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

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

"Handpoke Tattoo": edited by Charles Boday, Pen & Sword Press

I just wanted to thank Charle Boday for contacting me about being in his project book on handpoked tattooing. It was a pleasure to talk to and exchange ideas with this man and I 'm happy that the suggessions I had were a positive effect. I've printed my own interview... but if you want to see more of the amazing work and commetaries from the other artists you'll have to buy the book on Amazon or at Skin&Bone
Other artists featured are: Boff Konkurz, Brent McCown, Cory Ferguson, Croc Coulter, Ferank Manseed, Gary Burns, Goldilox, Hellenic Stixis, Himemiya Neko, Igor Tangen, Kai Faust, Karolina Czaja, Kristijan Pavic, Lard Yao Peter, Lars Martinen, Marc Pinto, Mark Mason, Sakura Avalon, Sanya Youalli, Sulu'ape Angela Bolson, Tikiora, Thor Ola Svennevig
as well as a foreword by Alex Binnie


 I'm very proud to have my work gracing the front cover. Although in a Polynesian style which I usually prefer to leave to our expert guest artists... I think the dotwork technique and hand tools used set it apart from more authentic Polynesian.
Sort of Colinesian :-)

All the artists were given a list of questions which they were asked to answer as many as they could in their own words. The questions were not reprinted in each interview to allow for space. The answers from the artists is so rich and varied as are their personalities and experiences :-)

 Tattooing Eric at Lejre
A memorial tattoo using only soot and ash from his recently departed father

 Yggdrasil & Nidhögg

 Raven on Nicholaj... a Russian Tattooist I met and tattooed in Moscow

 Haida Eagle on an Inuit client with a son named Diamond

 My second year at the Traditional Tattoo Festival arranged by Phil Cummings and Ferank Manseed in Cobh, Ireland. It was here that I met and became friends with many of the artists featured in this book.

 More Colinesian... blackwork and back to basics

 Thor's Hammer tattooed over 6 hours at a Viking Market

 Paul Rodgers "Mad Bee" tattoo machine done on another tattooist... by hand on a foot :-)

 Tyr binding the Fenris Wolf and loosing his own hand in the bargain
Part of the "Blood Gods" series

 Skin&Bone Grylemask with Nordic ornaments

 Colinesian leg tattoo inspired by traditional Hawaiían tattoo patterns (but not copied)

 Tattooing with hawthorn the first year in Ireland
Nanna's forearms tattooed on Tahiti (while pregnant) and on Vancouver Island (while nursing)

Karen's first tattoo at the age of 103