The Heron, a fascinating bird with big symbolism in many cultures.
Like most waterbirds, also the heron travels permanently three worlds, the world of water, air and land, wich i think is the core of the fascination for this amazingly elegant being, nesting in big colonies high up in the trees.
The crossed viper, one of the very few dangerous snakes in northern Europe.
There is a certain magical link some girls have with it...
The midgardsnake. A primal symbol, very present in contemporary nordic art.
The Ram and the deer, single and in combination also a very admired symbol.
The style here is clearly nordic, although the siberian plain tribes of the earlier iron age already favoured the horned beasts.
Here you can see a tattoo by me wich is ca 10 years old and underwent two pregnancies.
It is the darker part on the bottom.
On top is the new part, freshly made.
As usual, there s no big editing being made, so you can see the development process of a solid and bold nordic piece.
Runes...what do the runes mean?!
"...and is there one that asks you about Runes, so thou shalt fall silent..."
Objects like this have been interpreted as staffs used by viking age sorceresses...
Found in Gävle, Sweden
Property of the British museum, found in Norway, 9th century
Object was bend when put in the grave to make it unusable, we find habits like that still in Tuva, f.ex., where the shaman s drum gets destroyed when he or she dies.
Found in Öland, Sweden
In Kunsten på Kroppen we always research, to built up background in order to serve our clients and the art of tattooing optimal.
So I came across these staffs, that are mainly found in rich women graves, along with weird things like a nose ring, white face paint, henbane, hemp seeds, crossdressed corpses, brutally slaughtered horses and so on.
Some of the wand carriers were tied on their chairs in the grave.
The wands are made of wood, others from metal.
A couple of them are tapered.
To me as a tattoo artist i couldn´t resist thinking about Yantra tattoo tools like they´re used in South East Asia still today.
In one of the sagas a Volva gets hit with her own staff, which leaves a gashing wound, so that thing was sharp!
In Siberian iron age cultures special women were responsible for tattooing.
So I got my friend David to make me one of them.
David is one of the last german traditionally educated blacksmiths with great experience and knowledge.
His smithy lies in the entrance of a man made cave, that was once built for the very first rocket engine experiments.
He choose three materials:
The hub of a 16th century windmill wheel,
A piece of a meteor, that crashed in Siberia,
A slice of an old german tank barrel.
He hand forged all that to a perfect, very strong tool and I really enjoy working with it.