26 Refreshing Tribal Cross Tattoo Designs

The cross is an enigmatic symbol in the way it pulls contraries together. The horizontal and the vertical lines come together in the neat shape of a Christian cross. With their primitive energy and bold natural style, tribal art gives a whole new expression to the cross.

When it comes to religious tattoos, a cross is a popular symbol. It is inked to express themes such as the sacrifice of Jesus, deep faith in religion and a belief in the power of good. Inspired by tribal designs, the cross can become a truly powerful and interesting motif. There are a variety of tribal art forms that inspire tattoos depicting a cross. Be it in terms of bold lines done in a black curvy pattern, or an intricate combination of ornate strokes, a cross make for a very expressive design. Tribal Cross Tattoo Designs show how the free play of lines and symbols in tribal art, can give a rich look to a cross. Whether inspired by New Zealand Maori art, or the ancient art of Mexico, the patterns tell a story about the community of their origin. The colors of Mexico, the mysterious symbolism of Celtic art, and the sensuous spirit of Maori art, come out in tattoo designs.

Neat Cross

This fiery cross on the finger is styled in a neat red and black design.

Neat Cross

Neat Cross

Irish Cross

Check out the dense and ornate motifs making up the surface of this black cross.

Irish Cross

Irish Cross

Placement Cross

A combination of bold and fine lines in black, makes up this interesting cross tattoo.

Placement Cross

Placement Cross

Ornate Tattoo

Rich and dainty patterns speak of vanished eras, in this cross design.

Ornate Tattoo

Ornate Tattoo

Tribal Design

The elegant curves of Maori art make up this stunning black cross design.

Tribal Design

Tribal Design

Tribal Inspiration

The curvy broken lines make a fine contrast with the bold black ink in this cross tattoo.

Tribal Inspiration

Tribal Inspiration

A Cross

Styled in smooth flowy ink strokes, this medieval tattoo comes with elegant geometrical symbols.

A Cross

A Cross

Fresh Cross

Straight lines come together with curves, in this artistic tribal cross tattoo.

Fresh Cross

Fresh Cross

Religious Forearm

A pair of bold black lines curves over the surface of the cross. An interesting tribal design.

Religious Forearm

Religious Forearm

In Spirit

Check out the pretty heart sitting at the center of this tiny cross tattoo.

In Spirit

In Spirit

Sexy Design

The ends of the black stylized cross end in fiery patterns. Note the small rounds in the design.

Sexy Design

Sexy Design

Primitive Cross Art

A bright combination of red and black makes up this fiery tribal forearm tattoo.

Primitive Cross Art

Primitive Cross Art

Cross Style

Take a look at the fine curvy lines of the freshly inked tribal cross on the man’s upper back.

Cross Style

Cross Style

Cross Symbolic

Bold waves and sharp lines bring out the features of this powerful cross design.

Cross Symbolic

Cross Symbolic

Tribe Cross

The narrow outlines give a bold look to the solid black areas in this large cross design.

Tribe Cross

Tribe Cross

Rich Cross

A pattern of criss-cross lines with delicate curves, is the high point of this tribal cross.

Rich Cross

Rich Cross

Flying Cross

Here is an intricate cross in which the flowy lines depict large folded wings.

Flying Cross

Flying Cross

Bold Tribal

Powerful blue lines dance in this elegant colorful cross tattoo on the forearm.

Bold Tribal

Bold Tribal

Cool Tribal Pattern

The rich shaded patterns give a three-dimensional look to each arm of the cross in this back tattoo.

Cool Tribal Patter

Cool Tribal Patter

Cross Motif

The delicate red shades along with the fiery edge of the arms, give a distinctive look to this upper back tattoo.

Cross Motif

Cross Motif

Cross Fire

The negative spaces give relief to the bold black inked areas, in this tribal cross tattoo.

Cross Fire

Cross Fire

Lined Cross

Tiny strokes go up and down in a hilly pattern in this edgy tribal cross design.

Lined Cross

Lined Cross

Criss Cross

The bold black lines overlap the delicate red shades in this two colored cross tattoo.

Criss Cross

Criss Cross

Tribal Joy Cross

Black curvy patterns inspired by tribal art, surround this outline of a cross.

Tribal Joy Cross

Tribal Joy Cross

Cross Memoriam

This funky looking cross is wrapped with lines of Latin text. Delicate tongues of flame are inked all around the cross.

Cross Memoriam

Cross Memoriam

Tribal Dream Cross

Intricate tribal patterns have been used to ink this cross with wings. The words ‘Hold’ and ‘fast’ are inscribed in the tattoo.

Tribal Dream Cross

Tribal Dream Cross

 

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