There has always been some controversy surrounding the concept of Christian themed tattoos as many believe these contradict the bible however in our modern society these are much more acceptable and are now often used as a display of one’s faith. Many young Christians in particular are opting to celebrate their religious beliefs using body art of this nature and Jesus fish tattoos are especially popular with this generation. This particular emblem is popular with many branches of Christianity and has been used in everything from decorative carvings to car bumper stickers.
Let us take a look in more detail about the origins of this extremely recognizable image to see why Jesus fish tattoos remain such a favourite among Christian tattoo enthusiasts. This was a symbol for Christianity since the early days of the church and can frequently be found carved on the walls of ancient churches as well as in the catacombs beneath the Vatican City in Rome. During ancient times, the word fish was used as a code word during time of persecution that believers could use to express their conviction to like-minded individuals without raising the suspicions of their enemies. Ichthus is the Greek word for fish, and each letter represents a related word as follows: i (Iesous—Jesus), ch (Christos—Christ), th (theou—of God), u (huios—son), s (soter—savior). However, this particular image when used in Christianity can also refer to the biblical story where Jesus transformed the loaves and the fish to feed the masses. When used as body art, this reminds the wearer of their faith in God and the abundance of His love but it can also make a really colourful and eye catching tattoo design.
Opting for any religious tattoo is a strong commitment to faith and a tribute to the life and sacrifices that Jesus made for us all, so deciding on just the right one can be daunting. The most commonly requested images of Jesus may include Him on the cross, with praying hands, halo or even with the Virgin Mary. However, with Jesus fish tattoos, this seems to be a more modern choice which is selected as much for the art work as it is for its symbolism. These work well as small, medium or even large designs in monochrome or colour depending on the individual preference. Some of these designs are very intricately detailed however there are some more simplistic versions which look just as effective. The most important thing is to ensure that the chosen design is one that you are happy with, regardless of the size, style or colour, and that it adequately suits your personality as well as symbolizing your faith.