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.
The evocative image of a red Crusader cross placed inside a shield on a leg calf was today's challenge. The Latin text in the bar above is from the Lord's prayer FIAT VOLUNTAS TUA, "Thy will be done." Also known since c.1280 as the Jerusalem cross, it is a five-fold cross, here encircled by a custom weave of Celtic knotwork, shaped to fit the heraldic shield.
This tattoo is a special tribute to the client's mom and grandfather, both of whom have the initials CM. The letters are original modern patterns drawn in the style of the ancient Celtic manuscript the Book of Kells. Finally finished after months of planning and several tattooing sessions! A bold tattoo on a pale gal, so we could use vivid light colors to accentuate the weaves.