The Sacred Skin Art of Poppy Palin

These pages have been updated - please have a look!

Poppy has been a tattoo artist and she had a studio in Wiltshire, UK.

She is currently unable to tattoo but offers a 'tattoo design for charity' service when she's able.

Above: Celtic Back piece using Poppy's own 'dot shading' style, similar to ink work done with a Rotering drawing pen

Above: Snake and ammonite design created for Poppy's 'design for charity' service with the actual piece, tattooist unknown

The main focus of Poppy's tattoo art work was to:

Above: Adder and oak leaves design and the actual piece, tattooist unknown

To have your tattoo designed by Poppy email your interest or ideas to

Because of her physical limitations Poppy is unable to enter into email correspondence so anybody wanting a design will be given a postal address to send your specifications to. Please think about size, position, colour, meaning and collect any reference material you want to share. DO NOT send this reference imagery by email, it can be posted by 'snail mail' later.

Please be prepared for a wait as Poppy is unable to reply immediately If you need your design completed by a particular time please specify as it may not be possible.

Poppy does not charge for her time and effort but asks that you donate to an animal welfare charity for this service.

It needs to be an animal welfare organization and not a charity that engages in any animal experimentation or exploitation.

Above: Green man tattoo design

The recipients of the adder/snake tattoo design and the green man design (seen above) made donations to:

mail to: Ring or text mob: 07762 195 187


Below: Sketch for seasons/elements/ interconnectedness tattoo design (left) and the actual piece

Above: Design to honour Motherhood

Below: Twig pentacle design


There were no digital cameras available when they were taken - if better images can be found they will be posted.

Below: Original Druidic and Wiccan designs

Above: Green Man designs

Below: Elemental

Above: Kali

Above: Warrior Tattoo and Wristband, Native American Armband etc.

Below: Prayer to the Great Mystery

and below is a wolf and ravens piece in the same style

Above: Yin/Yang and Celtic band

Below: From design to finished piece in watershading

Below: Full colour Faery Tattoo based on a Brian Froud image (left) and a client's own design

Above: The initial outline of an original Druidic piece

Above: The Death card design from the Thoth Tarot

Below: Cute!

Above: Portrait of a beloved wife

Below: Custom sun design

Above: Original graphic design

Above: Tribal triskele

Below: Chaos star

Above: Design for a Lady Godiva backpiece and an awful photo of the design itself

Above : Tattoo design to mark a rite of passage for a Druid

Here are some further examples of Poppy's green-spirited tattoo work which are highly coloured. Such colour work is highly susceptible to sun fading ...especially the reds through to yellow. The green through to indigo pigments are more permanent, in fact if you have a tattoo removed by the painful 'ruby laser' method you will find that these shades are stubborn!

N.B. Unless you want the 'faded look', ALWAYS use organic sun protection on precious ink work!

Poppy always loved to do portraits and below are tattoos of a young Bob Dylan,


An early tattoo of Lennon...she would do it far better now!

Below: Two more portraits


Above: In memory of a beloved father

Below: In memory of a member of Hawkwind

Dragons are always popular and can look stunning if they flow with the muscles. Poppy has produced some variations on the theme (below)

Below: Working on a crop circle inspired piece

Below is a band in a Native American style.

Some More Custom Pieces

Above: An original design for the owner of Aesthetics body piercing

Below is a tattoo showing a child's name in an Old English-style script.

Children's names are a better choice for a tattoo than a partner's name as parents rarely fall out of love with their children...

Here (below) are more standard tattoos showing children's names. Although it is a well-established formula, Poppy has hopefully given it her own style.

Below: Another poor quality photo but here are three tattoos showing the names of other passions

Tribal work (below) is popular and effective

Dot shading (below) augments a black line piece. Here is an ivy band and a celtic knot

Below are examples of custom tattoo designs which combine Wiccan and Druidic symbology and a 'power' creature

Above is an actual tattoo showing a 'power' creature

Below is an image of a custom tattoo showing power symbols

Below again are other custom designs for tattoos showing significant trees

Two green man (left) and two green woman designs ...

And below again is a design for a jackal tattoo

Below shows the outline stage of a celtic orientated piece of custom art and two cover-ups of an unwanted tattoos (middle and on the right) with a celtic knot

Below: Poppy's first ever tattoo which was on a lovely man called Spud...bless him for offering his skin!

Another original ideas from a past client

Below: Some designs taken from 'flash' (standard) designs

Below: Tribal snake, a symbol of deep transformation