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3 Cross Tattoo Meaning With 60 Splendid Tattoo Ideas To Recreate

by Sherri Owens

Like me, most people get the three-cross tattoo as a symbol of the holy trinity. Well, let's just say the reason for getting the cross tattoo is no longer exclusive to the holy trinity.

The three-cross tattoo which is a popular tattoo design used to represent Jesus Christ and the Christian faith is done for different meanings these days.

From the representation of the Holy Spirit to the rock band 'crosses', here are several three cross tattoo meanings with stunning tattoo designs for inspiration.

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Three Cross Tattoos Meaning

The Sacrifice Of Jesus Christ

In the Christian faith, it is believed that Jesus Christ the Son of God died for our sins. This is a very important aspect of the Christian faith and is why most Christian believers get the cross tattoo. The cross tattoo is gotten as a way of showing respect or to pay tribute to the sacrifice made by Christ.

Most religious people choose to get the cross tattoo as a guide. Seeing the tattoo always helps you stay connected to your faith in God, so this is the reason they tend to get the tattoo in a spot that they have regular access to, like the forearm, arm, or chest.

It can also serve as a motivation to keep going when things get tough because the belief in a supernatural being helps you surrender to things that you can't control. This helps you focus on the things within your control while believing that the Lord will come through when you no longer have control.

The Holy Trinity

One of the most popular religious and spiritual significance of the three cross tattoos is as a representative of the three aspects of God (the holy trinity). In Christian doctrine, the trinity and crosses represent Jesus (the son), the father, and the holy ghost.

The Trinity is rooted in the belief system that God came to us in three forms, as the creator (the father), as the lord (an incarnated figure known as Jesus Christ or the son), and as the holy ghost (perceived as the helper).

Faith and Devotion

The Three crosses tattoo is seen as a symbol of religion and faith. It is gotten by most people as a way to show they are strong believers in the Christian faith. They get the tattoo to signify protection, eternal life, and divinity.

The tattoo can be done easily on locations like the neck and forearm, this is a way of drawing people in and helping those interested establish a better bond with their faith. It is also gotten to serve as a reminder of one's dedication and trust in God's love and will.

Protection

The cross image is not only a meaningful tattoo but also serves as a sign of protection against evil. Nobody knows if the Christian tattoo actually does serve to protect, but some movies like 'Invisible enemies and 'The wilderness night' and others have helped instill the belief that it does. Most people who believe in the metaphysical world find it comforting to have a tattoo representing god. It helps to keep one at rest to know that you've got a greater force protecting from unforeseen evil around.

You can add a verse from the bible to serve as protection. A popular verse added for this purpose is psalm 91:11 which reads 'For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

3 Cross Protection Tattoo with Bible Verse

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The Rock Band 'Crosses' Tattoo

The music style of the band Crosses' is electronic rock, dark wave, or dark pop. The band consists of three singers and guitarists namely Chino Moreno, Shaun Lopez, and chuck doom. They use the 3 cross tattoo as a symbol of their band.

Though most people mistake the band for a religious band, it was discovered that the group decided to use the three cross imagery due to Chino's interest in mystique and art revolving around religion. Fans of the band 'crosses' also get the three cross images to express their love for their favorite rock band.

Angel Number

The three crosses tattoo design is sometimes done to represent the angel number 333. Since 3 crosses are drawn, this can be a way of tattooing the angel number on you. This is especially true if the cross tattoos are done in simple lines, without many designs or background scene images.

Death/Loss Of a Loved One

The Lord Jesus died on the cross. This is why the 3 cross tattoo is sometimes done to represent death.

In ancient times, when people are buried, wooden crosses are placed on the top part of their graves. Those who have lost loved ones sometimes get the three crosses image to represent the loved ones they lost.

What The Three Crosses Represent?

The three Christian cross tattoo images have different meanings. The first cross represents the death and crucifixion of Jesus. The second cross represents the ascension and resurrection of Christ which took place after his death. The third cross signifies the coming of Christ.

