Molly at the BTC

If you stopped by the shop last weekend, you may have noticed that we were closed, which is a rarity! We had a good excuse though – we were hard at work over at the Boston Tattoo Convention.

But this post isn’t about ALL of us. This post is specifically about Molly.

Let us explain. There are a couple of little known facts about Molly:
-She enjoys doing Japanese pieces.
-Not only does she enjoy them, but she’s really, really good at them.
-She is a machine.

No kidding. She sat for ten hours at the BTC working on this cherry blossom leg sleeve. Take a moment to read that again. Ten hours. That is one brutal lady.

The above photograph only shows a fraction of how gorgeous the piece was – we hope to snag another one to show you soon. High-fives to her and the woman able to sit still for that long! And here’s some more that Molly did at the convention:

We know, this post has probably left you itching for a new tattoo. Don’t worry, we’re here for you – stop in or give us a call! 978.744.9393

New work by Molly

Molly just completed this bright, ornate, and colorful feather anklet on one of her clients today. The repeating geometric patterns and highly illustrative style are indicative of Molly's work and this piece proved to be the perfect avenue for her. Although this was the client's first tattoo, she was able to weather the storms and make it through the whole sitting so Molly could finish it up!


Molly is always looking to work on more creative and elaborate custom pieces such as this so make sure to give us a ring in the shop and book out your consult with her today!

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Group Art Show in November!

All of us here from the shop will be featured in a Witch City Ink group art show for the month of November. Stop by our favorite local cafe, Front Street Coffeehouse, during the next month and check it out!

Witch City Ink Group Art Show
Front Street Coffeehouse
20 Front Street
Salem, MA 01970



Featuring all of your favorites from the shop, such as Natan Alexander, Molly McKinnon, Steve Gillespie, Matt Maguire, Jay Ski, and Micah R. O. Litant.


New Work by Molly: Swallow on Neck!

A couple weeks back Molly tattooed this swallow on the neck of one of her regular clients. This piece was a perfect match for Molly, as she's always glad to have the chance to draw up animal-related tattoos in her illustrative style that she's cultivated over the years. Molly specifically tailored the composition of this tattoo so as to mimic the natural flow of the anatomy and work in a congruous manner with the structure of the neck. Molly is currently booking out for custom work,

especially in an illustrative or animal-themed direction.

To book out any time or discuss any ideas you may have for custom work, give us a call in the shop here at 978 744 9393!

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New Work by Molly: Angel/Demon Backpiece

Molly just finished up this black and grey angel and demon back piece the other week. Molly comes from a strong figure-drawing background and put in a lot of leg-work on the drawing for this piece. After numerous anatomical studies and sketches, Molly got her drawing finalized and tattooed it all in there. Molly's always a champ with any black and grey work, figurative pieces, or anything illustrative so m

ake sure to give us a call if you have any custom projects in mind for her!


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Fetal Skeleton Tattoo by Molly!

Everyone here at the shop relishes the opportunity to work on any project involving skulls. Call us predictable (seeing as how we are in the middle of Salem), but nothing beats a good skull tattoo! However, Molly recently discovered that the only thing cooler than skeleton tattoos are black and grey, conjoined-twin, fetal skeleton tattoos! Check out her work below and make sure to give us a ring if you have any creative ta

ke on a skeleton tattoo (or any other fun custom ideas) for Molly to help you out with.

Fetal Skeletons

Fetal Skeletons

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New Harp tattoo by Molly


Harp Tattoo

Harp Tattoo by Molly McKinnon

The Irish have always been proud to show their heritage in the

form of skin art. The most popular image tends to be a shamrock, or a clover. My client Steve choose to support his roots with another time-honored symbol of the Irish; the harp. Unless you are familiar with the Guinness draft logo, or the Irish in general it may come as a surprise that the image of the harp is the symbol of the Emerald Island. He brought in a photo of a real harp he printed off the internet, but requested I draw it up in a more traditional style.


New Scarab Tattoo by Molly McKinnon

Scarab Tattoo
This is a tattoo I recently did of an Egyptian style scarab. This was the customer’s first tattoo and she wanted to make it count. Most of the time at Witch City Ink we recommend coming in for a consultation in order for your artist to gather all the information needed to give you a great tattoo. The results always speak for themselves.

New tattoos by Molly McKinnon

A common occurrence in tattooing is taking a concept or image you have tattooed before and reinventing it for another customer who has come in with the same request.

Here is an example of a customer who was an executive chef who wished to express his love of his favorite food; pork. He came in with the idea that he wanted an image of a flying pig with the indicating butcher marks. I myself being a fan of animal tattoos, and pork we hit it off pretty well and came up with this finished product.

Flying Pig

Flying Pig

Several months later a local Salem baker/ pork enthusiast came in looking to get a tattoo of a pig also with the indicating butcher marks. He wanted the style of the tattoo to look like it was done with a printing press. This style was achieved by drawing multiple series of lines vaguely indicating shadow.

Both of these tattoos were the same concept but the end results couldn’t have been more different. The chance of someone having the same tattoo idea as you is very strong if not inevitable. Luckily there is more then one way to do a tattoo.

New Art by Molly McKinnon

Snow Patrol, markers on bristol

Snow Patrol, markers on bristol

I drew this one day at work during a snow storm. One of my favorite themes to get ideas from is post apocalyptic setting. I’m just as happy drawing or tattooing less grim subjects, animals, flowers, “girly stuff”, what not. I just find “The end of days” feeds more into my love and interest in the action movies, 2D animation, and comics I loved growing up that really made me want to pursue my art further. I used markers on heavy stock paper for this piece. Both work well with the layering and experimenting with color I enjoy doing.