10 crazy cool Irish tattoos on Instagram

Looking to get some body art inspired by Ireland? Here are 10 crazy cool Irish tattoos we found on Instagram.

10 crazy cool Irish tattoos on Instagram include this one of the Dagda

Ireland has a rich history steeped in mythology, religion, traditions, and, with that, comes some cool designs and Celtic symbols. Think of the shamrock, leprechauns, and countless mythical creatures.

Many of these things make fun images, and some are even pretty badass, making them the perfect designs to get as a tattoo.

After scouring Instagram, we have made a list of our top 10 favourite Irish tattoos that people have actually gotten.

Ireland Before You Die’s top tips for getting an Irish tattoo

  • To get the best Irish tattoo, explore traditional Irish symbols, motifs and designs. Some of the most common tattoos would include Celtic knots, crosses, shamrocks and the famous Claddagh symbols.
  • Irish tattoos can also be good if you can find a design that holds some personal meaning. This could relate to your Irish heritage, or even an experience in Ireland you had.
  • Find a skilled tattoo artist with experience of Irish or Celtic designs to make sure it is the best possible Irish tattoo. Take time to discuss designs and find the best option.
  • Other things to discuss with your tattoo artist to ensure a long-lasting Irish tattoo is to choose the right placement on your body, and the correct size, colour and detail needed.
  • It is also important to be respectful of Irish culture. So, don’t use phrases that can cause cultural, national or religious offence or denigrate any Irish practice or tradition.

10. The Dagda – a cool tribute to Irish mythology

Credit: Instagram / @mattcurzon

The Dagda, which translates as ‘good god’, is an important god from Irish mythology who is associated with life, death, agriculture, and fertility.

Hailing from Brú na Bóinne, this club-wielding god was the chief of the Tuatha dé Danann and thus held a lot of power over seasons, agriculture, fertility, magic, and druidry.

We think this tattoo of the Dadga by tattoo artist Matt Curzon is a pretty cool way of paying tribute to Irish mythology.

LEARN MORE: From Banshees to Dullahan: 5 DARK creatures of Irish MYTHOLOGY

9. Leprechaun – but not your typical one

10 crazy cool Irish tattoos on Instagram include this one of a leprechaun
Credit: Instagram / @inkbear

There are a few things people think of when they think of Ireland: St. Patrick, drinking, green, and leprechauns. This tattoo is a pretty cool depiction of the latter.

Kyle Behr’s depiction of a leprechaun in this tattoo isn’t exactly the friendly little, green suit-wearing guy we normally think of when we think of a leprechaun. Instead, this one smokes a pipe and looks pretty intimidating.

We also love the ginger beard!

8. A harp – a simple yet striking Irish tattoo

10 crazy cool Irish tattoos on Instagram include this one of a harp
Credit: Instagram / @j_kennedy_tattoos

This tattoo of a Celtic harp by James Kennedy is simple, effective, and elegant.

His depiction of the stringed instrument pays tribute to a number of Irish traditions, including the well-known shamrock and swallows.

On Kennedy’s page you can also see a number of other cool Irish tattoos he has done in the past, including the Claddagh and the lucky horseshoe.

Indeed, the Irish harp is one of the most iconic instruments used in traditional Irish music.

7. Claddagh – colourful and meaningful

10 crazy cool Irish tattoos on Instagram include this one of a Claddagh symbol
Credit: Instagram / @snakebitedublin

Sean from Snakebite in Dublin created this colourful Claddagh tattoo, and we are loving it!

The Claddagh is a traditional Irish ring that represents love, loyalty, and friendship. It gets its name from the area in Galway from which it originated in the 17th century.

Each part of the Claddagh represents something different. The hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty.

6. Celtic griffin – a symbol of duality (lion and eagle)

10 crazy cool Irish tattoos on Instagram include this one of Celtic griffin
Credit: Instagram / @kealytronart

One of our favourite Irish tattoos on Instaram is this cool Celtic griffin tattoo by Sean Kealy, also from Snakebite in Dublin. It is so intricate, weaving a number of different Irish elements into the one design.

