Celtic knot work is easily identified and Celtic tattoos are a beautiful representation of this Irish artwork. The interlacing knotted patterns have captivated tattoo enthusiasts and flash artists for decades. Celtic knot tattoos are very attractive and appealing, but can also by deeply symbolic to the individuals choosing this type of tattoo design.
Many individuals with an Irish or Scottish background are drawn to Celtic tattoos. The Celtic design consists of an alternating over-and-under structure. These knot like patterns have their origins in ancient times. Celtic tattoos are a way for people with this heritage to visibly express their pride.
On a basic level, Celtic knot tattoos symbolize eternity. The line work is an interweaving of over and under patterns of lines that have no end. Similar to the symbol of eternity which has no definitive beginning or end. Although these Celtic tattoo designs are more popular with people of Irish or Scottish background, they have become enormously popular with people that find the knot work designs attractive.
Depending on the intricacy of the pattern and size, this design can be difficult to tattoo and some tattoo artists do not care for doing this work at all. Other artists enjoy and some even specialize in this style of artwork. Pat Fish is the most well known tattoo artist specializing in Celtic designs.
The pattern is exact and requires an artist with patience and strength in detail. Some artists don’t enjoy this style and others love it. Find an artist with skills as well as one that “likes” this style. There is nothing worse than a tattoo artist who is not enjoying the session and is not enthusiastic in his approach to your tattoo. If he is excited he’ll do a better job.