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.

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