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, 23 November 2017

Burn&Pillage Tour 2017: Moesgaard

Finally the end of our Viking Tour and vacation we land on the beach at Moesgaard
This year we were placed in No Man's Land... a little clearing amid the rose bushes situated between the large warrior camp on the beach and the actual market place. Nanna (as always) tidied up all the under growth and planted a little garden of herbs and flowers to make it more inviting to the public, as they filed past down the main road.
On the final day of the weekend a storm hit hard at the start of the first battle... thunder and lighting lit the skys as torrentual rain soaked the warriors. Because of mud the second battle had to be cancelled... but I'm sure the public got more than they expected with the elements adding to the rumble of the battle.

See you all next year 

Michael, an incredible potter by trade, had a God awful Kanji & Sun design on his shoulder. It had been attempted to fix at one point with less than favorable results :-( So I was actually quite flattered that he would risk another attempt to make something good out of it... especially when I explained that I would have to go much bigger. Thanks for the confidence Michael :-)
I don't usually do coverups... but when I do...

Love this piece and am looking forward to doing a similar cover-up on his other shoulder next year

The Brakteat from Naglum depicting Tyr losing his hand to the Fenris Wolf

Whenever I'm approached about doing an historical piece I am challenged to find a way to translate the design to the medium of tattoo.I'm not trying to do a photo realistic version of these designs but I have to extract the basic elements of the design and then make it into a workable tattoo design.
Strong graphics, which can be recognized at a distance, as well as a good balance of positive and negative space, which will hold over time. I also wanted to keep this one more traditional, working only with black and no dotwork shading techniques.

Vejviser, to keep this Viking on the right path.

A Nordic Wolf on Steve from England
Kept the design simple so that we could complete it in one shot... may add another wolf on the right side at a later date.

"The Lovers"
A Family tattoo combining the lovers petroglyph with twins hanging from their knees. The sunwheel binds them together with a flower of life pattern in the background

Life is a Beach

Loki... King of "Loki's Freemen"

Bifrost the Rainbow Bridge

Burn & Pillage

The King and his Old Man

The Midgaard's Serpent bites his own tail around Mjølner.
Did this piece many years ago... good to get some photos to show how well they age.

A little petroglyph Mother for Annik (Nick)... 
given to her by her sons, Janjesper and Kjartan, on her birthday

Sarah wanted a Nordic Fox tattoo and allowed me to decide how big I could make it and still have it look good. Went for a full sleeve :-)
Not specifically Nordic, but more inspired by the even older Pictish standing stones. The Picts were also tattooed and named so by the Romans using the Latin root as used in "Picture"
I really enjoy working with these designs as the spirals and S curves have a strong natural flow on the body and the simplicity allows me to cover a lot of area in minimal time.
Look forward to finishing this one soon 

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