There are various images of catholic tattoos that are popular for those who want body art as an expression of their faith so let us take a look at some of the favorites used for catholic tattoos. These include the Sacred Heart, the Catholic Cross; Rosary designs as well as images featuring Jesus and the Virgin Mary.
Tattoos with Religion
In our modern society, it is interesting to see how tattoos have been incorporated with faith and religion by people of all cultures, race, and beliefs as in decades gone by when tattooing was considered sacrilegious by many religions, in particular, the Christian and Jewish faiths. The Catholic Church, on the other hand, has never officially prohibited tattooing so perhaps that is why Catholic tattoos have long been a favorite for many, not least because of the beauty as well as the symbolic aspects associated with these designs.
One of the most popular is, of course, the Sacred Heart, which was a medieval symbol for Christ’s sacrifice widely used within the Roman Catholic Church. As body art, it is depicted as a vibrant red heart surrounded by flames and overlaid with a crown of thorns symbolizing the source of illumination and happiness that comes from Christ’s love. This is popular with both men and women, with many opting to have it placed on their chest close to their own heart.
After all, the human heart beats at the center of all faiths right around the globe and has been associated with love, charity, piety, and understanding in terms of both humanity and the divine. It is also associated with sorrow, as well as joy and happiness so this flaming heart is also synonymous with hope. There are other popular designs used in Catholic tattoos and one of the most versatile is that of the rosary. This can be depicted as a small, medium or large tattoo image however one of the most impressive designs of this nature has to be that done around the neck and extending down onto the chest area like a necklace.
The devotion to the rosary is one of the most well-known elements of Catholic spirituality with both saints and popes emphasizing its meditative and contemplative qualities for centuries. The word stems from the Latin rosarium which translates as a rose garden, or garland of roses. This traditional devotion practiced regularly by those Catholics, refers to the prayer beads used to count a series of prayers that, when repeated in sequence make up the rosary. As a fundamental part of the Catholic faith, it is not surprisingly a big favorite among tattoo enthusiasts.
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