Tales of Selkies are common in the Gaelic and Nordic world. The people of the sea, they appear as seals in the water but have the ability to shed their sealskin and become human on the land. Many stories of the Selkies speak of how they are tricked into remaining human by someone who steals their skin. The Selkies may not be as malicious as other merfolk of sailor mythology, but a captured Selkie will long for the sea and take the first opportunity that arises to return to their kin.
In this digitally remastered painting I have tried to capture something of these creatures who straddle the line between water and land, the natural and the supernatural, the sí and the human.
If you want to hear more about the Selkies, Broc from Badger King Tattoo has created the amazing video below:
You can follow more of his videos on his YouTube channel Badger Horns.
Material & Make
The artwork is printed on Hahnemühle German Etching paper.
About The Artist
Broc Ó Diolúin, or the Badger King, is a tattoo artist specialising in Celtic and Nordic art-styles. A love of myth, history and nature is prominent in his work and he tries to create art which brings ancient worlds to life for a modern audience. With a background in zoology and a deep knowledge of Irish and Viking mythology, The Badger King joined the Sacred Knot family in 2017 and currently works from a studio in Llandudno, Wales. You can see more artwork from Badger King Tattoo on Northern Fire here.
Size & Dimensions
A4 (210 x 297mm / 8.3 x 11.7 inches)