Celtic and Viking Tattoos that Look Like Ancient Wood Carvings, In a Cool Way!

Jannicke is a great tattoo artist from Norway, who currently tattoos out of Nidhogg Tattoo Studio in Bergen.
As if the name of the studio wasn’t already very viking and Norse-mythology inspired. Jannicke’s own style of Celtic tattooing, kick it up into Valhalla level. I personally have rarely seen anyone, do Celtic and viking tattoos quite like she does them. To say the least, I am very impressed and her woodcarving style, gives all her tattoos that extra viking edge. However, she does not limit herself to merely Celtic tattoos, but she does love her woodcarving style. So Despite being capable of other styles, like any good tattoo artist, she prefers her woodcarving tattoos. It was a joy to interview Jannicke, and find out what inspires her and what sort of artist she is.

The Interview With Jannicke:

1. Age?

 I am 43 years old.

2. For how long have you been tattooing?

 I have been tattooing for close to 23 years now.

3. What got you into tattooing and how did you become an artist?

I have always been drawing and in my late teens I started designing logos and album cover art for many Norwegian black metal bands like Burzum, Immortal, Ancient, Enslaved, Satyricon etc… I was also working as a bouncer at a rock pub back then and saw and admired tattoos a lot in the rock scene…

One day at work, the only tattoo artist in town, Tomas Brudvik of Let’s Buzz, came over to me and asked if I had designed the Immortal logo, and if so, would I design some flash for him in trade for tattoos? I was ofcourse up for that, and after a while I became his apprentice. I stayed at Let’s Buzz for over 20 years.

4. Where do you currently work?

 In March 2016 me and my colleague Annlaug Maria Tolo, opened our very own tattoo studio, named Nidhogg, at Bryggen in Bergen, Norway. This is where we work now, sometimes probably far too much…

5. How would you describe your own style of tattooing?

Some years ago I stumbled into Doing woodcarving tattoos… I’ve always been most into darker black and grey tattoos, and also viking/Norse tattoos, but these last 7-8 years, I have become more and more specialized in the style of wood-carved/stone structured Norse art. An amazing artist who at that time worked at Let’s Buzz, Sandor Jordan, saw my wood-carved tattoos when I first began doing them,and he advised me to specialize in this… And for once, I listened! I stopped trying to be good in every style.  Now I get really inspired from seeing the beautiful wood-carved portals of old Norwegian stave churches, detailed woodwork from all over the world and also rune stones of old. Allthough still doing some realistic black and grey, I guess the Norse wooden style has become my trademark.

6. What do you find attracts you to that style?

There are so much with this style that I love… the history of my own Norse culture,  to portrait the sagas of the Gods in different ways each time, to really get into and to copy the detailed woodcarvings of the portals around Norway… Having said that, I also use the woodcarving for other cultures art, I would love to “wood-carve” an Asian dragon or samurai on someone some day.

7. What is your favorite image and body part to tattoo on people?

I love it when a client comes in and describes their fave part of the Norse mythology and then I get to make it into a woodcarved/stonecarved scene…Like Odin by the well, Thor dressed as a bride etc… and as for fave body part… I enjoy doing back pieces and arms alike. No real fave.

8. What is your favourite type of client?

A client who points me in the direction he/she wants but then gives me freedom with the details of the tattoo, and who understands that the drawing and details takes its time and trusts me with my red and blue markers.

9. What is your favorite type of shop?

We do not have any flash available at Nidhogg. I enjoy making the tattoo for each client, most often with a marker directly on the skin,and it is a very giving process. We do have books and also use The Great Interweb for reference though, but no flash. At my old shop we had some flash also, I guess we were a combo of custom and street shop… that works too.

10. What are your plans for the future ?

My plans are quite loose… We’ve opened Nidhogg and enjoy every second of the freedom we get from running our own life like this. We have no desire to open more shops, to grow huge or anything. The shop will expand with one more artist in about a year, he is amazingly skilled and will fit perfectly with us two girls but all in due time.  We travel to more conventions now, and enjoy the company if guest artists from time to time, and one day I hope to work at the London convention. That is all the plans for now.

Gallery and Final Comments:

Jannicke, a down to earth Tattoo Artist, who values when her clients trust her and let her work her magic. In other words, no matter what you come in to her with, she will do a great job. But if you let her do her wood carving style, you are in for an amazing piece of art on your skin. She enjoys her freedom and to take things as they come, both with tattoos and with running her own studio. Coming from the rock and roll, and metal scene in Norway. It was certainly fitting for her, to be inspired to do viking tattoos. She indeed loves her own heritage and the Norse Mythology, and she is truly an expert at creating beautiful tattoos from it. Luckily for you guys and all our Norwegian fans here on Mediazink, Jannicke is Staying put in Bergen, so go find her and let her work her Norse magic on you!

Jannicke herself.

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