Skin & Bone is a combination gallery and tattoo studio. The gallery will exhibit art and ethnographic handicrafts related to tattooing, while the studio will have Colin Dale tattooing alongside various guest artists throughout the year. Through his years of travelling and tattooing around the world Colin has had the pleasure to meet and work alongside a wide range of tattoo artists and experts working in ethnographic and other specialized styles. Amongst these friends, we have hand-tattooists from Borneo, Polynesia and Japan as well as some of the world's leading artists in Blackwork and Dotwork coming to visit. Check the homepage to see some of the work

Friday, 20 January 2017

Slithers & Scales of Inspiration: The reptile book

Slithers & Scales of Inspiration:
The reptile book
ISBN: 978-0-9961870-6-0

Jinxi Caddal's series of inspirational art books from Out of Step Books has really come along way in the last few years. From the beginning with Eight Arms of Inspiration, a pet project on her love of cephalopods, titles now include, Antennae, Meows & Roars and two volume of Feathers. Jinxi has collected photos of artwork in the top artists in the tattoo community to inspire a future generation of artists. Not just in pictures only, as Out of Step Books donates a portion of all of their sales to buy art supplies to schools in need. Jinxi's latest book, Slithers and Scale of Inspiration is a collection of reptile artwork divided into 4 chapters covering tattoos, painting, drawings and other mediums.
I previously was give a 2 page "Artist Spotlight" in Jinxi's book Feathers of Inspiration which highlighted my work with Haida Indian designs and tools, and talked about the tattooing tradition from Canada's North West Coast
I talked to Jinxi about writing a short article for Slithers & Scales on Nordic Dragons which aren't actually Dragons, but were rather Orm or Serpents. Unfortunatly with hundreds of artists now sending work into Out of Step Books there was no room for text of any type in this issue :-) 
So in the words of Sailor Jerry, I'll have to... "let my work speak for itself"


Rafal Wechterowicz's cover art for the book

Assorted Dragons/Serpents... 2 by hand, 2 with machine
I asked my apprentice Sofie if she could tell which was which... she nailed it!
At first I was thinking it was because I had trained her well... but now I'm thinking that there must be room for improvement ;-)

Thor "vs" The Midgaards Serpent
from the "Blood Gods" series
since this time we added Tyr & Fenris on the other arm

Series of some larger projects
... strangly a photo of the leg sleeve slipped past the editors which they show in the whole later in the book, but not surprising considering how many thousand photos are in the book.
Fills out the page nicely though :-)

 Thor's Hammer & Midgaards Serpent
On a Czech client over 2 and a half visits

 The Quadruple Dragon Leg Sleeve in full
This piece was placed alongside a Celtic half sleeve by George Bardadim
George is generally more known for his Japanese work, but his Celtic work always blew me away when I was just starting as a tattooist... really honoured.

And a few "Blood Gods" made it to the drawing chapter
"Thor's Fishing Tour" and "Vitruvian Thor"

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Artistic Process: Machine Tattooing

Well it appears that the only thing that I tattoo with machine theses days is large scale freehand Nordic dragons. This is probably due more to time considerations than anything else... as a large portion of my clientele are from abroad and if I only worked with hand tools I would be limited to a half a dozen clients a year.
Anyway, here are some things I'm working on and a few others I smashed out in record time.
See you all next year

Single dragon  sleeve, chest and shoulderblade with runes in negative with an Anglo Saxon Swastika pattern background.

One is never enough
A forearm dragon becomes a sleeve on an American client... to be continued

One Raven on a client now living Sri Lanka... this will be finished and a second Raven added to the other arm at a later date

One shot Nordic Deer around an onder Celtic piece on Jan Ronald from Holland

Runes, Honeycomb and Scallop scales on a Triple Dragon sleeve and chest

One shot Forearm Wrap Dragon

and the Happy Client ;-) 

It's not always about Dragons

A little Cobblestone Dragon filler around some floral patters by another artist in England

Raven Sword
Only a couple hours left on this
A Celtic Lion on his left shoulderblade... 
I made this tattoo the first week I started tattooing over 20 years back :-)

Another foreign client just in for a few days gets a Rune Dragon with Rope Twists
We'll continue with another on the forearn up at a later date

Another Rune and Rope Dragon. 
I usually forget to take photos of the freehand work
The finished half sleeve over 2 days

Some healed photos of a Birthday Suit
Happy 50th
Four Dragons around a Hammer with a "Blood Gods" Gryllemask
Dragons protect chest
Hammer covers back

One brutally large Dragon around a calf... the head alone covers a third of the distance

A Nordic Phoenix wrapping around from bicep to forearm

Single Dragon calf wrap with butally thick lines

One shot half sleeve Dragon

Three Dragons... Two Days... First Tattoo
An export to Tromsø in Northern Norway... a real Viking, this man didn't make a peep over two 10 hour days. He began to shake at one point so I asked him if he needed a break... he said, "No, just a blanket, it's a little chilly"

Knotwork meets Sacred Geometry.... with a little Rune Magic

Freya's Two Blue Cats
I based this design on Norwegian Forest Cats... Freya has two blue cats who pull her chariot around
A healed photo sent by my client (the smaller Celtic Cat is not my work)

Start of a Wolf filler on the ribs of a Czech client... to be continued in February

 Start of a Thigh Wrap featuring Thor riding down from Asgaard in his wagon pulled by his two goats Tanngrisnir&Tanngnóstr to do battle with the Midgaards Serpent
Part of the "Blood Gods" series
 Sorry for all the red and blue marker... but I didn't think he wanted to be rubbed down with alchohol at this point ;-)