Halloween Season is over and We Survived!!

Reflection of the crowd in the studio window

Halloween season is always a crazy time of year here in Salem, MA and this year was no exception!  The insanity began the first week of October and kept us entertained and swamped the rest of the month.

The crowd the  first weekend of Halloween season!

The crowd the first weekend of Halloween season!

We truly had a blast tattooing fun Salem and Halloween related tattoos on visiting tourists and also really appreciated the patience exhibited by our regular clients who ended up having to deal with unexpected crowds and the crazy parking situation all month long.

We love wandering through town and seeing all the amazing decorations for Halloween and the Fall.
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Jaesun started the month off by adding a fun ceramic jack-o-lantern to his station to add some holiday spirit

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Here are a few fun tattoos Jae got to do this year for visitors who wanted to forever memorialize their trip to Salem:

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Steve got to do some fun halloween pieces, too, including this cool Hocus Pocus portrait:

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Needless to say, it was a fun month, and we were so happy to see our annual visitors, but we are happy to slow down and enjoy the fall in this small New England city by the water!  With the crazy crowds gone for the year, we are excited to get some locals in who have been waiting patiently to get tattooed!

Call the studio to book your appointments now!  978.744.9393

 

New Work in Steve’s Portfolio

We just added some newer pieces to Steve’s Portfolio! Go check them out and book your appointment with him today! Steve’s Portfolio

Here are some of our favorites:

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Jaesun’s One Year Anniversary!!

Jaesun just celebrated his 1 year anniversary here in Salem!! He has created some beautiful tattoos since he’s joined us and we wanted to share a few that we just added to his Portfolio, click the link to see more of his work!!  We are so excited to have him as part of our crew!

 

Alice in Wonderland Tattoo by Jaesun Duggan

Alice in Wonderland Tattoo by Jaesun Duggan

 

Death Eater Tattoo by Jaesun Duggan

Death Eater Tattoo by Jaesun Duggan

 

Ariel Tattoo by Jaesun Duggan

J. Scott Campbell Ariel Tattoo by Jaesun Duggan- Work in Progress

 

Celtic Knotwork Owl by Jaesun Duggan

Celtic Knotwork Owl by Jaesun Duggan

 

Stained Glass Owl by Jaesun Duggan

Owl Stained Glass Tattoo by Jaesun Duggan

 

Rose and Clock Tattoo by Jaesun Duggan

Rose and Clock Tattoo by Jaesun Duggan

The best time of year to get tattooed!

Did you know that most professional tattoo artists would agree that we are entering the best time of the year to get tattooed?  Fall and Winter tend to be the best seasons for tattoo collectors to get inked.  While most people think about getting tattooed in the spring and summer, when they want to show off their artwork and when they are seeing inspiring pieces on others, these are generally not great times to actually get work done.

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Here’s beautiful skull and rose sleeve done by Natan!

 

In the spring and summer, we all want to shed the layers we’re stuck wearing all winter and go play at the beach in minimal clothes.  Unfortunately the sun, sand and water can negatively impact your tattoos healing process.  Skin is fragile during healing, which can take weeks, and exposing it to the sun increases the likelihood of the color fading and your tattoo not healing properly.  We recommend keeping your tattoo covered until its fully healed, which can take up to a month for the initial healing process and up to three months for it to be considered completely healed (with a new layer of skin covering the tattoo).  Ocean, pool and pond water contain many kinds of bacteria and other micro-organisms that can damage your tattoo, causing staph and other infections, and the chemicals found in treated water like pools and Jacuzzis can negatively effect your healing process, so avoiding these situations is imperative to healing your tattoo, and who wants to stay out of the water for half the summer!?

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This tropical looking japanese leg sleeve was done by Steve!

 

Because all these factors have to be taken into account in the spring and summer, it is often recommended using the fall and winter to add to your tattoo collection!  In the winter you don’t have to worry about sun exposure, and you get to keep your new piece hidden while it goes through the most awkward stages of the healing process, because you’re probably going to be covered with many layers of clothing anyway.  You also don’t have to worry about the not hitting the beach for weeks after you get tattooed, since you are unlikely to be heading there anyway (unless of course you’re a fan of those Polar Bear Dips in the ocean!).  Winter also tends to be a slower time of year for walk-ins, and because the majority of the population only thinks about getting tattooed in the summer, schedules tend to be lighter, which means you can probably book an appointment much quicker with an artist in the fall and winter.

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Jae created this intricate celtic knotwork piece as part of his “Lantern” series!

 

A few things to keep in mind, when you get tattooed in the colder months-  Plan to wear looser layers for the first couple weeks after your tattoo.  Some collectors find that their tattoos get more irritated if they are wearing a number of tighter layers, this can lead to additional scabbing, so you want to make sure your tattoo has some room to breathe.  Also remember to plan your tattoos around your vacations- if you are heading to a tropical location, having a fresh tattoo will prevent you from enjoying all the benefits of paradise, the same way it would impact you during the summer.  Lastly, fall and winter tend to be times when our immune systems are taxed and people tend to get colds and the flu, so if you’re sick, you may want to reconsider getting work done.  If your immune system is stressed, your tattoo could take longer to heal and be more prone to infection during the process.  In addition to this, your tattoo artist probably doesn’t want to be exposed to your illness.

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Cassy made this beautiful but simple piece!

