This is a collection of Celtic-influenced tattoos that I've taken at street fairs and conventions over the years. As you can see, Celtic art is known for its knot-work designs and stylized animal forms. It can be done in both monochromatic style, or full color, as simple or as complex as you'd like.
It's easily adaptable to single pieces, armbands, sleeves, belts and full back pieces. Because of the complexity of a lot of the knotwork, you have to be sure and not design your Celtic tattoo too small, or some of the details can become too indistinct as the tattoo ages.
All photographs copyright Rae Schwarz
celtic half sleeve
celtic backpiece with hounds
celtic back with bird-form
blue rose and celtic cross
celtic belt tattoo
celtic knot tattoo
To help you decide on a Celtic tattoo design, you might like
by Andy Sloss
or you might like Spiritual Tattoo
by John A. Rush.