This tattoo initially presented a problem to me, as I felt uncomfortable trying to merge my armour-style, my rune-inspired Sirun style and the contemporary illustrative style I do into a single concept. Luckily, stubbornness is a strong trait in me, so after several designs that i discarded, this is what i managed to forge on Roberts skin.
As a back-drop filler behind the raven, i made a Mammen/Jelling inspired design, creating a chaotic sprawl, all done in dotwork to accentuate the hard lines of the rest of the tattoo.
The spearheads are of course an homage to Odin, as is the raven itself on the shoulder. The rest of the runic design is of my own making, designed to encourage purpose and protection and much more for the wearer.