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

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Polynesian Tattooing at Skin&Bone

Rory Keating  has been a friend for many years and due to his computer illiteracy I'm really looking forward to having him here so that we can catch up and work together... because he is useless at answering emails :-) Despite this handicap Rory has become one of the leading artists in Tribal & Blackwork. Rory was apprentised under the tutorage of Leo Zulueta and since that time has tattooed the likes of Tommy Lee, won the TLC's "Tattoo Wars" and been featured in Marisa Kakoulas' book "Black Tattoo Art". Rory's work has a mix of Indonesian and Polynesian influences... and rather than steal, he creates original designs within this framework. The Neo-Tribal style hit the world like a bomb in the 90's... unfortunately there were only a handful of artists worldwide doing good work. Rory is one of these, both before... and after. Rory is a person I would want as a friend even if he had never picked up a tattoo machine :-)
Rory will be attending the Copenhagen Ink Fest from the 1st-3rd of April and then extending his stay until the 7th at Skin&Bone
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Dmitri Babakhin from "Bang Bang Custom Tattoo" in St. Petersburg, Russia
Through my years of travel I've met and befriended many traditional Polynesian artists from Samoa, Tahiti, Hawaií and New Zealand. Dmitry Babakhin is "Not" one of these :-) Dmitri comes from St Petersburg Russia... which is as far away from French Polynesia as you can get. Despite this "handicap" Dmitri had a burning desire to specialize in the Polynesian style. As the Polynesian style has blossomed over the years, Dmitry has been at the forefront... and by specializing where there are no others, Dmitry has acquired more experience at large scale Polynesian tattooing than most native tattooists have. So if you have ever wanted a Polynesian tattoo but couldn't afford the ticket to Tahiti, here is your chance to get something from a Master and Ambassador of this style. Dmitry will be a guest artist at Skin&Bone from the 31st of March until the 7th of April… so contact him immediately if you are thinking of a tattoo  One week only!!!

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