Ireland has a rich history, with human settlements and tribes spanning beyond the Bronze Age that started back in 2500 B.C. However, it’s the Celtic background that Ireland is historically most known for. Back during the Iron Age, which started in 1200 B.C., a Celtic culture and language began to flourish throughout Ireland and its roots remain steadfast even today.
The first mention of the country dates all the way back to 800 AD. Being the 12th largest island on Earth, and the 2nd largest in the British Isles, Ireland has always stood out as a notable landmass and has been fought over for millennia.
Why are we talking about history? What does it have to do with tattoos? In the case of the Irish tattoo gallery below, a lot. The Irish has a long line of rich heritage to represent and be proud of, which is why many of the tattoos below showcase Celtic symbolism or renditions of iconic items and beings from Irish folklore like the leprechaun.
There are quite a few symbols and tattoo designs that are uniquely Irish, and most people don’t have to know much about Ireland to spot them from a distance. Celtic imagery, red beards, leprechauns, pints of beer and lots of green, Irish tattoos generally don’t require an explanation.
Saint Patrick’s Day, the primary day out of the year reserved for celebrating Irish heritage, is coming up soon and people all over the world will be dressed in green and drinking green-colored alcohol. Most won’t even know they’re celebrating the life of Ireland’s patron saint, who lived as a Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland back during the 5th century.
But that doesn’t matter, because it’s a day for merriment and cheer. Just remember to down a pint or two and kiss any Irish who are near.