Black Friday Sale Returns!

Well, 2016 has been a fun one but I think we're all grateful for the holidays and the start of a new year.  We are definitely grateful for everyone who has supported us this past year and are eager to give back! We want to show how much we appreciate your business and also your trust in creating beautiful pieces of art by having a very special sale this week: All of our Gift Certificates will be 20% off!!

We hope you will take advantage of this once-a-year special, to give the gift of beautiful body art to your friends, family, and of course yourself.  Gift Certificates can be purchased online, in the studio and over the phone: 978.744.9393.

We are truly grateful for you all and hope you have a wonderful holiday season!!

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:

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!!

Preparing For Your First Tattoo- Part 2

Dragon Sleeve by Natan

Dragon Sleeve by Natan Alexander

  It's Tattoo Time... Okay, now it's the day before your appointment!! I know you're excited, but there are a few things you want to keep in mind so that your tattoo experience is the best that it can be!  First, make sure you get a really good night's sleep the night before your appointment.  If you are well rested, you will be able to deal better with the stresses of the process.  Also, don't drink heavily the night before; it makes you very sensitive to sensations and will prevent you from getting a good night's sleep.  Also, it sucks to get tattooed with a hangover and if you have thinned your blood with alcohol you could bleed out a lot of the ink your artist is attempting to put in!! Its good to shower prior to your appointment, so you have fresh, clean skin; also, if you've got any hair in the area that you are getting tattooed, you can shave to prep the area, if you have a general idea of size and placement.  If you aren't comfortable with that, your artist will take care of it for you at the beginning of your appointment. Make sure to stay hydrated the day of your appointment and to eat a good meal just beforehand.  It is very important that your body has the energy to deal with the experience and you definitely want to give it more fuel than just chips or a quick snack.  Bring plenty of water and a couple snacks with you, if you are booked for a longer appointment, as you may want to take a break mid-way through your appointment to give your body more fuel to work with. It is very important to mentally prepare yourself, as well.  Everyone feels it differently, but it is at least irritating and at worst painful.  Depending on your pain threshold, the location of the tattoo and many other factors, you may feel it more or less than friends or family that you have spoken to about it.  It may be good to get yourself centered and grounded; some people prefer to really focus on the sensation itself, or may use meditation in order to overcome the pain.  Some people prefer to distract themselves from the sensation with music, movies or by talking with the artist or a friend.  Overall do what works best for you because everyone will deal with the experience differently.  You may want to psych yourself up a bit, so you can get your adrenaline going, which will help with pain management, but don't psych yourself out and make yourself overly sensitive or second guess what you're doing.
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Traditional Ship and Anchor by Steve Gillespie