3 Cross Tattoo Images For Inspiration

Simple 3 Cross Tattoo

The neck and space behind the ear are the most popular spots for getting the simple 3 cross tattoo design. These spots are painful tattoo spots and thus reserved for the best and most meaningful tattoos, so it's no surprise why most people choose to get their 3 crosses tattoo here. Another reason why most people get the religious tattoo here is that the neck is usually visible and helps put the religious meaning of your tattoo out there, giving people an impression of who you are and what is important to you.

You can add symbols like the nail or draw your tattoo in broken lines to spice things up a bit. Another great way of rocking the tattoo is by adding important write-ups or dates on the tattoo design.

Other popular spots for the 3 cross tattoo designs are the back, upper arm, forearm, stomach, or legs.

Simple Three Crosses Tattoo on the Neck

Black Three Cross Neck Tattoo

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Bold Black Three Cross Tattoo

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Three Cross Tattoo on the Side Neck

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Three Crucifix Cross Neck Tattoo

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Three Cross Tattoo with Red Circle and Nail

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Black Ink Three Cross Neck Tattoo

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Three Cross Neck Tattoo

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Black Inked Three Cross Tattoo

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Traditional Three Cross Neck Tattoo

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Stroke Brush Style Three Cross Tattoo

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Three Cross Tattoo with Date

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Three Calvary Cross Neck Tattoo

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Three Cross Neck Tattoo with a Name

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Black and Red Three Cross Tattoo

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Black Inked Three Cross Neck Tattoo

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Three Cross and Halo Neck Tattoo

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Paint Brush Style Three Cross Neck Tattoo

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Bold Black Inked Three Cross Tattoo

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Simple Three Crosses Tattoo on the Arms

Simple Three Cross Arm Tattoo

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Bold Black Inked Three Cross Tattoo

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Simple Three Crosses Tattoo on the Forearm

Black Three Cross Forearm Tattoo

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Black Wooden Three Cross Forearm Tattoo

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Three Cross Tattoo with Clouds

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Three Cross with Scripture Tattoo Piece

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Three Cross and Bible Verse Forearm Tattoo

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Simple Three Crosses Tattoo on the Back

Greyscale Three Cross Tattoo Piece

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Three Bottoni Cross Back Tattoo

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Three Black Latin Cross Tattoo

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Bold Black Ink Three Cross Back Tattoo

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Simple Three Crosses Tattoo on the Stomach

Bold Three Cross Rib Tattoo

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Black Three Cross Religious Tattoo

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Cross with Sparks Rib Tattoo

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Simple Three Crosses Tattoo on the Leg

Black Three Cross Calf Tattoo

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Black Three Cross Ankle Tattoo

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3 Cross Tattoo On The Chest

The chest is no doubt an awesome spot to get the three-cross tattoo because the broad space lets you bring your imagination to life. But unlike the neck, the chest tattoo is somewhat hidden. This has its perks because it prevents the world from stereotyping and assuming things about you because of the religious tattoo.

Many Christians add their favorite bible verse to the tattoo to give it a special meaning and help them have hope, stay focused, and even be motivated in life.

Three Black Cross Chest Tattoo

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Three Cross with Halo Chest Tattoo

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Three Cross Line Tattoo

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Three Cross with Roses Chest Tattoo

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Three Cross with Roman Number Chest Tattoo

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Paint Brush 3 Cross Tattoo Image

Paintbrush tattoo images look awesome. Although they look simple, not all tattoo artists can pull off a brush-like tattoo. This is why you should take extra caution when selecting a tattoo artist for your paintbrush tattoo.

Stroke Brush Style Three Cross Neck Tattoo

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Painted Crosses Forearm Tattoo

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Paint Brush Three Cross Forearm Tattoo

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Brush Style Hip Tattoo Piece

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Paint Stroke Three Cross Forearm Tattoo

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Paint Brush Style Three Cross Forearm Tattoo

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Bold Arm 3 Cross Tattoo

The scenery of this tattoo is spectacular. The tattoo artist went all in on this one, mimicking the entire scene from the portrait of the crucifixion of Christ done by Rembrandt van Rijn. The portrait is one of the most dynamic prints of the crucifixion ever made with amazing historical meaning.

