12 Jan 2013

Celtic Tattoos

Celtic Tattoos
Celtic Tattoos

The tattoo in the picture is a perfect example of a celtic tattoo. It’s a shield knot that ancient warriors of Irish and Welsh descent used to affix to their shields and armor. It was used not only as a means of identifying members of the same clan but is believed to be a symbol of protection. Celtic tattoo designs go back thousands of years and they all have pretty much the same characteristics. Celtic tattoo designs are primarily a genre of complex interwoven lines representing knots, mazes, spirals and other figures. Celtic animal figures are zoomorphic or stylized renderings of animals that were used for carvings, in jewelry and wood, stonework and manuscript illustrations.

Many images used by tattoo artists today are derived from the famous Irish Book of Kells. The famous Book of Kells is an ornately illustrated manuscript, produced by Irish Monks around AD 700. It is one of the most lavishly illuminated manuscripts to survive from that period. There are strong Norse design influences in Celtic knot work, and there is some debate as to the exact origin. Clearly there were exchanges between cultures through both trade and conquest. Celtic art is not only beautiful, but can be a great addition to any other sub-genre of tattooing. A little research will often dig up a virtual treasure trove of ideas for anyone considering one of these elaborate designs.

26 Jun 2011

Celtic Tattoo

Celtic Tattoo
Celtic Tattoo

I think this tattoo sends the message and meaning of being rebellious in nature. It looks very abstract indeed, almost makes the mind play games with itself as you try to sort out all the objects inside this celtic tattoo. Its almost if a blast melted everything in it’s path together and this tattoo is the finished product. You would have to have one heck of an imagination to go with this style and design of celtic tattoo art.

I personally would not have this tattoo done to me, but some people just love the abstract art form, and this tattoo fits right in with the abstract.

It looks like three horses are trying to eat each other, they seem to be chewing on each others tails. Now that is very different indeed. Never seen a celtic tattoo like this one before. I will say one thing about it, it will be the center of talk of the party when you start showing it around and people can’t seem to figure it out. I guess if you added some colors to this celtic tattoo you might be able to change its perception, not sure until I see one with colors added.

14 May 2010

Celtic Tattoos

Celtic Tattoos
Celtic Tattoos

As is the case with many tattoos, celtic tattoos have various designs, but what is common is that of an intricate design of a rope of sorts that does not have a beginning or an end. It is more of a continuous loop that, if followed, appears to loop to nowhere. The loops may well intertwine but they do not seem connected. Furthermore, each loop in independent and may have a different shape than the loop it is intertwined with.

If searching for a Celtic knot design you may want to think about the significance of that design.

Whether you are a traditionalist trying to capture a bit of your ancestry or you are just a consumer who loves the design, the meaning can convey an importance that most people do not realize.

For example when celtic tattoos have a horse in them, there are many meanings for which that horse might stand for. The horse renders the idea of magic and prophecy in the Celtic world. Unicorns are apart of the horse family. Therefore the unicorn has passed this power to the horse and the Celtic knot tattoo owner will also carry this legend with them. The horse can also be the transporter to the otherworld. This is just to let you know that your celtic tattoos can be much more meaningful than you may think and a little research may be in order.

19 Mar 2010

Celtic Tattoo

Celtic Tattoo
Celtic Tattoo

This is a great example of one particular type of Celtic tattoo. It’s based on a Celtic triangle design commonly referred to as a Triquetra. This symbol is mainly composed of three interlocked designs, marking the intersection of three ovals. This tattoo design comes before Christianity by several hundred years. These peculiar designs were very common in Welsh myth so it’s no wonder that these people adopted modern Christianity so quickly. This particular design makes an great symbol of Christianity.

It’s clearly is a perfect representation of the holy trinity of the Father, Son and holy ghost. It is sometimes put into a circle to emphasize the unity aspect of the design. The design in the picture could be done in color, though I do think that the black and white shading is pretty cool. And I think that it causes the Celtic tattoo to look older and more weathered than what you would expect it to be. This lends it a historic quality that I really like. I would, however, would like to see a little color added around the outer rim and maybe some other design elements added to it, like animals. But, it does stand quite well as it is.

9 Mar 2010

Celtic Design Tattoos

Celtic Design Tattoos
Celtic Design Tattoos

Celtic design tattoos come in a variety of different forms. One of the most impressive and one that speaks about the heritage of the wearer is the Celtic design tattoo called the “Gemini”. This tattoo combines three distinct elements of a person into a tattoo that is alive with possibilities. This Celtic design tattoo represents the balance of mind, body and spirit and creates this effect by a repetition of Celtic knots.

Another great Celtic design tattoo for a person to get is the symbol for you Celtic astrological sign. According to ancient Celtic lore each person is represent by a particular tree.

The trees that are in the Celtic zodiac include birch, rowan, ivy, oak, hazel, ash, alder, willow, hawthorn, holly, vine, reed and elder.

Celtic design tattoos often embrace many different types of animals that had a symbolic meaning to the Celts. These animals include the mighty stag, crane, seal, bear, adder, cat, salmon, swan, goose, owl, raven and bee. By mixing and matching these animals a person can create a Celtic design tattoo that accurately depicts their true nature and character. What Celtic animal is the best representation of your true soul? Only you can answer that question, my friend.