The Book of Kells page 291v has a portrait of St John the Evangelist and several square crosses. For this man also named John I drew out of one of those crosses, and then morphed it into more of a high cross shape, to fit an oval to cover the upper part of this body builder's ham of an arm. It helps to have a big canvas when you want a lot of detail in the Celtic knots!
My favorite spiral symbol, the Aberlemno circle from Scotland, stretched to fit a leg calf. Precision that makes me hold my breath, mustn't tell the client any jokes, slow and steady. My first ever client from the British Virgin Islands. This tattoo will see lots of surf and sun and is bold enough to weather well.
I created this custom Celtic Tau cross for a warrior from Texas, a man trained to kill, who has dedicated his life to peace. Sometimes called the Saint Francis cross, the Tau cross is in all Franciscan places of worship. It is considered symbolic of reflection and contemplation, new beginnings and new starts.
A custom family tree of life added as a tribute to a father, who passed away and is represented by the falling leaf. The leaves in the canopy represent children, the continuing generation, and the roots are the tie to heritage. Woven into the roots is an infinity symbol, for the continuity of the family through the years. It is placed above a Celtic knot done decades ago, and the birth and death dates of family members.