Sure, Celtic tattoos are elaborate and beautiful but they are steeped in a great historic tradition, too. Most of these tattoo designs are inspired by ancient religious text that was adorned with ornate designs. Many of these books can be seen in Irish museums and libraries. But, did the Celtic tattoo designs inspire the cover art or did the cover art inspire the tattoos? Most people would concur that the Celtic tattoos predates the cover work by at least several hundred years. It’s also commonly believed that Celtic tattoos started around the Irish metal age. Celtic tattoo is a term used to describe a wide range of different elements. Let me walk you through a couple of these. The first are Celtic knot tattoos. These are usually made with various knots. They are usually made with no beginning and no end. A knot with no beginning or end symbolizes the never ending cycle of death and rebirth. The second design element is Zoomorphic tattoo designs. These are very similar in construction to normal knot work. Zoomorphic tattoo designs, however, use animals body parts, usually the heads of the animals. The last Celtic design element is Shield Knots. These are designs that ancient Celtic warriors placed on their armor and shields as a symbol of protection. Now that your familiar with the design elements you are ready to have your own Celtic tattoo designed.
They call this a celtic tattoo but I am not really certain why. I suppose that the image in this tattoo is one of a celtic nature but I couldn’t tell you what it means. But that does make for a good conversation starter because I would like to ask this person what this image represents. And if you’re going to have a celtic tattoo, why not have one that sparks curiosity?
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