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Cross Tattoos

Cross Tattoos

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Cross Tattoos

Image CC Josh Parrish @ Flickr

Image CC Josh Parrish@ Flickr
Whether for religious, spiritual or fashionable purpose, cross tattoos remain one of the most popular symbols for both men and women.

This ancient symbol of both Mother and Father nature (depicted in the vertical and horizontal line) can represent many things, including the rising and setting of the sun as well as life and death. Since the Ice Age, the cross has been around for quite some time and that makes it a significant symbol in history.

For many reasons besides faith alone, the cross has significance that ranges from spiritual to cultural beliefs.

What has become widely recognized as a symbol of the Christian faith, there are hundreds of different cross styles to choose from.

If you're considering a cross tattoo think ahead what sort of placement ideas may fit best. Due to their very sensitive and often very personal nature, a cross tattoo makes sense when it's placed in a visible location where you can actually see it and feel the comfort and peace in its presence.

Consider wrist, chest. arm and ankle tattoos for your cross and you're certain to feel a bit more connected to your faith or spirituality.

Types of Cross Tattoos

  • Christian Cross Tattoos
  • The most popular of cross tattoos, the Christian cross represents the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • Celtic Crosses
  • Introduced by Saint Patrick and also known as "Saint Luke's Cross", Celtic crosses are beautiful and ornate and are depicted as a standard cross with a circle around the center. The circle is believed to represent heaven, earth and eternal love.
  • Egyptian Ankh
  • Representing fertility and life, the Ankh pre-dates the Christian cross and is depicted as a traditional cross with a loop at the top.
  • Crucifix
  • The crucifix is a very prominent in the Catholic, Eastern Catholic and Orthodox churches and symbolizes the body of Jesus Christ being crucified on the cross.

    Choosing a Cross Tattoo

    While many crosses bear significant Christian or religious beliefs, others offer nothing more than an individual expression of style. Gothic and Western rhinestone-enhanced cross designs are fancy takes on the cross and are worn merely for their fashionable statement.

    Before you ink this ancient symbol, determine what significance a cross bears to you. The cross can be added to many tattoo designs to offer memorial peace and life to your body art; so plan this holy piece carefully.

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