The use of tattoos has been transforming and expanding a lot over the years, so it is not surprising that every time you can find more variety of tattoos of saints. People who decide to get these tattoos are devout Christians who want to honor a particular saint, to feel that they always have him close or simply because they feel identified with him.
Most popular saint tattoos
Undoubtedly, the most tattooed saint is St. Michael the Archangel as he is considered the leader of all angels and the corner of supreme power. He is mentioned as an archangel in three major religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. He is seen as a protector who takes care of people as he was the prince who defeated Satan.
The tattoo of St. Benedict is also very famous as there are many people who believe that he provides protection night and day. Others simply want to show their devotion or payment for some favor that St. Benedict did for them. The two types of tattoos to represent St. Benedict are:
- The Key of St. Benedict: used as a good luck charm as it is said to open the doors of good luck, as well as provide you with protection.
- The cross of St. Benedict: is the most powerful thing we can have of this saint, as it gives us not only the power of St. Benedict but also that of Christ. As a devotee of the Catholic religion, there is no image that can demonstrate your faith more than this tattoo.
Meanings and Symbolism of Saint Tattoos
Tattoos of saints, like those referring to other Christian figures, are usually depicted as portraits. But fashions change, and so do the types of tattoos. Nowadays, the most popular tattoos, especially among young people, are small and simple, so other ways of representing the saints have been found, through symbols. Let's take a look at some of the most popular symbols among tattoos of saints:
- Arrow: the arrow is the symbol of St. Sebastian, a martyr in the Catholic and Orthodox church, and the symbol of St. Ursula, a Christian martyr. It is not surprising that objects that represent violence and pain are at the same time, symbol of a martyr, since the most common thing is that a martyr is represented with the source of his martyrdom. Saint Sebastian was killed for converting Romans to Christianity and Ursula, Catholic saint mother of orphans, virgins and travellers, for refusing to marry a king. Both were killed with the shot of an arrow.
- Axe: the axe is the symbol of the Greek Catholic Ruthenian bishop Saint Josaphat and also of Saint Boniface, English martyr. In the case of Boniface, the symbol of the axe comes from the felling of an ancient tree felled with an axe by Boniface, this tree was sacred and venerated by the pagans (who said that its oak was an elixir of the god Thor). Boniface felled the tree in the name of Jesus Christ and, with its wood, ordered to build his cross. Saint Josaphat, a Ukrainian saint, the axe symbolizes his sacrifice as he died defending his friends from a mob that had rebelled against the power of the church. The axe is an important symbol of authority for the Orthodox Church.
- Bread: is the symbol of Saint Elizabeth (or Elizabeth according to Luke's Gospel), saint of the bakers, the homeless, the homeless, the widows and the poor. Her attributes respond to the spirit of solidarity and compassion towards the most needy. After becoming a widow, she dedicated each of her days to helping those who needed it most.
- Eagle: symbolizes St. John the Evangelist in front of the powerful authority of God, the unshakable faith and the supremacy of the sacred word. St. John wrote the fourth gospel with impenetrable and unique devotion, dedication and determination towards the figure of God.