The most epic black&grey workshop to date.

Let’s talk about what the tattoo industry really is. It’s a good time, but it’s a grind. And now a days, seems like everywhere you look, there’s a new artist down the street that’s pretty serious about their work.

Unfortunately, the tricks of the trade aren’t truly taught by anyone. Most people don’t want to see progression because they’re nervous of growth. I’m all about the opposite, watching the industry thrive and grow. Which is the point of this workshop.

Full day of learning! Charcoal, tattooing, freehand concepts, light source, machines, inks, this is where I spill the beans. Hahah my boys keep saying this is the “put carl out of the game” workshop of the year.

Point is, this is something you don’t want to miss. You’ll be leaving with a brand new hardlife gambler machine, a series of eternal inks that I use daily, hush anesthetic products, recovery derm and products, a swag bag from painful pleasures, a set of my own markers, under ink and over ink, a pound of flesh tattoo able canvas.

I can’t do much more. I’ve kept this seminar a very reasonable number as I’m trying to keep it affordable for all artists, not just big names like the rest of the industry. It’s my way of giving back. If you want to grow, hit me up ASAP!

The workshop will be held May 3 in Louisville at the Hard Life Headquarters. It’s also the day before the Kentucky Derby. My thoughts, it’s gonna be an EPIC weekend. Come learn until your brain blows up, then roll to the derby the next day and experience a moment in time that can never be replaced. 🤘🏻Carl Grace



Mr and Mrs Grace.

OCTOBER 19, 2018 Just another day to the majority of the world. It was an amazing day to me and a whole lot of people close in my life. I married my best friend Lacee Cadorette. (She really wanted her name to rhyme so I hooked it up) 😂 Really though. I know I might sound biased because it was my wedding, but I was thoroughly impressed with the way Red Rock handled our event. It was one of the nicest weddings I’ve ever been to. In fact it was such Ana amazing weekend, I found myself in a very interesting feeling that I feel is necessary to explain. Obviously marrying Lace was above magical. She looked so beautiful and sexy in her dress. She has a group of girls that love her so much, and damn did they show up and show it. The wedding brought tears to the majority of people that attended. Including myself. It was a tear jerker. The reception was 0-100 immediately and everyone was partying and having a real good time. Dancing, photo booth, a lot of catching up! Laughter and cheering and screaming was pretty much the majority of the night! EPIC. Lace and I had rehearsed a custom dance and after 4 professional lessons and a lot of direction, we did that. Our friend Emily plays cello for the Las Vegas Philharmonic. The song we chose consisted of a piano and violin, Emily sat in the middle of the dance floor with her cello and played our song live while we danced around her. It was amazing. I have a really nice photo of me lifting Lace up during the dance with Emily playing in the background. I’ll add it below. The last song of the night was our slow dance song. I got on the mic and asked everyone to grab someone and come enjoy this last song on the floor with us. It was truly amazing. Seeing family, friends, I hate to sound too corny but damn there was love everywhere lol! It was a moment that can never be erased from my life. We started the next day out with a trip down to the pool where we were joined with a good 20 or so people from the party. Weather was 80 and sunny, it was exactly what I wanted. There was an event going on that day at the resort so the pool was only open until 2 pm. My friends Sam and Christine has brought up 30 lbs of carne asada and chicken from LA (best in the world) and commenced a huge BBQ party at my house with a good 50 people or so. Damn that was fire. I didn’t really realize how cool it was to get married on a Friday and then stay in town Saturday and Sunday and just get to hang out with all your friends and family for 2 extra days. Quality time. There’s something truly amazing about when you get older. You realize time doesn’t slow down. The years go faster, your friends get further away, life pulls you in all kinds of different directions. At 38 I still find myself acting young and some would say I’m a bit immature. Yet I do think a bit differently than I did years ago. I realized how important this week truly is to me. Of course marrying Lace is the upmost highlight. But seeing people I haven’t for years. Hearing speeches from people about how proud they are, how happy we look, words can’t describe the happiness I’m feeling. Lace and I are at LAX right now getting ready to board our flight to Fiji for a 2 week honeymoon. We ran into a couple that flew out from Australia for our wedding. We talked and the girls hugged a good 6 times before we walked to grab a quick bite before our flight. A small bit of sadness crept into me. Not because I’m not happy, I’m super happy. I realized that there will never ever be another day like that. So many people I love and care about, there because they truly want to experience this magical day that Lace and I are having. It’s probably the most love I’ve ever felt in my life. I always thought it was a bit unrealistic the amount of money people pay for photos and videos of their wedding. I’m more of a experience and move onto new moments type of dude. I’m so thankful Lace spent the money on this day. I’ll look back at this day and smile, so many different mementoes of not just this night, but all the past memories of so many people that made it to our night. There’s something great about having so many people you care about gathering in one place just to hang out and celebrate life! And that’s exactly what we did. When we get the professional pictures and the video I will post some photos for the world to see. Until then, here’s a few that were taken by some of my friends with the phone. Thank you to everyone that showed up and made our wedding weekend something above anything we could’ve hoped for. Carl and Lace Grace.

