Viking Market at Lejre - July 2018

It was dry, it was hot and we were not aloowed open fires (And coconut based charcoal briquettes really is no substitute).

But it was still great week. And my little Oseberg tent can now be tied down should hard winds make it cold :-)

Viking Market at Lejre - July 2018

Progress on the Haida Yggdrasil

Since October the dot work at the top got done.

Progress on the Haida Yggdrasil

And Nidhogg got started - actually most of its dot work is also done - I just don’t have any good pictures of it - yet.

Next time under the needle will been at the Viking Market in Sagnlandet (Land of Legends) in Lejre in a few days.

Some dotwork added to the Haida Yggdrasil

Dotwork got added to the first part - or top half - of the Haida Yggdrasil - just a tiny bit missing at the top, but Colin had a cold and I was tired so we decided to call it a day.

Next up is the bottom half (sounds kinda wrong *S*) going down over my hip with Nidhogg laying at the roots of Yggdrasil. But that will have to wait until early January.

New tattoo got started… The Haida Yggdrasil

I first thought of this in 2012 - In 2013 Colin Dale - my most trusted tattooist *) - made the first draft (on me).

The idea was to unite my Haida tattoos with the Nordic and Norse tradition. If you look into just a bit of Haida, Norse and Christian history you will find a shared legacy (If you cannot see it I most dearly urge you to broaden your horizon and range of inclusion…)

That said things had to mature…. Colin did some rethinking and reworking of the design over time past. The issue being that the Nordic Yggdrasil is a TREE and even though the Haida did a lot of tree carving they really didn't picture trees (or any plants for that matter) as such.

So we ended with an Yggdrasil composed of Haida style images of the creatures living in the Yggdrasil. Also it was quickly decided that my torso did not leave enough space and we would have to include more of me to make it work.

Compare the first draft with the work done so far and spot the difference....

Even if only the top half have been outlined you should be able to spot the (unnamed) eagle and Ratatosk - the squirrel who runs up and down the Yggdrasil to carry messages as mentioned in the Prose Edda:

"An eagle sits at the top of the ash, and it has knowledge of many things. Between its eyes sits the hawk called Vedrfolnir [...]. The squirrel called Ratatosk [...] runs up and down the ash. He tells slanderous gossip, provoking the eagle and Nidhogg….."

*) If you want a tattoo, please find yourself a serious tattoo artist :

#1 He or she will put some thought into the matter.

#2 He or she will say "NO, I won’t do that” for your benefit.

#3 He or she will make sure you understand that their tattoo art is supposed to be there to stay.

Viking Markets 2014


Spent at week at the Viking Market in Lejre with Nanna, Colin and Loki in early July.

Then a single day at Trelleborg a week later and then finally two days at the market at Moesgård - just next to the beach :-)

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