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Celtic Knot Tattoos and Meanings



The history of the Celts can be traced back to several thousands of years. These early societies of Roman era were great fighters, good story-tellers and drinkers, and they were also popular for their unique skills in producing remarkable artworks for their weapons and jewelries. Today, you can still find plenty of old Celtic crosses and artworks all over Ireland.

Modern Celtic symbols are often sported by Celtic descents living in North American and in other parts of the world to convey their identity and ancestry. The tattoo is worn by the descendants in order to keep their traditions alive as there is very little written knowledge and history about the emblem. The symbolic meanings have been passed down from one generation to another. However, the collections of manuscripts in the Trinity College at Dublin do have the records of the heritage of Celts. Some of the symbols found in the medieval manuscript are images of the crosses and knots.





The vast majority of the contemporary designs are originated from Ireland where plenty of histories of the Celts are found. In fact, inking has been carried out during the Stone Age and Iron Age, and Celtic knot tattoos have been the most infamous and popular designs since then. The unique looping with never ending path represents a continual cycle of death and rebirth that will never end. It signifies life, love and faith, and the strands that interlock with each other signify overlapping of the spiritual and physical boundaries.

Basing on the same pattern of knot work, Celtic animal designs such as bird and horse are very popular. The loop usually terminates in the feet, heads or tails. Nevertheless, while the genuine artworks are always with no ending, some people put an end to the knot to represent a spiral.  For many years, the Irish, Welsh and Scots use the symbols to speak their emotions and heritage pride–giving tribute to their great ancestors.

But, you should know that inking a knot tattoo will take a lot of energy and time as it is one of the toughest designs to make. The capability of the artist is very important in order to have the artwork done correctly. Therefore, while you focus on finding a perfect tattoo, you should spend as much time as it takes to look for a skillful artist with the necessary background and experience.



Celtic Tattoo Designs – Symbols, Cross, Knotwork, Zoomorphic, Spiral, Maze

Celtic symbols are creative arts associated with various tribal societies known as Celts. They are a number of Celts groups lived in the Western Europe at different times.

Today, Celtic tattoo designs are favored by many tattoo enthusiasts. Particularly for people of Celts heritage, the work of arts means a lot to them. It is often a way to present their affinity to the tradition and to express their prides as being a Celtic descent. Most of the symbols are taken from the designs of Celtic Irish Illuminated manuscripts such as The Book of Kells.

Celtic tattoo design is usually in pure black color, but sometimes the artworks are made more creative and stunning by adding in other colors. The work of art is distinctive for its complex knots, animal forms, interlacing patterns and some special symbols which are unique to Celts’ culture. Some of the most popular designs are cross and knotwork symbols.

These motifs can be traced back a few thousands of years. Inking by the Celts is believed to have started around the stone and metalwork age. The indigenous Celts have shown their skills and unique art forms in making jewelries, weapons, tools and metal works.





Pure Celtic knotwork tattoo is usually created without a starting and an ending unless it is connecting to a zoomorphic art with animal heads, feet or tails.  The open ended Celtic symbols represent repeatable cycles of rebirths and deaths, love and spiritual growth. Some modified knotwork will have an ending knot which does not link back to the original designs.

Other popular symbols are maze and spiral tattoo artworks. The spiral designs consist of parallel curves and lines. These lines can spiral in a particular way to form a maze design.

To see more stunning & creative motifs, visit a professional gallery.