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, 8 March 2015

Convention Tour; Brighton and Tattoo Meltdown

The Brighton Convention has always been a highlight of our year. Held right on the shore front and just around the corner from The Lanes there is always something to do both in and outside the Convention. This year was extra special as Alex Binnie from "Into You" took the initiative to hold a release party for Charles Boday's new Handpoke Tattoo book on the Thursday before the convention... with all the (un)usual suspects in attendance
 And a special thanks to Woody for arranging a special Traditional area for Brent McCown, myself, Charles Boday with  and Jimmy Scruse  
The Brighton Center situated next to the convention also was holding a Model Convention with everything from working scale model steam engines, lego, mechano, RC vehicles... everthing you could think of in scale reproductions 

Tattoo Meltdown in Trollhätten the weekend after was no less fun. Although the location houses about a tenth of Brighton's it is an extremely intimate  and cozy family friendly convention with an always high quality of artists attending.
Thanks to Mardo and crew for a fantastic weekend as well as Alex and Demon for the award for "Best Ornamental" 

See you all next year

1000 sets of lego in duty free and what does Loki pick?

Sitting on the shore at Brighton with a view of the Eiffel Tower

Loki's guestspot at "Into You" 
where he suddenly started working on pattern shading his drawings... taking sacred geometry one step further :-)

Red Walrus

 Moby Dick... the great white whale attacks the Queen Mary

 I took a similar photo of Cirkeline last year at the Long Beach Convention... this was more to scale

 More lego

 Loki Dalek... the New Who

5... 4... 3... 2... 1...

 Thunderbirds are Go!

 Mechano Copter

 Under the Big Top

 Search and Rescue

 Charles Boday author of the Handpoke Tattoo Book holding down one end of the stage and promoting Machine-Free Tattooing

The Machine-Free row

 Freehand Fenris

 The finished outline

 The Great Race... Viking "vs" Polynesian
alongside my comrade at arms Brent McCown

 Returned home for one day to finish up Tyr binding the Fenris Wolf 
From the "Blood Gods" series and done entirely by hand

 A bit of Colinesian over 2 days at the Tattoo Meltdown in Trollhätten

My Haida Raven by our guest artist Jean Michel Manutea won first prize for Best Ornamental Tattoo

 More Colinesian after returning home... this time a coverup piece with some solid Black

"Release the Kraken!"
And finally the start of a project I've been wanting to do for a while... I think we're gonna do this one by hand :-)

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