The ancient Celtic Art
is full of interlacing patterns, elaborate knot work,
spirals, animal forms and animal zoomorphic, and lots color.
The early years
Celtics displayed their art especially in metal... jewelry, weapons they were
great warriors figurines and pots are some
of the many artifacts that come
Celtic tattoos maybe
quite popular among tattoo aficionados, but do they really know the
history and the meaning of the symbols they choose? Most people choose the
Celtic tattoo designs because of the intricate and also beautiful style.
But in ancient times, those designs had meanings and they represented
certain symbols in the Celtic society. How everything developed? How the
symbols and designs manage to survive to this modern day? What's the
beauty of the style?
Well, Celtic tattoos originated from the ancient Celtic time where the
Celts were the main rules and inhabitants of the British Isle. Most people
think that Celtic originally connected to Wales, Scotland, and Ireland
only, but the British area was once occupied by these Celtic people.
They were pagan worshippers and they
mainly communicated with one another with symbols and drawings, rather
than language – well, that's what experts believe. Pagan worshippers
mean that these people believed and worshiped their natural surroundings.
They believed in the earth or wind God. They believed that nature was the
main controller that determined their faith. That's why they made symbols
to convey their fascination toward their surrounding.
For example, in Celtic tattoo design, Celtic tattoos knotwork is
very popular. For Celts, the knotwork was the fundamental and basic
element in their art life. Knot is considered as infinity symbol. It's the
symbol of life and spiritual journey, as well as its interconnections with
other things. Nowadays, people can see the various types, colors, and
designs of the knotwork. But the knot itself is very crucial and important
for the Celts.
Another popular symbol in Celtic tattoos is the spiral. It's believed to
represent eternity and cosmos movements – like planets movements or the
atom nucleus ones. Not many people realize this, but spiral is an ancient
symbol that has been around since Celtic period. The history to decorate
one's body was also found during Celtic period where the warriors would
adorn their body with various symbols. Not only had these symbols
represented their bravery and victorious efforts, they also conveyed
For instance, when the warriors managed
to kill a certain enemy, they would mark themselves with the
characteristic mark of their enemies, so their next opponents could see
their achievements. It was like a killing list that they'd managed to do.
Of course, it would make their opponents thought twice if they wanted to
As civilization developed and new era and century started to appear, the
Celtic culture and art started to go away – especially since
Christianity started to appear and spread. But somehow, the Celts heritage
of such beautiful work still manages to survive. It's probably due to the
fact that other ethnicity managed to adopt the symbols from the Celts
period and mix it with their own; preserving the designs up till
Not only the Celtic tattoos designs still
survive up to now, they're also likeable and quite popular. Most of the
designs are quite simple, yet it has this intricate quality and certain
beauty in each of the design that makes the design very beautiful to look
at. It's no wonder if tattoo aficionados relay like the knot design, the
cross symbol, or the vines one. Most of the designs are available in black
and white color pattern, but people can have certain colors if they want to.
If people are interested in getting this Celtic tattoos design, be
sure that they choose the right artist who know what they're doing. Not all
tattoo artists are qualified; in terms that they know the meaning of the
symbols and the designs. Believe it; the design produced by the true artist
who understands the true meaning of the tattoo will be different from the
one who has no clue.
People can do these things before getting the tattoo:
- They can see the various example images from the portfolio
of the artist. - They should discuss the meaning and the importance of the design.
If the artist really knows what they're doing, they should be able to
explain everything. - Discuss the tattoo procedures and steps too.
- Consider whether they want to have regular black and white design or
the colorful ones. Some designs are better left simple and plain; while
the others may look great when colors are added.
- Make sure the equipments are safe and sterile
If everything is set, they can start having the Celtic tattoos
procedure and designing.
Jason Bellchamber shows you the six different steps in drawing a simple Celtic Triskele knot.
This is the earliest instance from the Meigle Stone from Scotland back in the late 6th Century. This
easy Pictish trillium knot is also found in the Book of Kells, plus the Book of Durrow.