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Uploaded: October 18, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: October 18, 2008
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Now that I showed you all how to draw two characters from The Boondocks and a swordfish, I will now show you how to draw another tattoo called a Celtic cross. This cross is a common tattoo that is seen mainly on the shoulders and sometimes on the calves of men and woman. I scrambled through some different Celtic cross tattoos online, and there was only one that I found appealing cause it resembled the one that my uncle has on his left shoulder. For those of you that don’t know what a Celtic cross symbolizes, I will fill you in the best way I can with the information I know from previous readings. First off the symbol of this Celtic icon combines a cross with a ring that surrounds the middle part of the cross which is linked to Celtic Christianity. The Celtic cross originated in Ireland (of course). During the seventh century, Irish monks put up “high crosses” which are self standing crosses made of stone. They were often made with swirl like engravings and no two crosses looked the same. The Celtic cross can still be found in places like Great Britain, Scotland and Ireland. Today, the Celtic cross is made on a more personal level. We see different types of crosses that resemble the Celtic cross with today’s popular jewelry like earrings, necklaces and rings. There are also tee-shirts, tattoos, flags, bumper stickers, dishware, and patches that display the Celtic cross. Many people that wear this image on their skin or body have no idea what it is called or what it stands for. For example, the Irish believe that the Celtic cross was introduced to Ireland by Saint Patrick during the time when he was converting the pagan Irish to Christianity. It is said that he infused the Christian cross with the symbol of the sun to emphasize the importance of the cross by linking it with the life giving properties of the sun. Cool, huh? Anyways like I said before, I mainly see the Celtic cross as a tattoo and on jewelry. I think I did an awesome job with this tattoo sketch, and I hope you will have a fun time learning how to draw a Celtic cross step by step. Who knows maybe you know someone that is looking for a cool cross tattoo? I will be back in a bit with two more drawing tutorials so stick around gang.

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Step 1. How to Draw a Celtic Cross