'Book of Kells Lion' Celtic Tattoo

Today  I colorized a Book of Kells lion begun last month. Accurately reproducing the art of ancient scribes is a great pleasure for me, bringing it to life in skin. This winged lion is vibrant and fanciful, and expands the collection of a man whose appreciation of Celtic and Pictish art is leading him to acquire personal embellishment with historic significance.

 'Book of Kells Lion' Celtic Tattoo by Pat Fish

'Book of Kells Lion' Celtic Tattoo by Pat Fish

Page 27-verso of the magnificent Book of Kells features the animals of the evangelists, including this wonderful depiction of the winged lion of Saint Mark. In a time when the magical realms were a part of religious life, these symbols brought faith to life.