Celtic tattoo designs are first mentioned by Romans, who encountered them while fighting Gauls in today’s France. Some of their relatives from British Isles, called Picts, came to help them repel the invaders and one of their customs was to tattoo their faces. These fierce warriors even managed to inflict the only defeat to Julius Caesar in his life. Some sources say that this is the reason for his decision to invade Britain few years later.
Some of the most popular designs are the Celtic cross, Awen symbol or Irish Claddagh. Women often choose motherhood or sisterhood symbols. But one of the most interesting designs is a Celtic knot. A knotwork cannot be translated literally.
Other symbols tattoo masters paint frequently are the Celtic cross, Awen symbol, Irish Claddagh or a motherhood symbol. Today, these are popular.
This design has many meanings, with deep spiritual roots, which makes it even more important to have it done correctly. Mistakes are very hard, if not impossible, to correct.
But whatever you choose, make sure you know the meaning of it. It is not simply a matter of pretty colors. Celtic tattoos are very symbolic, and if you are going to wear one, you might as well know what it means. It can be very embarrassing if someone ask you what does some tattoo you have means, and you don’t know or tell a wrong answer.
Many people today wear Celtic tattoo designs, mostly because they are proud of their Celtic roots. Considering the deep symbolism of the design and the history of the Celtic people, this doesn’t come as a wonder. Unfortunately, not many records of this wonderful culture have reached us, since the Celts passed their history orally, without writing it down.
The Celtic Knot – Celtic knots are a variety of (mostly endless) knots and stylized graphical representations of knots used for decoration, adopted by the ancient Celts. These knots are most known for their adaptation for use in the ornamentation of Christian monuments and manuscripts like the 8th century Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels.
There is no evidence to indicate that a knot had any specific philosophical or religious significance beyond perhaps the most obvious, that being the intricacy capable in the work of humans, itself reflective of the intricacy of Natural forms.