Celtic Shamrock, Clover & Trinity Knot Tattoos | Tattoo Images

The Celtic shamrock is a plant with three leaves. This is a plant that the Celtic and especially the Irish people revered for over the past thousands of years! In Celtic tradition the shamrock has great spiritual significance.

When Ireland was the land of the Druids, St. Patrick came to Ireland to spread the light of Christianity to the Pagans of Ireland. St. Patrick demonstrated the meaning of the Christian trinity with the help of a Celtic shamrock. St. Patrick preached that the one true God was divided into three: The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit – beautifully represented by the shamrock.

According to a Christian view St. Patrick was the first person who was inspired by the Celtic shamrock. But it is widely believed by the people of Celtic origin that the shamrock was a part of the Celtic culture even before the era of St. Patrick for having tremendous supernatural powers!


Celtic Shamrock Tattoo
Celtic Shamrock Tattoo

The Meaning of Celtic Shamrock

The Druids used to believe that shamrock was a sacred plant because its leaves resemble the age-old Celtic trinity knot pattern. The number three was considered a magical number in ancient Celtic traditions which is capable of doing wonders in life!

The Celtic shamrock was sometimes planted on graves to symbolize the hope of new life after the resurrection. Even today, many people plant shamrocks near their loved ones graves. It’s been almost three hundred years it has been in vogue to wear a shamrock leaf on St. Patrick's Day celebrated on March 17.


The Origin of Celtic Shamrock

The name shamrock originated from Irish “seamrog”, a shorter version of sea mar clover. The Irish believed that the clover plant grew with such vitality and endurance that it started to represent life itself.


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Celtic Shamrock Tattoo in Trinity Knot
Celtic Shamrock Tattoo in Trinity Knot
Celtic Shamrock Tattoo in Trinity Knot
Celtic Shamrock Tattoo in Trinity Knot
Cute Four-Leafed Clover Tattoo on Breast
Cute Four-Leafed Clover Tattoo on Breast
Four-Leafed Lucky Charm Clover Tattoo
Four-Leafed Lucky Charm Clover Tattoo
Cute Celtic Trinity Knot on Thigh
Cute Celtic Trinity Knot on Thigh
Four-Leafed Clover Tattoo with Tribal Pattern
Four-Leafed Clover Tattoo with Tribal Pattern
Four-Leafed Clover Tattoo in Tribal Background
Four-Leafed Clover Tattoo in Tribal Background
Large Scale Celtic Trinity Knots on Thigh
Large Scale Celtic Trinity Knots on Thigh
Multicolored Celtic Shamrock Tattoo in Trinity Knot
Multicolored Celtic Shamrock Tattoo in Trinity Knot
Irish Clover Tattoo
Irish Clover Tattoo
Three-Leafed Shamrock Tattoo
Three-Leafed Shamrock Tattoo
Multicolored Celtic Shamrock Tattoo in Trinity Knot
Multicolored Celtic Shamrock Tattoo in Trinity Knot
Lucky Charm Four-Leafed Clover Tattoo
Lucky Charm Four-Leafed Clover Tattoo
Scottish Thistle with Celtic Trinity Knot in Tribal Background
Scottish Thistle with Celtic Trinity Knot in Tribal Background
Celtic Trinity Knot with Dragons
Celtic Trinity Knot with Dragons

How is Clover different from Shamrock?

Four-leafed clovers are said to be originated with Ireland’s famous legendary supernatural beings, the leprechauns. Clover has four leaves whereas shamrock has three. The fourth leaf is a result of genetic mutation which usually is a bit smaller.


What is the Significance of the Celtic Trinity Knot?

The Celtic trinity knot signifies the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), in the same way of a Celtic shamrock. When modern designers began to display the Celtic trinity knot as a stand-alone design, it recalled the three-leafed shamrock which was similarly offered as a trinity symbol by St. Patrick.


The Celtic Shamrock, Clover & Trinity Knot as Tattoo Designs

Being a prominent part of the Celtic traditions and Irish culture the Celtic shamrock becomes the unofficial symbol of Ireland. As a tattoo design it’s cute and fashionable. The Celtic shamrock usually has two meanings as a tattoo, which is either a profound religious meaning, or a lucky charm.

The Celtic clover is a common tattoo design that symbolizes fortune and good luck for many people. The legend of the four-leafed clover is commonly connected with leprechauns, rainbows, and pots of gold. Some people consider the Celtic clover tattoos very lucky because of the rarity.

The Celtic trinity knot is famous as a tattoo design. Not only as a stand-alone design, the Celtic knot-work is widely used in other Celtic designs as well, which has intricate interlacing knots and interlacing patterns.

Being small in size the shamrock and clover tattoos can be placed almost anywhere – ankles, back of the neck, shoulders, breasts, lower back or even on the hands or feet. The Celtic knots can be printed in large sizes on appropriate places like back, arms, and chest or even on thighs!


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bell du jour 5 years ago from Ireland

Very interesting, and voted up:-)

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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

Thanks bell du jour for your comment! - Andy


Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

Beautiful body art.


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

Thanks a lot Phoebe Pike for your visit! - Andy


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DonnaCosmato 5 years ago from USA

Andy, you never fail to amaze me. Where do you find these awesome photos! Great slideshow, I voted this up.


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

Thank you so much DonnaCosmato for the compliment! Well some of them are from my exclusive collection and others are from the web.

Have a great day! - Andy

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