Originating from what is now known as Ireland, Wales, Scotland and lower England, Celtic tattoos were worn by warriors to intimidate their enemies while in battle.
Celtic tattoos were invented as a battle tactic in the Iron Age and Medieval periods.
Originally, Celtic tattoos were worn on the chests and arms of Celtic warriors. The ink was made from the leaves of the Woad plant. To intimidate their enemies, the Celtics fought bare-skinned to expose their tattoos.
These days, Celtic tattoos are worn as a way for people to honour their culture, represent their strengths or solely because they like the look.
Steeped in rich historical and cultural significance, defining characteristics of Celtic tattoos include