Whether you are an Irishman, a Celt, or just wish you were, if you appreciate tattoos of symmetry and complexity, then you will certainly love Irish Celtic Tattoos.
The design of these tattoos can be traced back to the famous ornamental Celtic Arts, whose main characteristics are convoluted symmetry and an avoidance of straight lines.
The most common images found in Irish Celtic tattoos are the Celtic cross, lucky clovers, and the occasional leprechaun. The Irish Celtic style varies from other tattoo designs, such as tribal tattoos, in that they favor symmetry, emphasize curves over lines, and that they often make use of a broader palate of color than the typical monochromatic tribal tat.
The Celtic cross is a very common design that consists of a cross with a circle at the intersection. Once a symbol of Celtic Christianity, it is now a symbol of Ireland and Celtic cultures. As the stone carved Celtic crosses often include writing, many tattoos also incorporate an inscription. While it could be something as simple as your name, you could also write a message in an ancient language (such as Tolkien’s Elven language from The Lord of the Rings) to add a hint of mystery to the cross tattoo.
Two very famous Irish symbols are the leprechaun and lucky four-leaf clover. Irish legends state that leprechauns used to horde pots of gold which they would give you if you caught one; so the leprechaun has been associated with wealth and luck. The four-leaf clover is a symbol of good luck; finding one is considered very lucky because they are so rare. Therefore a tattoo of a four-leaf clover should bring you permanent good luck.