Haida Indian Northwest Coast Wolf Tattoo Design

A returning client with a fondness for the patterns of the Pacific NorthWest Indian tribes came today to add this Haida style wolf pattern tattoo to his collection.

The tribal peoples of the NorthWest Coast of the United States have a rich figurative tattoo tradition, and the wolf is one of the most powerful and popular of the clan symbols. Here it is paired with a double headed raven for this half sleeve.

 NorthWest Coast Indian Wolf Tattoo by Pat FIsh

NorthWest Coast Indian Wolf Tattoo by Pat FIsh

Optical Magic Celtic Spiral Tattoo Design

Today two Irish sisters came in for a symbolic symbol of their bond, the Celtic triple spiral that has been a part of Celtic art for centuries. Now whenever they look at this magical mark they will feel the special connection they share, no matter how far apart their adventures may take them.

 Matching Celtic triple spiral tattoo by Pat Fish

Matching Celtic triple spiral tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic Gauntlet Tattoo Design

The idea of wearing the look of a knight in chainmaille armor appeals to many men, even those who present occupation may be quite civilized. The use of Celtic knotwork to wrap a body part is a puzzle, with many weaves to join up, but the result is worth the effort.

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King's Braid Forearm Band Celtic Tattoo Design

For many years the most frequent tattoos I did were Celtic bands and crosses. Each has their own unique challenge. For a band, it is to make the pattern retain symmetry and to have the point where the pattern repeat meets up invisible. That requires measuring and tweaking, made easy with Photoshop but also with the use of such simple tools as a rubber band around the arm to mark the level edge.

 Kings' Brain Celtic tattoo by Pat Fish

Kings' Brain Celtic tattoo by Pat Fish