For thousands of years, crosses have been used in all types of Christian faith. The holy cross tattoos are a simple design that has taken on many forms, especially among tribal art tattoos. Tribal cross tattoos have become main-stream in tattoo parlors around the world, and known for their distinct look of heavy black lined ink and beautiful bold shapes. Originally this style of art was inspired by the Maori tribe and has now been adopted by many modern day groups such as the Gothics with their Gothic Cross Tattoos.
Even as there are many different styles or versions of the cross, the meaning is all the same in sentiment or tradition. Tribal cross tattoos and celtic cross tattoos are the top choice among tattoo seekers; they have so many interesting and unique designs that can be incorporated. Most people who seek out tattoos do so for sentimental reasons or to show their heritage pride. The holy cross tattoos are less a religious statement and more often used combined with a tribal tattoos cross for ornamental looks. A simple cross has four sections which we call the "cardinal points", and have been interpreted among the Christian faiths as the world separated into four elements. It is also said among the Christians that the never-ending lines represent the divinity and the world.
What makes a tribal cross tattoos such a sought after design is the fact that they combine the ordinary cross with the beauty of tribal art. Tribal cross tattoos can be done in the traditional black only ink but also have been seen in beautiful tribal colors such as red, green, blue and purple. When colorful flowers or fairies are added to it, it can be a beautiful design choice for women who prefer a more feminine look.
The Celtic cross is another form of the holy cross tattoo used in the Catholic churches in Ireland and around the world, and it is also considered tribal. There has been, over the years, some debate as to whether the cross is indeed a Christian symbol, simply because it dates back to before Christianity, to the British Isles.