If you are looking for a tattoo that has symbolic meaning to you then getting a Celtic tattoo may be just what you are looking for.
The history behind a Celtic tattoo starts with the Celtic warriors who wanted to mark their passion to their body. They also used these tattoos as a means of intimidating their enemies. To the warriors, this was a war tactic that they found highly effective.
If you battled amongst the Celtics it was seen has one of the highest honors that could be bestowed on a warrior. When they went to battle they often did so bare-chested and even at times naked. These sort of tactics proved to be even more intimidating to their enemies. They didn’t know how to react to men who would wear so little on the battlefield. Along with their fashion sense Celtics also did their hair in bright colors that they got from flower pastes, they would fashion their hair in bright Mohawks for battle.
When it came time to tattoo the Celtic designs on their bodies in was done with a Woad plant. They harvest and dry these plants in order to perform the tattoo. They take these dried leaves and they boil them, straining them afterwards. They are then boiled again creating a viscous paste. The tattoo artist will then tap the paste into the skin with a needle forcing the stain to go underneath the skin. This forms the Celtic design of their choice.
Most Popular Celtic Designs
Celtic symbols are one of the most popular designs for warriors because they used them as intimidation tactics.
Celtic knots are also a popular choice due to their appearance; they are usually found on the upper chest and arms.
Celtics also love animals and will use them as symbols for their tattoo designs. They believe that animals are a symbol of ferocity, courage, and protection.
Designs such as trinities, circles, La Tene and swirls are also a symbol of organic energy, representing motion, wind, time and nature.
Below are 77 of the most original Celtic tattoo designs that will give you an authentic look:
1. Celtic Knots
A great example of a sleeve done with Celtic knots, it’s a popular choice.
2. An Armband
This armband is done in a shade of brown that suits her coloring. These Celtic symbols show her pride.
3. Small Designs
If you are looking for a small design to show your support for your culture than try this Celtic symbol. It fits snugly behind the ear and isn’t very showy.
4. Dark Symbols
This tattoo design is very dark and so it really stand out. It’s a cool looking symbol that is sure to draw some attention.
5. Moon Tattoo
If you like the moon and everything to do with organic energy then try this tattoo out. It’s adorable with the cat sitting on the moon looking down on the world.