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

Monday, 26 August 2013

Artistic Process: Viking Dragons

I haven't posted any dragons in a while... but never get tired of doing them. All freehand work so no two are alike :-)

 Double Dragons I finished with Cobblestone and Scallop scales... around an old piece of Tribal Celtic

 One shot Dragon armband that starts with an double row of staggered Sharp scales

 Another Dragon armband I did several years ago with a single row of Herringbone scales. He came to get a tattoo from one of our Polynesian guest artists and I took the opportunity to take a healed photo

 A Single Dragon I started.

 Finished up Sune's dragon Nidhögg on his Yggdrasil backpiece with some Honeycomb scales.

 A Triple Rune Dragon sleeve. A very long text that had to be fitted and because it was his left arm I had to write it in backwards. This was not uncommon in Viking times as you find runestones with text from left-right, right-left and sometimes even alternating on each line. However it was a real exercise in patience and using my right hemisphere :-)

 Loki wanted a dragon sleeve of his own and insisted I take a photo of it too :-)

 Double Dragon half sleeve for his two sons with Cobblestone and Sharp scales

 Just finished this little Тетрис Dragon last week

And finally... a little Old School meets Older School :-)
Raven, Dragon and Three Drinking Horns combined with a Skøl :-)


  1. What does the text say on the Triple Rune Dragon sleeve