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Tattoos

This page is supposed to serve as an inspiration for anyone who wants to get a tattoo with a nordic motif. Do keep in mind, though, that a tattoo is something that you can never get rid of, so don't do anything you believe you might regret later.


Motifs
The Nordic mythologi is incredibly rich with imaginative creatures, symbols, runes and winding patterns to immortalize on your body. The most common motifs are probably a Thor's hammer or a viking. Celtic patterns (often very difficult to separate from the more ornate patterns on rune stones) have also become increasingly more popular. With runes you can write short texts. You can write your name, a protective phrase, "Tor Hielpe" ("Help me, Thor") or maybe something totally different.

The brave will perhaps get The battle of Ragnarok painted on his back, while the more cautious might choose a discreet hammer or rune inscription. Runestones are a nice motif. I, personally, once thought about tattooing a rune stone with a well chosen inscription and a raven sitting on top of it, but in the end I chose something different. The three motifs on this page can all be found upon my body. You can find good motifs in for example books, at your tattooer's and in tattoo magazines.


Location
When you have found your motif, how are you supposed to decide where to place it on your body? Common places are the arms, the chest, the shoulders, the back and the calves, but very often a specific tattoo looks good on a very specific part of your body. You can always ask your local tattoo artist where he thinks the motif will fit.

But you must always keep in mind that you are the only one who can decide where on your body you want to place the motif. If you are interested in a tattoo it might be a good idea to reserve a time an a tattoo artists' to discuss a little about what youwant to do, which motifs are available and where they can be placed.


Briefly about caring instructions
1. When the tatto is finished it will be covered with a compress. You can remove that after a couple of hours, but you can also keep it over night. Be careful - remember that a tattoo is like a skin-deep wound which is supposed to heal... The most important part is to keep it clean!

2. Then wash the tattoo carefully with tepid water. Salve it with Helosan salve which is antiseptic and will make the tattoo soft and flexible. Helosan can be found in most bigger shops and at the chemist's.

3. Wash carefully and salve the tattoo 3-4 times a day until the scabs have disappeared, after that 1-2 times a day for a week. Do not remove the scabs, beacause then the ink will follow with a less than perfect result as a consequence. You shouldn't scratch it either.

It usually takes 7-10 days for a tattoo to heal.

Newly made tattoos should not be exposed to direct sunlight for a month. If you can't avoid sun, cover the tattoo. You should also avoid to bathe in salt water and swimming pools (due to the chlorine) during the first 2 weeks.


Tattoo gallery:



Peter


Zeb Mail


Zeb Mail


Patrik


Patrik


Jen


Jen


Linda


Linda


Jan


Jan


Peter


Linda [Sibban/Rebtattoo]


Göran


Kalle




Johan Mail


Johan Mail


Jenny Mail


Anders


Viking


Would you like your tattoo to be in the galley?

Mail a picture of your tattoo to info@ginnungagap.info and tell me what signature you want and if you would like your emailadress published on the site. I reserve the right to choose which pictures to put on the site and also to edit samt change the color of your pictures.

For inspiration and motifs the links below are recommended:

www.celtic-art.com




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