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Celtic Cross Tattoos And Designs; Celtic Cross Tattoo Ideas And Meaning; Celtic Cross Tattoo Pictures

Updated on May 19, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


One popular tattoo that you may want to consider is the Celtic cross tattoo. Celtic cross tattoo designs are in high demand and they have been for years. As you may already know, the cross tattoo is considered to be a mainstream tattoo. Celtic art is also one of the most popular tattooing styles available. The combination of both makes for a great tattoo. Celtic cross tattoos can be wore by both men and women. The Celtic cross tattoo also holds symbolic value to the men and women that sport such a tattoo. Celtic cross tattoo designs may portray the Celtic cross alone or with other symbols and elements. Detail is everything when it comes to Celtic cross tattoo designs.

In this article, we will discuss Celtic cross tattoos and Celtic cross tattoo designs. We will also review Celtic cross tattoo meanings and you will have the opportunity to view a variety of Celtic cross tattoo designs pictured below. In the end, we hope that you are able to find ideas and inspiration for your next tattoo.


When it comes to popular cross tattoos, the Celtic Cross tattoo remains one of the oldest and most popular crosses. Celtic Crosses can contain Celtic art containing knotwork, spirals, and mazes. These beautiful designs in the Celtic Cross make for a great tattoo. In this article, you will learn the history behind the Celtic Cross and you will be able to view Celtic Cross tattoos. You will also learn what the Celtic Cross symbolizes in life and as a tattoo.

It is believed that the Celtic Cross first originated in the 5th century. The Celtic Cross was a symbol of the Celtic faith, but it was also a symbol of the Celtic heritage. This popular Pagan symbol was very popular in Celtic communities, such as Ireland and Scotland. Today, the Celtic Cross is often used to symbolize Christianity and religion.

The Celtic Cross and other Celtic symbols all originated from the famous "Book of Kells". This illuminated book was created by artistic monks sometime after 500 A.D. The beautiful Celtic art and these illustrated manuscripts have stood the test of time and they are one of the most popular tattoo art styles in the world. The tattoo world has embraced this classic art style and traditional Celtic symbols, making some of the most unique tattoo designs in the world.

Celtic art consist of knotwork and spirals that have no ending or beginning. These circular lines and spirals never cross one another. These specific Celtic patterns hold deep symbolic meaning. This type of Celtic art represents the "Circle of Life". It symbolizes the never ending cycle of life. The Celtic Cross is the perfect tattoo choice to represent life and all the different paths that we take.

The Celtic Cross is also a great way to symbolize your faith in Christianity. Although some Christians believe that the body should not be tattooed, others embrace the Celtic Cross as a tattoo that is seen as "appropriate". As a Christian, there really isn't many tattoo symbols to represent your faith in God. Plus, you want a tattoo that is not judged by others of your faith. The Celtic Cross is well within those guidelines and it really is an appropriate tattoo choice. The Celtic Cross can symbolize the love you have for God and the love of your faith. Some people believe that the circular lines and spirals of the Celtic Cross represent the links between Heaven and earth.

With all the different associations to religion, faith, and God, the Celtic Cross tattoo is the perfect tattoo choice for those who want to symbolize their faith in Christianity. It is appropriate and it represents everything that a Christian believes in. The Celts were very religious and they were very passionate about their beliefs. The Celtic Cross is a powerful and meaningful tattoo symbol.


The Celtic Tattoo is also a great way to represent your Celtic heritage and Celtic roots also. In the tattoo world, Celtic art is very well known and recognizable. For those who are of Celtic decent, many choose to get Celtic art tattoos and Celtic symbols to represent their love for their native heritage and lands. The Celts occupied land in Ireland, Greenland, Scotland, and spread to a variety of different European communities. Not only did the Celts personally move, they brought their rich traditions and practices with them as they traveled all across Western Europe.

There are a variety of different symbolisms associated to the Celtic Cross. The Pagans believed that the Celtic Cross was a symbol of the sun. The Pagans highly respected the sun and everything the sun created. Ancient Pagans viewed the sun as the source of life. They knew the sun created all the life that was around them. To some, the circle in the cross can represent the sun.