You've Made It Through!! You did it! You're tattoo session is complete and you made it!  Was it what you thought it would be? It wasn't so bad, right? You may even have already started planning your next one! So, now that you're done, the most important thing is taking very good care of it!  You have a large abrasion on your body and its going to take a bit of time to heal, and you have to make sure you do everything in your power to help it heal properly with the least amount of ink loss. Your artist will probably have bandaged your tattoo at the end of your appointment, so you don't leak lymph and blood and ink everywhere while your skin starts to clot.  After a couple of hours, or when you are ready to wash it, remove the bandage and clean thoroughly.  Sometimes its easiest to clean it in the shower, so if you have that option, use it.  If the bandage has stuck to your skin, soak it with warm water first and it should peel off after a few minutes.  There will be a lot of ink on the surface of your skin and on the bandage... don't worry, it's normal, your tattoo is not falling out!  Using a fragrance free anti-bacterial liquid soap, wash your hands first, then your tattoo.  You want to get all the lymph and blood off your skin, and you want it to feel smooth when you're done washing it.  The less material on the surface of your skin, the less of a scab will form.  When you have thoroughly rinsed your tattoo, you can pat it dry with a clean paper towel or let it air dry. The most important thing now, is to let it breathe!  Let the air get at it and keep it clean and dry for the next few days.  It is ideal to wash it 2-3 times a day as you can.  If needed, you can apply the tiniest amount of fragrance free hand cream to it, to relieve tightness and to prevent cracking, but you never want your skin to feel damp or greasy. It can up to 3 weeks for your skin to look healed after your tattoo, and it can take up to 3 months for your skin to completely regenerate and be considered fully healed.  During that time, make sure to keep it clean; if you work in a dirty environment or go to the gym or public places that have questionable surfaces, you might want to keep it covered with loose clothing, but generally you want it to be able to breathe. Don't pick or scratch at it!  I know it itches, but don't do it... if you must, slap it lightly (with a clean hand) until it stops itching.  Also, if you pick off those scabs, you could be lifting ink up with it or you could scar your skin and mar the tattoo. Protect it from the sun!  For the first few weeks, you definitely want to keep it covered with clothing and not use sunscreen to protect it, as it could interfere with the healing process; after it has fully healed, you want to always at least have sunscreen on it to protect it from the sun.  The sun is the tattoo-killer and will fade the color right out of your tattoo if you aren't careful. You also don't want to submerge it in water during the first month or so.  Showers are fine, baths are not.  Also, beware of hot tubs, swimming pools, ponds and the ocean; there are chemicals and bacteria in all of these places that can adversely effect your tattoo while it is healing. Taking care of your tattoo during the healing process and beyond will help to protect your investment and keep your tattoo looking beautiful for years to come.  You didn't go through all that pain to be stuck with a tattoo that is sub-par because you burned out the color or scratched off a scab and scarred it. As always, if you aren't sure about something, ask your artist!! Call the studio at 978-744-9393 and we will walk you through the process!!
Phoenix Arm Piece by Jaesun Duggan

Phoenix Arm Piece by Jaesun Duggan

Preparing for Your First Tattoo- Part 1

Getting a tattoo is a big decision, and not one to be made lightly.  If you have never been tattooed before, it can be a daunting process to begin.  There are a few things to know or to keep in mind when you start thinking about getting your first tattoo, which will make the experience less stressful and will help you to get a tattoo that you will love forever!
Flower Sleeve by Natan

Flower Sleeve by Natan

  In the Beginning... The first thing to do when you have decided it is time to get tattooed, is to figure out what you want.  You may know exactly what you want to have permanently etched on your skin, you might have a vague idea (or ideas), or you may have no clue what you want.  If you know exactly what you want or if you have a vague idea, you need to start looking at what artist will be able to execute your tattoo in the style that you are looking for.  If you have no idea what you want tattooed, now is the time to figure it out. Think about what is important to you; what types of art do you like?  Have you seen any tattoos that have made you swoon?  Do you want to do a tribute or memorial for a family member and if so, what do you associate with them?  Do you want to mark your religious or spiritual beliefs on your skin? Your cultural history?  These are some of the questions to ask yourself to get you started.  You are going to have to look at your tattoos the rest of your life, be sure that you have ink you want to be looking at!! Now that you've figured out what you want, now is the time to pick the artist.  Do you have a particular style of tattoo that you are interested in?  Realism? Traditional? Illustrative? Black and Gray? Color? Start looking at artists' portfolios; do you see similar styles of work to what you want?  If you want a tattoo that is mostly line-work, are their lines clean and precise?  If you are looking for color work, is their color solid and bright?  Do they specialize in the style of tattoo that you want?  While you might not see similar pieces in their portfolios, see if the qualities of the tattoos are ones that you are drawn to or match the types of tattoos that you prefer.
Alice in Wonderland Tattoo by Jaesun Duggan