In Celtic mythology, the griffin is a symbol of duality. Combining the lion and the eagle, the ancient creature symbolises courage, strength and intelligence, so it’s a pretty cool animal to get tattooed.

5. Conor McGregor – the Irish boxer

10 crazy cool Irish tattoos on Instagram include this one of an Irish boxer
Credit: Instagram / @tomconnor_87

While the caption of this tattoo just reads ‘Irish boxer’, it really reminds us of a certain famous MMA fighter with the tattoos and ginger beard.

This hilarious tattoo by Metz-based tattoo artist Tom Connor is a fabulous tribute to Conor McGregor.

READ MORE: Check out IB4UD’s article on the top 10 facts about Conor McGregor you never knew

4. Celtic cross – right over the heart

Angelo Tiffe made this tattoo of a Celtic cross inside an outline of Ireland
Credit: Instagram / @royalfleshtattoo

We absolutely love this tattoo of a Celtic cross inside of an outlin of Ireland by Chicago-based tattoo artist Angelo Tiffe. The intricate detail of the design on the cross is amazing!

The Celtic cross is a Christian symbol featuring a nimbus or ring that emerged in Ireland during the Early Middle Ages so Angelo’s tattoo is a great tribute to Irish history and tradition.

LEARN MORE about Celtic symbols and meanings: the top 10 explained

3. Celtic Warrior – an epic tattoo of Cú Chulainn

This tattoo depicts the Celtic warrior Cú Chulainn
Credit: Instagram / @billyirish

This tattoo by Billy Irish depicts a Celtic warrior, Cú Chulainn, who is an Irish mythological demigod who appears in the stories of the Ulster Cycle.

In Irish literature, Cú Chulainn was the greatest of the Knights of the Red Branch and in times of rage would become monstrously deformed and uncontrollable.

2. Game of Thrones – highlighting the epic show filmed in Northern Ireland

Game of Thrones was filmed partly in Northern Ireland
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Since the books and television series, Game of Thrones, became popular, Northern Ireland (where much of the series was filmed) has seen a massive spike in its tourism industry, so it would be wrong to not include at least one tattoo dedicated to the story.

We love the detail of this one by German tattoo artist Sebastian Schmidt as it features a number of the main elements of the show, including a dragon, the throne, a White Walker, and King’s Landing.

READ: Fans of Game of Thrones will love this – 20 Game of Thrones filming locations in IRELAND you can ACTUALLY visit

1. Claddagh ring – bold placement of beautiful Irish symbol

A Claddagh ring symbolises love and loyalty.
Credit: Instagram / @jesseraetattoos

This impressive Claddagh ring tattoo by Jesse Rae Pountney from Nova Scotia has to be one of our absolute favourite Irish tattoos.

In the photo’s caption she writes, ‘Started this little claddagh piece on Christie last week. Claddagh’s represent love, loyalty and friendship and was the first ring she gotten from her husband. Thanks for trusting me with your special piece’.

READ: CLADDAGH RING meaning: the story of this famous Irish symbol

Your questions answered about Irish tattoos

Have you read our article on the coolest Irish tattoos but still have some questions? Then we have you covered below with this list of the most frequently asked questions from our readers and online about the topic.

Are there traditional Irish tattoos?

Yes. Celtic Irish tattoos are popular. They are heavily tied to the ancient heritage and mythology they espoused.

What tattoo represents Ireland?

Perhaps the best symbolisation of Ireland through a tattoo would be the harp, holding a special place in Ireland’s history.

Did Gaelic people have tattoos?

Ancient Celts and Irish were known to use tattooing as a form of artistic expression.

What is the Celtic tattoo for strength?

The Dara Knot would be an excellent Celtic tattoo to symbolise strength. It is intertwined with the ancient Irish oak tree.

NEXT: Have a read of Ireland Before You Die’s article on the top 5 Irish sayings that would make great tattoos

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