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Small Cross Tattoos

Madhura Pandit Oct 8, 2018
Although simple and small, cross tattoos are meaningful and symbolic designs. Presented here is information and ideas for cross tattoo designs for men and women.
There are two types of cross tattoo designs: one representing Christianity, and other non-religious symbols. Whatever may be the reason for choosing this tattoo, you can go ahead with it. It is one of the most popular tattoo designs today.

Cross Tattoo Meaning

The cross is a religious symbol of Christianity. If you are religious, a firm believer in God, and a follower of Christianity, you can wear this tattoo design. But, the meaning of cross tattoo is not limited to Christianity.
In certain cultures, it is believed to represent mother and father nature; while in others, it stands for immortality. Peculiarly, the cross is only one such symbol that can be found in the Aztec, ancient Greek, Egyptian culture, and in the tribal and Celtic forms.
Apart from the Christian cross (the Latin cross), there are many other symbolic designs and types. The following are meanings of other forms of cross tattoos in brief.
Celtic cross - hope, unity, eternal life.
Gothic cross - darkness, evil, creativity
Inverted cross - St. Peter's cross, (also used by satanists)
Iron cross - racism, bravery, courage
Maltese cross - fearlessness, respect, honor
Egyptian cross - life
With so many peculiarities, the cross definitely is one of the most sought after tattoo designs today. A small cross can be made on any part of the body. The basic cross can be modified to have a unique tattoo art. Take a look at the ideas and pictures given here.

Design Ideas

Simple Cross

If you are a first timer and are looking for a simple and small tattoo, you can go for a cross in its original form. You can pick from any of the images mentioned here. A simple cross can be made in black or blue color.

Floral Cross

Modify the cross and add other designs. A cross surrounded with flowers, or covered with a vine is a simple and feminine idea.
The Egyptian cross looks the best when covered with the vine of holly or cherry blossom, etc. A cross surrounded by a rosary is one of the best small cross tattoo design ideas.

Tribal and Celtic Cross

The tribal and Celtic cross tattoo art and designs are gaining popularity for their uniqueness and attractive features. The tribal cross with wings symbolizes faith, and is one of the most sought-after tattoo designs.
Secondly, you can even consider a beautiful Celtic cross with its knotted patterns.
Another tattoo design includes a picture of Jesus along with the cross. However, it requires an exceptionally talented tattoo artist to have this design drawn in a smaller size. Interestingly, cross tattoos on foot with gargoyles or serpents around it are also famous among certain groups of people. But, these designs have negative connotations.
These tattoos can be placed on any part of the body. However, they are usually placed on the wrist, fingers, arms and chest. It is recommended to have a tattoo made from a certified tattoo artist. Whatever your reasons and beliefs, a cross tattoo will never fail to attract attention, and will never ever be out of fashion. Good luck!