Scythian Animal Designs

When I returned to work last month it was my great pleasure that the first tattoos I did fulfilled a long held ambition, to recreate some of the 5th century tattoos from the Scythian tombs in Russia.
In 1993 the undisturbed 5th century tomb of an "Ice Princess" was found in the Altai peninsula of Siberia. This deer was one of her many beautiful stylized tattoos, that remained clearly visible despite centuries in the permafrost. It is one of the finest examples of Scythian Pazyryk tattooing.

On this second dynamic tattoo taken from another 5th century mummy, a snow leopard pulls down a giant elk and gives its neck the killing bite. Found on the body of a Chieftian, it survived being buried in the permafrost for centuries.... waiting to reveal the power of the hunt to us now.

My thanks to this couple who now wear ancient art. Married in life, now sharing matching representations of ancient beauty.

 Scythian Tattoo by Pat Fish

Scythian Tattoo by Pat Fish

 Scythian Tattoo by Pat Fish

Scythian Tattoo by Pat Fish