Cross Tattoos, Angel Tattoos, And Religious Tattoos; Cross Choices And Symbolic Meanings

This is an example of the famous Celtic cross.
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This is an example of the religious cross.
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CROSS TATTOOS


If there was ever a design that was popular around the world and well known, it would be the cross. Crosses serve as a symbolic design for Christianity, but it also has a variety of different meanings and variations. Men and women get the cross tattoo for a variety of different reasons.





Although the cross serves as a religious symbol, it also is a sign of faith, life, death, and spiritual. For some Christians, the cross tattoo would be the only tattoo that they would ever consider. A portion of Christians believe that the body should avoid any tattoos or other markings on the body. These beliefs are based upon their understanding of Bible teachings from the Old Testament. It states that tattoos and other body markings should be avoided. Even so, it is a belief that is not shared by all Christians.






To some Christians, the body is the temple of the Lord. They believe that anything that you do that will cause harm to the body, both physically and mentally, damages the temple. They are against smoking, drinking, and other foods and drinks that damage the body. They also believe that the body should not be tattooed.






The cross is a very popular design and it is a symbol that is well known. One of the main reasons that the cross is popular in the tattoo world is because there are so many different variations, styles, and meanings for the cross. The cross is also a world wide symbol of faith and death. In modern times, the cross is used for a variety of different reasons. It is used to symbol one's faith, to symbolize Jesus, and used to mark graves. Due to all the uses and symbolic meanings, it has made the cross a popular choice among those who seek the cross tattoo.






There are several different variations of the cross that has been traditionally passed along for centuries. One of the most popular crosses is the Celtic cross. In the past, the Celtic cross was used to symbolize the circle of life, both natural and spiritual. The Celtic cross has knot work inside the cross or the entire cross can be entirely done in Celtic art. The two separate areas form one solid symbol. The loop stands for the never ending cycle of life and the knots symbolize the links to the spiritual and natural world. This is the design that is chosen by most Celts. Since the Celtic cross stands for both worlds, it can be worn to symbolize life, death, and rebirth.






The tribal cross is also a popular cross design that is chosen for tattoos. The tribal cross can be worn to give tribute to their tribe and ancestors. The tribal cross is done in tribal art and it is usually done in the traditional color of black ink. It can also stand as a symbol of respect also. Tribal tattooing is one of the oldest tattooing styles. Even though these tattoos are usually done in solid black ink, in present times, we see more and more people adding colors to their tribal tattoos. Either way, the tribal cross remains a popular choice.






We are also beginning to see more and more people choose Gothic crosses also. The Gothic cross usually has a dark meaning associated with it. They usually show a cross that is wrapped in barbed wire. They can also have snakes or dragons wrapped around the cross also. Daggers are commonly associated with Gothic tattoos as well. Gothic crosses usually symbolize pain and anger. It can also represent the Gothic culture.



Here are a few more variations of some crosses and meanings.

  • Inverted Cross- This cross has a long based. It is often called the cross of St. Peter. St. Peter was crucified upside down, which was his choice. He felt that he was not worthy to die the same way as Jesus. It was a symbol of humanity.
  • Tau Cross- The Tau is an ancient symbol of eternal life. It has a "T" shape. Christians refer to this cross as the cross of St. Anthony. It is names after the Greek letter it resembles.
  • St. Andrews Cross- This cross has a "X" shape. St. Andrew was crucified on a cross. He told the Disciples of Christ that he was unworthy of being crucified like Jesus. Associated with Scotland.
  • The Greek Cross- This cross was used by Greek Christians. It is also known as the cross of St. George.
  • Iron Cross- This cross has German roots. It has four equal sides and all of them flare out on the ends. It was used by the German military in the late 1800s. It was also a form of decorative symbolism in the German military in later years.
  • Wood Cross- This is a symbol of one of the earliest crosses. It also refers to Jesus being crucified. It is the cross that is widely used by most Christians.
  • Maltese Cross- This cross has 8 different points that represent the Eight Blessings. It symbolizes honor, bravery, and honor. It is associated with the Malta knights.
  • The Anchor Cross- This cross is a combination of a cross and an anchor. It symbolizes hope and faith.
  • Ankh Cross- This cross has a loop at the top. It has Egyptian roots originally. It is a symbol of energy, life, and fertility.


