iNKY sTAINS’s Invasive Species Alerts


On August 29, 2019, the Medford Transcript published a news report about local environmentalist and graphic artist Ian Lippincott, also known as iNKY sTAINS, who recently released two illustrated Public Service Announcements (PSA) about two specific invasive species attacking the region.

Lippincott worked closely with Friends of the Fells botanical experts to create a successful pilot of invasive species PSAs, which later won a Melrose Cultural Council (MCC) grant award. Black Swallow-Wort and Oriental Bittersweet are two of his least favorite species.

Black Swallow-Wort

Black Swallow-Wort – Image courtesy Robby McKittrick, Wicked Local

Oriental Bittersweet

Oriental Bittersweet – Image accessed from
The artist hopes to disseminate the materials widely, and the Friends of the Fells plans to extend the series.


Lippincott encourages everyone who cares about combating these environmental threats to visit his online studio where high-resolution images are available for download.  Both the Friends and the artist encourage members to share and distribute the images with others widely. Thank you!


This announcement is supported in part by a grant from the Melrose Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.