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

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Year of the Dragon... hand tattooing :-)

   As long as I am on the subject of dragons, it just wouldn't be complete without showing a few versions done by hand.. The Vikings were known to be tattooed... how and what is uncertain however. Simple petroglyhs, gripping beasts, bound runes or Urnes style dragons is anyones guess. However, if you "Really" want a traditional piece this is the way to go.
   Anything I do with machine can technically also be done by hand... the only difference being, "Time". Generally dragons done by hand take me from twice to three time longer than a similar size done by machine. It is also for this reason that I tend to design my hand tattooed dragons more simply.
  These are a few examples of dragons done while travelling, in one shot. As always, they  have been drawn freehand on the body (no stencils or photocopy machines out in the bush)  Please respect the individuals wearing them by not copying the work
   Thanks - Colin

Tattooing by hand at Lejre: Archaeological Research Center

Triskel Dragon: Lejre, Denmark

Dotwork Dragon: Borre, Norway

Close up

Rope Dragon: Florence, Italy

Cobblestone Dragon: Cobh, Ireland (12 hours)

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