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:
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.
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.
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.
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.