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Crucifix Tattoos And Designs-Crucifix Tattoo Ideas-Pictures-And Meanings

Updated on April 30, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


For many, there is a fine line between religion and tattoos. For many religions, tattoos are frowned upon. However, when it comes to religious tattoos, the crucifix tattoo is one of the most popular. This type of tattoo displays Jesus on the cross, reminding us what he went through so we may all be forgiven. The crucifix tattoo is a very powerful tattoo and very meaningful to those who wear such a tattoo. In this article, we will review crucifix tattoos and crucifix tattoo meanings. We will also discuss the different variations within crucifix tattoo designs and also ideas for this tattoo design. In the end, we hope that you are able to find inspiration and ideas for your next tattoo.

Truth be told, there are a variety of different walks of life that choose the crucifix tattoo. Men and women that wear the crucifix tattoo have a variety of different reasons why they portray such a tattoo. Yes, men and women that are spiritual sport the crucifix tattoo. For them, the crucifix tattoo represents their faith in Jesus and the Lord. But in all, the majority of men and women that get the crucifix tattoo have no specific religion. Simply stated, most say they are "believers."

The crucifix tattoo is also considered to be a memorial tattoo or remembrance tattoo. These two types of tattoos are worn to symbolize a loved one that has been lost. In fact, the crucifix and cross are two of the most commonly memorial tattoos used in this dedication. If you have lost a loved one and you want to symbolize the bond that you once shared, the crucifix tattoo is an appropriate choice. As we all go through life, we will all eventually lose someone that means the world to us. Some men and women find comfort in the crucifix tattoo as it is a symbol of their connection that will last a lifetime.


As you read earlier, the crucifix tattoo is a very meaningful tattoo to the men and women that wear this tattoo. In some cases, it may be used to represent their faith, religion, or a lost loved one. The meanings listed below are just a few examples of what the crucifix tattoo represents. But remember, in the end, your crucifix tattoo symbolizes what you want it too. With saying that, below are the meanings behind the crucifix tattoo.

  • Spirituality
  • Love
  • Faith
  • Hope
  • Destiny
  • Honor
  • Truth
  • Forgiveness
  • Passion
  • Religion
  • Christianity
  • Remembrance
  • Honesty
  • Sacrifice
  • Heaven

As you can see, the crucifix tattoo can represent a wide range of different meanings. One of the deep meanings behind the crucifix tattoo is sacrifice and forgiveness. Jesus sacrificed his own life so we can all be forgiven for our sins. The pain that Jesus went through, it can compare to nothing. Jesus is a symbol of love, passion, and commitment. It is because of Jesus that we can be forgiven and walk into the Kingdom of Heaven. For that Jesus, we are blessed and grateful.


Although the crucifix tattoo is simple in design, there are a variety of different ways to create an amazing crucifix tattoo design. Personally speaking, I believe the crucifix tattoo works great in black and white. The crucifix tattoo also looks great in color. This is one option that you will have when it comes to crucifix tattoo designs. If your only getting the crucifix and Jesus, most that you will see will be done in black ink. If your looking for a crucifix tattoo design that has more then the crucifix and Jesus, you will then see more colors.

There are several appropriate symbols that can be included in your crucifix tattoo design. Some crucifix tattoo designs may have two or more crosses in the background. Other crucifix tattoo designs may include the sun, clouds, angels, rosary beads, cherubs, and light rays. I've only seen a handful of crucifix tattoo designs with the light rays or sun rays done in color. This type of crucifix tattoo design was done in great detail and looked amazing. If I were to go this route, this is the type of crucifix tattoo design that I would choose. Angel wings are also another symbol that may or may not be added to the crucifix tattoo.

Both the cross and Jesus can be designed in several different ways. In nearly all crucifix tattoos, the cross is always wood. However, the cross can be designed in a few different colors and in carious positions. We see the most variations in Jesus. Some crucifix tattoos have Jesus with a strong build while others have him more slender. The robe is also altered between crucifix tattoo designs. Some men and women choose to show graphic details with Jesus, such as blood. If you don't wish to go this route, there are many different crucifix tattoo designs that show Jesus without graphic details.

If you are looking for a crucifix tattoo design with a background, you can go wrong with some detailed clouds. It can be designed simple and it can also include some sun rays. Anyone of the symbols listed above are appropriate and well within the theme of the crucifix tattoo design. Banners and scrolls are also used in crucifix tattoo designs. In such cases, this is when the crucifix tattoo is used as a memorial tattoo to honor the passing of a loved one. You may choose to add only text without the banners or scrolls. But when you think about it, you have several choices to make when it comes to your crucifix tattoo design.

The crucifix tattoo can be done in a variety of different sizes. However, it is my own personal opinion that they look much better over 5 inches. You want to have enough size to capture the detail of this great tattoo. If you are looking for a smaller tattoo, I would suggest only getting the cross tattoo. It is your choice either way, I am only trying to help. For both men and women, the ideal location for the crucifix tattoo is on the back.

Make sure that you take the time to view all the different crucifix tattoos listed in the article. These can be very helpful when you are looking for a crucifix tattoo design or if your a tattoo artist making stencils. You can also come up with ideas for your own crucifix tattoo design.


There are a few things that you want to consider before you get your crucifix tattoo or any tattoo for that matter. Just as you are now, make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. Make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and symbolizes. You don't want to get a tattoo and find out later that it represents something different from what you first thought.

Don't rush to get inked! Many men and women that rush to get inked without thinking usually have regrets about their tattoo later on down the road. Don't make this same mistake. Remember, you are planning to wear this for the rest of your life. It is very important that you make the right choice the first time around. You don't want to go through the process of cover ups and laser removal, trust me!

If you feel that the crucifix tattoo is not for you or you want to view more tattoo symbols, be sure to follow the links listed below. As always, thanks for your visit. If you have any questions about your tattoo or anything tattoo related, be sure to leave us a comment!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Such an awesome statement reflecting a personal faith. These representations are beautiful.

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      kyrsyka 4 years ago


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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      These are beautiful, but i would never want one....

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      A very interesting hub and the tattoos are stunning! It's interesting as well to read so many different meanings for the cross tattoo, understandable why folks would want to have one!

      Vote up!!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      These crucifix tattoo are so awesome and beautiful !

      Vote up and more !

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      wow a cruifix tattoo.. kind of gives off that eerie atmosphere .. but great though...:)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, these are amazing, such detail.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The one covering the whole back is incredible.

      Nice job once again my friend.