Like their male counterparts, many female body art fans have been drawn to the allure of tribal artwork that originates from the culture and beliefs of ancient civilizations around the globe, however the influence of the Celts in particular is hard to beat. These are not just popular with those of Celtic descent which is predominantly the Welsh, Irish and Scots but have proved to be a firm favorite around the world for decades now. It is therefore not surprising that Celtic tattoos for women continue to grow in popularity when it comes to female body art designs. These consist of intricate geometrical patterns and symbols that have been inspired by the natural world, including plants, animals and celestial bodies like the sun, moon and stars. However, the Celtic depiction is more abstract in style and is often illustrated in a single dark ink color such as dark green, grey or black although the female versions often include additional ink colors infused into them. Not only do these transform the masculine appearance of many of these designs but the contrasting colored ink also adds to the visual effect when inked on the surface of a woman’s skin. Let us now take a look at some of the most popular images requested for designs of this kind in more detail, as well as the differing styles in which they can be implemented.
Many characterize the designs used in Celtic tattoos for women as complex plaited knot work and these infinite patterns were used to symbolize the thread of life according to the beliefs of the ancient Celts. These interwoven lines and circular shapes form an unbroken pattern that is universally associated with the Celtic people but these can be used in a multitude of different ways in both recognizable images and also in more abstract designs. Popular images used for the former include the Celtic cross and the Triquetra or Trinity Knot, with the inner sections inked with these convoluted patterns rather than more traditional color shading however while the knot work is the most widely recognized there are other less common options that are not used to quite the same extent. These include geometric, maze-like designs in repetitive patterns that are known as Hallstatt, while spiral designs in duplicate, triplicate and even quadruple swirls to form the effects of the letter C or S also make a stunning visual effect when inked on the skin.
Popular images from nature like flowers, birds and other animals are also favored for many Celtic tattoos for women and this zoomorphic imagery offers a trendier take on more traditional designs featuring these images. There are also some tattoos of this kind that that incorporate the aforementioned spirals with leaf-shaped imagery, in a very clever manner that hides animal images within the design. These work best as small to medium designs for placement on smaller body parts and this camouflage actually adds aesthetic value as well as symbolism because the overall design will look different when viewed from different angles. Many popular images following a nature theme can be transformed using this particular style to emulate the artwork of this ancient civilization and many of the original symbols are also available as body art designs today too.