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

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Blood Gods

A little collection of Blood God figures I've been working on the last while
Some are my interpretation of historical sources while others are of my own design. 
Either way, we are trying to tell a story and breath new life into the old symbols


The Venus of Lespugue
Not my design... ;-) but based off of a Ivory figurine from the Paleolithic era
A Paleolithic Pinup

Tyr tattooed by hand on Tyr's Day, on an American client living in Saudi Arabia

And the Fenris Wolf bound on the other forearm the following day... looking forward to filling these next year
Rune text wrist band was done by Just Sofie at the beginning of the week and was a little scabbed up by then

This is a continuation of a Ragnarok project on Søren. Several years back we did Odin fighting the Fenris Wolf on his ribs and Hugin&Munin on his shoulder. Now it was time to add Thor battling the Midgaards Serpent on the rest of the leg. Søren is formerly in the military, so images of "The War to End All Wars" spoke to him

 Images of the Jelling Stone raised by Harold Blue Tooth with some freehand serpents as a space filler... tattooed by hand

An image of Brynhilde of my own design
Brynhilde was a shield maiden and valkyrie as well as the main character in the Völsunga saga and later in Wagner's opera, Der Ring des Nibelungen. Tattooed by hand on a kinsman born in the same region in Germany 

 Thor in his wagon pulled by his two goats Tannngrisnir&Tanngnjóstr do battle with the Midgaards Serpent... finally finished. Hope to get some healed photos at a later point

Cernunnos from the Gundestrup Caldron tattooed on a French Archaeologist using only hand tools

With some simple line figures between the lines of the serpent

Frost Giant also tattooed by hand


  1. Lovely to see the evolution of the pieces, the technique, and the style. As always your sense for placement shines, but it is the dimensionality created by the dotting that is the hallmark of your work, that makes it uniquely yours. Well done ! ---- Pat Fish

  2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  3. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  4. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.