Early spring, anyone? Okay, it was actually snowing down in Boston early this morning, but February has definitely been gracing us with some warmer-than-usual temperatures, which is drawing people out of hibernation and into our shop. What is it about spring that makes people want to get tattooed? Or is it simply because it coincidentally coincides with tax return season? Either way, we’re not complaining! All five of our artists’ schedules have been pretty full these days, and while we do our best to accommodate walk-ins, this would be a good time to note that we highly recommend making an appointment in advance. You can do so by stopping by the shop, emailing us at email@example.com, or calling 978.744.9393.
In other news, we’ve finally pestered Steve enough where he’s taking pictures of his work again (hooray!). He did this large koi yesterday, on a returning client.
One of the new favorite things in the tattoo world seems to be Instagram, which is a (free!) photo app for iPhones. And guess who has an account? Our very own Mr. Gillespie. You can find and follow him at stevegillespietattoo.
Whenever blog posts about Natan aren’t happening, it’s because his schedule is consisting of many, many in progress pieces. He prefers to keep work a secret from the internet until it’s completed, but he’s letting us make an exception for this one!
The client came in with an idea for an ouroboros tattoo. Natan asked him a lot of questions, because it’s important to get to know a bit of the client’s personality, likes, and dislikes in a consult (especially for large tattoos), and turned his ouroboros idea into something much more grand. The client loved it, and has been in for multiple sessions, which he drives to and from New York for. We appreciate his dedication to the back piece, and it’s always fun having him here in the shop. He’s got some more hours in the chair before it’s finished, and we’re all excited for the final result!
Natan is currently booked until April, but he has time for short sessions, smaller pieces, and consults for a few days in March. Give us a call if you want in! 978.744.9393
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!
Many of Sharonn’s clients have large pieces that require multiple sessions. But she’s certainly not opposed to smaller, one-session pieces. Here are a couple of recents.
Ahh, the Zig Zag man. He is a classic and recognizable character (A+ to Zig Zag for the good branding). Everyone in the shop was envious of Sharonn for getting to do this one.
This next client came in with a lot of good ideas, but requested that the tattoo stay small. Most artists would be hesitant to take on such a thing, but Sharonn jumped right in and did a wonderful job.
The newest lady of the house is settling in to Witch City Ink, and we are loving having her here! It’s obvious that clients are loving that Sharonn’s here too, because her old ones have followed and new ones are finding her. Her schedule is beginning to fill up, so if you’d like to be tattooed by her, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll schedule a consult for you. 978.744.9393
Here are two black and grey pieces that she’s done recently (by the way, have we mentioned that black and grey is her favorite?). These pictures were taken while the tattoos were fresh, so please forgive the quality!
This crow was done over multiple sessions. The photo does not do it justice — it’s beautiful and fits the client well!
Unless you are particularly familiar with flora, you may not recognize the above plant. It’s a thistle, which is a flowering plant covered in prickles that discourage herbivores from snacking on the plant. Thistles are also the floral emblem of Scotland.
Whenever someone comes in requesting a traditional tattoo (and this does not happen nearly enough.. *hint*), we automatically point them in PJ’s direction. He is great at them, and loves doing them. And when a person loves what they do, it definitely shows. Here’s a few pieces from PJ, some fairly recent, some from past lives.
PJ is in the shop Thursday-Monday, so stop in or give us a call! 978.744.9393
For the past four years, Boston’s Stuff Magazine has put out an annual body issue. This year, they did a feature on tattooed folk, and who better to speak to about body art than our very own Natan Alexander? As most Witch City Ink clients know, he is one of New England’s most prominent tattooers, currently owning twoshops while also being the brains and the love behind the Boston Tattoo Convention. Oh, and did you know that he was one of the people who pushed to legalize tattooing in Massachusetts? This is a man who is passionate about what he does, and we’re proud to have him representing us in Stuff.
As you may remember, Molly left us for a week at the beginning of the month to go take over Germany. Or, more accurately, to guest spot at Lowbrow Tattoo and enjoy the other side of the Atlantic. Here are two of the tattoos she did while there!
Natan still has openings at the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention, taking place February 10th-12th at the Philadelphia Convention Center. If you’re interested in getting tattooed at the show, give us a call at 978.744.9393, or send an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is some of Natan’s work, which has won multiple awards at various conventions!
And although New England has lucked out with a mild winter thus far, who doesn’t need a vacation by the time February rolls around? This is a really good excuse to get away and get tattooed. If you’ve never been, Philadelphia is a beautiful city, full of history, art, and good food. If you prefer not to drive, their public transit system is easy to figure out. So even if you choose not to spend all of your time at the convention, you’ll have plenty of things to do! We’d be more than happy to give you some recommendations.