So, if you’ve been considering starting on a new piece of ink, now’s the time to book your consult, come in and talk to your favorite artist and get on the schedule during the best time of year to get tattooed!  See our artist’s portfolios to find the one who’ll be a match for you!

Natan: Friday Availability at Tommy’s Tattoo Convention

Natan will be tattooing October 2-4 at Tommy’s Tattoo Convention, and still has availability for Friday. This is an awesome chance to be tattooed at a cool event. In progress pieces are preferred, but first sessions might be doable too. Email witchcityink@gmail.com if you’re interested!

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And because we know you’re not just here for announcements, and you’d like to see some tattoos, here is a Ganesh in progress that Natan began last week. This is after only one session.

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Be sure to follow Natan’s instagram, @natanink to keep up with what he’s working on as it happens!

Natan’s upcoming travel dates: Pittsburgh and Hartford

Firstly, say hello to our blog again! We’ve missed you, and missed getting to tell you about all of our goings on! Let’s jump right in:

After hosting the 14th annual Boston Tattoo Convention and then taking a much needed mini-break, Natan is back to creating tattoo magick at both of his shops, and has some exciting travel plans coming up in the very near future.

First is an adventure over to Artisan Tattoo in Pittsburgh, PA from September 8th-12th. This is a rare opportunity for his clients further down the east coast, who find Massachusetts to be a little too far out of reach.

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Then he’ll be back in Salem and Saugus before he’ll be on the road again at Tommy’s Tattoo Convention in Hartford, CT the weekend of October 2nd-4th.

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If you’re interested in being tattooed by Natan in either Pittsburgh or Hartford, please email witchcityink@gmail.com.

Tattoo Night at Opus, May 25th

On Sunday, May 25th – that’s right, Memorial Day weekend – we’ll all be at Opus for Tattoo Night. What is this, you ask? MUSIC, drinks, best and worst tattoo contests, our art on the walls, Miss Boston Ink 2012, Sailor Jerry pin up girls, a fun photo booth, themed VIP bar upstairs, PRIZES, AND you get to hang out with your favorite tattoo artists.

Tattoo contest prizes: A morning after brunch package from Opus, Witch City Ink gift certificate, tickets to the Boston Tattoo Convention, and a basket of premium Sailor Jerry swag.

Door prize (you’re automatically entered with your ticket!): Witch City Ink t-shirt, Witch City Ink gift certificate, a pair of tickets to the Boston Tattoo Convention, Sailor Jerry swag, and an Around the World gift card (good for a free appetizers at all Serenitee restaurants).

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Tickets are $20 in advance – $25 at the door, which will get you entrance to the entire event, a signature cocktail and passed hors d’oeuvres. You can also purchase them now at Opus, Witch City Ink, or by clicking this link.

Let’s Talk About Love

We DO love you here at Witch City Ink, but don’t worry, this post isn’t about that. The fantastic Front Street Coffeehouse here in Salem, in conjunction with Mike’s Museum has organized a month long silent auction at Front Street. From February 1st til the 28th, you can check out and bid on art from a bunch of artists, including our own Sharonn, Steve, and Cassandra.

The best part? 100% of proceeds from the show will go to HAWC, which provides services and support to victims of domestic violence who reside on Massachusetts’ North Shore. You can check out the event page on facebook right here.

We didn’t get Sharonn to take photos of her works, but we’ll try to snag some while they’re hanging on the walls. In the meantime, you’ll have to head over to see how gorgeous they are in person.

Steve’s two pieces:
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And Cassandra’s:
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ARARITA

Ararita, Illuminated Glass and Mixed Media

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Illuminated Glass and mixed media on board, 2013
Notariqon for the Hebrew phrase “Achad Rosh Achdotho Rosh Ichudo Temurato Achad”, which means, “One is His Beginning; One is His Individuality; His Permutation is One”.

The Latin inscription on Stelae reads:

“All in Two, Two in One, One in None. These are neither Four nor All, nor Two, nor One nor None. Glory be to the Father and to the Mother, and to the Son, and to the Daughter, and to the Holy Spirit without, and to the Holy Spirit within, which was, is, and shall be, World without end. Six in One through the name Seven in One, ARARITA.”

Suggested resources for further study:

Heiros Gamos, the mystical union.

Yab Yum, in Tibetan Tantra

Liber 36: The Star Sapphire

LIBER A’ASH VEL CAPRICORNI PNEUMATICI
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Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God, Kenneth Grant

Symbols of Transformation, Carl Jung

Numina

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Illuminated Glass and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2013

In his Critique of Pure Reason, Kant distinguished between “Phenomena” objects as interpreted by human sensibility and understanding and “noumena” (objects as things-in-themselves, which humans cannot directly experience). The noumenal realm was equated with the world of ideas known to the philosophical mind, in contrast to the phenomenal realm, which was equated with the world of sensory reality. The Latin word “numina” also suggests that which is perceptible by the mind but not by the senses.

It is in this “Numinus” realm that we interact with the gods, angels and demons.

NUMINA presents the angels of the Shehamphorash, the mystical 72 letter name of god. It is said that simply by gazing on these names one may receive the blessing of their angelic radiance. Beneath these sigils is the flower of life shown in its geometric relation to the holy Kabbalah. Together these form a sacred alignment describing the lightening path from Kether to Malkuth, Spirit into Matter.

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