Celtic sleeve tattoos are basically tattoos of Celtic design which cover the area of the arm in which a sleeve would, leaving little or no area in which the skin is visible. There are three lengths of sleeve tattoo, a full, half or quarter sleeve depending on the area of arm wished to be covered in tattoo. Celtic sleeve tattoos can not only be bold and clearly visible with complex knots, various meaningful symbols and animal forms, but also expensive and time consuming with multiple hours of time and hundreds to thousands of pounds required to complete the sleeve. People of Celtic heritage often choose a Celtic tattoo to express pride in their heritage as Celtic design is the artistic style of their ancestors, but must be sure to research the symbols meaning behind any Celtic tattoos or designs. The Celtic sleeve would generally be made up of many personally chosen Celtic symbols connected by a Celtic design. Popular types of Celtic tattoo design ideas that can be incorporated into a Celtic sleeve are as followed:
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Celtic cross tatoos
Celtic cross tattoos are made up of the Christian cross which has a circle symmetrically surrounding the point in which the two lines of the cross meet. There are many different meanings for the Celtic cross, ranging from the four elements (air, earth, fire and water), to cardinal directions (north, south, east and west). The circle also has more than one meaning, the most popular being the symbol of eternity as it is a closed endless form. Celtic cross tattoos are very popular in sleeve designs and can be used to represent ones faith and heritage.
Celtic triskelion tattoos
Celtic triskelion tattoos are basically three-legged wheel patterns which represent the concept of progress and motion by the use of the three legs in a circular design. The Celtic triskelion was a common, prominent Celtic symbol, and was often used on armours, clothes and jewellery. The meaning of the three legs seems to be interpreted in many different ways. Some of the prominent interpretations of this Celtic symbol are, 'Father, Son and Holy Ghost', 'Past, Present and Future', and 'Creator, Destroyer and Sustainer'. Celtic Triskelions are certainly a nice addition to a Celtic sleeve as it is a well known Celtic symbolic design which can be interpreted to each individuals belief, making the sleeve hold significant meaning to that person.
Celtic knotwork tattoos
Celtic knots are probably the most recognised form of Celtic art. From a simple knotwork band to woven, unending threads that wrap around the entire arm, knotwork tattoos can easily be incorporated into a Celtic sleeve either to connect various symbols and types of knots, or be the main Celtic sleeve design in itself. The knotwork is made up of complex, interlocking weaves which is commonly interpreted to symbolise the interconnecting forces of life or the endless circle of life. Knotwork tattoos are not an easy design to tattoo so much research should be given to finding a tattoo artist with experience in this field.
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