The Cross Tattoo is perhaps one of the most popular tattoo designs these days and has been so for many years now. Although no one is sure about the exact meaning, it can be interpreted according to one's beliefs. Usually, the Cross tattoo is taken to represent immortality, faith and the blending of heaven and earth.
The ankh cross, also known as the Egyptian cross, is in the form of a T with a circle on top. It has been defined as the symbolic representation of both Physical and Eternal life. It is known as the original cross, which is a powerful symbol that was first created by Africans in Ancient Egypt. There are many theories about the origin of the symbol, but none of them have been very widely accepted. It is interesting that after all this time when it is common to see this tattoo on anyone from a doctor to a technician whose job it is to visit party poker or somewhere similar, people still aren't sure which theory is the most accurate or likely. Some theories include the belief that the ankh represents the sun right over the horizon and its path from east to west, or a blend of the male symbol of Osiris (the cross) and female symbol of Isis (the oval), and therefore signifies the union of heaven and earth.
The ankh was usually held at the deceased king's nose, to give him the breath required for his after-life. Since it also looks like a key, it has been considered to be one to the gates of death, and hence, those of life after death. It is supposed to symbolize eternal life and immortality. Hence, it was related to all the life-giving objects present in nature, including water, air, earth and especially, the sun.
The ankh was probably never created in silver; the Egyptians considered it to be a sun-symbol, and hence, took great caution to mould it only in gold, the metal that they related to the sun, or sometimes in copper, which had been polished to a dazzling shine. Whatever the meaning behind this symbol, though, one can just not deny the wonderful possibility it poses as a tattoo design. An ankh tattoo design can just never go wrong, and would prove to be quite versatile.
It can be small enough to fit into the width of your wrist, or large enough to cover your entire upper arm. However, since it is a simple design, I would not advise you to make it too large, for the small ankh tattoo design creates a larger impact than the large one. I say this ankh tattoo design is versatile because it allows you to use a multitude of colors on its simple structure. You can either go in for a single-color design, or a multicolored one. Again, different shades of a single color will be much more attractive than a plain single color or too many colors at once. You can choose any color – from black to grey, to rich and exorbitant gold. The decision is yours to take, though.
Another cool aspect of having an ankh tattoo design imprinted on your skin is that you don't have to worry about choosing from a variety of designs, apart from the innumerable color-combinations present for each of them. The ankh tattoo design is not only simple, nut cannot be twisted into any other form, or it loses its originality and meaning.
Somebody has rightly said, "Beauty lies in simplicity", and ankh tattoo designs prove its correctness. Don't you think so?