60+ Christian Tattoo Ideas To Evoke Your Inner Spirit

By Jason Hamilton / August 5, 2019
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Faith is an asset that devout men carry at all times, and a Christian tattoo will bring God out on every occasion. While ink may seem like part of the counterculture, these holy visages prove that body art is really for the believers!

Christian tattoos just keep gaining popularity, and it’s not just about crosses or crucifixes. Theological imagery is presently being shaped into some of the most thrilling artistic designs ever conceived.

These iconic scenes include famous encounters with apostles and classic portraits of Jesus. A picturesque emblem of spirituality will keep you on the right path and remind you not to stray. It may even absolve your sins to open the gates of heaven.

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In this article, we will be sharing with you our curated gallery of Christian tattoo designs and ideas. We will be discussing with you a few designs you can do with this tattoo as well as a brief background about it.

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I’m Christian, Is It A Sin To Get A Christian Tattoo?

The short answer is…nothing. At least nothing definitive. The Bible makes no specific reference to tattoos as we understand them in modern times. Some Christians condemn all tattooing as immoral because God clearly forbids them in Leviticus 19:28. Since the word tattoo does appear in this verse in some popular English translations, this argument seems straightforward. For example, the NIV reads, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.”

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Other Christians say this passage no longer applies to us because it is Old Testament law, and not for Christians. If you go online to try to answer the tattoo question, you’ll see both approaches and contradictory conclusions. Both of these approaches, however, are misleading because, as we will see, the answer to the tattoo question is that the Bible has nothing clearly to say about the practice of injecting ink under the skin to form permanent pictures, patterns or messages—a.k.a. tattooing.

A sketch of a cross tattoo design that features a Latin cross with a ribbon wrapping around it.

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A colored tattoo of a gothic cross with wings and a halo.

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A drawing of a cross tattoo design that features the Cross of Lazarus with a rosary wrapping around it.

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Another sketch of a cross tattoo design that features a gothic cross alongside flowers and vines.

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Another sketch of a cross tattoo design that features a gothic cross with a rose constricted by a ribbon.

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The background of this law was that Israel, after being rescued from slavery, was between Egypt and Canaan. Recent archeology indicates that, while Egypt did practice tattooing, it was limited to women. Evidence suggests that tattooing the body parts of women associated with fertility (breasts, thighs, and abdomen) was believed to be a good luck charm to protect the birthing process. Women also frequently had imprints of the fertility goddess, Bes, which seems to support this theory.

In Canaan, evidence indicates that instead of marking the body with ink, more extreme scarification measures, like branding, slashing or gashing the skin were used. Archeology, backed by biblical texts, indicates the Canaanites would customarily slash their bodies for ritualistic purposes (1 Kings 18:28), especially to mourn their dead and honor their gods. Leviticus 19:28 seems to imply this when it says, “you will not make cuttings in your flesh, for the dead, nor print marks on you.” In light of this information from Egypt and Canaan, it would seem God was forbidding scarification, not tattooing as we know it.

With this said, while there may be no clear passage in the Bible addressing tattoos, this is hardly a license for unrestrained tattooing. You still need to think before you ink, especially if you’re a Christian.

A realistically detailed dove tattoo and a rose.

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A realistic dove tattoo on a a sunny background.

A shoulder tattoo of a dove.

A large chest tattoo of a realistic dove.

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A sleeve tattoo of a dove in a stormy background.

A realistic tattoo of a dove holding a grenade.

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Things To Consider Before Getting A Christian Tattoo

Even though many people believe that Christians are serious and maybe boring people, they can be pretty edgy and as fun as the next one. And they want, as much as anyone, to express themselves freely through tattoo art.

The fun thing about Christian tattoos is that they help to destroy the old-fashioned idea that tattoos are only for bad guys and low-life. Yes, we have to thank Christians that!

So if you consider yourself a Christian and are interested in a tattoo, these are a few things you should consider:

  • There are PLENTY, and I mean, a lot of amazing Christian tattoos out there, for you to choose from
  • Most of the great tattoos that you’re going to find a very discreet and classy, so don’t worry about unwanted gazing.
  • Tattoos are a great way to remind you of your faith.
  • And if you want a big flashy tattoo, there are a lot of great designs too, and most artists will have their own or create a design for you.

A sketch of a cross tattoo design that features two wooden stakes formed as a cross and a rose.

An ankle tattoo of a cross, heart, and anchor anklet.

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A small ankle tattoo of a Latin cross.

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A foot cross tattoo that features the gothic cross with an excerpt from the bible. (We know it is not a man’s foot but hey! This design can be used by men too!)

An arm tattoo of a rosary with the gothic cross.

