardinaltattoo.com again real soon and we'll have some healed pics posted!
If you're planning on participating in Cardinal Tattoo's FREE PIERCING DAY this Thursday April 6th, from noon to 10pm, please SCREENSHOT THIS POST with the Cardinal Tattoo letterhead or print it off, it will serve as your coupon. Free piercings will be any single-hole, above-the-waist piercing, excluding dermal anchors. Limit one free piercing per customer, other rules may apply.
The folks at Cardinal Tattoo appreciate everyone's patience while we try to adjust to the dramatic increase in business we've experienced over recent months. We are happy to announce that with the addition of several new artists, we will be able to serve walk-in customers again. As always, walk-ins will be served on a first-come, first served basis, and we always recommend setting an appointment to prevent scheduling conflicts or long wait times. Thank you all ad we hope to see you soon!