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Is This the Ancient Celtic Symbol for Mother and Son?

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You don’t need to have Irish blood to appreciate the inherent beauty of Celtic-inspired tattoos. People have been drawn to these designs for their symmetry, interlocking lines, and meaning for centuries.

Today, Celtic-inspired tattoos are popular among those who love Irish culture and history. And while many of these designs reflect ancient symbols, others are more recent inventions. Among the most popular of these designs is the purported Celtic symbol for mother and son.

While there's nothing wrong with creating new designs that reference traditional symbols, it is important that people understand the history and meaning of a design - especially if they're considering getting it tattooed on their skin!

In today's post, we'll explore the origins of this symbol. Then, we'll share some of our favorite eco-friendly mother and son temporary tattoos from our collection! These fake tattoos offer you the perfect way to try out this meaningful design before making a commitment.

The History of Our Mother & Son Temporary Tattoos

Let's start out by clearing up a common misconception. The designs featured in our collection of plastic-free mother and son temporary tattoos are not ancient or original Celtic symbols. Contrary to popular belief, the Celts created only a small number of symbols. Many designs attributed to the Celts today are simply reinterpretations of these ancient symbols.

Mother & Child symbol semi-permanent tattoo

The Celts created their symbolic knots to tell stories, express their beliefs, and establish status within Celtic society. Over time, they took on a new meaning and were used to symbolize continuity, power, and unity.

Many Celtic symbols, such as the triquetra and Dara knot, have no beginning or end. These could symbolize the continuous cycle of life, death, and rebirth, or the connection and unity of family and clan members.

Small Triquetra temporary tattoo

The design featured in our mother and son fake tattoos is a variation of the traditional triquetra, or trinity knot. This design varies from the triquetra because it contains two additional loops, which create the shape of two people - a smaller figure positioned protectively within a larger one.

Given the traditional meaning and illustrative depiction, most people view this as a symbol of the everlasting bond between a mother and her child. Indeed, this is one of the most powerful and unbreakable bonds among humans today.

Our Collection of Mother & Son Fake Tattoos

Are you looking for a meaningful, elegant way to celebrate your relationship with your son? If you love the timelessness of Celtic-inspired tattoos, we have some great options for you!

Our collection of mother and son ephemeral tattoos provides you with the easiest way to try out this type of design before getting inked. We have several variations available, including several options in our collection of 2-week tattoos.

Celtic-Inspired Mother & Son Temporary Tattoos

Featuring a smaller inner loop within a larger one, this design is one of the most popular modern Celtic symbols. Our fake tattoos come in a set of three and last on the skin for 2 - 5 days. It is available in three different sizes:

Not sure what size is right for you? That's the beauty of our fake tattoos! You can grab a few different sizes and try them out, so you feel completely confident when you walk into the tattoo parlor for your new ink!

Semi-Permanent Celtic Mother & Son Temporary Tattoos 

We also have this design available in our 2-week tattoo collection. These unique fake tattoos are made from a special blend of gardenia ink that sinks into the skin, mimicking the appearance of a real tattoo. Best of all, it lasts for up to two weeks, so you can really get a feel for this design.

Our skin-safe mother and son 2-week tattoos come in three different sizes:

Celtic-Inspired Mother with Two Children Temporary Tattoos

For those with two children, we also offer a similar design featuring two small children seated within the protective arms of their mother. This tattoo is available in our temporary and semi-permanent collections!

Mother and two children temporary tattoo

Here are the options we currently offer:

In addition, we have recently partnered with a local artist to design a collection of Celtic-inspired Family Unity temporary tattoos. Referencing the triquetra and the modern motherhood knot, this collection is a beautiful way to honor each member of your family.

Alternatives to the Mother & Son Symbol

If your heart is set on using an ancient Celtic symbol rather than a modern invention to symbolize the mother-son bond, there are a few options you can consider. Here are two from our collection that you might enjoy:

  • Celtic sailor's knot temporary tattoo: This design depicts two lines or ropes intertwined together. Legend has it that sailors created these knots during long trips to remember their loved ones. While it's a simple knot, it is among the strongest - just like the bond shared between a mother and her child.
  • Triquetra fake tattoo: The triquetra is one of the most popular Celtic symbols and is often used to represent the Holy Trinity. It could be used to symbolize motherhood, as it depicts three interlocking parts - just like the family unit. It can also symbolize continuity and unity, fitting themes for a family-focused tattoo.

Choosing Your Mother & Son Temporary Tattoo

Whether you're looking for a unique way to show your love for your son or you're simply interested in trying out a Celtic-inspired tattoo, our collection of mother and son sticker tattoos offers you the easiest way to experiment before committing.

Which design will you choose? We'd love to see how our collection of Celtic-inspired fake tattoos inspires you - share your photos on Instagram, and don't forget to tag us (@tattecogram)!

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