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Celtic Dragon Tattoos | Tattoo Images

Updated on October 25, 2011

People all over the world, irrespective of traditions and cultures, have been fascinated by the age-old creature known as dragon! In the Orient, dragons are perhaps most well recognized in Chinese tradition. The Chinese considered the dragon as one of the four sacred creatures to contain all elements of dark and light - in addition to the Phoenix, the Unicorn and the Turtle. In the Western world, Greeks and Romans revered dragons for their wisdom but feared them for their tremendous powers.


History of the Celtic Dragon

To the Celts the dragon represents wisdom and nobility, in a similar way to the dragons of the Orient. The Celtic dragon is a mythological creature that fascinates the Celtic universe and beyond since time immemorial! The Celtic dragon is also a symbol of fertility. The very first cell of an organism was created on earth and then fertilized from the sky by wind and water… and the Celtic dragon was born!

An age old Celtic belief was that Celtic dragons existed in another world and came to this world from there! The red dragon of Cadwallader or Cadwaller is the emblem of Wales. The Saxons had the white dragon as a royal standard. In early Britain it depicted supreme power.

In some ancient Celtic cultures there was a prevalent belief that if a King sees a Celtic dragon in his dream, his empire would be destroyed. It is said that King Arthur saw in his final dream a Celtic dragon was eating him. As a result he was killed in his battle with Sir Mordred.

The legend of St. George, in which he defeats a dragon, perhaps represents Christianity overpowering the Celtic religion. The Christians believe that the dragon purifies the world with its fire, i.e., the dragon fire. Therefore the dragon fire symbolizes purification of the soul! It is also believed in some Christian cultures that the dragon is sign of good luck and the source of fortune and wealth.


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Dragon on Full Frontal Body CanvasDragon on Full Frontal Body CanvasDragon on Arm with Celtic KnotsDragon on Arm in Green & RedDragon on ShoulderDragon on Lower AbdomenDragon on Chest in MulticolorDragon on ArmDragon on Back with FireDragon on ChestDragon on Upper AbdomenDragon on Full Back Body CanvasDragon on Full Back Body CanvasDragon on BackDragon on Shoulder
Dragon on Full Frontal Body Canvas
Dragon on Full Frontal Body Canvas
Dragon on Full Frontal Body Canvas
Dragon on Full Frontal Body Canvas
Dragon on Arm with Celtic Knots
Dragon on Arm with Celtic Knots
Dragon on Arm in Green & Red
Dragon on Arm in Green & Red
Dragon on Shoulder
Dragon on Shoulder
Dragon on Lower Abdomen
Dragon on Lower Abdomen
Dragon on Chest in Multicolor
Dragon on Chest in Multicolor
Dragon on Arm
Dragon on Arm
Dragon on Back with Fire
Dragon on Back with Fire
Dragon on Chest
Dragon on Chest
Dragon on Upper Abdomen
Dragon on Upper Abdomen
Dragon on Full Back Body Canvas
Dragon on Full Back Body Canvas
Dragon on Full Back Body Canvas
Dragon on Full Back Body Canvas
Dragon on Back
Dragon on Back
Dragon on Shoulder
Dragon on Shoulder

Why would you ink a Celtic Dragon tattoo?

Being a prominent Celtic mythological symbol, the Celtic dragon happens to be one of the top chosen Celtic designs to ink as a tattoo! If you’ve your roots in Celtic or Irish traditions in some way, you can show respect to your roots by inking a Celtic dragon. And it would be a matter of pride and joy for you having a Celtic dragon inked somewhere on your body!

If you wanted to express great power, why not choose to have a Celtic dragon tattoo design? Celtic dragons are famous for their well-known features such as pointed tooth, large and scaly skin, fire-breathing and fiery eyes.


Where would you place the Celtic Dragon tattoo?

A Celtic dragon tattoo would be a great idea to flaunt if you ink one on a grand scale! For that a large body canvas is required. Back is the best place for that purpose. For women, the latest trend is to ink large multicolored dragons on their frontal body canvas covering the chest up to the lower abdomen and even thighs including arms and sleeves. That would be really sizzling and sexy to display!

If you want to go for a medium to small scale tattoo, the ideal place would be arms, shoulders, neck or the upper back areas.

The Celtic dragon tattoo designs and symbol meanings have classic and popular appeals that remain timeless. Ink one such design today and you’ll never regret for the rest of your life!


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      Julie Grimes 5 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

      Wow!

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      andycool 5 years ago from the U.S.

      Thanks IntimatEvolution for your comment!

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      reindeerz 5 years ago from Georgia

      great hub!

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      andycool 5 years ago from the U.S.

      Thank you reindeerz for stopping by!

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

      Amazing art, but not for me, my skin is too old!

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      andycool 5 years ago from the U.S.

      Thank you so much Gypsy Willow for your kind comment!

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      June Parker 15 months ago from New York

      Love this Celtic dragon tat!! Saving to two of my Pinterest boards. I want this for my next tat.

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      andycool 15 months ago from the U.S.

      Thank you Kailua-KonaGirl.

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