We’re all mad here! Wait, I mean, we’re all artists….

We are a studio full of artists, and even our front desk team fits that description.  It is great to have such a creative team to work around. K Lenore Siner is a self taught painter with formal training in 3D Fine Art from the Massachusetts College of Art. She paints using a variety of mediums including oils, wax, resin, paper, ash and herbs.  Here are some of her currently available giclee prints, which can be purchased through her Etsy, etsy.com/shop/KLenoreSinerArt:   Theresa Wall Duggan is a photographer and digital artist, and creates imagery inspired by classical painting styles as well as fashion inspired portraits.  Check out her Etsy shop here: etsy.com/shop/Artanddiscordstudios.  Here are some of her currently available prints:

More Art Makes the Best Gift!

Leading up to the holiday's we are showcasing the artwork of our tattoo artists, sharing pieces that they have available for purchase currently.  Gifting art is a very thoughtful and personal way to show someone how much you care about them, especially if  you know they would love one of these original paintings. Jaesun is a classically trained painter and has finally decided he's ready to let go of some of his older paintings to make room for new work he is starting this winter.  He also has a few Giclee prints available, and can occasionally be talked into doing commissioned work.   Jaesun has all of these pieces, and more available at the studio, as well as in his Etsy shop:  www.etsy.com/shop/JaesunTattoos

Give the Gift of Art this Holiday!

The holiday shopping season officially kicks off this weekend, and I am excited to share some of the 2-dimensional art our tattoo artists have created, which are currently for sale.  I know it can be tricky to find a unique gift, especially for those hard to shop for friends and family, but Art can be a really thoughtful and personal gift to give anyone. Here are a few of Steve Gillespie's currently available Watercolor pieces, done in a traditional tattoo art style. Stop by the studio or email if you see a piece that catches your eye!!

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: steve_kiss steve_love And Cassandra's: when you leave when you dont

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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N^T^N ALEXANDER 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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Powers of the Sphinx

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N^T^N ALEXANDER Illuminated Glass and Mixed Media on Board, 2010

“In philosophy, the hypercube or tesseract represents the inherent complexity of a two-dimensional surface, and the dynamic, structuralized potential of the fourth dimension; According to one theory, time is interpretable as the nth dimension in an nth-dimensional context; acquiring additional dimensions merely requires more complex exceptions, and a more complex set of working instructions.”

“To Know, To Will, To Dare, and To Keep Si-lent: these are the four traditional maxims of the aspiring magician, the Four Powers of the Sphinx.

These Four Powers are attributed to the four elements. They frequently are symbolized by the four Kerubic (or “Fixed”) signs of the Zodiac, the images of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.

The mysterious symbolism of the Sphinx itself also is attributed to the sephirah Malkuth, especially in the sense that it is a visual and symbolic synthesis of the four elements through these governing Kerubic forms.

Different writers have allocated these Four Powers to the four elements in different ways. Nor did Crowley limit himself to one way of listing their correspondences. The exact attributions do not matter for our present purposes. They can be evaluated by each Neophyte individually, in the process of building her own understanding of the Four Powers of the Sphinx, and in the process of evolving her own inner symbol system and magical methodology. Among Crowley’s writings, the primary references for these different views can be found in De Lege Libellum, and in Liber Aleph, The Book of Wisdom & Folly, both of which were a part of the Probationer Syllabus. There is additional teaching in a document given to the Probationer on the occasion of her initiation. A still different formulation is given in Liber 777, Col. L. Another helpful reference is Magick in Theory & Practice, Cap. XXI, Sec. V.

It is important to understand that these “powers” develop in ascending layers. One never “masters” them in the sense of having fully acquired them. They continue to reappear on ever-higher levels, appearing in progressively more subtle aspects. For this reason they are represented as the four sides of a solid, balanced foundation – the first row of brick and mortar, so to speak – of the Pyramid of Initiation which the magician is building toward the stars. Without such a solid and balanced foundation, the structure eventually will topple and fall. The higher goes the building (the closer to its apex one reaches), the more likely the fall. This is as true psychologically and spiritually as it is in architecture. For this reason, the A.'.A.'. encourages – in fact, requires – a gradual, progressive, balanced advance in the Great Work, resting upon a solid, sure foundation.”

-Chapter 3 of The Mystical & Magical System of the A.'.A.'., James A. Eschelman

Indian Elephant & More Art

This decorative Indian elephant done by Steve was a girl's first tattoo. Pretty bold! She was sent here by her mom, who has also had work done by Steve. Want to know more about the tradition of decorating these giant creatures? This article is quite interesting!
We've been showing off bits and pieces of Molly's recent flash, and now here is a whole sheet. Good stuff.
If you're coming to Salem this weekend or next, please be advised that traffic and parking is.. well, let's just say "not so fun," so be sure to give yourself a little bit of extra time. If you're taking the train, the MBTA has added a few extra trains to their schedule to accommodate those visiting for the Halloween festivities. You can see the schedules here. Enjoy!

Molly: Artsy Time

Before we jump to the art, we wanted to remind you of Molly's new schedule. She will be splitting her time between two shops - ours, and our sister shop Lightwave. Depending on what day you want to set up an appointment/consult, please use the following contact info: Sunday & Monday Witch City Ink 978.744.9393 Friday & Saturday Lightwave Tattoos 781.233.1780 She won't know it until reading this blog post, but the Antarctica painting below is this blog-nerd's new favorite of hers. Ship, filigree, and a rough looking bearded man? Yes please.
Fact: Molly enjoys drawing with ballpoint pens. It may or may not be where her heart lies. The medium is harder to perfect than one might imagine, but she does it well. The next two drawings are fine examples.
Lastly, is this simple but pretty nurse. It would be a good tattoo, don't you think? Hint-hint.