The Celtic Cross has also been associated to everything in nature as well. This meaning can also been seen in the "circle of life" meaning that some ancient Celts gave to the Celtic Cross. It is believed that the spirals and circular lines in the Celtic Cross represent the four seasons and the circle in the cross represents religion. When it refers to religion, it means that it symbolizes God.

The ancient Celtic Cross also has deep symbolic value. On this Celtic Cross, you will find four points. These four points can represent a few different things. One representation is that the four points of the ancient Celtic Cross represent the four elements, which include eath, fire, wind, and water. This meaning is also associated to that of nature. Another representation is that the four points of the Celtic Cross symbolize the four parts of man.

Another representation of the Celtic Cross say that the cross represents the bond between a man and a woman. The circular lines and spirals that never cross represent their link and bond. It is believed that the cross represents the man and the circle represents the woman. In religion aspects, the circle of the cross symbolizes God. In ancient Pagan beliefs, the circle represents their sun god.



There are a variety of different ways that the Celtic Cross tattoo can be portrayed. Celtic Cross tattoos can be portrayed in a variety of different colors, from the heritage color of green to yellow or blue. Many people choose to go with the traditional black ink in their Celtic Cross tattoo, but any color you want can be done. Color choice is only one of the many options you can consider.

Some Celtic Cross tattoos have Celtic art within the cross while others have the entire Celtic Cross done in Celtic art. The Celtic art used to create the Celtic Cross can be done in spirals, mazes, or knotwork. There are all kinds of different designs and patterns that you can choose from. Celtic art is beautiful and creative, which makes for a great unique tattoo.

As you can see in this article, there are many different ways that the Celtic Cross is designed. Now that you know what the Celtic Cross represents, take the time to view all the different tattoo designs and see if you can find a pattern that you like. It is very important to take your time and do your own research before you choose to get inked. Make sure you know what your tattoo represents and means before you get your tattoo. If you feel that the Celtic Cross tattoo is not for you, be sure to follow the links below to view more tattoo symbols, ideas, designs, and meanings.



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    • reformedeve profile image

      Reformed Eve 

      11 months ago from USA

      I love this. I have a cross tattoo myself. But not a Celtic one..hehe. God bless.

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      8 years ago

      How do I obtain a better blown up picture on one of these tattoos.

      Second from the top says the source estonian tattoo but the website doesn't work or show the pic.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia




      Thank you all for taking the time to drop by and read this article on the Celtic Cross. Best wishes to you all.

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      8 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Wow, those are some awesome Tats! Wonderful Hub, will be reading more for sure!!!! Voted up and useful!

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      8 years ago from USA

      Interesting! I learned something new about Celtic Crosses. My children love getting "tats", so I will be sure to pass this on to them. Thanks! Great job!

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      8 years ago from Guildford

      Totally awesome designs. Great hub as always!

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank you all for your comments, times, and votes. It is very much appreciated. Best wishes friends.

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Amazing and I love all pictures above. Thank you very much for writing. Good job and rated up!


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      8 years ago from Wales

      What a great hub;one day I will go and get this tattoo that I have been harping on about for ages.

      You may have solved my dilemma of what to have.

      I wear a Celtic cross everyday and have done for years.

      So guess which one I am having ???

      Take care and have a wonderful day.


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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, a great collection of Celtic tattoo's. I was going to get one of those when I decided to take the plunge so to speak! lol! but I ended up with a dreamcatcher instead, but these are lovely. voting up!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I see this a lot although rarely with text and never with Latin, which adds an intellectual flavor. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      I must admit thelyrcwriter the Celtic cross look amazing on flesh thanks for the share :)

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      Donna Cosmato 

      8 years ago from USA

      The thing that makes your tattoo hubs really stand out (in my opinion) is the wealth of information, facts and trivia that you cleverly weave into the creation of the overall presentation. For instance, I really liked how you incorporated the fact that some Christians do not approve of tattooing with the suggestion that the Celtic cross might be an acceptable compromise! Excellent job, and my favorite was the very first image - great artwork, thought-provoking motto. Voted up and shared.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Great hub and just in time for St. Paddy's Day.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautifully crafted colors. Thank you again..


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