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ANGEL TATTOOS, RELIGIOUS TATTOOS, AND MEANINGS


Angel tattoos are coming more and more popular these days and they come in a variety of different. The angel tattoo is very spiritual and symbolic. It is a popular choice among men and women because there are many symbolic meanings of the angel tattoo. The most common meanings of the angel tattoo are protection and love. The angel tattoo can also represent your spirituality. Some us believe that everyone has a guardian angel that offers protection to us through our entire life. Men and women may get this tattoo to represent this belief.





The angel tattoo can have different meanings between men and women. For men, the angel tattoo represents their connection to their faith. It also stands for a connection with their higher self. For women, the angel tattoo is a sign of peace and serenity. Women may get this tattoo because they feel like they are at peace with their surroundings, both worldly and spiritual. For both males and females, we all feel like we want to be protected and we want to feel safe. The angel represents that notion.






The angel tattoo can also stand for finding love. Just as Cupid is portrayed, these angels are usually small and chubby. They are often portrayed with arrows or hearts. Although most angels are considered good, there are also bad angels. These angels usually stand for a dark meaning. This tattoo can represent the dark side of life or life's struggles. People that have been through hard times in their life may decide to get a tattoo such as this to represent that fact. These angel tattoos are usually without much color.






The most noticed meaning is that the angel tattoo represents your personal belief in Heaven, Hell, the spiritual world, and God. It can be a sign of your love and respect for your religion. It can also represent the connection you have with your beliefs. Angels are believed that the word "angel" has Greek origins and stands for "messenger".






Now, there are many different symbols that work hand in hand with angels tattoos. Angel tattoos can also portray clouds, stars, halos, wings, water, flowers, arrows, harps, trumpets, animals, and children. Angel wings are also a popular tattoo choice for both men and women. These are some things that you may want to consider when getting an angel tattoo or deciding on a tattoo choice. These extra items can bring more detail to your tattoo. With angel tattoos, you can think outside the box and be creative. Music can also be a connection with the angel tattoo.






Angel tattoos can also symbolize happiness. Angels are usually seen as a positive sign and angels are considered to be protectors. The angel tattoo is a popular choice because there are so many different options with the style of the tattoo and they are a lot of different meanings. Before choosing a style, you want to make sure you have did your research. Take your time and look at as many tattoos as you can. Only choose a tattoo that you are 100% sure of. Don't rush into the process. If you take your time and do your research, you will increase your chances of finding a tattoo that you will not regret later on down the road.






Religious tattoos are also a popular choice for tattoos among men and women. These tattoos come in a variety of different designs. They often include crosses and bible scriptures. One of the most symbolic figures would be Jesus. Someone may get a tattoo with Jesus to display their faith in Christianity or other religious beliefs.



Jesus is often portrayed in self portrait or on the cross in such tattoos. Jesus was crucified on the cross and both are symbolic to one another. Someone may decide to get this tattoo to show their respect and appreciation for what Jesus had to go through when he was crucified. With religious portraits, if you choose this for a tattoo, you want to make sure you go to a skilled tattoo artist. I have seen a few Jesus tattoos that do not look like he is portrayed in famous paintings and pictures.






As I said before, Bible scriptures are also a popular choice as tattoos among men and women. These types of tattoos usually portray famous and meaningful Bible scriptures such as John 3:16. You can find a few of them below.

  • Ephesians 2:8, 9- "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
  • John 3:16- "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
  • John 3:36- "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17- "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Another beautiful array of tattoos. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Alocsin, thanks for taking the time to read my tattoo articles. Thanks for the comment and vote of approval. Have a Happy New Year pal. Take care.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

You have a Happy New Year too.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Great informative hub. I'm just not sure if religious tattoos are sinful or not. Anyway hope you and your family have your wishes fulfilled this year.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

Wow, beautiful and interesting. I don't know much about tattoos and you are opening a new field to me! I love the way you describe the meaning behind the tattoos. Even though the art is fantastic and beautiful in its own way the history behind takes it to another dimension! Thanks for sharing your great knowledge in this field. Voted up, interesting,

I wish you a great 2012!

