Heraldry Tattoos
by Pat Fish

A tattoo that celebrates a connection to family heritage or national identity is a way to permanently make a statement of your place in history.  Because of a strong personal interest in the symbolism of clan and family crests, I have much experience with these designs over the decades of my career.

Whether replicating an ancient crest that represents a particular branch of a family, or a clan crest that shows allegiance to a larger group, these patterns transcend time and link the wearer to an ethnic bloodline and historic past.

While many nations have heraldic traditions that make excellent tattoos, there is especially good news if you're Scottish: 

Clan Morrison Crest Badge Tattoo

Clan Campbell Crest Badge Tattoo

Clan MacGreggor Crest Badge Tattoo

I have been granted the exclusive rights in the to reproduce, as tattoos, the clan crest artwork as depicted in the Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia, by Way and Squires, which contains the latest approved badges by the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs.  In addition to the 148 crests in the encyclopedia we also have access to a further 156 from the same artist making this the largest range in the World. We regret that due to copyright restrictions we are unable to supply these designs as flash for installation by others.  

If you want the best heraldic crest badge tattoo, you will just have to come to Santa Barbara to have it installed. This makes Tattoo Santa Barbara the premier destination for Celtic Heraldry Tattoos.

Clan Wallace Crest Badge Tattoo

Clan Sutherland Crest Badge Tattoo

Hayes Crest Badge Tattoo

Hayes Crest Badge Tattoo

And, if you want to fill your entire arm, we can design a custom sleeve of celtic knotwork to complement and encicrcle your heraldic arms, whatever they may be.

Clan Wallace Crest Badge Tattoo and Sleeve by Pat FIsh

Clan Davidson Crest Badge Tattoo and Sleeve by Pat FIsh

Matching, but not identical, Father and Son Clan Campbell Crest Tattoos by Pat Fish

Matching, but not identical, Father and Son Clan Campbell Crest Tattoos by Pat Fish

Whether your heritage is Scottish or Irish, Germanic, or any other culture with a heraldic tradition, we carefully research the visual elements in the written descriptions of each crest, and instead of just copying one that might be purchased online, we recreate a crest that is faithful to the original intent and also makes a good tattoo.

Father and Son with Foster Family Crest Tattoos by Pat Fish

Father and Son with Foster Family Crest Tattoos by Pat Fish

Showing a father's pride in his son and providing a coming of age ceremony, they came together and both got the family crest. A bonding experience, a rite of passage, one that will be a happy memory for them both.

Custom Donahue Family Crest Tattoo

Custom Donahue Family Crest Tattoo

Killian Family Crest Tattoo

Killian Family Crest Tattoo

Clan MacLaren Crest Badge in a Celtic Cross Tattoo

Clan MacLaren Crest Badge in a Celtic Cross Tattoo