Celtic tattoos utilize designs of Celtic crosses and knots. Celtic tattoos were common among Celtic warriors and used for intimidation in battle. Historically, ink for Celtic tattoos was manufactured from dried leaves from the woad plant. Luckily, modern tattoo machines are used for Celtic tattoos now. Celtic knots first appeared in art close to 450 A.D. There are many different Celtic knots, including the oval, triple drop, round, square, four and serpent knot. A Celtic knot tattoo may symbolize the eternal nature of the human spirit because there is no visible beginning or end. Celtic tattoos can also be used to symbolize a long life because they have no visible end. The Celtic triple drop knot symbolizes the unity of the three forces of earth, fire and water. A Celtic triple drop knot tattoo may symbolize closeness to nature. The Celtic square knot design symbolizes fidelity and love.
A person may get a Celtic square knot tattoo to celebrate the love they feel for their significant other. Some people may get Celtic tattoos to celebrate their Celtic heritage. Celtic culture historically existed in Europe during the Iron Age and Medieval Period and still exists today in some areas of Europe. Some Celtic tattoo designs may include Celtic language rather than Celtic knot images. The first Celtic language was Proto-Celtic, from which several languages descended. Other Celtic languages that could be included in a Celtic tattoo include Welsh, Irish, Brenton, Scottish Gaelic, Cornish and Manx:
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