carefully, and follow the loops around til their end, and
discover why Celtic knots are so popular as a tattoo design.
You'll soon see that the strands are never-ending, and continually
loop back again from their beginning to symbolize eternal
faith, love and loyalty.
Although the practice of Celtic tribal tattooing dates back
to millennia, most inspiration for the intricate knot work
seen in modern Celtic tattoos is inspired by the medieval
, considered to be the hallmark of all Irish illuminated
(And, if you're ever traveling through Ireland,
make sure to make a stop to see them on display at Trinity
Celtic knots & spirals can be designed in the shape of
They can also be incorporated with other popular Irish designs
such as four-leaf clovers, shamrocks or Claddagh designs but buyerbeware
. While it's
always advised that you seek out respected studios and tattoo
artists whenever requesting any tattoo design, that goes double
for Celtic tattoos.
For the concentration it takes to design and execute properly,
a complicated knot work tattoo can be the bane of even the
most qualified tattoo artists. So if a studio is upfront about
not offering the design, thank them very much for their honesty,
and move on.
And, of course, always ask to look at the portfolio of a
chosen artist to confirm that they can deliver what they promise
in the way of a well-crafted Celtic tattoo design.
For more tips & advice, surf around the Web where you'll
find galleries of knot work, spirals, swirls and Celtic cross
pictures and choice Irish clip art for inspiration ...
More about Celtic tattoos around the Web:
Tattoos - Huge collection of pictures for free viewing
with tons more available with paid registration.
Bret's Celtic Tattoo Photos - Scroll down the page
for dozens of examples including Celtic dragons, lions, knot work,
crosses and shamrocks from this Rhode Island studio offering
designs for sale & download..
Celtic Art - Freeware - Clip Art - Beautifully done
galleries with downloadable full color designs including Celtic
crosses, knotted stars & hearts, spiral patterns, Celtic
animal designs, angels, shamrocks, harps, & more.