Swirling Celtic Designs

I would really like to get a tattoo. Although it’s my own body and ultimately my own choice, I asked my wife what she thinks about the idea. She admitted that she loves tattoos and she has been secretly hoping that I would get one for almost a decade. She didn’t want to push me into doing something I didn’t want to do, which is why she hadn’t said anything until now, and also one of the many reasons I love her so much. I’m getting her to help me choose a design, which I will then bring to the local tattoo shop in Brisbane to get professional input and tweak the design if needed. 

Tribal tattoos are striking. I love the appearance of the thick, black lines and intentional strokes as they crawl over skin. It looks powerful. I feel like having a meaningful symbol like that etched onto my shoulder will act as a physical reminder for me to be intentional in all areas of my life. There are a few main examples of tribes that have inspired modern tribal tattoos, such as the Maori from New Zealand. However, I would like to ensure I am being culturally sensitive, as I am not part of those tribes and would need to understand the significance behind the designs before inking them onto my skin permanently. 

Luckily, the tribal tattooist at the local tattoo store is an expert in these matters, so he’ll be able to guide my decision. At the moment, I am planning to get a Celtic-inspired design, as I do have Celtic heritage. This can include things like dogs, birds, interlace and spiral. My wife, who is a decent artist, has sketched a few preliminary ideas for me, which I’m going to bring into the shop for my consultation next week. This feels like it’s been a long time coming, so I can’t wait to actually get the ball rolling on my new tattoo.