Celtic tattoo designs, became popular in the 20th century. This passion was not sudden. The interest in those tattoos has arrived over a hundred years ago, along with the study of the Celtic Art. Today, the Celtic motifs are found in the work of many of the artists. The Celtic art lovers, love it for it’s beauty and it’s fascinate weaves.
In the British Islands, there were two factors which affected on the Celtic art: the Anglo-Saxon culture and Christianity. It is believed that the interlacing ribbons in their patterns, are borrowed from the Coptic manuscripts (Coptic - the inhabitants of Egypt, adopted Christianity and lived in a separate communities), and the complex pattern with animals, the Celts adopted from the Germanic tribes.
In the British Islands, this new style combined with elements of Latin art,which was preserved in Ireland, are frequently encountered in preparing manuscripts. But Now a purely decorative pictures, are making sense. For example, the images of the evangelical scenes. From the manuscripts which were found in our days, the best preserved ones, were the Celtic Lindisfarne Gospel and the Celtic Bible. Only in these works of early medieval art, contains a huge number of Celtic designs, ornaments and motifs. Complex lines are intertwined, so that all the fine details of the pattern is difficult to see with the naked eye. How did they apply them without the use of modern technologies remains a mystery. This is the style which is the most popular in the tattoo.
But despite its popularity in our days, it present the same riddle as the Scythian. And all that is because we can’t track its roots. It’s all seems very clear, very huge amount of elements of designs which have reached our days, the stylized objects of the daily life, the fairy tales…
But if we will try to compare the ancient Celtic Tattoo Designs cosmogony, with its plant basis- flowers, leaves and branches, and its huge amount of “animal motives”, our head will go spinning from inconsistencies. The reason is even not in the national details, but in the changing in their prevalence. So called “twist”, was popular on all the territory of middle east, sinсe ancient time, but the Celtic cultural glory, always was held separately by its special elements of patterns (knots and weaving).
And what next? The next thing was that came some magician, whom name was Julius Caesar, thanks to whom the Celtic Tattoo Design fair, was spread on almost all territory of Europe. But where does came the animals from, in the plant twists? Because the Romans were preaching the Greek realism in that art, but they became a not divided part of its designs. The question can be solved simply, if we’d consider, that the Sarmatian Housing, which came as part of Roman troops, controlled the half of the ancient England. That’s the meeting place of the Scythians and the Celtics in their most war paint.
But do not discount the strong interlayer of Goths and Slavic tribes. The Indo-Aryan Vikings, which encamped on the north of France, were borrowed all the local manners, and after a while they have returned the debt with percent in the time of the Norman conquest of England, the last outbreak of Celtic creativity. The next creativity was united, as its name, the “Celtic-Romans style”.
In 500 BC, the Celts embraced the continental influence of foreign settlers-invaders and established their own style. The Celts of the Islands, in the period of a thousand years of Christianity, have developed these traditions. The result is what is now called a Celtic tattoo art.
The scientists have assumed that the Celtic Tattoo Design never existed in the pure form. There is nothing, which shows that the Celtics had branded tattoos. And the Slavic tribes have got the motives of their past, by the name of the “Byzantine style”. That’s why in close looking at the Celtic Tattoo Designs, as some thing separated, is impossible.
The tattooing is a method of injection into the skin, by the way of scratching or sticking with a sharp tool: with a needle, with a bone or with a rod, the most known substances as the coal, soot or the carcasses, to achieve inerasable pictures.
That tradition, also known as the painting of the body, exists and exist in the most of the nations. In the wild nations, it is connected with a huge pain, and happens with the coming of the puberty, for example on the Island Nakura, the tattooing was considered as necessary condition in marriage, so that the children of the mothers who don’t have the tattoos, were killed.
In some of the nations, the tattoos were considered as religion understandings. In others, the paintings were considered as power, and accomplishing a military exploits.
The Americans, Africans, New Zealanders, are tattooing by geometrical figures. In the Egyptians, the tattooing was used as spell of defense against the known diseases.
The most important date in the history of the tattoo is 1891, when the electric type writer was invented. However, during the first half of the 20th century, the art of the tattoo was not practically developed. Stylistic diversity was far from perfect, subjects were poor and primitive. The turning point came in the 60s, with the development of counter cultural youth movements, who returned to the tattoo, her well-deserved position, as one of the forms of the art. From this period, based on ancient Eastern and European styles, began to form the modern styles.
With the development of the mankind and the separation of its members to different corners of the planet, the tattoo skills also developed a series of changes. Tattoos became more complex and varied due to different conditions of peoples lives, which formed thanks to them.
Today, the tattoo industry is growing at an unprecedented pace. Everywhere are opening tattoo parlors and art studios. Every willing craftsmen, along with well-known Western tattoo artists present their work at various festivals around the world ….