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).

new opus flyer

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, Illuminated Glass and Mixed Media


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


Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God, Kenneth Grant

Symbols of Transformation, Carl Jung



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.

names of god


Powers of the Sphinx


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

Recent Works from Sharonn

As usual, Sharonn has been a busy woman. Here are a couple of peeks into what she's been working on these days.

This tiny barn owl was a walk-in that Sharonn was able to fit in at the end of her day. She doesn't usually have extra time, but the client happened to come in at the perfect moment!


The beginnings of this pretty lady is on the back of one of Sharonn's good friends. It suites her perfectly! Of course, since most of you don't know her, you'll simply have to take our word on this.


And here are the beginnings of pretty lady #2. She's a little more modest than pretty lady #1, but equally swoonable.


Sharonn is booking out until the end of May right now, but she is available for consults before then. Give us a call at 978.744.9393 to set something up with her!

Welcome Paul Martinez to Witch City Ink!

We have been searching far and wide for an artist to join our shop after PJ's departure. We are very selective when it comes to the artists we want here at our shop, but we finally found someone! Let us introduce you to Paul Martinez, who we have stolen away from the vast wilderness of Vermont.

Paul has been tattooing for about twenty years in various locations on the east coast, and has a degree in graphic design. He can tattoo any style, but like the other Witch City artists, prefers custom work with his own stylistic touches. Here are a couple of examples of his work, and be sure to take a look at his portfolio for more.


Oh, and did we mention that the guy can also paint! Check it out:

If you would like to book an appointment with Paul, please call the shop at 978.744.9393.

In Progress from Natan: Phoenix Sleeve

As usual, Natan has a lot of in progress pieces happening. John, a Salem local and business owner, came in for his first session last week. The phoenix was a long outlining session, and he sat like a champ! Natan tattoos a lot of phoenixes, but this is the first one to cover an entire arm in a while. We’re looking forward to seeing this progress in future sessions. Of course, more pics will follow!


With the Boston Tattoo Convention less than six months away, Natan’s schedule is getting fuller. If you need to schedule an appointment with him to continue an existing piece or start something new, we recommend doing so as soon as you can! Give us a call at 978.744.9393, and we’ll get you in his calendar.

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.


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.


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.