Shamrock Claddagh Ring Tattoo Design

Today a man requested of his family that his seventieth birthday gift was to come with his son and get his first tattoo. The simple elegance of the shamrock fills the claddagh ring to form a perfect Irish tattoo. And now both he and his son wear it with pride.

shamrock-claddagh-ring

Celtic Wrist Cuff Tattoo

Today a Bostonian Irishman returned to add to his extensive collection. Three years ago we did a large partial sleeve of Celtic interlace, and today we added more matching knotwork to bring it down to the wrist. Hooray for the ethnic ambitious!

Celtic Wrist Cuff Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Wrist Cuff Tattoo by Pat Fish

'Archer's Bracer' Celtic Sleeve Tattoo

Today a man who began this sleeve last month came back promptly to achieve completion. The look of a full forearm sleeve is like no other Celtic pattern, in this case achieving the feel of the bracer an archer would wear to protect their arm. 

'Archer's Bracer' Celtic Sleeve Tattoo by Pat Fish

'Archer's Bracer' Celtic Sleeve Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Sleeve Coverup Tattoo

Today, after three years in the making, I finally finished this coverup. An all-too-typical tribal sun from his youth was no longer an adequate expression of his aesthetics, so he opted to celebrate his Cape Breton roots with a Celtic knot half sleeve. Coming from Canada was hard for him to schedule, so getting to Santa Barbara for multiple sessions required much unfinished yearning for completion. Covering black tribal did require extra darkness in the center at the top, but overall he is transformed and improved.

Celtic Sleeve Coverup Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Sleeve Coverup Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic 'Duleek Sleeve' Tattoo

Recently a man came in to get this pattern and confessed he'd been lurking on my website for years, and kept coming back to this one. Finally his wife told him to just go ahead and DO IT! And it gave me a chance to make a minor change that I believe improves the pattern just a bit over the way I'd done it before.

Celtic 'Duleek Sleeve' Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic 'Duleek Sleeve' Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Knot Root Base Chakra Tattoo

Today a pair of lovers came to get the root base chakra tattooed on their spines. Traditionally the lowest of the points on the spine, this chakra represents confidence, self-esteem, and is the place the sex instincts arise from.

Celtic Base Chakra Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Base Chakra Tattoo by Pat Fish

Viking Ravens Sleeve Cap Tattoo

Today a Viking athlete came in to cap this sleeve that has been a year in progress. We chose to install Hugin and Munin in an arc at the top,  a pattern capable of adapting to the asymmetric musculature, and bold enough to form a finial for the whole.

Viking Ravens Sleeve Cap Tattoo by Pat Fish

Viking Ravens Sleeve Cap Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic 'Valiant Sleeve' Tattoo Completion

Today saw the completion of my very first no-compromise complete Celtic wrap sleeve. All the others I have done had just a little bit of a work-around, acommodating a pre-existing tattoo or a cover-up. This man came for the top half, and by the time we were finishing it he was ready to move on and start the forearm. Now with perseverance and several long-distance trips to Santa Barbara the work is done!

Celtic 'Valiant Sleeve' Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic 'Valiant Sleeve' Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Lion and Bird Tattoo Band

Today I colored and finished this tangle of a Celtic lion and peacock, completing a wide band on the calf of this very pale man's leg. Since his skin almost translucent, the vibrant traditional colors used in illuminated manuscripts glow brightly and guide the eye to discern the shapes that form the two creatures.

Celtic Lion and Bird Tattoo Band by Pat Fish

Celtic Lion and Bird Tattoo Band by Pat Fish

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