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The Designs You Can Go For A Christian Tattoo

Searching for great thoughts on religious Christian tattoo designs? This rundown should give you a lot of body craftsmanship motivation. Religious Christian tattoo designs can run in style from the easy to the complex; from the monochrome to the dynamically hued.

The thoughts you may have about Christian tattoos are surely almost interminable. Charming Christian tattoos like Bible statements and little crosses, inked with fragile lines, may be exactly what you’re searching for. This style of tattoo is a well-known decision for spots like feet or the internal parts of the arms. Or, you might be more attracted of representations of Jesus and full sleeves including religious themes inked over the arms and inked over the legs too. Still, other ink-sweethearts have shown holy messenger wings, praying hands, and pictures of other holy people on their bodies.

The Cross Tattoo

We often saw crosses in churches, Catholic schools, monasteries, and other religious places. In the Christian world, we associate the cross as a symbol of religion, divinity, and Jesus Christ himself. It has been implanted in our minds at a young age. This association with religion has also been implanted in the body art industry. Cross tattoo designs are also related to religion and the divine being. People often get this tattoo out of their faith with their god and would like to express their faith in a physical manner.

Cross tattoos are hugely meaningful in nature. They are often inked by tattoo artists on enthusiasts that have a deep relationship with God and other divine beings. Others also get cross tattoos because of other meanings.

Even way before Christianity used the Cross as a symbol of their religion and Jesus Christ, the cross existed in other parts of the world. Due to the simplicity of the design (two intersecting lines), cross-shaped incisions make their appearance from deep prehistory; as petroglyphs in European cult caves, dating back to the beginning of the Upper Paleolithic, and throughout prehistory to the Iron Age. Also of prehistoric age are numerous variants of the simple cross mark, including the crux gammata with curving or angular lines, and the Egyptian crux ansata with a loop.

Here are some of the cross tattoo designs we have seen on the internet.

An upper back Celtic cross tattoo with wings and names of on the ribbon underneath and the words “Family Forever” above.

A chest cross tattoo of a highly intricate latin cross with heraldic detailing often used in the coat of arms and emblems.

A chest cross tattoo of a large latin cross necklace.

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A chest tattoo of an intricate cross with a crown on the left pectorals.

A back cross tattoo of a simple cross and the number 79 on the side as a roman numeral.

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A large colored back cross tattoo of a blue Lazarus Cross with angelic wings.

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An upper back tattoo of a tribal cross.

A simple upper back cross tattoo featuring the outline of a gothic cross.

A colored sleeve cross tattoo featuring a blue St. Thomas’ Cross being wrapped by tribal details.

A sleeve cross tattoo of a gothic cross with the words “RIP Grandpa” on the ribbon that wraps around the cross.

A colorful and highly detailed sleeve cross tattoo that features a red St. Thomas’ Cross with tribal details and the words “In memory of Richard” in blue and yellow ink with the date of his birth and death on the sides of the cross.

A sleeve cross tattoo of a St. Thomas’ Cross with the triquetra symbol from the Vikings.

A back tattoo of a simple tattered Latin cross with words on the left side.

An arm tattoo of an intricate and artsy Latin cross.

A wrist tattoo of a gothic cross with wings and a halo.

A wrist tattoo of a thin Latin cross with cherry blossoms.

Wrist tattoos of a Dominican Cross on both wrists.

A sketch of a cross tattoo design that features a cross on a rosary with a rose.

A small wrist tattoo of a simple Latin cross with a heart.

Another sketch of a cross tattoo design featuring an angular Latin cross.

A sketch of a cross design featuring the gothic cross with flowers and vines.

A 3d tattoo of a fish symbol with a cross and flowers.

Another tattoo that features the fish symbol and a cross.

A sternum tattoo of a long Latin cross.

A lower back tattoo of a Latin cross with wings.

An upper back tattoo of a simple Latin cross.

An upper back tattoo of a cross that forms the word “faith”.

A wrist tattoo of a rosary with a cross and the name “Enzo”.

An arm tattoo of a gothic cross with tribal details.

A sleeve tattoo of a Latin cross with flowers and greenery surrounding it.

A sternum tattoo of a cross forming a heartline and a heart.

A back tattoo of a simple Latin cross with the number 2033 in Roman Numeral Form.

An arm tattoo of two wooden stakes formed like a cross.

