Two styles of Pictish geometric tribal tattooing are combined in a balanced piece for the upper back. One side is a traditional angular spiral keymorphic pattern, similar to the Greek key. The other side is Celtic double and triple spirals. Together they form a strikingly bold tribal arch to span the upper body.
A man who follows the path of the Old Religion asked for this custom combination of Odinist and Celtic images. The two ravens of Odin, Hugin and Munin, represent Thought and Memory. He felt he needed to be reminded to THINK, so we have the front raven in full caw, telling him to "Be alert!" Memory appears more contemplative. They are bracketed below by the Horns of Odin symbol, and above by a Celtic triquetra. In this way we combined elements of his heritage and beliefs into an ambitious first tattoo.
A young father chose to get the Father Knot over his heart to honor his daughter, the light of his life. He travels extensively for work, and this way he always has a reminder of her with him.
A Pictish equestrian drinking while riding.....a carving found on the 8th c Bullion Stone from Angus, Scotland, a jolly image that I installed on a fellow member of Clan Campbell today. This image is unique among the Pictish stones, depicting a bald, bearded man on a weary horse, carrying a shield, and drinking from a huge horn with a bird's head terminal. To give the tattoo a base I added a section of Pictish key patterning for the horse to climb up.