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Best Celtic Tattoos

Updated on May 25, 2010
The Celtic Cross
The Celtic Cross

Celtic Tattoos


The Celtic people were widely known for their artwork and artisan skill.  They would often adorn metal, jewelry, and weapons with their impressive artworks.  The Celts were warriors of the fiercest nature and the greatest enemy to the Romans of the day.  The history of the Celtic peoples goes back thousands of years, and their artwork is still visible and noticeable all over Ireland and Scotland. 

The most notable artwork is the Celtic cross.

In modern history the Celtic people are all over the globe, I am of Celtic ancestry and live in North America.  Just like I have a Celtic cross tattooed on my arm, many people of Celtic ancestry have a tattoo denoting their ancestry.  Typically what happens, because there is little written history, knowledge is passed down through stories.  The symbols used in days of old by Celtic warriors are still around and still have the same meaning.  Some though have been modified for the day.

In Celtic artwork and tattoos, the strongest connection is to Ireland where the symbols are still present today.  In Ireland there is a college in Dublin that houses many of the old manuscripts that has the meanings behind the Celtic heritage and their symbols.  The height of these symbols came about when metal working and stone carving was popular.

Another popular Celtic Tattoo is the Celtic Knot.

The Celtic Knot
The Celtic Knot


The Celtic knot is very popular because of what it represents.  The knot represents a never-ending cycle of life and death, meaning life after death.  The Celtic Knot and cross are not all the Celtic tattoos there are though.  Below is a group of Celtic tattoos available.

Some More Celtic designs


Celtic animal tattoos are similar to the knot but the ropes end in the heads usually, and a person can add an end to a knot, which would make it a spiraling symbol.  Aside from the cyclic nature of life depicted in the Celtic knot there are deeper meanings to the knot.  For instance the interlaced rope (or whatever) is symbolic of life’s paths that we take on our journey.  They also represent a connection to nature and the elements, as well as spirituality.  Another meaning could be representative of life, love, and faith.  There are numerous meanings behind a Celtic knot but for the most part they are popularly tattooed because they look cool.

If you are of Celtic ancestry a Celtic tattoo is a great way to express your pride in your heritage.  They can accomplish that and be a way to pay homage to your ancestors.  If you plan of getting a Celtic tattoo the first thing to realize is that these tattoos are intricate in detail and take a good amount of time to do.  They are some of the toughest tattoos to produce and requires a skilled tattoo artist to create.

The second step to getting a cool (or rad) Celtic tattoo is to find the right artist.  You need to find a tattooist that has experience with Celtic designs to ensure it is done properly.  Whatever you decide though I hope you get a cool tattoo.  Thank you for reading.


© 2010 by Wesley Cox. All rights reserved. Copying without permission is illegal and will be prosecuted.


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      wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Agreed Ethel, I like it very much myself. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Celtic cross is a great image