Alice in Wonderland Tattoo by Jaesun Duggan

  Phase Two... Once you have determined what artist you want to work with, set up a consultation appointment with them.  To prepare for you consult, do your research!!  Look in books, magazine and online for art and images that you like.  You don't need to look at other tattoos to get ideas, look at all kinds of styles of art to find images that you can share with your artist to describe what you are looking to have done as a tattoo.  Look for images that you like the color palette of, the shape of x or y, the face of this and the body of that; this style of art, but that subject matter.... you get the idea.  But the more clear references you have, the easier it will be to tell your artist what you want. During your consult, they will sit down with you and go over your design ideas, and figure out exactly what will work best for you; bring all your references and make sure to share what you like about each. You will also want to talk to them about placement and size, which you should mostly already have thought about.  Try to be open minded during this conversation; while you might think a tattoo will work at a certain size or in a certain place, their experience might be different from your imagination.  Some tattoos don't heal well if they are done too small, some places might be harder to heal than others, and some designs might flow better with the shape of your body in certain locations compared to others. This is one of the most important parts of the process and it is very important to have clear communication with your artist and to let them know what is important to you and what you would be flexible about. When you have gone over the idea, the artist will be able to give you a general idea of how much time it will take to tattoo and the cost.  Now you can book an appointment!  When you're booking think about what your schedule will be like for a few days after getting tattooed.  If it is a larger tattoo, you might want to plan it so you have a day or two to recover.  Also, you won't be able to go to the beach, swim in pools or use hot tubs for a few weeks after the tattoo, and you'll have to be very careful of sun exposure, so if you're going on vacation somewhere tropical, or have an event planned that would be effected by these kinds of limitations, you might want to hold off until afterwards. Now that you've got your appointment set, you'll need to prepare yourself to get tattooed and to take care of it while it's healing.  Stay tuned for Part 2 to learn more!!
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Traditional Snake Tattoo by Steve Gillespie

 

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. JaesunDuggan_Pumpkins Jaesun started the month off by adding a fun ceramic jack-o-lantern to his station to add some holiday spirit JaePumpkinDecor Here are a few fun tattoos Jae got to do this year for visitors who wanted to forever memorialize their trip to Salem: JaesunDuggan_Walkins JaesunDuggan_Walkins-2 JaesunDuggan_Walkins-3 JaesunDuggan_Tourists JaesunDuggan_CreepyScenery2 JaesunDuggan_MichaelMaskJaesunDuggan_SugarSkull on HandJaesunDuggan_SalemWitchSilhouette JaesunDuggan_Halloween-Knuckles JaesunDuggan_GoosebumpsMaskWM Steve got to do some fun halloween pieces, too, including this cool Hocus Pocus portrait: SteveGillespie_HocusPocus 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  

Some Black and Grey by Natan

I know it seems like we've been blogging about everyone but Natan these days. This does not mean that he's been tattooing less -- in fact, he's busier than ever as of late. Quite a few of his recent pieces are larger and spanning multiple sessions, so we can't share those with you yet, but trust us when we say they're worth the wait. His "smaller" pieces are coming out beautifully as well, and we're excited to share these two with you today. The first is an eagle on an extremely tough guy's ribcage/side. He sat for hours without complaint, and then was kind enough to pay Natan a visit so he could take photos after the tattoo had healed a bit.
Second is a portrait of a lovely young lady, done on her father. Now that's parental pride right there. She didn't know this was being done, and we wish we could be there to witness her reaction!
Natan has very limited appointments available between now and the end of October, but we are always more than happy to set up a consult for you to get your next piece started as soon as possible! Give us a call any time: 978.744.9393

More Art Around the Shop

In between tattoos and even on their days off, the Witch City artists have been cranking out art. They certainly love what they do, and we love that they do it. Lately, Molly has been inspired by the black plague. Just kidding. Sort of.
PJ's preferred drawing surface these days are simple paper bags. This is a very visually pleasing way to recycle!
Steve is becoming more and more ambitious with his painting these days. The below piece is in its very beginning stages, but it's something like 22x28".

Drawing Time!

When the artists at Witch City aren't busy tattooing, they're often drawing. And they churn out some great stuff. Here are a couple of recent bits. Steve has started two paintings in the last two days. He's pretty excited about them, and we enjoy getting to see the progress.
We stole this next one from Molly's Facebook page. She also says, "I like doing flower tattoos, I can do them all day. My heart really lies with Mythological creatures though, get some Mythological creatures people! We can put some flowers in it too." Sounds like a good argument to me!

Japanese Prints at the Museum of Fine Arts

Yesterday, Natan Alexander gave a thorough and informative guided tour through the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's "Under the Skin: Tattoos in Japanese Prints" exhibition. The show will remain open through January 2nd, 2011, so if you missed Natan's speech the other day, make sure to go and check out all the amazing artwork while you can! buy levitra no prescription
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