A cross tattoo is one of the most versatile, classic tattoo choices a woman can make. From the placement of the tattoo to the type of cross to the design style and choice of colors, the options are almost infinite. But what is the history of this popular tattoo and why do so many women make this choice?
Variations and History of Cross Tattoos for Women
On seeing some examples of cross tattoos for women, it can seem obvious why so many of them choose the cross. It can be elegant, sexy or edgy and the results can be breathtaking. But for many female wearers, their choice of tattoo does have a deeper meaning.
Perhaps the most common type of cross chosen in the west is the crucifix, a ‘crossed t’ which is a popular Christian cross especially popular in Catholicism. To be clearer that this type of cross is a straight up declaration of faith, it may even include the figure of Jesus draped over it. While this seems to be more popular with men due to being better suited to a larger area, it is popular with women too, the center of the back between the shoulder blades being perhaps the best location for such a potentially elaborate piece.
Yet while for some the cross symbolizes their religious belief, it may just as likely that it has been chosen to show affinity with a range of subcultures, such as Gothic, Metal or even Punk. Gothic and metal communities have long depicted the Christian cross, be it embellished with snakes, daggers or even zombies or subverted by being drawn upside down, broken or otherwise corrupted.
But the Christian cross is not the only type. Especially worldwide, there are many other types of cross tattoos for women that can be chosen. The Maltese cross for example is still Christian in its associations, but is associated with the crusades, which can mean the embodiment of a warrior’s spirit or even symbolize a political belief. It is also strongly associated with the island of Malta itself.
Another culturally specific cross popular with women the world over is the Celtic cross. While originally associated with the European Celtic people, this has been adopted worldwide thanks to the popularity of Celtic imagery in films such as ‘Lord of the Rings’ and in popular video games such as Zelda. The emergence of cosplay conventions has only made Celtic-inspired and historical modes of dress even more popular. This type of cross looks great in simple black as it has elaborate filigree elements. It’s noble and knightly associations mean it looks great badge style on an upper arm.
One of the less frequently seen cross include the Egyptian cross, which symbolizes life and fertility. this is usually depicted in a simple black design, and can be delicate or quite chunky, making another great, versatile choice for women.
Placement Options for a Cross Tattoo
Just like Jesus on the cross, such pieces can often be full color, medium or large in size and can find a great home on the female upper arm or center back. However, if depicted in a smaller size, the chest or wrist can be great locations for such a piece.
Small simple Christian crosses are increasingly popular on a wrist or finger or behind an ear or in other discreet places. With no supporting artwork to add meaning, they lend an air of mystery such that no one knows the meaning besides the wearer. This makes them an elegant and discreet choice.
Stunning Examples of Cross Tattoos for Women
Most women across the globe love cross tattoos because they can easily customize them to represent diverse meanings and ideals. This fullback tattoo with a unique spin of the Catholic cross with swirly patterns emanating from a beautiful centrally placed flower embodies the ultimate beauty that springs from within the woman.
This beautiful cross tattoo design features a genius composition of rose flowers and the quote, �It’s a good day to die’. This tattoo covers most of the back thus bringing out even the tiniest details. It may be interpreted as the beautiful woman’s unfaltering courage to face both life and death with grace and poise.
One cross tattoos idea that is perfect for a Christian woman is the silhouette of a tree with a suitable bible verse below it. Not only does this show belief in the bible, it also exemplifies the woman’s growth in terms of spirituality.
Another cross tattoo concept that works best for the Christian woman is a combination of beautiful leaves wrapped around a bible verse. For instance, this tattoo here symbolizes the woman’s courage, strength and faith in God. It actually indicates her faith that with God, everything is possible.
This cross tattoo utilizes colorful roses that curve around the simplistic cross to accentuate it thus breaking its monotony. This tattoo can be as simple or as complex as you wish, but it brings out the femininity of the wearer. This tattoo looks great on the hand, but can be drawn wherever you wish.
The tattoo of a flower that has grown into the shape of a cross represents the beauty of life and the woman’s spiritual growth. It shows that the woman is bold about her ever-growing beauty and her dedication to her faith and beliefs.
All women love some short quotes that drive them through the hassles of life. Using these quotes in simple cross tattoo ideas goes a long way in combining beauty and resilience. This tattoo is a calligraphy version of two interlocking quotes that will give strength and courage to the wearer in any tough situation.
This tattoo style is another combination of beautiful flowers that take the shape of a cross. This tattoo symbolizes feminine beauty that blooms forever. Drawn on the inner side of the arm, this tattoo can only be seen by few close relations, and is mainly meant to spark love and desire.
This tattoo also makes use of the flowery tattoo ideas for women. All women love flowers, and there is no doubt that this gorgeous tattoo will look impeccable on a woman’s arm. The woman’s combined beauty and confidence is what this tattoo represents.