History of a Tattoo…The Celts ~

I’ve been seriously thinking about getting another tattoo. I love symbols because they have personal meaning depending on what lesson we have learned or path we are on in our life. In continuing with my ‘History of a Tattoo’, I have chosen ‘The Celts’ this time because I have always been drawn to symbols and love celtic artwork. I have a celtic spinning ring which I absolutely love. A few years ago I considered having the celtic knot tattooed on my ring finger but haven’t yet seen one that wore well. (and it’s supposed to be very painful in that area)

The Celts were tribal people who lived and moved around Western Europe around 1200 and 700 B.C. They reached the British Isles around 400 B.C. and most of what had survived from their culture is in the area now known as Ireland, Wales and Scotland. I traveled around Europe when I was 10 with my family and loved the beautiful country side. It feels very romantic in these areas to me, and I love the accents! Wales was where I felt butterflies for the first time when I caught eyes with a boy who drove by on a bus. I remember the moment as if it were yesterday. Funny what you choose to remember when your grown up.

My Mom’s side of the family is Scotish so maybe that is also a reason I am drawn to symbols of the Celts. Celtic culture is full of body art which was done using something called woad, (a blue dye from the flowering plant) which left a blue design on the skin.

The Celtic knot is one of the most easily recognized forms of Celtic art, with the use of spirals, single, double and triple complex braids that weave in and out symbolizing the connection of all life. I love the history behind a simple woven band! The Celtic designs are symbolic of the way various paths that life’s journey can take, with sometimes a very complex maze. I can relate to that right now. Life is ever changing we never really know our path until we are on it, most important is to just keep going’ ~ Tracy.

Here is a short video to show some of the beautiful Celtic designs, tattoo style!

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