The cross is an important symbol in Christianity and very common in Christian tattoos. In Christianity, the cross is seen as a symbol of sin and repentance because Jesus was crucified on the cross. Cross tattoos are often paired with other Christian related images such as the crown of thorns, Jesus or the Bible. Some people choose to include references to scripture with their cross tattoo. Some cross tattoos are extremely detailed and realistic in order to appear as similar to the crucifixion cross as possible, while others appear flawless and regal to symbolize the sovereignty of God. Many Christians see cross tattoos as a testament to life-long faith in Jesus because tattoos are a permanent mark on the body. Sometimes a cross tattoo may be a memorial for a loved one that passed away. Other times, cross tattoos can symbolize the celebration of the birth of a child.
With these types of cross tattoos, the name of the loved one or child is often included in the tattoo design on a banner wrapped around the cross. Christians in the Methodist denomination commonly depict crosses with fire to represent the Holy Spirit, so fire is commonly included in cross tattoos. Cross tattoos are commonly placed on the shoulders, back or chest of the client. A cross tattoo can fit in perfectly with other tattoos when customized by a tattoo artist. Most tattoo artists have samples of cross tattoos available to their clients to give them ideas about how they want their personal cross to look:
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