Celtic 'Saint Matthew's Band' Tattoo

Today's client was a seriously wave-weathered old surfer, battered and blessed by the sea, who wanted this Celtic band from the margin of the Saint Matthew page in the Book of Kells because it looked to him like rolling waves. Now he has a permanent testimony to his enthusiasm.

 Celtic 'Saint Matthew's Band' Tattoo by Pat Fish

Celtic 'Saint Matthew's Band' Tattoo by Pat Fish

This intricate pattern is the border around the evangelist's portrait page of St. Matthew's Gospel, from the 4th Century Celtic illuminated manuscript the Book of Durrow. This amazing flowing series of interlocked spirals looks beautiful in black and white or in color. Because it is a bold pattern it can be rendered any size from bracelet to leg band.