Tina


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Very unique pictures.The tattoo covering the entire back is amazing..It's beautiful but all i could think about was the pain he must have felt, or maybe not..I really don't know..It just looks painful...Your in-depth explanation of each was interesting..Thank you..


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I did not know these things about tattoo. In my culture, only tribal people tattooed, so I thought tattoo is quite a taboo. Thanks for sharing this informative hub.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Gorgeous tattoos! I always wanted a celtic tattoo around my ankle with my kid's names hidden in it. You found some beautiful ones. VERY interesting and well done!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Alocsin, you as well friend. Take care.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Gypsy, thanks for taking the time to check it out. I appreciate the compliment and you have a great New Year as well. Best wishes and take care.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Tina, thanks for taking the time to read and check them out and I appreciate all your support. I hope you have a great New Year and I wish you nothing but the best. Take care.


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Gypsy48 4 years ago

Beautiful photos, enjoyed this hub. I love crosses and have a small black cross tattoo on the back of my shoulder.


girltalksshop 4 years ago

Not sure how I feel about religious tattoos, but I found your hub interesting! Thanks for the share...I learn something new every day here on the hubs, it seems. ; )


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

AE, thanks for coming by and for your time. It all depends on where you get the tattoo and the size of the tattoo when it comes to pain. Some places are tender on the body and a big tattoo can become painful cause it takes a few hours. I am pleased that you thought it was interesting though. Thanks.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Vinaya, thanks for taking the time to come by and check it out. Now a days, tattoos are very popular and people get them in every country and nearly all different cultures.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Tammy, thanks for taking the time to check out this article. That would be a lovely tattoo. Actually, it is a brilliant idea. Hope you have a great New Year.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Gypsy, thanks for taking the time to come by and for your comment. Hope you are well. Have a great New Year:)


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

This is another great hub about tattoos. I really love the Celtic crosses. I like the intricate curves weaving in and out forming a beautiful design.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Girltalksshop, thanks for taking the time to come by. I believe tattoos are a very interesting art. Upon research and experience, I really have learned a lot. Best wishes.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Homesteadbound, thanks for coming by and for your time and comment. I agree. I really like the Celtic styles. They do make great tattoos and great art.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi lyricwriter

I like the meaning behind the celtic cross with the knot work inside the cross.

I believe in angels. The tattoo with the angel in the long dress is my favourite.

Voted up and awesome.

Have a good evening.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

What an interesting Hub.. Tattoos.. I think is generational.. I've never seen so many tats on young people in my whole life.. these are so creative.. and colorful.. and I guess you are right.. it is a symbolic meaning..


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Sueswan, thanks for taking the time to drop by and for everything else. Two great choices I may add. I really like these cross tattoos, as well as the angels. I believe if I had to consider another tattoo, it would be a cross for sure.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Frank, thanks for taking the time to drop by and comment. I agree, the generation swing for tattoos is upon us. Tattoos are highly sought for at this age and time for many different reasons, from beauty, history, and symbolic meanings. I believe since there is many choices, it has gained a worldly attendance.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend, love all these very awesome photos of religious tattoos, i think sometime gang members miss use these kind of tattoos.

Awesome and vote up !


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Kash, thanks for taking the time to come by and for your comment and votes. I would say gang members do use these types of tattoos. Probably not as much as one would think because they usually have a symbol that they represent or some detailed configuration already symbolized for all the members. But I am sure and positive that they do use these tattoos. Many would get them in the prison setting.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Tattoosmaluart, thanks for stopping by and thanks for the comment. I will be sure to check out the site and thanks for adding to the page.


dmart 3 years ago

I got a tat on my chest saying grace and marcy and a lion on my right arm...what should I put on left arm..I'm trying 2 keep it Christian theme...any ideas


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia Author

Dmart, thanks for the comment. You can go many routes. Perhaps an angel with a sword and wings, perhaps taming the lion. I like the Celtic Cross more then any other. Praying hands, rosary, sword and shield. I wish I knew your color theme, you have the crown, doves, Bible, and Heaven. Gates of Heaven perhaps?

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