Celtic Tattoo Photos and Meanings

Updated on February 5, 2016

Celtic Tattoos

Celtic Tattoos are one of the more popular tattoo choices. Similar to tribal tattoos, Celtic tattoos are primarily black in design, but are also seen in other various shades and colors. They can be simple or very complex depending on your preferences. The more elaborate you get with the design, the more you'll likely spend. But, don't go cheap with your design. Make sure that it's something that you'll be happy with forever. If you can't afford your dream tattoo, wait until you can or get an estimate from a different tatoo artist.

History

The history and heritage of the Celtic people goes back thousands of years. Their artwork was famous through the lands of the Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, and they were skilled in the art of complex metalwork, jewelry, and weapons.

Celtic knots and crosses were their most commonly seen designs. The symbols used in Celtic artwork were designed to tell a story—oral tradition and tales.

Most Celtic tattoos resemble twisted lines and geometric shapes, so whether you decide upon the Celtic cross, the Celtic knot, or a Celtic animal form, you'll more than likely see a good bit of curves and shapes within the tattoo.

Celtic Cross

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(by Brian Chadwick, Castle of Color, Nicholasville, KY)(by Matt Ellis, Way Cool Tattoo Uptown, 5203 yonge street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)(by Seb Leroy, Hell funky's tattoo, 1A Findlater place (Off Marlborough St.) Dublin 1. Dublin ireland)(by Jon, Green Man, W Hartford, CT)
(by Brian Chadwick, Castle of Color, Nicholasville, KY)
(by Brian Chadwick, Castle of Color, Nicholasville, KY)
(by Matt Ellis, Way Cool Tattoo Uptown, 5203 yonge street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
(by Matt Ellis, Way Cool Tattoo Uptown, 5203 yonge street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
(by Seb Leroy, Hell funky's tattoo, 1A Findlater place (Off Marlborough St.) Dublin 1. Dublin ireland)
(by Seb Leroy, Hell funky's tattoo, 1A Findlater place (Off Marlborough St.) Dublin 1. Dublin ireland)
(by Jon, Green Man, W Hartford, CT)
(by Jon, Green Man, W Hartford, CT)

Celtic Knot Tattoos

Celtic knot tattoos represent the cycle of death and rebirth. They are composed of loops without an end or beginning; these knots are unending.

Celtic knots are more than mere black loops and turns. They're are a means of physical and spriritual expression. The knots are a neverending, spiraling path into the works of life—birth, growth, love, faith, and death. This symbolism makes them popular tattoos.

Celtic Knot

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(by Kirk Sheppard, Fleshworks Tattoos, Victoria BC Canada)(by Michael Truitt, Capital Tattoo, Charlotesville, va)(by Big Mike, Rubes Tattoo, Arcadia, California, USA)(Eye of the Needle, Dalton in Furness, UK)
(by Kirk Sheppard, Fleshworks Tattoos, Victoria BC Canada)
(by Kirk Sheppard, Fleshworks Tattoos, Victoria BC Canada)
(by Michael Truitt, Capital Tattoo, Charlotesville, va)
(by Michael Truitt, Capital Tattoo, Charlotesville, va)
(by Big Mike, Rubes Tattoo, Arcadia, California, USA)
(by Big Mike, Rubes Tattoo, Arcadia, California, USA)
(Eye of the Needle, Dalton in Furness, UK)
(Eye of the Needle, Dalton in Furness, UK)

Pictures of Celtic Tattoos

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(by Keegan Lam, My house, Halifax)(by Tom Chetelat, American Tattoo, Baltimore Maryland)(by Mike Boseman, Rr Nc)by Brad - Second to None - Killeen TX(by Mike, Extreme Ink, Sooke BC)(Smiling Buddha, Savannah,ga)(Devil Bitch, Barnsley, UK(by Josh Howard, Deluxe Tattoo, 1459 W. Irving Prk. Chicago, Illinois)
(by Keegan Lam, My house, Halifax)
(by Keegan Lam, My house, Halifax)
(by Tom Chetelat, American Tattoo, Baltimore Maryland)
(by Tom Chetelat, American Tattoo, Baltimore Maryland)
(by Mike Boseman, Rr Nc)
(by Mike Boseman, Rr Nc)
by Brad - Second to None - Killeen TX
by Brad - Second to None - Killeen TX
(by Mike, Extreme Ink, Sooke BC)
(by Mike, Extreme Ink, Sooke BC)
(Smiling Buddha, Savannah,ga)
(Smiling Buddha, Savannah,ga)
(Devil Bitch, Barnsley, UK
(Devil Bitch, Barnsley, UK
(by Josh Howard, Deluxe Tattoo, 1459 W. Irving Prk. Chicago, Illinois)
(by Josh Howard, Deluxe Tattoo, 1459 W. Irving Prk. Chicago, Illinois)

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