Today a local surfer and yoga enthusiast chose a true piece of history for her tattoo. This pattern is from a decorated bronze disc that was discovered at Loughan Island, in the river Bann, County Derry, Ireland. As a tattoo design it is a beautifully symmetric set of spirals, representing the triple Goddess and triplicate nature of Celtic religion. Simple, timeless, bringing the art of the past to life in skin. It also had the added benefit that by going on top of varicose veins on her leg, now they are invisible and she has art instead. BE ART : GET A TATTOO !!!!
Today a septuagenarian comparative religions educator came in for this pattern of a triskelion in Pictish spirals as a mark of the Goddess. Single, double, and triple Pictish spirals surround a central triskelion in this pattern that can fit any body part, alone or behind another tattoo to add a framing energetic background.
Seals are a beloved part of Irish life, and because they are never hunted they are quite fearless and will approach a swimmer or fisherperson with impunity. There are many families who trace their ancestry back to a selkie, a seal that came up on land and transformed itself into a human for a time, often leaving a child behind when it felt compelled to return to the sea. This design is a happy seal inside a triquetra of knotwork.
The clothing of Kings always enhanced their status, and no commoner could hope to wear something so sumptuous as this intricate chain of knotwork. Once embroidered on the robe of a King, now it can be a tattoo leg band forever on the calf of a member of our free democratic society. Shown here with the internal cross pattern emphasized in green.