Blackwork by Sharonn

We tend to learn a lot from our returning clients. After that many sessions and hours in the chair, you can't help but bond with them and exchange stories. Many of our returning clients become our friends, and we are always happy to see them walk through the door. And every so often, one of them has a big, big story. Damien is one of these clients. This is a little different than our usual blog post, as we are often very vague about our clients, but we've been given the okay to go ahead and share a bit here, because we want to encourage research of a story that we feel is important.

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Damien and his wife Lorri recently relocated to Salem, and as a result, most of the city is now familiar with the West Memphis Three. A controversial topic to some, but a bit of research makes it pretty clear that there are large flaws in the judicial system. We'll keep this to a minimum here at the WCI blog, but we do encourage checking out Damien's books, and the film West of Memphis (which had a successful sold out screening Friday night at the Salem Film Fest, and has a second sold out screening tomorrow).

He found his way into Witch City Ink, and connected with Sharonn straight away. She has tattooed a few pieces on him, most recent being the back piece above, and matching tattoos on him and Lorri (who is just as much of a beam of light as he is). In fact, Sharonn had the interesting experience of tattooing Damien's “prosperity” piece while he was being interviewed for Boston Magazine.

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Thank you, Damien and Lorri, for sharing your stories with us. You've taught us a thing or two about humanity and perseverance, and we wish you all the best.

Work from PJ

PJ is the sort of guy that is capable of working in a few different styles. Traditional is his favorite, but for example, he also enjoys Japanese. We’re not kidding when we describe him as a nomad, and he’s lived in many different cities and been to many different countries. He spent a year in Hawaii (yeah, we’re jealous too), where he developed a fondness for Polynesian tribal work. Here are a few very different pieces, showcasing some of what he does.

Our favorite traveler will be off again on the 17th, and will be back in the shop on the 24th!

Tribal Wolf Tattoo by Jay Ski

 

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      The client on this tattoo wanted a wolf tattoo with tribal . I told him we should do the wolf photo realistic and have the tribal fading behind the wolf. Doing a little research went a long way in creating this piece. We looked through images of wolves and found a pretty mean looking one for reference and then drew on the tribal with a marker. Sometimes drawing directly on the skin allows for a better flow, making the tattoo contour to the body alot more than it would if I used a stencil.