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Celtic Cross Tattoos | Tattoo Images

Updated on October 30, 2011

Celtic Cross is one of the most auspicious symbols Celts used in their tattoos! But recently it has become a symbol of high fashion among Christians all over the world. If you want to join in the bandwagon by inking a Celtic Cross tattoo, you first have to acquire some basic knowledge about the Celtic Cross and its historical meaning and significance. This article endeavors to provide you some basic information about the Celtic Cross tattoo.


History of the Celtic Cross

Celtic Cross takes the form of a Christian Cross having a ring at the intersection of the bars of the cross. Celtic Cross was first used in the seventh - ninth centuries in Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The vertical bar represents heaven and spiritual life while the horizontal bar represents earth and temporal life. In this way the Celtic Cross symbolizes the bridge between heaven and earth.

According to the Irish mythology St. Patrick created the Cross by drawing a circle around a regular Latin Cross. The circle was drawn to represent the Pagan moon goddess. The intention behind this move was to convert the Pagans to Christians. Another Celtic belief was that the circle symbolizes God’s eternal love.

Celtic Cross has different meanings in various Celtic cultures and traditions. Its four arms are interpreted as the four fundamental elements which are earth, air, fire, water. The four arms sometimes symbolize the four directions which are north, south, east, and west. Celts used to believe that inking a Celtic Cross tattoo would offer security and protection in life.


A typical Celtic Cross and Claddagh with a Celtic Cross

A typical Celtic Cross comprises of famous Celtic knot-work, which has intricate interlacing knots and interlacing patterns. Knot-work based Celtic Cross designs look awesome as bold, black tattoos as well as vibrant colored tattoos.

The Claddagh is not an ancient Celtic design. It’s a 16th century Irish symbol that represents eternal love and friendship. The heart at the center of the design symbolizes love and the hands around it symbolize friendship. The crown represents loyalty, honor and respect that would strengthen the friendship. In modern times a Claddagh combined with a Celtic Cross has become a high fashion statement if inked as a tattoo!


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Celtic Cross & Dragon Tattoo in 3D
Celtic Cross & Dragon Tattoo in 3D
Celtic Cross & Claddagh Tattoo
Celtic Cross & Claddagh Tattoo
Celtic Cross Tattoo
Celtic Cross Tattoo
Celtic Cross Tattoo with Tribal Patterns
Celtic Cross Tattoo with Tribal Patterns
Irish Gothic Cross Tattoo
Irish Gothic Cross Tattoo
Celtic Cross Tattoo
Celtic Cross Tattoo
Irish Cross Tattoo
Irish Cross Tattoo
Modern Celtic Cross Tattoo
Modern Celtic Cross Tattoo
St. Patrick's Cross Tattoo
St. Patrick's Cross Tattoo
Celtic Cross Tattoo
Celtic Cross Tattoo

Why would you ink a Celtic Cross tattoo?

The Celtic Cross has been used for ages by Celtic people to connect themselves with their great cultural heritage. It becomes a symbol of pride to ink a Celtic Cross tattoo for a person with Celtic background. As a tattoo image, the Celtic Cross is very popular as a way to give a visual representation of faith and heritage.


Where would you place the Celtic Cross tattoo?

Today both men and women are going crazy to ink a Celtic Cross tattoo! Ideally, people love to place it on neck, wrist, ankle, back, arm, hand and chest. But ultimately your tattoo artist’s opinion should be worth paying attention.


Celtic Cross Tattoo Ideas

You have lots of options to choose a Celtic Cross suitable for you and your tattoo placement. Some popular ideas are:

  1. Celtic Cross combined with a Celtic Dragon
  2. Celtic Claddagh Cross
  3. Irish Gothic Cross
  4. St. Patrick’s Cross
  5. Celtic Cross combined with Tribal Patterns

So what are you waiting for? Ink a Celtic Cross tattoo at once and feel the ancient Celtic pride even in today’s modern information age!


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    • rai2722 profile image

      rai2722 5 years ago

      cool tattoos Andy! nice hub.

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      andycool 5 years ago from the U.S.

      Thanks a lot rai2722 for commenting on the hub! - Andy

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      Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Again great art, but again only for young skin!

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      andycool 5 years ago from the U.S.

      Thank you Gypsy Willow for stopping by! I appreciate your comment very much! - Andy

    • tebo profile image

      tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

      There are some clever tattoo artists around, and tattoos appear to be more popular than ever as an expression of art. Enjoyed your hub.

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      andycool 5 years ago from the U.S.

      Thanks a lot tebo for your visit! Your comment is much appreciated.

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