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

Friday 20 January 2017

Slithers & Scales of Inspiration: The reptile book

Slithers & Scales of Inspiration:
The reptile book
ISBN: 978-0-9961870-6-0

Jinxi Caddal's series of inspirational art books from Out of Step Books has really come along way in the last few years. From the beginning with Eight Arms of Inspiration, a pet project on her love of cephalopods, titles now include, Antennae, Meows & Roars and two volume of Feathers. Jinxi has collected photos of artwork in the top artists in the tattoo community to inspire a future generation of artists. Not just in pictures only, as Out of Step Books donates a portion of all of their sales to buy art supplies to schools in need. Jinxi's latest book, Slithers and Scale of Inspiration is a collection of reptile artwork divided into 4 chapters covering tattoos, painting, drawings and other mediums.
I previously was give a 2 page "Artist Spotlight" in Jinxi's book Feathers of Inspiration which highlighted my work with Haida Indian designs and tools, and talked about the tattooing tradition from Canada's North West Coast
I talked to Jinxi about writing a short article for Slithers & Scales on Nordic Dragons which aren't actually Dragons, but were rather Orm or Serpents. Unfortunatly with hundreds of artists now sending work into Out of Step Books there was no room for text of any type in this issue :-) 
So in the words of Sailor Jerry, I'll have to... "let my work speak for itself"


Rafal Wechterowicz's cover art for the book

Assorted Dragons/Serpents... 2 by hand, 2 with machine
I asked my apprentice Sofie if she could tell which was which... she nailed it!
At first I was thinking it was because I had trained her well... but now I'm thinking that there must be room for improvement ;-)

Thor "vs" The Midgaards Serpent
from the "Blood Gods" series
since this time we added Tyr & Fenris on the other arm

Series of some larger projects
... strangly a photo of the leg sleeve slipped past the editors which they show in the whole later in the book, but not surprising considering how many thousand photos are in the book.
Fills out the page nicely though :-)

 Thor's Hammer & Midgaards Serpent
On a Czech client over 2 and a half visits

 The Quadruple Dragon Leg Sleeve in full
This piece was placed alongside a Celtic half sleeve by George Bardadim
George is generally more known for his Japanese work, but his Celtic work always blew me away when I was just starting as a tattooist... really honoured.

And a few "Blood Gods" made it to the drawing chapter
"Thor's Fishing Tour" and "Vitruvian Thor"


  1. Thank you for this wonderful post about the book! It is fantastic and we are so happy and honored to include your outstanding work in this volume, Colin! You have always inspired us and it is always a pleasure to have you as a part. Thank you again for writing about the book and for being so all-around awesome and inspiring! Much love.

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