Today a fourth session brought this full sleeve to fruition, one continuous knotwork interlace pattern from shoulder cap to wrist. It requires a lot of stamina from both artist and client to finish up a project this ambitious. I am grateful for the opportunity to do such transformative art.
Today a mother with a large family came in for a tattoo that expresses her devotion to her children and husband and her connection to her ethnic ancestry. A Celtic Tree of Life with a heart in the roots, showing her love with this permanent embellishment.
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Today saw the third session on this sleeve, a very long and highly organized pattern of interlocking Celtic knots and loops, complex enough to require many hours to be complete. Transformational !
Today a slithering dragon from a Viking Runestone came to life again in skin. A man whose maternal heritage is Nordic chose this bold and ancient pattern to fill his upper arm. This tattoo will allow him to access his inner Viking Warrior: "The difference between a warrior and an ordinary man is that a warrior sees everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man sees everything as a blessing or a curse."
Today a father whose dedication to his autistic son has been a major focus for many years got this custom design to express that connection. Early intervention and family involvement with professional guidance have led to his son overcoming many challenges, and now his son is succeeding in high school. And his father will wear this symbol of love forever.
Today I did an unusual special request, a Celtic cross surrounded by cherry blossoms. Uniting European and Asian symbolism for a unique tattoo that is both intricate and delicate.
Today I finished a second session on this lower leg wrap of Celtic knotwork. The pattern started with a knot found in a band in the 9th century Book of Kells. That was expanded out to a grid, with three of the knots running vertical and two around the ankle running horizontal. I think the artistic monks would have been happy to see their careful geometry adapted and reused in this new form.
Today a woman came in for a cuff around a pre-existing thistle. She'd gone all the way to Scotland and got a symbolic Scots thistle but it was a bit wonky, so I redrew it and then placed a band of Celtic knotwork around it and a pre-existing word, tying them all together.
Today a man returned after eleven years to add to his tattoo collection. He rode his Moto Guzzi all the way from Tennessee, an epic cross-country trek, to refresh the band I did in 2005 and add a cross above it. I left the soft aged shading in the band as evidence of a tattoo well worn, but relined and recolored it, and then added the new cross above, matching the blue of his eyes.
Today a woman who has hiked the scenic Pacific Crest Trail came to get a personalized version of the trail sign as a permanent reminder of her accomplishment. The trail stretches all the way from Mexico to Canada, and to conquer it she did stretches of it on 4 consecutive summers. between the ages of 65 and 68, and plans to try to do a thru-hike when she is 70 in 2 years. A brave example for us all!
"The Pacific Crest Trail is a long-distance hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges . . . The trail's southern terminus is on the U.S. border with Mexico, just south of Campo, California, and its northern terminus on the Canada–US border on the edge of Manning Park in British Columbia; its corridor through the U.S. is in the states of California, Oregon, and Washington.
The Pacific Crest Trail is 2,659 mi long and ranges in elevation from just above sea level at the Oregon–Washington border to 13,153 feet at Forester Pass in the Sierra Nevada. The route passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks." - Wikipedia
Today a client with fondness for the video games of his youth chose to enshrine symbols of his favorites in this custom tattoo. At the center is the iconic Triforce design from 'The Legend of Zelda' series, rendered with a Celtic twist. Framing that is the stylized A from the "Assassin's Creed' logo. Climbing the A is a graphic representation of "Mew" - a mysterious and rare cat-like creature from the Pokemon media franchise. An eccentric and nostalgic tattoo for a child of the digital generation!
Today I added to an evolving sleeve. This man got the raven pattern in the center from me seven years ago, then added the arch over them last year, and his ambition continues! So today we added the full band below, with points of knotwork drawn up to make a frame around the birds.
Today a woman who lost her Great Dane recently after many years of loyal love came in to get this memorial tattoo. Now her dear pet will always be with her. In memory, in skin.
While this design is a custom portrait of the client's dog, I do have several other Great Dane designs for sale:
Today a woman with a bear paw cover-up and some nice feathers came in yearning for more. Her spirit animal the owl was a lovely choice, so we made a great horned owl head below the pre-existing and then added a Celtic knot crescent moon. Now her arm is like a totem pole, and her tattoo collection is greatly expanded with this half-sleeve.
"The great horned owl (Bubo virginianus), also known as the tiger owl (originally derived from early naturalists' description as the "winged tiger" or "tiger of the air") or the hoot owl, is a large owl native to the Americas. It is an extremely adaptable bird with a vast range and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas." -wikipedia
Today a Texan firefighter in the area to combat the numerous wild fires currently burning was able to carve out time in his schedule to acquire this new skin art. He had a previous tattoo of the Maltese cross, so I drew up a dragon that filled the upper arm and finishes with a tail that swoops to the inside. Bespoke coverage that brings his tattoo up to a half sleeve.
"Crosses of this design have been used since around the First Crusade in 1096. The design is said to symbolize the eight points of courage: loyalty, piety, bravery, frankness, glory and honor, no fear of death, compassion toward the sick and poor, and respect for the church." -st-florian-medal.com
Recently a woman making an epic journey far from home got this lovely permanent souvenir, a traveling turtle. We matched her teal toenail polish perfectly, her favorite color, and now she will always be putting her best foot forward.
Today a nurse who worked for many years administering radiation treatments came in to cover up her old tattoo that had become a dated and distorted symbol. We chose a Celtic knot and I selectively darkened the background to be an effective cover-up. Then I used white ink to completely obscure the places where the old lines showed through. She wanted something feminine, and now she has a knot that has the feel of a flower.
Today a woman who has devoted her life to music came for this tattoo, a tribute to the passion that inspires her life. "When the music hits you, just dance" is now the mantra of her days.
In the ancient Celtic law and faith everything happened in threes. Thus when the Christian religion came, with the trinity concept, it was an easy adaptation. Now we can appreciate that it allows for more freedom than the dualism of the East, the yin-yang of black and white. The Celts allow for gray also, for yes no AND maybe.
Warriors everywhere have always loved marks of accomplishment, and since the Celts fought naked their tattoos were their medals! This simple knotwork twist is a perfect armband or anklet, with enough detail to be instantly recognizable as Celtic interlace but not requiring as much width as a more complex design.