New Awards!

In our efforts to remain on the very cutting edge of techniques and technology in this industry, Cardinal Tattoo makes it a point to travel to various tattoo conventions across the country in order learn and grow as artists.  Invariably there are competitions at these shows, and where possible, Cardinal Tattoo enters these competitions.  We want our clients to know that we are capable of providing them with work that stands up to comparisons from artists from all over the country.  

With this in mind, here's a photo of our most recent additions from the Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Festival in Nashville.  Categories won include:  Best large and medium black and grey; best sleeve (color); best black and grey portrait; best backpiece; best horror, as well as taking home awards for Tattoo of the Day on Fridays and Sunday.

Miss Tasha Grey tattooed this year and won two awards at her first show ever!  We'd also like to extend a special thanks to those of you who took the time to come out and support Cardinal Tattoo:  Samantha and family; Wayne; Maggie and Jake; Patrick and Jessica; Josh; Zack; Al; Curtis and Kayla; Sherrie; gun-totin' Jessica; Christina and family; and Sasha, we couldn't do it without people like you who support us, thank you all!

The More Things Change...

As of this writing, Cardinal Tattoo has returned from the Denver Tattoo Arts Festival with 8 more awards for the trophy case.  Not to sound cocky, but this isn't anything new.  In fact, it's what people have come to expect from these trips to tattoo conventions all across the map, if we didn't win something our clients and friends would ask, 'what happened?'  In fact, we also won several awards at the Louisville Days of the Dead show during the same weekend!  We work hard to be the best we can at what we do and we're proud when we get recognition from our contemporaries in the industry.  To feign indifference while attending these shows and entering these contests would be false humility.  

We also do it for our customers, and not just the ones who are able to attend these shows.  We want everyone who gets tattooed at Cardinal Tattoo to know they are receiving work that holds up on a national level, that when scrutinized by various judges at different venues in different states, the work holds up favorably by comparison.  That is the sort of reassurance someone getting a new tattoo needs.  We strive to be the best because you deserve it, it's as simple as that.

It's with this in mind that Cardinal Tattoo would like to proudly announce a recent investment of several thousand dollars in infrastructure with regard to our ability to stay on the very cutting edge of technology and state-of-the-art business practices.  Upgrades in equipment as well as new training and the addition of some new faces to our family of artists insures that we will continue to grow with the demands placed on us by our loyal and growing clientele.   Since July, Will has been working seven days a week so people wouldn't have to wait five months to get an appointment, when asked about this grueling schedule he says 'it's not really like working to me, this is what I do for fun.'  Which pretty much sums up how we all feel about the wonderful opportunity afforded us by the amazing people who call Cardinal Tattoo their tattoo shop.  

Come by and visit soon, see the difference for yourself!

An overnight success, Three years in the making

Cardinal Tattoo was founded on August 1st, 2014.  In the three years since then, we have built one of the most consistently awarded tattoo establishments in Middle Tennessee, with a reputation for quality and customer service that is unparalleled for miles around.  We've worked hard to give people our very best and it's paid off.

Karen Masters has become known as the person to see for cover-up tattoos, tackling difficult pieces other artists wouldn't even attempt, to great success.  

Tasha Grey is an up-and-coming new school artist specializing in her own original style, travelling the U.S. to get tattooed by celebrity artists including Kelly Doty of Inkmaster fame or otherwise hobnob with the rich and famous in the music industry.

Our own Drucifer has been the most surprising.  Getting to apprentice with an accomplished artist like Will is a great opportunity in it's own right, but when someone like Drew comes along, it makes all the hard work worth it.  Faced with a startling health crisis that almost took his life earlier this year, Drew has nevertheless become Cardinal Tattoo's breakout artist.  Second only to his mentor Will, Drew has taken his artwork from solely traditional American style tattooing to experiment with realism and neotraditional tattoos, growing his skills to better serve his community.

Led by one of the Tennessee's award-winningest artists, Will, Cardinal tattoo has become a smashing overnight success, three years in the making.  We thank you, we love you, and we're here to serve you.  Come visit Cardinal Tattoo on the historic Gallatin, TN square at 110 North Water Ave or call us at (615) 527-7102 to see what all the fuss is about and set up an appointment today!