I haven't had a home computer for most of the year... while this has it's advantages, it isn't so good for my answering e-mails or doing blog posts
To all you Hipsters with your beards and flannel jackets...
this is what a "Real" Forest Ranger looks like ;-)
Hugin & Munin over a 2 day visit
Odin's Spear, Gungner
The inspiration for this design was the Polynesian leg stripes common to the Hawaiían Islands, however a more Nordic version. Unfortunately for a spear to be recognizable as a spear it has to be long and thin. We stretched the design as much as we could onto the ribs however the thinness of the shaft didn't do justice to the placement.
Solution: We did the spear in the center negative space with a runetext, then flanked it on each side with a row of Celtic Key Patterns to give the design more girth.
Still need a healed photo of this design :-)
A Rose and some Rune Magic on a Slavic walk-in
Always a pleasure to tattoo other tattooists... despite the lack of space :-)
Double Rune Dragons around an older tattoo of Odin & Sleipner
Started this at Lejre in the Summer and finished in the studio after returning from the
"Burn & Pillage Tour"
Continued this Colinesian/Formline on Thorsten
Unfortunately I was as sick as a dog that day, but since he came all the way from Sweden I made the effort to put in a few hours. Will be continued in January
Started a Formline Yggdrasil on Willy... Eagle in the branches, Ratatosk running down the trunk to whisper in the ear of Nidhögg. The Dragon will be entwined in the roots below the belt after New Years
Even more of an honour than tattooing tattooists, is tattooing ones wife. Actually very daunting as it is a tattooist whos work I admire and this is her first tattoo.
These Rus-Dragons are going to take a while... but it's not going anywhere
As there is no evidence of the Dotwork technique ever being used for cultural tattooing, the Vikings tattoos may have more resembled this Linework design.
One healed, one fresh
Continued on Malte's back with a few more symbols
Tattooed a Pictish Wild Boar on our guest artist Jean Michel Manutea. The Picts were given their name by to Romans (same root as "picture") due to the designs that they painted on their bodies and pricked into their skin. This design is typical of carvings found on various standing stones throughout Scotland... the last stronghold of these warriors
Healed photo... may have to touch up a few lines next visit
Olaf's first tattoo... a Rune Dragon with the names of his siblings. I drew a dragon on Olaf at Lejre about 15 years back and he couldn't wait until he was 18 to get the real thing like his sisters :-)
Continued on Anita's leg sleeve over a couple days.
Hoping to cotinue on it in May at the Traditional Tattoo and World Culture Festival in Mallorca
I tattooed Niklas and Lisa at the Børre Viking Market a few years back. Unfortunately I had to cancel our trip to Norway this year... but the Vikings weren't afraid to travel, (either then or now) so they made the pilgrimage to Copenhagen instead :-)
I got a healed photo of the Niklas' whale petroglyph and got to continue on some Inuit sewing we had started.
You can see some of the earlier process on the "Roots" video here
Did two handpoked Inuit wristbands on Lisa as well as a matching one on her mother Birgitta
Pretty much finished the outline on Fie's Dragons... now it is just lots of dots
Did this Sun symbol from Bornholm after a photograph of it she took as a child
Sun Dancer of my own design
Finished Hugin & Munin on Jonathan around an older Sugar Skull we did several years back
Did these on the shoulder caps, so hard to get a good photo of them
Start of a Petroglyph project with patterned background... we will be continuing down the arm at a later point.