Dire Wolf

In 1998 I was featured in a TV show on CNN that also interviewed a Scottish man covered in Pictish tattoos. In particular he had the Dire Wolf carving found on a 6th century Pictish Symbol Stone in Ardross in the Highlands, and currently kept in the Inverness Museum. And truth be told, ever since I have yearned to tattoo this magnificent creature on someone. FINALLY today my wish came true, when a stalwart member of my own Clan Campbell (Picts, aye) gave me a perfect canvas spanning his ribs. To make the wolf look similar to the carved stone I rendered him in dots, and then dotted in woad blue a double spiral of the type found in Newgrange, in the Boyne Valley of Ireland. He walks again through the spirals of memory.

 Dire Wolf Pictish/Celtic Tattoo by Pat Fish

Dire Wolf Pictish/Celtic Tattoo by Pat Fish

 Here is the Pictish carved stone that inspired this tattoo.

Here is the Pictish carved stone that inspired this tattoo.