‘Cross Tattoo’ Category

Cross Tattoos

Crosses are an iconic tattoo design and have a wide range of symbolism attached to them.  Although the origin of most crosses are unknown, it is a fu...

 

Crosses are an iconic tattoo design and have a wide range of symbolism attached to them.  Although the origin of most crosses are unknown, it is a fundamental shape that humans have revered for centuries and has been used to decorate all types of household items through the ages from the clothes that we have work to the pottery we use.

Crosses are found in all civilizations including the Aztec, Egyptians and Norse as well as the Greek and although the Christian cross is still very new in comparison to the crosses embossed in artwork from these ancient cultures, it too has a profound symbolism and is very important to the followers of the faith.  Religion is the primary reason that people decide to get a cross tattoo, but are definitely different crosses that you can choose and each has its own appeal.

The Latin cross is by far the most well known and recognized cross.  It consists of the cross post being placed two thirds of the way up the vertical post and is strongly connected to Christianity.  Other tattoos that are often portrayed with this type of cross include white doves which symbolise peace or placing a name beneath is often used for a memorial tattoo.

Celtic crosses are sometimes embossed over the Christian variety and are symbolic of no beginning and no end – the eternal nature of religion and life itself.  For many this endless circulating depicts the connection between the physical and the spiritual worlds.

For those whose heritage includes the Irish Isles, Wales or the Scottish Highlands, there is a rich traditional of crosses in all shapes and forms with the St Andrews cross donating an element of humility in the face of adversity.  St Andrew was crucified upside down believing that a mere mortal did not deserve to be hung in the same fashions as his saviour.

Most crosses denote an element of death and sacrifice as is the case with Christian crosses.