11 Jan 2013

Tattoo Crosses

Tattoo Crosses
Tattoo Crosses

Within modern tattoo genres, tattoo crosses is a design that has been in fashion for at least the last two centuries and probably much longer then that. It has been tattooed by sailors and merchant seamen, as well as heavily represented in Old School tattooing. Tattoo crosses was also popular among members of the military, in Latino communities and is today one of the most popular tattoo designs in the world. The Cross itself is one of the most ancient, widespread, and important symbols in human history – the vertical and horizontal lines representing Father and Mother Nature, respectively.

The point of intersection of those two lines, the point of synthesis that represented those mystical and spiritual concepts that embraced the meeting of the material and the spiritual in human existence. Tattoo crosses have been found in Asia, America, and India, as representations of the rising and setting of the sun, the seasons, and the union of the polarities. Four thousand years ago, the Indian cross was a symbol of auspiciousness. It was seen as the world-wheel, denoting an ever-changing world around the unchanging center of God. More recently, the direction of the four arms was reversed and became known as the Swastika. This symbol has since come to represent Nazi Germany under Hitler.

28 Sep 2012

Cross Tattoos

Cross Tattoos
Cross Tattoos

We have a whole page of cross tattoos to look at here. There are several different styles here but really only from two religions and they would be Christianity and Judaism. While pretty much all of these crosses are very well designed and painted, and I like several of them a lot, the thing is that a cross tattoo, very often, is a very personal thing to the person who gets one.

A person’s religion is usually a very personal thing to them, most especially how they practice that religion, and then so it is when a person is thinking about getting cross tattoos on their body.

Of course when it comes to cross tattoos, just like any other tattoos, some people are going to get them for no particular reason what so ever. They’ll see something they like and they’ll get it put on themselves on a whim. So there will always be a certain amount fo people out there with a cross tattoo on them that really means nothing at all to them. That’s just the way these things work. Some people have a method to their madness and some don’t.

4 Mar 2012

Cross Tattoo Designs

Cross Tattoo Designs
Cross Tattoo Designs

I heard somewhere that there was a girl tattoo artist out of Germany that could tattoo the smallest tattoos you have ever seen on someone’s body, so small you had to use a magnifying glass to really see all the details in them. She would use cross tattoo designs specifically for her art, and she would use a special eye glass when she put them on someone’s skin. I remember the girl that told me about her, said she could make you think the tattoo was just a small bracelet around someone’s wrist, then when you took a very, very close look they were cross tattoo designs all connected together to make the bracelet.

Now if that’s not to cool I don’t know what is. That girl artist must have one steady hand to add details to such small cross tattoo designs and not mess them up one little bit. I know I couldn’t do it, my hands shake way to much for the intricate details she adds to her designs. I would love to go see this artist perform her great art on someone so I could see it live. I prefer a lot of the cross tattoo designs you see here, beautiful designs with lots of colors and shapes, I think I like all of these. Even my wife wants to put a few of these cross tattoo designs around her ankle and name each one for each of the children.

26 Feb 2012

Crosses Tattoos

Crosses Tattoos
Crosses Tattoos

One of the first designs created by man was a cross. Ever since that fateful moment, mankind has used the symbol in a variety of ways and associated a variety of different meanings to it. It has appeared in paintings, drawings, in carvings and on pottery. It has been associated with everything from pagan religions to Christianity. It is no wonder that crosses tattoos have become one of the most enduring pieces of body art over the past hundred years.

Crosses tattoo designs can have a variety of different meanings associated to them depending on the personal beliefs of the wearer. For those of Irish descent crosses tattoos can show pride in their Celtic heritage. For those who are Christians, then crosses tattoos can be an affirmation of their faith.

Some of the most impressive crosses tattoos were that of Gothic design. These crosses tattoos have a distinct medieval feel to them that can be bold, expressive and if used properly spooky. A friend of mine has a Gothic tattoo inked on his forearm like a sleeve and it looks very impressive indeed. As a matter of fact, I was so impressed with it that I have considered getting my own to show off to the world.

28 Jan 2012

Cross Tattoo

Cross Tattoo
Cross Tattoo

Here we have a tattoo that is very simple in nature and a but more complicated in meaning. It is only a tattoo and a crown but that means a lot. This cross tattoo mostly has some British influence in it and I would think comes from the time of the crusades. A time when Great Britain, who ruled all of the known world of for several hundreds of years, was trying desperately to capture and control the city of Jerusalem. This is what the crusades were all about.

The church had the kings of the time convinced that it was the will of God for them to control the holy city and so many thousands of soldiers were sent there to kill and to die, in the name of God. So, when it comes to the middle east, and troubles there, very little has really changes. Many of the main players have changed but still many people are dying every day in the name of one God or another. But still the cross tattoo remains one of the most popular tattoos out there. And it is still the very first tattoo that a lot of people get.

27 Apr 2011

Tattoo Cross

Tattoo Cross
Tattoo Cross

No shortages of tattoo cross designs exist. For that matter, there are no shortages of cross jewelry or apparel either. The cross has been used as a symbolic gesture of faith since the beginning of time. Today it is traditionally shown as a symbol in the Christian faith; however it is not exclusive only to Christians. In addition to the depiction of Jesus and the crucifix, the cross has been used in various countries with various symbolizations. Almost all variations of the cross have a basis of deity.

