Last Updated on June 5, 2020
If there is one symbol that is easily recognized across cultures, it is perhaps the cross. It’s one of the oldest types of ink in history, as well as the most imbued with meaning. In fact, there is evidence that suggests the earliest Christians in Egypt tattooed their skin with the cross, symbolizing their strong ties with their belief. But you don’t need to belong in a religion if you want one.
The cross can hold plenty of significance, especially for those who want to always be reminded of their spirituality, or of a loved one. If you’re a Catholic or Christian however, the design is a top choice to display your faith. Popular designs are the Celtic, Catholic, and tribal crosses. Feel free to combine them with other elements, like flowers or names, to give a more personalized touch to them.
The rose and cross tattoo is one of the most well-known inks because it not only looks good for both men and women, they’re also common symbols for devotion, sacrifice – and in some cases, patriotism (in England for example, there’s a cross on the flag and the rose is their national flower). Meanwhile, a cross with a biblical passage is another exquisite concept, especially for the faithful.
If this is something that you’re after, it’s going to look gorgeous on a body part that’s easily seen, like your arm or neck. But the wrists, collarbone, and back are good choices for a cross tattoo as well. Check the expertise of your artist to ensure they can deliver on the design you want. Remember: the more intricate the ink, the more experienced they need to be.
But don’t worry: the cross design is as timeless as the sea. For some brilliant ideas, here are several beautiful cross tattoos to draw inspiration from.