Celtic Tattoo Photos and Meanings: Knot and Cross Designs

Updated on March 13, 2020
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Learn about the meanings behind Celtic tattoo designs like the cross and knot, and browse some photos of these tattoos for inspiration.
Learn about the meanings behind Celtic tattoo designs like the cross and knot, and browse some photos of these tattoos for inspiration. | Source

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 tattoo artist.

History of the Celtic People

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.

Traditional Tattoo Shapes

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 Tattoo Gallery

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

Celtic Knot Tattoo Gallery

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A blue knot. (by Kirk Sheppard, Fleshworks Tattoos, Victoria BC Canada)A black triangular knot. (by Michael Truitt, Capital Tattoo, Charlotesville, va)A looser black knot. (by Big Mike, Rubes Tattoo, Arcadia, California, USA)A stylized black knot. (Eye of the Needle, Dalton in Furness, UK)
A blue knot. (by Kirk Sheppard, Fleshworks Tattoos, Victoria BC Canada)
A blue knot. (by Kirk Sheppard, Fleshworks Tattoos, Victoria BC Canada)
A black triangular knot. (by Michael Truitt, Capital Tattoo, Charlotesville, va)
A black triangular knot. (by Michael Truitt, Capital Tattoo, Charlotesville, va)
A looser black knot. (by Big Mike, Rubes Tattoo, Arcadia, California, USA)
A looser black knot. (by Big Mike, Rubes Tattoo, Arcadia, California, USA)
A stylized black knot. (Eye of the Needle, Dalton in Furness, UK)
A stylized black knot. (Eye of the Needle, Dalton in Furness, UK)

More About Celtic Knots

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 are a means of physical and spiritual expression. The knots are a never-ending, spiraling path into the works of life—birth, growth, love, faith, and death. This symbolism makes them popular tattoos.

Pictures of Celtic Tattoos

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An intricate knot pattern. (by Keegan Lam, My house, Halifax)A clover-shaped knot. (by Tom Chetelat, American Tattoo, Baltimore Maryland)An ornate knot. (by Mike Boseman, Rr Nc)A knot in a bull shape. (by Brad - Second to None - Killeen TX)A metallic-looking knot. (by Mike, Extreme Ink, Sooke BC)A cross. (Smiling Buddha, Savannah,ga)A moon-shaped knot around a bellybutton piercing. (Devil Bitch, Barnsley, UKA vibrant pink and blue knot. (by Josh Howard, Deluxe Tattoo, 1459 W. Irving Prk. Chicago, Illinois)
An intricate knot pattern. (by Keegan Lam, My house, Halifax)
An intricate knot pattern. (by Keegan Lam, My house, Halifax)
A clover-shaped knot. (by Tom Chetelat, American Tattoo, Baltimore Maryland)
A clover-shaped knot. (by Tom Chetelat, American Tattoo, Baltimore Maryland)
An ornate knot. (by Mike Boseman, Rr Nc)
An ornate knot. (by Mike Boseman, Rr Nc)
A knot in a bull shape. (by Brad - Second to None - Killeen TX)
A knot in a bull shape. (by Brad - Second to None - Killeen TX)
A metallic-looking knot. (by Mike, Extreme Ink, Sooke BC)
A metallic-looking knot. (by Mike, Extreme Ink, Sooke BC)
A cross. (Smiling Buddha, Savannah,ga)
A cross. (Smiling Buddha, Savannah,ga)
A moon-shaped knot around a bellybutton piercing. (Devil Bitch, Barnsley, UK
A moon-shaped knot around a bellybutton piercing. (Devil Bitch, Barnsley, UK
A vibrant pink and blue knot. (by Josh Howard, Deluxe Tattoo, 1459 W. Irving Prk. Chicago, Illinois)
A vibrant pink and blue knot. (by Josh Howard, Deluxe Tattoo, 1459 W. Irving Prk. Chicago, Illinois)

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