Celtic Irish

Celtic tattoos are mainly characterized by their interlacing knots that are complete loops with no end or beginning. Sometimes the motif also features animals or a zoomorphorphic design that is stylized into a spiral.

Knotwork designs are emblematic of the Celtic nationalities, even though the symbolism of many of the images have been lost through time. Trees, cauldrons, shamrocks, spirals, horned gods, wheels, mandalas, serpents, druids, dark jewels are signatures of the Celtic tattoo style.

The repeated crossing of the physical and the spiritual are expressed in the interlacing of the knots. The never-ending path of the strands may represent the permanence and the persistence of life, love and faith.

Never Ending Love Tattoo

"Lucky Celtic Shamrock" tattoo by Little Joe http://www.geocities.com/tat2byjoe Celebrity Tattoos

What better way to pay homage to your favorite celebrity than to make him or her a part of your skin. This can be done through portraiture, as in the classic portrait of Elvis or John F. Kennedy that is done in black and grey work, or you can emulate the tattoo of another famous celebrity.

Tattoos have rapidly become part of the personae of the rich and influential since the 1960s and it seems that everyone from Gillian Anderson to Ben Affleck boasts a tattoo. Even the normally complacent Barbie Doll was marketed with a large flower tattoo beneath her ribs in the early 1970s.

Ben Affleck Tattoos

Two KISS inspired tattoos executed by Tim Hanan www.artfultattoo.dyns.net

Some famous tattoos include the AC/DC band logo, the Rolling Stones' red lips and tongue logo and the KISS band logo. Favorite portraits have included Gene Simmons from Kiss, Brian Jones (formerly of the Rolling Stones), Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra ("I got you under my skin") and Jim Morrison. In recent times, Kurt Cobain is also a favorite of the "Teen Spirit" set.

Tatuaggi Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain Memorial tattoo courtesy of Enrique Patino www.artsagrada.com

Another way to go is to emulate the tattoo of one of your favorite celebrities. Celebrity tattoos are the subject of tabloid folklore. Angelina Jolie who boasts about seven tattoos on her body just had a tiger inked into her skin in Tibet, although many wonder if she will ever get the big black Billy Bob tattoo she has on her forearm removed. Drew Barrymore, Courtney Love and Cher are two other female celebrities who are known for their ink addiction.

Pamela Anderson's Barb Wire tattoo More photos at www.vanishingtattoo.com

Johnny Depp's "Winona Forever" before the breakup.

He changed it to Wino forever.

More photos at www.vanishingtattoo.com

Johnny Depp made headlines ten years ago when he had his Winona Forever tattoo changed to Wino forever. Pamela Anderson is well known, not only for her barb-wired forearm but also changing a tattoo on her left ring finger from "Tommy" (a reference to her ex-husband Tommy Lee) to "Mommy."

Drew Barrymore's butterfly tattoo More photos at www.vanishingtattoo.com

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Cher's famous tattoo of a necklace with charms More photos at www.vanishing tattoo.com

Winona Forever

"Here's Johnny!" Jack Nicholson in a scene from "The Shining" by Tim Hanan www.artfultattoo.dyns.net

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