Heart Hounds Memorial Dog Tattoo Design

Two gentle dogs, greyhounds or whippets, curl together and make a heart with their sleeping forms. A way the memory of beloved dogs can be with this owner forever.

Heart Hounds tattoo by Pat Fish

Heart Hounds tattoo by Pat Fish

Solution Knot Half-Sleeve Celtic Tattoo design

Twenty years ago I met this man and told him he needed to cover up his tattoo. It took him that long to come around to doing it, but this week we finally finished a multiple-session entirely new tattoo that he can wear proudly.

Solution Knot tattoo by Pat Fish

Solution Knot tattoo by Pat Fish

A bold knot pattern half-sleeve, designed to cover up a tribal band that covered a large area with very dark shapes. Using the foreground front knot as the major weave, then another linked knot to span the area under the arm, the pattern fits the body and transforms the space.

Solution knot before and after

Solution knot before and after

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Solution knot being installed by Pat Fish

Dara Tree of Life Celtic Oak Tattoo Design

A single woven line creates this tiny tree, in this version only 2" high on a lady's wrist. It is a most delicate rendering of the tree of life. The name Dara comes from the word "doire," which is the Irish word for the oak tree, one of the most important of the sacred trees of Ireland.

Dara Tree tattoo by Pat Fish

Dara Tree tattoo by Pat Fish

Sutton Hoo Saxon Buckle Tattoo

Today a man with ambition to create a sleeve of Saxon art added this intricate buckle from the Sutton Hoo Horde. The ship burial is giving us many sources for inspiration, and replicating the complexity of the metalsmith's art is a challenge to my tattooing skill.

Sutton Hoo Saxon Buckle Tattoo by Pat FIsh

Sutton Hoo Saxon Buckle Tattoo by Pat FIsh

"The ship-burial, probably dating from the early 7th century and excavated in 1939, is one of the most magnificent archaeological finds in England for its size and completeness, far-reaching connections, the quality and beauty of its contents, and the profound interest of the burial ritual itself." -Wikipedia