Brigid is an ancient goddess common to the Gaelic nations, and possibly further afield in Britain and Gaul.
She is associated with livestock, blacksmithing, crafting and healing magic among many other things. She has in her herds the king of sheep, Cirb, and the king of boars, Torc Triath who is hunted by Arthur in Welsh folklore.
It’s thought by some that she was important enough to be Christianised as St. Bríd, one of the patron saints of Ireland. To this day, crosses made of straw and rushes are traditionally made on the 1st of February to celebrate Imbolc, or St. Brigid’s feast day. Whether Brigid’s crosses are a Christian innovation or date to a Gaelic prehistory is up for debate but their place in rural folklore remains secure into the 21st century.
Here, Badger King Tattoo has depicted Brigid as the prehistoric pagan goddess while surrounded by the artistic style of the early Celtic manuscript tradition, at the intersection of the two worlds she inhabits
Material & Make
The artwork is printed on Hahnemühle German Etching paper.
About The Artist
Broc Ó Diolúin, or the Badger King, is a tattoo artist specialising in Celtic and Nordic art-styles. A love of myth, history and nature is prominent in his work and he tries to create art which brings ancient worlds to life for a modern audience. With a background in zoology and a deep knowledge of Irish and Viking mythology, The Badger King joined the Sacred Knot family in 2017 and currently works from a studio in Llandudno, Wales. You can see more artwork from Badger King Tattoo on Northern Fire here.
Size & Dimensions
Choose between A3 and A4 size:
- A3 (297 x 420mm / 11.7 x 16.5 inches)
- A4 (210 x 297mm 8.3 x 11.7 inches)