Cross tattoos are one of the most popular forms of ink around the world today. They express spirituality and faith in a most beautiful way. There are a number of different ways to go about getting your cross tattoo. Some are minimal with just two lines while others are intricate with tons of linework. You get to decide which direction you want to take but no matter how you go about it, your tattoo will prove a most meaningful symbol of devotion.
There are a couple of trends we noticed while researching these tattoos. Cross tattoos for men are generally darker and more dramatic. Cross tattoos for women incorporate color into the design more often than men. That’s not to say you need to follow those as rules but to point out a recurrence that you will see in the examples we share with you below. If you’re looking for ink inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at these excellent ideas!
Get Inspired by These Cross Tattoos!
Let’s kick things off with one of the most interesting cross tattoos on this list. We find a crucifix theme here but instead of a realistic approach, the artist has chosen an abstract one. It creates so much visual interest along with symbolism.
On the other end of the spectrum, you can request a more detailed, almost ornamental look. This handsome cross tattoo is expertly shaded and the addition of little dots around it look truly miraculous.
Now, we go to yet another end of the spectrum with this minimalist cross tattoo that’s composed of just two fine lines. If you’d like something understated but still powerfully resonant, consider something similar.
Here’s another intricate example that’s scaled up in size to form a big portion of this person’s tattoo sleeve. For larger cross tattoos, you will need to consider placement more purposefully. The upper arms and legs as well as much of the torse are going to work best for designs this size.
What a concept! A cross meets angel wings meets sword. This is one of the largest cross tattoos on the list. It goes down the spine which is the perfect spot for something like this.
Hallmarks of traditional tattooing include bold shapes, thick lines, and primary-colored inks. If you have a passion for old-school tattooing, consider something similar for your cross tattoos.
Here’s an interesting concept with a lot of symbolism baked in. We find a cross that’s been tattooed to like as if it’s made of stone.
Watercolor tattoos are one of the biggest tattoo trends today. Since the trend has become ubiquitous, artists have been experimenting with designs that look like paint. Here’s one that clearly shows off what look like brushstrokes.
Here’s another one of the cross tattoos that is made to look like an unconventional material. Clearly, this holds symbolism to another aspect of Jesus’ crucifixion. The addition of butterflies near the cross help give the overall design a sense of hope.
Flower cross tattoos are very popular these days. We find big blooms on the shoulder in this example but there will be smaller examples as the list continues.
Tribute tattoos are a popular way to honor a loved one’s memory. This one includes a message that says “RIP Pops.” It’s both sweet and remarkably handsome thanks to the ornate design of the cross.
Like Modern Art
This cross tattoo is reminiscent of modern art with simple lines and shapes. We imagine the likes of Mondrian and Kandinsky would approve of this clean design.
In a Band
Band tattoos that wrap around the arms or legs are wildly popular today. This person has combined a symbol of their faith inside one to great effect.
As promised, here’s another one of the floral cross tattoos. This one is much smaller which might appeal to your nerves and your wallet. Delicate lines and shading make this tattoo a real standout.
The vast majority of cross tattoos are tattooed with just black ink but that’s not the only way you can go! Consider a colorful tattoo for a more vibrant tattoo that really pops.
If you’re looking to make an investment, you can devise of a piece that covers the shoulders and upper back like this. It proves a beautiful spot for symbols of faith especially when they are careful placed together like this.
As with the thorn cross, this tattoo is made to nod at other elements of the crucifixion. Done in just black ink, this proves a meditative and powerful design.
With Christ’s Face
One of the most skillful cross tattoos on this list finds the face of Jesus emerging from a cross shape. Find yourself a talented artist with a point of view and you could walk away with something equally as breathtaking.
Rosaries are popular among cross tattoos. Some have big crosses like this one while others mimic the size of rosaries used today. You’re the boss and you get to decide what best expresses your faith.
So Much Detail
The shape of the cross really accentuates the natural shape of the body when placed on the sternum or down the spine. In this beautiful tattoo, we find so much detail which can steal your attention for several minutes if you let it.
Here’s one of the most singular cross tattoos on this list. It’s meant to look like a gem-encrusted cross but the tattoo artist has chosen to tattoo it in the negative which really looks excellent in this case.
The Globus Cruciger or “cross-bearing orb” is a symbol of Christ’s dominion over the world. The symbol has been in use since the Middle Ages. It makes for a very cool tattoo as you can see.
In a Word
Here’s a creative way to make a cross tattoo. “If you believe,” has been shaped in such a way to make it look like a cross. How smart is that? We imagine any number of short phrases can be transformed into the same.
Fine Antique Cross
The artist who shared this image explained that an antique cross was the inspiration behind the design. Take a look at all of the fine lines employed to give texture and create visual interest. What a stunner!
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Here’s another cross tattoo that looks like it was based on a decorative cross or even a pendant in jewelry. Gold and gold look so evocative and stylish next to each other and make this tattoo really pop.
Did you discover some cross tattoos that you might want for yourself? If you feel inspired, consider working with an artist who can help you realize your vision. Having a one-of-a-kind tattoo is so special and we encourage you to dream up something new that only you’ll have.
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
- 1 Get Inspired by These Cross Tattoos!
- 1.1 Almost Abstract
- 1.2 Ornamental
- 1.3 Minimalist
- 1.4 Intricate
- 1.5 With Wings
- 1.6 Traditional
- 1.7 Like Stone
- 1.8 ‘Painted’ On
- 1.9 Of Thorns
- 1.10 With Flowers
- 1.11 In Remembrance
- 1.12 Like Modern Art
- 1.13 In a Band
- 1.14 Rose-Cross
- 1.15 Explore Color
- 1.16 With Angels
- 1.17 Nails
- 1.18 With Christ’s Face
- 1.19 Rosary
- 1.20 So Much Detail
- 1.21 Gem Encrusted
- 1.22 Globus Cruciger
- 1.23 In a Word
- 1.24 Fine Antique Cross
- 1.25 Bejeweled
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