55 Celtic Tattoo Designs that bring out your inner instincts! [2017]

Celtic tattoo designs have gained a lot of popularity amongst both men and women given its symbol of spirituality. They are normally believed to promote good luck and better fortunes for the wearer while warding off evil spirits. These tattoos are common especially in the Irish culture, where during the medieval days the Mighty Celts, their ancestors were known for going to the battlefield with their bodies covered with Celtic tattoos which were often done using the natural blue dye.

These type of tattoos are often very beautiful and come in a range of different designs like the Celtic knot with the knots having an infinite shape that symbolize long life. The animal-themed tattoos are also known to symbolize courage. Most of the Celtic animal tattoo designs come in the shape of animals like a bull, horse, snake and butterfly.

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Celtic tattoos carry a deep meaning and are often preferred by both men and women. The tattoos come with various twists and curves that result into a stunning look like the one below. The design seems quite intertwined with complexity which communicate an aspect of the wearer’s personality that is hard to comprehend.


Tattooing is rapidly growing as an art and the traditional tattoo designs still prove to be preferred by many tattoo lovers. Designers have introduced sophisticated twists to the tattoos especially when it comes to these Celtic designs, creating a whole new design that blends well with the current generation.


These tattoo designs are known to have significant stories and meaning behind them. It’s important to research the meaning of the tattoo you might be interested in wearing just to be sure you’ve made the right decision before deciding on inking.


You may be interested in these tattoos purely from a design point of view but when you take a second look you will find that the seemingly simple looking design has more depth than you initially thought. And when you delve deeper and discover the meaning and symbolism of these designs then you will find them quite irresistible. There is an aura of the other worlds and mystic to even the most simple of Celtic designs. This makes these tattoos very valuable and sought after in the world of ink. The people who do know about these meanings will always be drawn repeatedly to these intriguing designs.


Apart from finding out on the meaning of a tattoo, it’s also important to be very sure with the place you want to wear the tattoo. Larger tattoos look best when worn on larger body parts like the chest, back, arms, legs. The Celtic tattoo design below looks quite stunning on the arm and suitable for a man who takes care of his physic.


This celtic cross on the arm below looks fabulous on the wearer. These tattoos seem to be quite complicated in design with even those that seem simple embodying some element of versatility.


Celtic designs look intricate and the origins of these designs have been traced back to ancient Britain. Most people who study Celtic designs will find themselves drawn in by the sheer mystery of these symbols and what they mean. It is these diehard fans of the Celtic realm that took this a step further and adapted these lovely designs as tattoos.


These tattoos come in different shapes and images which include the never ending loops, that symbolize the vicious cycle of life and death that never ends. Another element is the circular rings that symbolize the connection to the spiritual powers.  What is interesting in the tattoo below is the 3D effect created through shadows and which offers an even deeper meaning to the whole design.


You can also choose elements that identify with your lifestyle or personality to incorporate in the tattoo design. This reinforces your connection to the tattoo given it’s something that lasts for a longer period of time.


You will find that a seemingly simple Celtic tattoo design is in fact quite complicated and the way it is done can make a lot of difference to the final result. They could represent everything from providing protection to being talismans of courage and good luck. Some believe that Celtic tattoos can bring them good fortune and protect them from all forms of evil.


These tattoos look quite stunning. The hooks and knots used in their design, all fall in the right place with the black colour that perfectly enhance and blends well with the body complexion. The tattoo below is quite large and fits perfectly in the place where it is worn.


These tattoo designs are not only appealing to look at but also add another facet of beauty to the wearers personality. Some aspect of boldness, courage and confidence features dominantly on the wearer’s personality.


With the growing popularity of these designs in the tattoo world, you will find that different artists have developed their own special way of doing them. You can look at the designs of different artists to pick the one that works for you. You need to do some homework on this before jumping in to get a tattoo. A tattoo no matter how big or small is a commitment that you have to live with.  In the tattoo below one can see a tattoo that offers a connection between the arm and the shoulder.