April 24, 2017

Well damn that was a long trip! Finally made it home today after being gone for the past 6 weeks. El Paso, Boston, New York, North Carolina! It was roudy, I worked the majority of the trip (I mean almost every minute of everyday)! 
Got home today, watched a movie with Lace, grabbed dinner from CPK, and then went down to the park to get some running in. Long story short, damn I love home. Feels good to have something positive to come home to. I have a pretty busy schedule left for 2017. That’s ok, we have some rad trips planned and I don’t mind going out with a BANG! However, next year is going to be a year like no one has seen from me. 
Traveling is Coming to an abrupt halt. We are planning on getting a dog at the end of the year, along with a couple classes at the community college nearby. I’ve been given an allowance of 90 days of traveling, 1/4 of the year. Which to most might seem like a lot, however, I’m usually on the road 9 months a year. It’s a full 180, and it’s going to be awesome. 
Going to be very picky about the tattoo projects I take on next year. I think I’m looking to do predominately large pieces only. Sleeves will be the smallest project I take on. 19 years of tattooing, I’m just ready to take my artwork to larger scale artworks instead of small bangers. I’m sure there will still be time for a few smaller pieces here and there, but large Works will definitely have priority!
I’m not going to stay on this blog too long, gotta get some rest so we can hit Turtle Head hike tomorrow, I’m only home until Thursday. No rest for the wicked. Here’s a few pieces I’ve done lately that I feel represent the newer approach to tattooing. I’m coming in a little slower, making things tighter, darker, crispier. Hope you enjoy them. Please comment below. Thanks, carl 💀

April 9, 2017

What’s up world. Figured now would be a good time to update the lates in my life. Been on the road for a month now, from El Paso, to Boston, to New York. Today’s Sunday. On Friday I fly to North Carolina for the All American Tattoo Expo. Going to be a rad convention, I’ll be there with 3 others from the Aged in Oak Team. 

After that, I have 4 days off to head down and hang with Lace and her folks, they moved to North Carolina last year, so we booked this trip for this sole purpose. Following that I have a 2nd expo in charlotte where I’ll be working for 3 days. Long story short, I’m still on the road, and it looks like I’ll be on the road for somewhat the majority of the year minus the summer and after October. 

Next year, immgetting OFF the road. I’m limiting myself to 90 days of travel (including holidays). Limiting myself to 3 domestic tattoo conventions. Meaning, people are going to have to travel to Vegas for a year. I’ve been on the road for the goood part of 9 years. It’s only fair that I take 1 year off every decade to relax, get fit, live that normal life. 2018, it’s all about Aged In Oak in Las Vegas. 

Here’s some pics from recent works. I’ve been busy with work. I’ll be back soon to give you the next update. Stay positive. 🤘🏻 Carl.

El Paso, March 18, 2017

What’s up world. How’s everyone doing?!?! I hope great. Here’s a quick update on life. I turned 37 on March 12. That was rad. We had a full day of NASCAR racing followed by a dinner at an amazing Italian spot in Vegas. Damn I love living in Las Vegas! Thanks to all my friends and my sexy Lace for putting together an amazing day. 

