Cross tattoos for women are often smaller in size than those found on men. The design may also be more feminine to reflect the gender of the wearer but there are also designs for men that women will choose to keep for their cross tattoos. The favorite locations of the cross tattoos also varies with women preferring the ink art on their lower backs, hands and ankles while the men like their shoulders, backs and forearms as the canvas.
But man or woman, the choices of cross tattoos are similar. You and the tattoo artist can choose from a wide range of cross designs, which may also be personalized in color, shape and size. The following are just a few of the basic cross tattoos that can be found in online sites, catalogs and flash books.
Many will think that the cross tattoos for women and for men are all related to Christianity, which leads to misconceptions about the use of crosses in body art. You are either a religious person or a heretic intent on being sacrilegious.
But this is not true. Cross symbols have been around even before Christianity came onto the scene with pagan religions starting the trend. Thus, you have pre-Christian cultures like the ancient Babylonians, Assyrians and Egyptians using various forms of the cross in their own religions. Think of the ankh in Egyptian hieroglyphics and you will get the point.
And then there is the Celtic cross that has long been associated with sun worship. In fact, its basic shape of a cross with a circle around the intersection represents the sun, which was worshiped as a powerful deity by the ancient Druids and Celts.
The beauty of Celtic cross tattoos for women lies in the intricate Celtic knot work on the entire cross. With so many possible knot works, personalization is possible, not to mention that the knot work looks so much like lace. Plus, you can choose the color of the cross – basic black or blue or green, the color of the Irish.
Of course, we also have the Christian crosses that can range from the simple crucifix made of two lines to the elaborate design of the Coptic cross. In fact, you can make your own cross from the basic designs existing in the many sects of Christianity including the Canterbury cross, the Easter cross and the Gnostic cross, among others.
You may have doubts about the appropriateness of cross tattoos for women in our modern world. The basic rule is that if your faith and religion do not clash with your sense of aesthetic in body art, then using a cross design for tattoos is acceptable. You may have second thoughts if and when you believe that other people’s sensibilities may be offended as when you sport a swastika (a form of a cross) in certain circles.
But don’t be limited by the abovementioned examples of cross designs. You also have the choice of crosses being combined with other shapes like butterflies, fishes, flowers and even mythical creatures. When it comes to cross tattoos for women, almost anything goes as long as you are happy with the final result.