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

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Artistic Process... Odds and Ends

Finished up a couple projects in the last few weeks... and started a few others :-) Sort of a blending of Nordic, Ornamental and Haida as well as machine and hand tattooing. However I hope that there is a recognizable style emerging...  keeps me from getting bored anyway :-)


Finished up Jesper's Midgaardsorm under an earlier handpoked ship motif.
Jesper has been coming every 3-6 months for a couple hours for the last couple years now.
Just shows you what can be accomplished on a limited budget with a little patience :-)

 Started a mermaid backpiece on an Italian client this week
I used the Scottish saga of Melusine as well as the Pictish Mendle stone for inspiration

 Continued on the Haida Mountaingoat last week... all by hand. We'll continue with a Dogfish on the other side as well as a herron and eagle head above the wings already there

 Did a small continuation of some previous work on Mie.
Freehand and tattooed by hand

 Continued a dragon project on a Swedish customer above some previous work done by my mentor.
He was so happy after the session that he made an appointment for his wife as well :-)

 Started a new dragon on a Swiss client who will fly in to get it completed in a few months

 I tattooed a dragon around an earlier tattoo on this client and we discussed if I could do sometyhing about the hammer on his back made by some kitchen tattooist in his youth. Unfortunately the design was so scarred up that I didn't dare touch it... however we did a nice Celtic Mandala around it to fill out the back and take focus away from the hammer 

 I did some Celtic ornament to fill out Inge Mette's arm... abstract owl, woman and triskel figures designed after ornament taken from a twisted silver bracelet 

A rather unusual (or just original) request from a client wanting a Viking dragon tattoo. However he wanted a very simple rendition done in solid black by hand tools... perhaps much closer to what a real Viking tattoo looked like a thousand years ago :-) 

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