Sometimes putting too much symbolism into a tattoo doesn’t work out. If you try to put too many elements into a relatively small space, it can appear jumbled and confusing — both aesthetically and logically. This client came to us with a handful of ideas, all good ones, and Natan helped him put them all together into one piece. This tattoo is not only good, but it makes sense when you look at it. Not everyone could figure out how to put a raven, all-seeing eye, and alpha and omega symbols together without it being a mess.
Fun fact: Natan was not responsible for the lettering above the raven, but Jay Ski over at our sister shop Lightwave was.
Every so often we get a client that has a heartbreaking story behind their tattoo idea. It’s flattering when anyone chooses us to put something so permanent on their body, but especially so when it is an image that they hold dear. Natan did a wonderful job on this portrait, and the client loved it. Forgive us for not sharing the story with you, but some things aren’t ours to tell. Let’s just say that there’s a lot of love in this.
There is no doubt that Where the Wild Things Are is one of the most classic children’s books. According to author and illustrator of the book, Maurice Sendak, it was at first banned in libraries and received negative reviews. Since then it has received high critical acclaim, and was even made into a live-action film directed by Spike Jonze in 2009.
The book’s latest adaptation was taken on by Steve, and a very lucky lady walked out of our shop last night wearing this on her arm.
Judging by the chill in the air this morning, summer may officially be over, but things aren’t slowing down over here at Witch City Ink. We’ve been plenty busy this week making people happy with their new tattoos!
Molly did this lovely lotus flower on a very nice young lady’s calf. Lotus flowers are often seen a symbol of divine beauty, and this tattoo is no exception.
Steve finished this in an absurdly short amount of time! What’s better than a skull? A crystal skull.
Whenever someone comes into the shop requesting something traditional, we will usually refer them to PJ. Few things make him happier than getting to tattoo in this style.
We’re already starting to book appointments for October, so if you’re planning on coming to Salem for the autumn/Halloween season and want to get tattooed by us, you might want to contact us in the next few weeks!
Natan just completed this piece on our sailor friend, Gary, yesterday. Although he's often away at sea for long stretches of time, Gary always makes sure to find some time to swing on by the shop to continue Natan's work on his detailed fisherman sleeve. In addition to his ongoing sleeve, Gary requested that Natan tattoo a big gold fleur de lis on his shoulder for yesterday's session. For this piece, Natan decided to really push his color theory by sinking rich blues, greens, and purples into the shadows to really make the striking chroma and texture of the
Although Natan is often knee-deep in back-pieces and sleeves, you can sometimes catch him at work on small pieces, or in this case, MICRO pieces! Check out this tiny realistic turtle that Natan tattooed on a woman's foot a little while back. Even if you're not yet ready for a massive, multiple-sitting tattoo, make sure to book out your time with Natan if you have an
Best friend to everyone, Jay Ski, just finished up this tattoo. Traditional style gypsy holding a skull and a candle. Although Jay's obviously a champ with the super traditional stuff, he can also step up to tackle realism, portraits, you name it! Check out his portfolio and give us a call in the shop (978.744.9393) or stop on by (186-3 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts) to book up some time wit
Couple of new pieces recently completed by Molly McKinnon. Check 'em out and swing on by the shop or give us a call if you would like to book your own custom piece with her!
Zombie daughter w/ signature
Molly just tattooed this portrait of a client's daughter as a zombie with her signature above it the other day. Molly specializes in this style of bright, custom, illustrative work and was happy to be given the opportunity to play around with the artwork for this one.
From Molly's batch of Halloween tattoos a couple of weeks ago, these realistic leaves and pentagram span the lower back of one of her repeat clients.
Realistic black and grey rendering of the sign language translation of the word “Love”.
Here's a sneak peak at one of Steve's larger on-going projects he's been working on intermittently: full dragon sleeve with traditional Japanese flowers. Check back on in to the site in up-coming weeks as Steve finishes up this piece and posts the completed photos. If you are interested in getting any large, colorful, custom work from Steve, make sure to give us a call at 978 744 9393 or
Natan just tattooed this old-fashioned six shooter the other day. If you have any bright, colorful, bold work in mind, make sure to get in touch with Natan over at the shop and book your time today for custom work!