Some citizens have taken the cross as a symbol of: the hammer of the god Thor; Babylonian moon deity; representation of the four directions in which the sun shines; the higher, celestial states of being, along with the lower, earthly states; an association with Maat, the Egyptian Goddess of Truth and the sexual union of Isis and Osiris; and lastly as a symbol of a human effigy on a cross. The death of a loved one can also create a desire for a permanent tattoo cross with the name of the family member or friend woven between the cross. To some, such a depiction helps the memory stay alive. What ways can you think of to use the tattoo cross?

27 Dec 2010

Cross Tattoo

Cross Tattoo
Cross Tattoo

With cross tattoos, as with most things in life, sometimes simpler is better. Take the cross tattoo in this picture for example. This is about as plain and simple as you can get. There is no fancy ornamental work, no Celtic knots or tribal elements to it. There isn’t even a depiction of Jesus Christ being crucified. It’s just a simple cross tattoo that has been shaded in very dark colors. There is a little decorative work around the border of the cross, but by and large it’s as plain Jane as you can get.

And that’s personally how I like my cross tattoos. Simple with no fuss. I remember that my father had a great cross tattoo inked onto his chest. It went from the edges of his shoulders all the way down to his navel. It was a large piece but was really simple. In fact, it was really just an outline. And do you know what? That was one of the best cross tattoos that I have ever seen. Sometimes less is more. Too many cross designs nowadays are overly decorated. It just makes them look cheap and gaudy. This one is a design that any tattoo artist would be proud to have in his portfolio.

18 Dec 2010

Tattoo Crosses

Tattoo Crosses
Tattoo Crosses

The tattoo cross is one of the most universally recognizable symbols in the world. But, what few people realize is that the tattoo cross symbol actually predates Christianity. Ancient Egypt used the hieroglyphic "ankh" for regeneration, later adopted by the Christian Copts to symbolize physical and eternal life. The ankh, unique for its loop over the cross, came to be used in astrology as the sign of Venus, and is still used today in biology to identify the female sex.

Of all the many different cross symbols, the Roman or Latin cross is the most popular and universally recognizable symbol of Christianity, although it was not adopted as such until 300 AD. This is the cross upon which Jesus Christ is said to have been crucified, and so it has become accepted as the Christian cross. Other popular cross symbols are the Anchor Cross, a favorite for Christians facing hard times, which came to symbolize hope. The anchor was thought to be used in the martyrdom of St. Clement, when he was tied to one and tossed into the sea. The Greek Cross, in evidence in Ancient Greece of three thousand years ago, is recognized today as the symbol for the Red Cross, being equal in all four arms.

23 Apr 2010

Cross Tattoo Designs

Cross Tattoo Designs
Cross Tattoo Designs

There are hundreds of books with thousands of cross tattoo designs in them, just like this page. There some crosses on here that I really like the design of, but others I am not that keen on. Matter of fact there are a few that down right hurt your eyes when you look at them too long. I like the simple cross tattoo designs like the black and silver tattoo in the center of this page. I have seen some people with great cross tattoo designs made with comic book heroes holding them and defeating the evil back with the crosses.

Some of the people I know with tattoos like some of these are cross addicts, one guy I know has maybe twelve cross tattoos on his back and most of them are totally out of this world. He has collected his assortment of cross tattoo designs over the last twenty years or so. He got his first tattoo at the ripe old age of seventeen and from there on he probably added one cross tattoo to his back every year for the next twenty years. I have to say I have never seen anyone else come close to having that many cross tattoos on their back.

18 Apr 2010

Tattoo Cross

Tattoo Cross
Tattoo Cross

I really like cross tattoos, especially when they are well done with lots of color. And it seems that I am in good company. Many younger persons who are in the Christianity select to convey their faith by having a tattoo that is related to their belief system. Up to this time, there are a wide variation of Christian cross tattoos in the market. In fact, there is a significant increase on the number of people who patronize the tattoo designs. Here are a some examples of tattoos having crosses that may be of interest.

First, there are tattoos that convey a Roman Catholic crucifix, a basic Protestant cross, and an Orthodox cross. Each design has its own specific appeal, and help to signal an indication of the basic theology held by the wearer of the tattoo. These basic designs are widely sold in just about any tattoo shop. Another classification of cross tattoos would be those special ones that are related to a specific denominational logo. Church denominations such as the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ all integrate the utilization of a cross in the logo design that is used in their publications and around their churches.

14 Sep 2009

Cross Tattoos

Cross Tattoos
Cross Tattoos

If your a fan of cross tattoos then you are probably going to like the design in the picture. I know I do. At first glance it appears just to be a traditional cross tattoo that you and I have probably seen a million times before. But, it’s not. If you look closely you’ll notice a couple of interesting details in this cross tattoos design. The first thing is the style. This cross tattoos style is what I like to call classic Gothic style. It’s the type of cross that you would see on top of cathedrals built during the middle ages. And it’s a style that you have probably seen in about a dozen vampire movies.

It brings a dark and foreboding feel to this tattoo. Another thing that you’ll notice about this cross tattoo is the knot work that adorns the middle of it. It’s taken from traditional Celtic knot work and is usually a symbol of protection. It really reinforces the protective quality of this design. The final thing that I would like to say about this cross tattoo is probably a detail you overlooked. If you look at the design one more time you will notice that the artist added something special. He added tiny little cracks to the cross. It makes this cross tattoo look old and weathered. A very nice touch for a very nice tattoo.