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 April 2012

Polynesian Tattooing at Skin&Bone

   We are once again pleased to have two of the top artists in Polynesan tattooing visiting at Skin&Bone... Brent McCown and Dmitry Babakhin

Brent McCown is an award winning Tafuga coming from New Zealand who specializes in Maori as well as traditional Samoan Tatau or hand tapping. Brent is one of the new generation pushing the traditional style and tools into the 21st Century and has been instrumental in developing hygenic tools that can be used in the traditional technique. As Brent says, "We're now working cleaner than the machinists". :-)
Brent has also pushed the traditional designs in new directions to share with a global community. Experimenting and mixing things up to give the designs an individual placement and look that so as not to offend any tribal affiliations while still staying true to the style.

Brent will be attending the Goth Ink Fest from the 31/8 - 2/9... but will be arriving a few days early to work at Skin&Bone

You can contact Brent at  or see more of his work at

Dmitri Babakhin from "Bang Bang Custom Tattoo" in St. Petersburg, Russia     
   Through my years of travel I've met and befriended many traditional Polynesian artists from Samoa, Tahiti, Hawaií and New Zealand. Dmitry Babakhin is "Not" one of these :-) Dmitri comes from St Petersburg Russia... which is as far away from French Polynesia as you can get. Despite this "handicap" Dmitri had a burning desire to specialize in the Polynesian style. As the Polynesian style has blossomed over the years, Dmitry has been at the forefront... and by specializing where there are no others, Dmitry has acquired more experience at large scale Polynesian tattooing than most native tattooists have. So if you have ever wanted a Polynesian tattoo but couldn't afford the ticket to Tahiti, here is your chance to get something from a Master and Ambassador of this style.

  Dmitry will be a guest artist at Skin&Bone for the weeks following the Goth Ink Fest 1-15 of September… so contact him immediately if you are thinking of a tattoo 2 weeks only!!!

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