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The Very Popular Cross Tattoo

Oct 16, 2007
The cross tattoo remains one of the most popular designs that a tattoo artist creates. People generally choose things that are of great significance to them when they decide to get one.

A cross, in its many forms, represents a level of religious devotion and spirituality in cultures all over the world. Even beyond the bounds of the Judeo-Christian crosses that you may commonly think of, the variations on, and evolution of, the cross as an artistic design is very interesting.

While there are literally hundreds of design variations on the cross tattoo, one of the most popular is the Celtic design. Even though there are variations within this theme, the Celtic cross is characterized by a circle that sits behind the horizontal arms of the cross.

Based in large part on the burial stones that decorate the Celtic landscape, this design is very popular in memorial tattoos and can be integrated into a more complex tattoo easily.

The Latin cross tattoo is the most basic of all the different types of designs. This artistic design is what most people think of when they envision a cross. It is a simple pattern consisting of one long vertical line intersected by a horizontal line about 1/3 of the way down.

This is the design that is typically equated with the Christian version of the Cross of Christ, and is therefore the most popular design for artists who do religious tattoos. The tattoo is often done three dimensionally to look like wood.

It is popular to get one that integrates a cross with another design. A cross with a rose tattoo is very popular.

This design has a lot of religious significance but it also makes a visually stunning design because of the contrast between the hard edges of a cross and the softer, more feminine details of a rose.

A cross with a tribal tattoo design is another popular combination. Many times, those seeking one with religious meaning will choose a tribal design to represent a crown of thorns that surrounds the cross.

It may seem like a challenge to design a cross tattoo that is original. With so many people choosing to wear one, it can seem like all of the most creative possibilities have been used.

Take the opportunity to describe what you like to your artist. You may be pleasantly surprised at what he or she is able to design. Remember, the artist is primarily a creative person, so make sure you utilize the full scope of their talents.

While there is no such thing as a "new" cross, it is entirely possible to have a new cross artistic design that is wholly and completely yours. You can be an original.
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