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, 7 April 2012

Something old... something new

Just a few extra pieces I did last week... thought that I'd post before the Easter break was over and I'm back to work

Here is a Raven I did about a month back to finish off a half sleave. He wanted Hugin & Munin, but the space left was too small to do 2 ravens without going below the elbow... so we had to compromise. A week later he calls me up and wants the second Raven anyway :-) I squeezed him into a cancellation I had while I was still psyched to continue the piece... never say never :-)   

   Jorn wanted a chest piece... shield, crown, wings, music, initials, a banner, etc. Lots of ideas with no real form. Sort of an Old School meets Heraldry, but not a family standard... just something personal in the style. He has a kinship to bears, so I drew a couple winged versions rampant... a crown and shield with initials in the top. København lion with heart next to a horn in the bottom (he is a musician) and lacking a latin moto, just opted for birthdate in the banner.

   My friend Arno from France who I tattooed a half sleave dragon in the early days wanted to complete the sleave in the same style but not another dragon. Went with a forearm grylemask wrap... unfortunately the dragons tail already came down onto the forearm, so we had a little more space to fill on one side than the other to keep it symetrical. A few extra twists in the mustache and beard solved the problem :-) We may fill the negative with some lighter dotwork patterns to tie it all together, so stay tuned :-)

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