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Celtic Tattoos

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Celtic tattoo designs are inspired by the traditional art of the Celts who inhabited western Europe. The style of circular forms, spirals, knots and triskels has an endearment which translates extraordinarily very well to tattoo art.

During the 19th and 20th centuries anything Celtic or derived from the older Celtic art rose in popularity again. This was particularly the case in Ireland who were largely seeking to establish an identity seperate from that of Great Britain.

Celtic tattoos are renowned to be good 'space fillers'. It is fairly easy for a talented tattooist to make a Celtic tattoo cover pretty much any space required. Celtic tattoos can also be a great way to link or frame other designs.

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Celtic tattoos are often used to express individuality or patriotism by those considering themselves to be of Celtic origin.

Considering the wide popularity of Celtic style tattoos today, you may wonder if the Celts had tattoos themselves? It is known fact that they often fought naked and painted themselves with woad before a battle. They might have used tattoos but unfortunately did not keep any documentation of this so we have no way of being certain.

Celtic tattoos usually feature heavy black outlining which can look striking on paler skin. but you can have an amazing looking Celtic design in any colour.

Celtic Tattoo Styles

Here are some popular examples of of Celtic tattoos :

Celtic Cross

Celtic Cross Tattoo

The Celtic cross depicts a Christian cross with a circle around the intersection. Intricate knots usually decorate the cross.

Legend has it St Patrick created the Celtic cross as a combination of the Christian cross and the sun in order to convert the pagan Irish.


Celtic Knot

Celtic Knot Tattoo

The Celtic Knot is also referred to as the 'mystic knot' or 'endless knot'.

The lines of the knot conjoin to form a continual loop without a beginning or an end. A popular type of Celtic knot tattoo is the Celtic love knot. It symbolises the love between two people.

Celtic knot tattoos usually signify eternity.

Celtic Style Tattoos Portfolio


We have a lot of celtic designs at our tattoo studio in Axminster so why not come in and take a look if you are passing by?

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