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

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Burn&Pillage Tour: Københavns Middelalder Marked: KMM 2017

is held in Valby Parken in Copenhagen during the 4 day holiday in Pinsen every year. When we first started going to this market there were only a dozen or so Viking tents, however this has now expanded to almost half of the re-enactors now. 
The market is very blended with Medieval, Viking and Role playing areas... although not authentic it is a lot of fun and great for kids who won't get bored even if you spend the whole day there. The blend of commercial items with more authentic craftmen also opens the childrens (and adults) eyes to a bit of history and craftsmanship.
See you all in 2018

I actually did this piece on a French Archaeologist the night before KMM... It didn't fit in so well with the timeline, but as it is primitive hand tattooing with a historical theme I thought I would share. 
The image is from a Paleolithic cave paintng from Lascaux, France which I added some freehand petroglyph figures to fill out the arm

Abby flew in from Dubai to get a tattoo of Hugin&Munin (Thought&Memory)
The "Thought": Odin's two Ravens travel the World and then return home to tell of all they have seen
The "Memory": a tattoo of Hugin&Munin to remind her of her trip to Scandinavia
The bound rune is is merely the initials for H&M :-)
A little Trollekors

Finished up Jannik's half sleeve dedicated to Hugin&Munin 

 Our Mongolian Princess, "Just Sofie" came out to cover for me on smaller tattoos by doing what she does best... Clean Lines

Got to finish up this Yggdrasil forearm piece... all by hand
(sorry for the shitty over exposed lighting)

 Started this Spiral Dragon forearm at the studio as an extension of a previous Spiral Dragon shoulder piece from many years back. Unfortunately we ran out of time to finish... and although I don't like mixing hand and machine work I thought it would be better to finish the last few hours on this piece before the market closed so he didn't have to wait a half year to get it done.
Dragon by machine/Spirals by hand

Z-Tattoo Interview: Taku Oshima

Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances I was unable to interview my friend Taku while at the Traditional Tattoo Festival in Mallorca. With the deadline fast approaching and Taku involved in an exhibition show of his work the following week I was forced to use the short portrait which I would normally use as an introduction to the interview questions. Thankfully I'll have a chance to see Taku again and talk more indepth on Tribal tattooing in Japan and the pottery designs of the Jomon culture. Unfortunately for most readers, you won't be there... 
Thankfully though, Taku's work speaks for itself


And for the Swedish impaired:

Taku Oshima

When talking of Japanese tattooing ones mind is automatically filled with images of koi fish, dragons, gods and heros from feudal times handpoked into the skin of gangsters using tebori tools. Taku Oshima is not one of these tattooists. Starting with a degree in anthropology Taku already had his mind set on prehistory before joining the tattoo world. Traveling to Goa in the 90s opened his eyes to the world of tattooing, however not the colourful designs of his homeland but rather the mehndi and ethic tattoos of India as well as the neo-tribal which was the fashion of the time. Working with tribal designs and traveling the world for many years helped him to develop the graphic aesthetics which would be a signature of his blackwork style. Having been influenced by so many tribal cultures during his travels, Taku began digging into tribal past of Japan upon his return home. The Ainu tribes as well as those of the Yap islands were the first to grab his attention. However upon digging deeper and farther into the past he fell upon the art of the Jomon people. The Jomon's were a group of hunter/gatherers who existed from 13000-1000 BC and while we know little of their tattooing practices due to lack of preserved remains they did however leave a tremendous amount of artwork in the form of clay vessels and figures which survived the test of time. Many of these vessels and figures are of stylized human forms and often were decorated with designs of geometric lines and curving spirals on the joints and down the limbs. Whether these designs were tattoos or merely ornamentation may never be known... however they were the inspiration for an artist wanting to capture a piece of Japan's tribal past for a moment in the present... and that is all that really matters.

Taku Oshima has an exhibition of his work photographed by Ryoichi Keroppy Maeda showing June 2 - 3 @ HfG Offenbach, Isenburger Schloss  www.hfg-offenbach.
And June 5 -18 @ RMZ Galerie, Frankfurt

Taku Oshima
A-169-0072 #503 1-15-17
Okubo Shinjuku
Tokyo, Japan

Voice: 81-080-3504-7966

And here are a few extra photos of Taku's 1st Exhibition of Jomon Tattoos in Tokyo 
with photographs by Ryoichi Keroppy Maeda

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