The cross tattoo has been a popular fixture in the ink world since tattoos were invented. Commonly seen as a religious symbol, the cross can actually symbolize a variety of things for different people. Cross tattoos are as eclectic as any out there, being found as stand alone art or as a piece of a larger work.
When imagining a cross, and its associated tattoos, most picture the “Christian cross”. The Christian cross is the typical T shape with the cross bar being set higher on the post, often recognized from the depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in the Bible and other religious books. However, there are many forms of cross including a standard X shape, the “Ankh” cross (a cross with what looks like an oval shape attached to the top), the sun cross and even the controversial swastika cross. While people have varying opinions of what the cross symbolizes, certainly the swastika (which didn’t turn into a negative symbol until taken as a symbol of Nazism), the cross traditionally signifies some form of hope. Whether a reminder of faith, a symbol of hope or simply a cool tattoo, cross tattoos are incredibly popular and are a timeless piece of tattoo culture.
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