celtic

Celtic Knotwork Backpiece Tattoo

The ability of Celtic knot work to weave dimensions and space, to confuse, to make a sculptural statement on skin, is endlessly fascinating to me. Today I finished up this back piece on a most ambitious client. The original pattern came from an illustration by the esteemed Welsh artist Jen Delyth whose work inspires me and whose designs I have often re-interpreted as tattoos. With some adaptations and a lot of time, it now becomes bold body armor.

Celtic Knotwork Back Piece by Pat Fish

Celtic Knotwork Back Piece by Pat Fish

To clarify today's tattoo just a bit more, this is a split photo that shows both a back view of the client, on the top, but also a front view, below. The project began some years ago with the heads of two Celtic zoomorphic creatures, a dragon and a lion. That gave him balance without symmetry, and after a year or so he began to yearn for a way to tie them together. Filling his back with the tangled bodies of the beasts was considered, and rejected, and we debated many options. Then my injury hiatus gave us a long time to yearn, and finally we settled on this solution and installed in over the last 3 months in 3 sessions. What a pleasure to see it completed today and to send it out into the tattoo appreciators in cyberspace.

Triple Spiral

The power of momentum and moving energy, the symbol of the life force in constant motion, the soul of the cosmos made visible.

Precise Triple Spiral Tattoo by Pat Fish

Precise Triple Spiral Tattoo by Pat Fish

 

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