The Dove Tattoo

Dove tattoo designs are some of the most beautiful kinds of tattoo designs available today. It’s a kind of tattoo design that fits both men and women. It is a unisex design that promotes both femininity and masculinity. It’s up to the person looking at the tattoo to interpret it the way he sees it. But from the way we see it, dove tattoo designs have a few meanings that are generally accepted by the entire tattoo community and body art industry:

Peace

Dove tattoos signify peace and harmony. Unlike any other animals that fight with each other, doves are often calm and seemingly at peace all the times. You won’t see doves that are fighting with each other. You will only see doves innocently watching whatever scene unfolds before their very eyes. In addition to this, doves have long been a symbol of peace by multiple societies and cultures, the most prevalent of which are the Christians which uses the dove as a symbol of unity and tranquility (which is why doves are very symbolic for marriages)

Love & Loyalty

Dove tattoos also symbolize endless love. The dove symbols have long been romanticized way back the days even before our great grandparents. The reason is simply because of the dove’s unique characteristics. Once a dove finds its mate, they will live together until their dying breath (They are one of the few animals that exhibit monogamy alongside penguins). Usually, when the other dove dies, the remaining dove will never find any other mate again and will normally die in the following days because of depression and loneliness. When compared to humans, this shows the strong bond and affection a couple has for each other.

Dove Tattoo Designs Out There

Various tattoo designs can be done with the dove tattoo. From the very simple and traditional one to the more complex and bigger than life designs that will blow anyone’s mind away, there are a lot of dove tattoo designs out there that can suit your own needs when it comes to your preference.

Here are some of the coolest and most adorable dove tattoo designs we saw on the internet that will definitely blow your mind away:

A realistic forearm tattoo of a dove.

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A large back tattoo of a realistic dove.

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a realistically detailed tattoo of a dove.

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A realistic tattoo of a dove holding a rosary.

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A forearm tattoo of three doves on a cloudy background.

A very detailed tattoo of a heavenly themed design with a dove.

A hand tattoo a dove that is very detailed.

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A sleeve tattoo of three doves in a heavenly-themed design.

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A very detailed sleeve tattoo of a dove and two hands.

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A very detailed cloudy tattoo of a dove.

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A very realistic tattoo on the leg of a dove and a rose.

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A heavenly themed tattoo with three doves holding a rosary.

A very detailed chest tattoo of two doves.

A heavenly themed sleeve tattoo of a dove.

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The Angel Tattoo

Angels are the courier of heaven and they are revered for their kindness and faith. They signify a special meaning wherever they are used, in pictures, paintings, and tattoos. Angel tattoos have been one of the most favored tattoo designs since the origination of this form of body art, with both men and women having these designs featured on their bodies. The fact is that they are not only revered for their beauty but also for their symbolic meaning as they stand for one’s faith and belief in God, as angels have always been directly linked with the Heavenly Father.

If you are one of those people who think that an angel art is just a mere decoration on the body, then you are definitely wrong. An angel art is very meaningful and it is symbolizing something, depending on its entire design. In relation to this, here are some of the meanings and symbolism that you should know:

  • Beauty – Since angels are known to be very good people who are not capable of doing some wrong things, it is no longer surprising why an angel art is symbolizing beauty.
  • Protection – Angels are known to be the guardians of everything that is created by God in this world. Hence, if you strongly believe that you have a guardian angel that is always there to protect you from bad things, then wearing an angel art tattoo is perfect for you.

Angel tattoos offer a very distinct vibe to them while also offering something that is heavenly and euphoric. It just feels and looks right and it presents itself as a harbinger of peace and solemnity.

Here are some of the best angel tattoo designs we saw on the internet for both men and women:

A large and highly detailed full sleeve tattoo of an archangel defeating the devil.

A vibrant and colorful chest and shoulder tattoo of a female archangel near a treasure chest.

A very detailed and exquisitely well-made archangel tattoo on the shoulder and upper half of the sleeves.

A very detailed and intricately made upper back and shoulder tattoo of a robed archangel holding a spear.

A very detailed and intricately made full back tattoo of the archangel Michael on top of a Celtic cross.

A large white full back tattoo of an archangel as a silhouette-like design.

A very detailed and intricately made half sleeve tattoo of a  strong archangel.

A large and highly detailed archangel tattoo depicting St. Michael and how he defeated the devil.

A large and very detailed full back tattoo of an archangel kneeling.

A large full back tattoo of a fallen angel.

A crying fallen angel tattoo on the upper back portion of the body.

A large and intricately detailed kneeling fallen angel tattoo on the back.

A large half sleeve fallen angel tattoo with “rotting” detailing added.

A large and intricately detailed fallen angel tattoo at the upper back.

A large side tattoo of a very detailed fallen angel.

A large upper back tattoo of a very detailed fallen angel.

A medium size upper back tattoo of a fallen angel looking up.

A large and very detailed tattoo of a fallen angel inked on the side of the body.

A fairly large back tattoo of a fallen angel.

 


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About the author

Jason Hamilton

Jason has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon. Jason would be very happy to answer any questions about tattoos that you may have! Leave a comment below and he’ll answer it for you right away!

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