For those of you who don’t know, our beloved Tasha got tattooed a couple of months ago while we were at the Lenoir, North Carolina Tattoo Expo. It’s a small show of hand-picked artists, by-invitation-only. We were lucky enough to get the invite, so we made the trip and boy, was it a doozy! It read like a who’s who of tattooing: legends like Tony Olivas of Sacred Heart and Joe Capobianco of Hope Gallery; powerhouse artists such as Dave Tevenal (who tattooed Karen a few years ago, he’s arguably her tattoo idol) and Jime Litwalk (maybe the nicest guy ever); we also met David Jorquera, John Ronkza, and Lefty Colbert; if you don’t know these guys do yourself a favor and Google them! We brought home an award for best portrait (the trophy as made from an old whiskey barrel, how cool!) and we hung out with some great friends like Kris King and George Patrick of From the Cradle and To the Grave Tattoo respectively.
George took the time to tattoo Will, and Will took the time to tattoo Tasha! The screaming sculpture you see above is the cell phone photo we took of the tattoo the day it was done, we post healed pics whenever we can nail Tasha down long enough to get her to pose for a photo!
All in all is was a great time (and beautiful drive, wow those mountains!) and we look forward to going back next year! Anyone interested in tagging along with us to get tattooed just let us know, we’ll cover the travel and lodging if you buy the tattoo! Stay tuned to Cardinal Tattoo for upcoming show dates as we build next year’s convention schedule!