The body art shows Jesus with the two thieves being crucified on the hill. A beam of light is also depicted to shine from the sky with several rays falling in a light and dark fashion. The surrounding clouds are an innovation of the original image and a brilliant addition to the tattoo design. You can add the image of doves flying around or other elements that symbolizes Christianity to the tattoo design.

Three Crucifixion Cross with Halo Arm Tattoo

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Three Crucifixion Cross Tattoo with Halo and Flying Birds

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Halo and Three Crucifixion Cross Tattoo

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Lions Portrait With 3 Cross Tattoo

A lion tattoo is a popular tattoo design used to represent strength and bravery. When done with the 3 cross tattoos, it means that the wearer of the tattoo is a strong and devout Christian. This is an amazing tattoo with great graphic and powerful symbolism. You can add powerful words to the tattoo to reaffirm the powerful symbol of the tattoo design.

Lion’s portrait and three cross tattoo

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Jesus and the Lion with Three Crucifixion Cross Tattoo

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3 Cross Tattoo With Rose Floral Background

The Christian symbol of the crucifixion of Christ is depicted here in a stunning manner. The three crosses are drawn within a triangle surrounded by large rose flowers. Rose flowers are the most popular flowers Christians choose to tattoo with the cross because the flower is associated with the virgin Mary. You can get this stunning tattoo as a way of celebrating a special event related to Christianity like baptism. Or you can get the stunner as a lovely way of displaying your devotion to the Christian belief.

3 Cross Tattoo With Roses

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3 Cross Tattoo With Rustic Ship Scene

Fan of artistic tattoo images? Then you should definitely consider giving this tattoo design a try. This ship carries humans. Humans are seen as fishermen in a dark and fallen world. The anchor represents Jesus and how he keeps us grounded during the storm. The 3 crosses symbolize Golgotha where Jesus died on the cross for our sins.

3 Cross Tattoo With Rustic Ship

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Gangster/Satanic 3 Cross Tattoo

Although usually done to represent the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the 3 cross tattoos can be done to symbolize many different meanings. An example is in this image where the person is spotted rocking a 3 cross tattoo with 3 skulls and other symbols attached.

3 Cross and Skull Chest Tattoo

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Angel and 3 Cross Tattoo

This is a unique type of 3 cross tattoo. An angel is featured in the image with the 3 cross-holding Jesus and the 2 thieves on the hilltop. The forearm is a nice placement option for this tattoo but the back would also be a great placement for the tattoo.

Angel with Cross and 3 Cross Forearm Tattoo

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3 Latin Cross Tattoo With Write-ups

A tattoo design featuring John 14:6 'I am the way, the truth and the life' in Arabic. What ancient symbol or language would you be recreating this in?

3 Latin Cross Tattoo With Write-ups

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Fully Covered Gastro Three Crosses Tattoo

You can get this large three crosses tattoo as a representation of your religious affiliation or hope. This would be especially great if your preferences lean towards large rather than small tattoo designs.

Gastro Three Crosses Tattoo

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Gorgeous Three Crosses Tattoo

These cross-tattoo designs are super gorgeous. The three Celtic crosses are done to resemble glass with a diamond stud in the middle. If you are looking to get a new tattoo that is unique and stunning, this should be high on your list.

Three Celtic Cross Tattoo with Diamond Stud

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Floral Tattoo With Three Crosses Space

The background of this tattoo is formed by images of 2 perfect lotus flowers. Between the flowers, three cross spaces are left which form the three cross tattoos.

Black and Grey Floral and Cross Tattoo

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Unique Back Cross Tattoo

As done here, you can combine different types of crosses when creating your cross tattoo. Here, a Celtic cross is placed in the middle with Latin crosses tattooed at the sides. You can decide to recreate this exactly as it is seen here or tweak things a bit to your personal preference.

Celtic and Latin Three Cross Back Tattoo

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Frequently Asked Question

What Does 3 Crosses Mean In The South?

It's almost impossible to miss the several erected three crosses when traveling through West Virginia. The three crosses signify Jesus and the two thieves. They were installed by reverend Bernard Coffindaffer following his epiphany. When asked why he placed the three crosses on the road, he said that God called him and instructed him to erect three crosses across the road to serve as a reminder of Christ's crucifixion at Calvary.

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