This tattoo design below looks very simple and ideal for women. One thing notable about these tattoo designs is the fact that they appear quite complex to design yet very simple when worn. You can take advantage of the many types of Celtic tattoo designs and get one that blends well with your personality and the meaning you want to incorporate in it.  Interestingly enough the tattoo below is very small and placed right at the base of the foot.


The designer of the tattoo below has done a spectacular job which looks perfect on the wearer. The tattoo is quite simple yet looks complex in design. The place it’s worn also looks perfect as it blends well with the skin complexion.


You may also consider the possibilities of how getting a tattoo will affect your personal and work life. This will help you pick the right location for your tattoo. Another thing that you can get along with a tattoo featuring a Celtic symbol is some suitable motto or saying tattooed along with it. Many couples are known to get matching or similar Celtic tattoos as a way of showing the world the depth of their relationship.


The early Celtic warriors wore tattoo designs on their upper arms or torso as a perfect way to scare away the enemy on the other side. The message portrayed seemed to state that if the warrior has a Celtic tattoo they were somehow magical and they could not be easily defeated.


Most people do not go out deliberately to look for tattoo designs of Celtic origin, some people are influenced by the Celtic tattoos worn by sportsmen or celebrities they love, and choose to have similar tattoos. It is however important to research more and get to know the meaning and mystery behind the tattoo designs.  They way the tattoo below is designed, gives a meaning of strength.  As if the symbol was forcefully inserted in the wall.


One thing that is really good about these tattoo designs is that they age really well and look almost the same with the passage of age.  The boldness of ink seems to keep well, withstanding the amount of years that pass.


The tattoo below is a full tattoo that covers the whole of the lower foot.  Only black ink is used, however, the intricate design and gray fill at some of the places, make it impressive.


It’s important to note that in most cases it’s the wearer that gives meaning to the type of tattoo worn. The below design is combined with other elements which at times change the meaning of the symbol used and become a personal message that the wearer wants to convey to the world.


The tattoo below looks great on the wearer and is quite visible as it covers the entire arm. The interesting  parts of the tattoo are the different focal points that take you to different places so as to absorb the whole design.


The tattoo below clearly depicts the meaning the wearer wants to convey due to the quotes and wordings used.  This makes it definitely a personalised tattoo.


One thing that makes Celtic tattoo designs suitable for both men and women is the size and its suitability to fit perfectly in whichever place it is worn. Whether you want a small Celtic tattoo design or a larger one, you definitely need to get a size that perfectly suit your need and where you want it made.  Although not quite obvious the design outlining that Celtic design is a dragon.  In the way it is made this might not be immediately absorbed.


These tattoo designs are embedded with a rich history that carries deep symbolism. The Irish, Scotish and Welsh believe the Celtic cross tattoo symbolizes one’s faith and heritage. The endless knots represents the endless cycle of life as shown in the Celtic tattoo design below.  What makes it artistic though is the layers with shadows making it look as if the cross is placed on top of a 3D design.


The ideology of these tattoos is not only to represent the complex nature of life but to bring to light the association with the continuous changing seasons in the process of life. The versatile style of the designs can be effectively blended with religious elements and other elements of design.


These types of tattoos can be definitely personalised as there are so many intricate designs to choose from.  One key point to remember is that many of these symbols have a meaning and it is of utmost importance to check upon this.  The meaning might be something you can relate to, but on the other hand you do not want to tattoo a design which is totally out of character.


  1. I can’t believe some of the pictures of the tattoos you have done, they are AMAZING !! Some actually look like real pieces of amour on a person, & you just perfected it !! Too bad, I’m in the mood for a new tattoo, but I guess you only do this really great work, nothing else, & too bad you were not closer, cause I would have to find a way to get to you. Thank you for sharing your great work with the rest of us, so we can just sit here & drool over the pictures of your art, & wish that our personal tattoos looked 1/2 that good !! I mean, I am only looking at acquiring my 2nd tattoo, & I come from the generation that hides them. Keep up the GREAT WORK !!!


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