Many people choose cross tattoos for both their simplistic shapes and their ability to be small and, therefore, easily hidden from view when needed. Although many tattoo seekers choose cross tattoos to represent religious sentiments, others may pick designs with roses and flowing banners to honor someone in their lives who has passed. Whatever the reason, the popularity of crosses and cross tattoos has been long-lived and continues to be a hot commodity in the tattoo industry.
Religious Cross TattoosThe most popular meaning behind the cross is that associated with Christian religion and the crucifixion of Christ. These particular cross designs commonly feature a wooden cross adorned with other highly symbolic items in the Catholic faith: thorns, water, fire, a purple robe and/or projecting light. Many times, cross tattoos will also bare a portrait of Christ himself, angels or praying hands.
Celtic Cross Tattoos
Some of the most ornate and beautiful crosses are celtic cross tattoos. The celtic style is known for the intricate interlacing of knots and spirals that show neither a beginning nor an end – symbolizing season cycles as well as life cycles. The circle in the middle represents God’s eternal love but has also been interpreted as the halo of Christ. Stone-carved celtic cross tombstones can still be seen today in the British Isles, where its evolution began centuries ago. Although in an upright state, rather than flat on the ground as they were originally designed, today’s celtic cross tombstones are still adorned with the same intricate patterns and details as they always have been.
Gothic Cross Tattoos
For those seeking darker appeal, gothic cross tattoos are popular choices. Having a German origin, they generally represent Gothic culture and are highly ornate. Gothic cross tattoos appear to be fabricated from wrought iron or metal and generally have sharp ends. They are commonly wrapped in barbed wire while also featuring a single drop of crimson blood.
Ankh Cross Tattoos
The ankh cross (cross with a loop at the top) has several meanings: energy and zest, reproduction and sexual union, male and female, and life and death. To ancient Egyptians, the ankh stood for the word “Ê¿ná” meaning life and was also referred to as the Key of Life. As a hieroglyph on the walls of Egyptian temples, it was used to protect the deceased. The loop at the top represents the soul which has neither a beginning nor an end but has also been noted as representing the female womb with the cross at the bottom symbolizing the male penis. Today, the ankh is believed to bestow immortality and life energy on anyone who possesses it.
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