Viking and Scandinavian Tattoo Art
The unbroken lineage that ties todays practitioners of Celtic and Nordic tattooing to their ancestors can be traced in artifacts, historical records, and myth. In successive waves of invasion the two cultures clashed, mingled, and melded their artistic styles to create ones of vivid and enduring visual power. The appeal of ancient designs, repurposed as tattoos from enduring stone, is the conquering of time. Reaching back to centuries past, when Gods walked the Earth and men wore their beliefs on their skin.
An amazing ancient Viking tribute stone found in the Forshem Museum in Sweden, called the Lily Stone for the intricate foliage representing Yggdrasil, the World Tree.