The clothing of Kings always enhanced their status, and no commoner could hope to wear something so sumptuous as this intricate chain of knotwork. Once embroidered on the robe of a King, now it can be a tattoo leg band forever on the calf of a member of our free democratic society. Shown here with the internal cross pattern emphasized in green.
The evocative image of a red Crusader cross placed inside a shield on a leg calf was today's challenge. The Latin text in the bar above is from the Lord's prayer FIAT VOLUNTAS TUA, "Thy will be done." Also known since c.1280 as the Jerusalem cross, it is a five-fold cross, here encircled by a custom weave of Celtic knotwork, shaped to fit the heraldic shield.
This tattoo is a special tribute to the client's mom and grandfather, both of whom have the initials CM. The letters are original modern patterns drawn in the style of the ancient Celtic manuscript the Book of Kells. Finally finished after months of planning and several tattooing sessions! A bold tattoo on a pale gal, so we could use vivid light colors to accentuate the weaves.
Today a commemorative for the Irish Revolution 100 years ago, a phoenix rendered in 40 shades of green, with a calla lily and the Plough stars. This man's family emigrated partly during the famine and last just after the war of independence ended, and kept their memories of their homeland and the struggle alive.