Although I am inspired by these motifs from my homeland I get very little opportunity to tattoo them and do not consider myself an expert in the style. Furthermore I use a technique and style which is anything but tradtional. However Robert Davidson once said, "Tradition which stands still will eventually die" and as an artist I find it more rewarding to "create" rather than "re-create" a style :-)
This year I've had the opportunity to to create some larger pieces using only hand tools and I hope that this will continue :-)
Haida Raven inspired by a traditional design
Peter started with a Eagle on his shoulder... then years later a Dogfish on his forearm. The Dogfish was added to with a Whale and Turtle to create a band around his forearm. However by that time he was continplated a full sleave... so other animals were added to fill the space between and around. Finally a Devilfish around the wrist and a Wolf over the shoulder.
This sleave wasn't planned originally so it is a little bit of a patchwork... however the Haida style lends itself well as the animal patterns are very abstract and can be twisted to fit any area you desire
The finished design after 6 hours... Inge Mette is a rock :-)
Custom Frog I tattooed at a convention in Stockholm last year
I'm working on a design around an old piece of Tribal. A Salmon below will be accompanied by an Eagle above in the New Year
Start of an Eagle chest piece to be completed next year
Finally a Mountain Goat around some previous work. We will be adding a Dogfish to the other side as well as Eagle and Herron heads at the top above some wings already there.