Famous for their unique adaptability and conquering spirit, the Vikings have inspired and continue to inspire multitudes .
The symbols from their culture are therefore adopted as true symbols of courage and power and continue to arouse the admiration of fans of original tattoos.
Drawn from the depths of Nordic mythology, these symbols come in many variations: mythical symbols, fantastic creatures, complex interlacing, etc. Here, we'll talk about Celtic tattoos, their symbolism, and the best body placement to get them.
Celtic Viking Tattoo Meaning
Celtic Viking tattoos carry a somewhat mythical meaning. Take the Celtic cross for example. Rooted in Norse culture, it is in the form of a cross with four branches (water, earth, fire and air) associated with a ring and carries a meaning closely linked to Viking and Celtic deities.
It is composed of three circles representing the different stages of the ascension of the soul. The larger circle represents the world of emptiness and chaos and contains the other two circles representing creation . The circle in the middle represents the world of the earthly experience obligatory to pass to the celestial level.
The smallest circle, which hides in its shadow a last circle representing hell, is equivalent to paradise, to the world of prosperity, light, bliss and eternal life. The Celtic cross therefore symbolizes man's journey through various transitional stages leading to transcendence .
Apart from Celtic crosses, Celtic knots also deserve attention. These are full loops without a beginning or end showing a pattern made with a single thread.
These can be basic knots, intertwined knots, Celtic spirals, marine knots, shield knots, etc. In either case, the patterns communicate the reality of the interdependence of life and eternity, of loyalty and love.
What location for my Celtic Viking tattoo?
In most cases, Celtic Viking tattoos are done on more or less wide body areas such as the back, chest, shoulder, Viking tattoos on the arm or calves. These areas allow excellent transmission of the message carried by the symbol .
They also offer the possibility of making the meaning of the tattoo more complex, since the artist can then deploy the strength of his art to integrate Celtic symbols, other symbols from Nordic mythology such as Viking skull tattoos , runes, god Thor, the god Odin, his crows, the Ouroboros, or even the Vegvisir.
Imagine for example a runic inscription on the ring of a Celtic cross. Imagine again that the branches of this cross are transformed into Viking axes or anchors.
We could go even further by integrating Celtic knots and Celtic crosses in the same tattoo, with, if necessary, the face of a Viking warrior in the watermark. Such patterns require large body areas . But if you want to stick only to a solitary Celtic cross or knot, you can even make the tattoo on the wrist, on the outer side of the hand or on the skull.
Some Pictures of Celtic Viking Tattoo