Celtic 'County Cork' High Cross Coverup Tattoo

Today saw the finishing touches with color that obliterated a corny cartoon tattoo done in the fever of youth. Back when this guy got the Taz he probably felt close affinity with that character, but now he's a mellower guy, and a wiser tattoo client. Seeing the finished result in the mirror, he said "This is what I always wanted, but back then I just didn't know how to get it."

Celtic 'County Cork' High Cross Coverup Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic 'County Cork' High Cross Coverup Tattoo by Pat Fish

This is the second coverup on this client; you can see the first here: http://www.luckyfish.com/blog/celtic-viking-shield-coverup-tattoo


This cross is a high cross adaptation of a square cross also available at LuckyFishArt:

Celtic Gauntlet Tattoo

Today saw the second and final session to finish up this gauntlet tattoo. There is nothing so challenging for me as these full wrap pieces, and my clients certainly wear them proudly.

Celtic Gauntlet Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Gauntlet Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Hops Sleeve

Today a favorite brewmaster client returned to finish filling in the background on a tangle of hop vines. This sleeve has been evolving over several years, and began with just a tiny Scots lion he got in youth. Today marks the finish of two full sleeves ..... and ink ambition will bring him back for more !

Celtic Hops Sleeve by Pat Fish

Celtic Hops Sleeve by Pat Fish

Celtic 'Hold Fast' Cuff Tattoo

Today a Navy medical corpsman came for a cuff of Celtic knot work which will form the end of a full sleeve. He traveled far, so we accomplished it in only one session, a bit ambitious and requiring stamina towards the end.

Celtic 'Hold Fast' Cuff Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic 'Hold Fast' Cuff Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Luna Moth and Lunar Crescent Tattoo

Today a very pale lady came in for this Celtic luna moth done in shimmering pastel colors. The aerial queen of night, the gossamer beauty of the bug is translated to a graphic knotwork pattern. To fill out the design we placed a crescent moon filled with Pictish spirals and simple 5 pointed stars.

Celtic Luna Moth and Lunar Crescent Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Luna Moth and Lunar Crescent Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Connection Tattoo

Today a man came in whose previous tattoos, done by others, seemed to him to need a tie-in. He wanted them to look cohesive, so I drew up this swooping pattern that curved and wrapped around each and made them into one dynamic whole. 

Celtic Connection Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Connection Tattoo by Pat Fish

Hungarian Violin Tattoo

Today a tattoo expression of ethnic enthusiasm gives this man whose Hungarian last name means fiddler a permanent tribute to his heritage. He brought in examples of folk art embroidery from Hungary to act as examples for the embellishment, and now he wears a uniquely decorated musical instrument to tie him to his father's family history.

Hungarian Violin Tattoo by Pat Fish

Hungarian Violin Tattoo by Pat Fish

"The love for embroidery of the Hungarian people goes far back in history. In Arabian and other foreign chronicles - from times before the Magyars came to the Carpathian Basin - it has been written, that the Hungarians liked to dress in richly decorated and embroidered clothing and their surroundings were pompous." - Hungaria.org

'Viking Link' Band Tattoo

Today was the first time I have been asked to do this Viking link band in color, one that I have long admired on ancient standing stones. A bold older woman came in, quite sure that she wanted this tattoo where she could see it, so onto her forearm it goes. I thoroughly approve of being able to get full benefit from tattoos by putting them in an easily enjoyed place.

'Viking Link' Band Tattoo by Pat Fish

'Viking Link' Band Tattoo by Pat Fish

Dancing Ganesha Coverup Tattoo

Today a woman whose ankle needed a serious tattoo upgrade came in to cover a backward-facing lion with a dancing Ganesha. A black lotus did the job of obscuring the poor quality lion, leaving the rest of the calf to host a large and detailed Ganesha. Her life is changing, and now she wears the symbol of the Remover of Obstacles, as she dances forward.

