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Does anything say “Irish Pride” more than a fresh, new tattoo? Probably not. Even though St. Patrick’s Day is behind us this year, you know there will be another one coming around again soon. So, get ahead of the game and consider getting some fresh ink to show your Celtic pride. That way, you can show your dedication to the Emerald Isle not just one day but the whole year through. If you need some inspiration for your Irish ink, consider some of these choices.


You can look at shamrocks in one of two ways. They can either be the perennial sign of everything that is Irish and therefore, even in its simplicity, it will never go out of style. On the other hand, some people think that they are old and tired, and people who choose to get shamrocks tattooed on their bodies lack any imagination or originality. However, you can have the best of both worlds. If you truly want to have a shamrock tattoo, you can have one designed in a modern and more contemporary way. So, go ahead and get the shamrock tat you have wanted for years – just do it right.

Trinity Knot (Triquetra)

The trinity knot is an old Irish symbol. This intricate symbol is technically one long, never-ending strand, that interweaves around itself. Like a circle, it has no true beginning or end, and it symbolizes eternal spiritual life. The Celtic people have also believed that everything important comes in quantities of three. So, this symbol also symbolizes the importance of Trinity in the culture.

The symbol was eventually adopted by Christianity since the idea of the Trinity fits so well into their belief system. However, you want to look at the trinity knot. It is a beautiful symbol filled with a strong and positive message. If you want a traditional and meaningful symbol for your body’s artwork, this one is a great choice. You can either go with the usual monotone gold or branch out a bit and have it shaded with green, orange, and white, the colors of the flag of Ireland.


Although Claddaghs might not be quite as popular as shamrocks, they are still a major symbol of the Celtic culture. Claddagh rings are the traditional wedding rings of Ireland. Their design features two hands clasping a heart. There is often a crown surrounding the entire image. The three distinct parts of the ring symbolize love (heart), friendship (hands), and loyalty (crown). Often, the manner in which the ring is worn indicates the romantic availability of the wearer. However, rings can easily be taken off, or the positioning of it can be altered.  Not so with a Claddagh tattoo. There is no better way to show someone how much you love them than by permanently adding a claddagh to your body.


The leprechaun is a major part of Irish folklore. The leprechaun is a small, impish creature who is known for being a trickster. He is always playing practical jokes on people. Although they often cannot be trusted, Leprechauns hold a place as a morality figure. They warn against falling for “get rich quick” schemes.

Leprechauns have evolved over the years, and it is common to see them in modern-day pop culture. Some common examples of Leprechauns include the animated spokesman for Luck Charms and the mascot of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Since these creatures have such a storied past, they are great options for a St. Paddy’s Day tattoo. A tattoo of this nature can be a constant reminder to always keep a little bit of mischief in your heart.

Irish quotes

The Irish are known for their quippy sayings. There are many Irish proverbs, prayers, and song lyrics that lend themselves well to being permanently inked on someone’s body. Some sayings are simple like “Luck O’ the Irish” or the perennial “Erin go Braugh.” Others are inspirational such as, “May the sun always shine warm on your window pane.” Some are simply about drinking such as, “God invented whiskey so the Irish wouldn’t rule the world.” There are so many Irish sayings that it will be easy for you to find one that fits your personality enough to have it emblazoned on your body.

If you own a tattoo shop, you need to be prepared for a sudden influx of customers who are looking for ink that celebrate their Irish heritage. Before you start designing anyone’s body artwork, be sure you have an adequate amount of insurance coverage. Tattoo and body piercing insurance will cover you in instances of professional liability. Policies, like the one you can get from Marine Agency, are totally customizable so you can pick only the coverage you need to keep both you and your customers safe. Contact Marine Agency today to see how we can help you.

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