Tattoo Artists from Japan and LA guesting at Witch City Ink 2008.
Witch City Ink is truly an International destination each year with friends dropping in from studios from around the world. Last years Boston Tattoo Convention saw artists HoriRyu and Nene spending a week with the crew after the convention. Below are some photos from the event:
Guest Artists HoriRyu and Nene from Japan and LA
After hanging out with us all at the BTC last year, Japanese Tattoo artist HoriRyu started a large Japanese dragon on Natans leg. The initial design began with a 5 hour outline session.
This is what we do for fun!
Here's a better photo of HoriRyu's Dragon Leg Sleeve outline on N^T^N after the Boston Tattoo Convention. HoriRyu and Natan will complete the tattoo when Natan works at his studio in Tokyo in 2009.
Artist: Steve Gillespie
Customer: Erik Hudak
Erik Hudak from Marblehead Massachusetts allowed us to take advantage of the photo opportunity while being tattooed by Steve Gillespie of Witch City Ink. Erik decide to take advantage of our walk-in tattooing availability on President's Day , Monday , February 16 of 2009. It looks as though we have another satisfied customer at Witch City Ink.
Subject: Witch City Ink Opening Party
Celebrating the opening of the Witch City Ink location in beautiful downtown Salem , Massachusetts was a lovely evening in June of 2008. Friends and family gathered for the festivities and Prick Magazine was there to capture it all. The tattoo shop has an eclectic feel and is filled with treasures collected from Natan's travels throughout the world.
Aya and I traveled to Japan in December 2008 to visit some of the greatest artists to influence modern tattooing. We were very fortunate to meet Horiyoshii III, the master tattoo artist of Yokohama, as well as Shige, of Yellow Blaze Tattoo. Additionally, thanks to our friend Kiyono, we were also able to spend several days studying traditional Japanese tattooing (Tebori) with tattoo master HoriKiyo. Natan received a traditional tattoo from HoriKiyo, a Bonji character for Fudo Myo. Fudo Myo is a Buddhist deity who called the "Immovable One" because he delivers human beings from temptations. Below are some images from the trip!
Horiyoshii III, Japans foremost tattoo master
Shiges work has become some of the most respected and imitated tattoo work in the world in the past few years. Check out why at YellowBlaze.net
Shige, Yellow Blaze Tattoo
HoriKiyo is a true Horishii, quietly and modestly creating masterpieces while seeking no attention. It was an honor to receive a tattoo from him and to sit and observe while he worked. We will definitely be back!
Traditional Japanese Tattoo Lessons
Tebori in progress
The tattoo hurt much less than I thought. I can even forgive the Yankees Shirt!
This is the final piece of a band of Japanese flowers recently completed by Natan at Witch City Ink in Salem Ma. The rest of the tattoo is viewable in Natans portfolio at witcityink.com.
Natan specializes is custom tattooing and is available for appointments at any of his 3 shops in Massachusetts. He works by appointment only and is generally booked at least 3 weeks in advance.
Artist: Natan Alexander Lin
Medium: Black and Gray tattoo
This half sleeve octopus tattoo is a fine example of Black and Grey work from our shop owner and artist Natan. His extensive studies and work in Japan allowed him to add Japanese inspired style waves to round out the piece and fit the clients needs.
Artist: Steve Gillespie
A great example of a (monochromatic) stipple tattoo. Stippling is the technique of using small dots to simulate varying degrees of solidity or shading. Unlike pontillism which uses a variety of colors stippling uses only one. In the above photo you can see that Steve, one of our Witch City Ink artists used red dots to create this piece of body art.