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Colin Dale Ethiopian tattoo.jpgColin Dale Nordic Tattoo.jpgI've been a long time fan of tattooer-Viking Colin Dale of Skin & Bone in Copenhagen, not just for his dotwork/blackwork creations -- many handpoked -- but also for his Jedi wisdom on tattoos and life in general.

Colin's tattoo work and words are wonderfully presented in Hampus Samuelsson's short film "Colin Dale Roots," which is embedded below. The film just made its debut at the Tattoo Arts Film Festival in Saskatoon, Canada -- Colin's hometown -- and has been spreading across social media.

The footage includes Colin freehand drawing a Nordic-inspired tattoo, his tattooing by hand and machine, and also an up-close look at his performing native Inuit skin sewing. But what I really love about this film is his musings on tattooing as a rite of passage and how, at a time where there is so much lack of permanence in our lives (whether it be marriages, jobs, or homes), tattooing is something that can't be taken away from us. There's also a great discussion on how his work developed over the 18-19 years he's been tattooing, and his interest in the roots of it all.

I highly recommend watching the film.

Find more of Colin's work on his site, Facebook and Instagram.     

Colin Dale - Roots from Hampus Samuelsson on Vimeo.

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103 year old woman gets a tattoo.jpg
Photos by Martin Foldgast for NU Magazine April 2009

Tattooing someone's hands and face may be illegal in Denmark but that didn't stop my friend, tattooist Colin Dale from satisfying the birthday wish of a 103-year-old rockin grandma bent on getting inked.

Colin went to the nursing home in Copenhagen where Karen Fredso Larsen lives and hand-poked a ring on her finger that symbolizes natural force and energy. Karen loved the Nordic mythology and petroglyph tattoos on Colin's beautiful wife Nanna and chose a design along those lines instead of a peace symbol, her original idea.  [If you scroll down, you can see Nanna showing her tattoos to the curious centenarian who even asked for a peek of her body art below the belt line.]

colin dale tattoo.jpgWhen commenting on whether the tattoo hurt, she said, "I have experienced so much in my life that this is nothing."
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