Moving the shop to a larger location has been a serious ordeal. We have been faced with deadline after deadline after deadline to make April 1st a reality. I’m talking about working construction on the shop every morning for 4 hours before handling a 10 hour day of tattooing. And if I was lucky enough to have a day off, that was an 8-12 hour day of construction. Needless to say. We handled that. Put in an amazing floor that really compliments the tree. Now all we have left is to install the sinks, and a few other small things. April 1st is the day! Hard work and discipline goes a lot further than talking about it. Real talk. 

El Paso Texas. That’s where I am now along with 4 other artists. 3 from aged in oak, 1 from Australia. Always a good time rolling out like a team and handling a convention together! This is the first weekend of a 5 week trip for myself. El Paso, Boston, New York, North Carolina. I have a pretty hectic schedule up until June. Than I’m home for the majority of the summer!

September is going to be amazing! Lace and I are traveling to Europe for 30 days! Iceland, Switzerland, Rome Italy, London U.K. CAN YOU SAY EPIC!?!?!? We are both looking forward to this trip, planning our amazing things. It’s going to great. 

Here’s a video of the new floor at the Aged In Oak XL. And a video of a tattoo I just did, no markers, no stencil. “Graceing.” Hope you like it. Talk to you soon! Carl​



February 20,2017

Hello. Thought I’d give you a quick update on life and everything that goes with it. I have been extremely busy, working 10 hour days of tattooing along with 6-8 hour days doing the floors at the new shop. Aged In Oak will be moving to a bigger, better, more epic shop coming soon to a theatre near you. 😉

No really, we’re moving the shop down the street to a building 3 times bigger. We have some really cool ideas that we’re bringing into the shop, something you’ve never seen before. So be excited to see some rad pix coming around April. 

In between all of this, I caught a stomach bug and spent the good part of the last 36 hours on the toilet destroying my sense of smell. 🤢 finally feeling a little better after a small salad and apple. In my entire tattoo career, I can count the number of times I’ve had to cancel an appointment on one hand. I unfortunately had to cancel one yesterday. I even tried to get up and get ready for the day, there was no way I would’ve been able to concentrate on a large piece or stay off the toilet for that long. Still, it bothers me. I’ll make it up to him later in the year. 

It’s crazy to think that it’s only February and I’m already planning my life for January 2018. Tattooing is a very unique career these days. You can reach whatever level you choose to. Most of us enter with an apprenticeship followed by a walk in “flash” type of approach. We do whatever come through the doors and hope it comes out awesome. As you continue to grow artistically, you then search out more challenging pieces. This is where some people realize the stress that comes along with becoming a “custom artist” and go back to the easy life of hoping for something cool to walk through the door. 

Most artists continue to grow, constantly challenging themselves and pushing boundaries (most of them self made doubts) and eventually move into a full time custom artist roll. Congratulations, you now have the opportunity to work with some amazing people that truly understand the hard work you’ve put in and appreciate the most intimate for of art. Tattooing. 

Along with this comes a certain act of responsibility. It’s a total package deal. You can’t show up late, cancel unexpectantly, you have to be solid. My clients wait 6 months in advance, the majority of them flying in from other states and countries to sit in the chair for 8+ hours a day. Most of them 2 or 3 days in a row. 

Expectations. That’s what we create as artists. To be successful, we must live up to them. My life is planned 6-9 months in advance. Busy is a very familiar word in my vocabulary.

The moral of the story? The most common thing I hear within this tattoo industry is everyone trying to be #1. I find that a funny concept, there is no #1 when it comes to art. It is only what type you prefer. My goal has always been to be the hardest working tattoo artist, which I still work hard at daily. And as my calendar shows, it looks like I’ll be doing so until January of next year hahahaha. Good night everyone. I’ll post again soon. Carl. Here’s some recent work 🤘🏻

February 6, 2017

Had a rad day today at Bullseye Tatoo Shop in Staten Island, NY. Handled a quick 8 hour session and then came back to my boy Danny’s house where I stay the majority of the time when I’m out here. Ate a homemade meal thanks to her wife to be Crystal. And now I’m hitting the sack so I can hit a work out in before tomorrow’s session. 

Here’s the piece done today at Bullseye. Thanks for checking it out. Carl