September 18th is the big vote for Scottish Independence. Only Scots can vote, but here are some Scottish Tattoos in lieu of an "Aye" vote!
The St. Andrew's Cross Flag of the Kingdom of Scotland, known as the Saltire, is here represented in a clever Celtic knotwork pattern. Bringing together both the nationalistic pride of this ancient race and the intricacy of an unmistakably Celtic piece of art.
Although the cross of St Andrew, the Saltire, is the official flag of the Scots, the lion rampant is the more beloved unofficial flag. This symbol of national pride flies proudly and uncompromisingly over the Kingdom of Scotland.
The thistle flower of Scotland rises up from a Celtic knot to form a balanced and dynamic tattoo that expresses the transmitted heritage of the Scots.
"A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on Thursday, 18 September 2014. Following an agreement between the Scottish Government and the United Kingdom Government, the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill, setting out the arrangements for this referendum, was put forward on 21 March 2013, passed by the Scottish Parliament on 14 November 2013 and received Royal Assenton 17 December 2013.
The referendum question, as recommended by the Electoral Commission, will be "Should Scotland be an independent country?" - voters can only answer yes or no. With some exceptions, all residents in Scotland over 16 can vote, this represents over 4 million people - only a simple majority is required to win.
Many issues have been raised during the campaign including which currency an independent Scotland would use, public expenditure and North Sea oil. Opinion polling indicates the vote will be close."