Dancing Ganesha Coverup Tattoo by Pat Fish

Dancing Ganesha Coverup Tattoo by Pat Fish

"Ganesha is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon . . . Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom." - Wikipedia

'Love is a Battlefield' Celtic Claddagh Tattoo

Today a man whose romantic intentions have been often betrayed came in for this unique tattoo. A claddagh with one hand gesturing in resignation, a sword representing the battlefield that love can become, a pierced heart shedding a drop of blood.

 Claddagh Sword Celtic Tattoo by Pat Fish

 Claddagh Sword Celtic Tattoo by Pat Fish

Tree of Faith Celtic Tattoo

Today's tattoo is this unique expression of Christian faith, for a man recently graduated from the university and beginning his true adult life. The blending of the tree of life with the cross, rising from a Celtic trinity knot, is something I had never been asked to do before and came together nicely.

Tree of Faith Celtic Tattoo by Pat Fish

Tree of Faith Celtic Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Tree and Claddagh Tattoo

Today a returning client added more and defined an end to his sleeve by putting a claddagh bracelet at the bottom. He is now forever a bachelor, eternally offering his heart to the ladies, while teasing them with his romantic nature expressed in the rose. On the flip side is a tree of life growing from the band, expressing his connection to his Celtic heritage.

Celtic Tree and Claddagh Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Tree and Claddagh Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Viking Shield CoverUp Tattoo

Today a man whose $35 at 16 years old bought him a dancing beer can tattoo finally outgrew the symbol of his miscreant youth. Almost 50 years later, and Mr Beer Can is gone, and in its place a warrior shield representing the success he has made of his life in the years since. This was one day's work, and so the colors are not as vibrant as they will be after a second pass, but the effectiveness of the cover-up cannot be questioned....... where WAS that can?

Celtic Viking Shield CoverUp Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Viking Shield CoverUp Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Prism Tattoo

Today a man whose youthful enthusiasm for the Roadrunner cartoon had long since faded like the tattoo came in to cover it up. We used a triangular Celtic knot to represent the prism on the iconic 1973 Pink Floyd album cover for "Dark Side of the Moon."

Celtic Prism Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Prism Tattoo by Pat Fish

Ancient Roots Celtic Tree of Life Tattoo

Today a man with nostalgia for the oak tree in his mother's yard came in for a permanent representation of it, drawn from actual photos. The tree might be cut down, limbs may fall, but now it lives forever in his skin. In a unique expression of heritage, he asked that the roots rise from the Newgrange kerbstone, the stone at the entrance to the most celebrated neolithic tomb in Ireland.

Ancient Roots Celtic Tree of Life Tattoo by Pat Fish

Ancient Roots Celtic Tree of Life Tattoo by Pat Fish

Midwife 'Band of Life' Tattoo

Today a midwife who previously had me install this tree of life with a fox denned in the roots came back for more. We added the Celtic midwifery symbol and a band flowing around it, made form the triple spirals of the Shandwick stone carving. A nice example of how a sleeve evolves over time, as elements are added.

Midwife 'Band of Life' Tattoo by Pat Fish

Midwife 'Band of Life' Tattoo by Pat Fish

Custom Claddagh Ring Tattoo

Today this man came in to expand his tattoo collection with more Celtic art. When he was 18 this shamrock made him feel so rad! Now, it is a tiny off-center memory, something to retain for sentiment, deserving of a frame. Future plans are under consideration to add something more to the middle, but for now today he has acquired a claddagh ring with his children's initials in the cuffs.

Custom Claddagh Ring Tattoo by Pat Fish

Custom Claddagh Ring Tattoo by Pat Fish

Custom Celtic 'Anniversary Dragons' Tattoo

Today a couple who have been happily married for twenty years came a very long distance to celebrate their epic anniversary with matching tattoos. Most people have a hard time picking just one tattoo, it is simply amazing when two can agree on one for them both. Here they celebrate their shared Scottish/Welsh heritage with a custom design of two European dragons, forming a loving heart.

Custom Celtic 'Anniversary Dragons' Tattoos by Pat Fish

Custom Celtic 'Anniversary Dragons' Tattoos by Pat Fish