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.