As one of the oldest human symbols known to man, the cross in its many different formats is one of the most universally recognized religious icons in the world so it is hardly surprising that it has also proved to be hugely popular with body art fans today. In this respect there are a great many cross tattoos for men to choose from if you are interested in a design of this kind and aside from their symbolic and aesthetic value; this is also a very versatile image that can be depicted in many different ways. These can also be scaled to suit a variety of different body parts and skin surfaces in differing sizes, shapes and colors so let us take a look at some of the more unusual designs around as well as the most favored for this well known geometrical figure.
In general the cross consists of two lines or bars perpendicular to each other, with one or two of the lines divided in half and these lines usually run vertically and horizontally, with the vertical line often longer than the lateral one. Some crosses have arms of equal length and this includes Switzerland’s red cross and the Greek cross which is associated with the Eastern Orthodox Church. The Maltese cross is similar in its dimensions however this particular version, which is also known as the Amalfi cross, is more unusual in its aesthetics which makes it an interesting alternative to more commonly requested cross tattoos for men. It has eight points that are formed by amalgamating four “V”-shaped elements at their tips, giving each arm of the cross two points instead of one like more traditional versions. These may be of interest to those with cultural connections to this country and would suit an individual whose ancestral heritage stems from Malta. Another more obscure and much rarer body art design is the Florian cross which is named after the patron saint of Austria who is also synonymous with those in the fire service. This is a popular design for firefighters and is deemed a lucky talisman by those who have this particular design inked on their bodies. It is also quite unique in its appearance too as the arms of the cross section are rounded at the ends and this emblem can be found on many fire service badges and uniform patches.
There are also a multitude of designs available for more traditional cross tattoos for men like the Latin cross or crucifix which is often incorporated into faith themed body art designs however the more spiritually inclined Celtic cross is also much favored. It is believed that this particular version predates the Christian symbol as its origins can be traced back millennia. This combines a long cross shape with a ring at its intersection and these are usually interlaced with Celtic knots and infinitely woven patterns as well other related motifs. These can be depicted in a single dark ink color, such as black, green or grey however there are more colorful designs for those who prefer an infusion of color injected into their body art.