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Cross designs can be extremely simple e.g. - a single black cross - or it can be very complex. With Gothic cross tattoos the sky truly is the limit, which is one of the reasons that the gothic subculture has endured for so many years.
Chances are, goths aren't going anywhere any time soon; similarly, gothic-inspired tattoo imagery is sure to remain popular and readily available for a long time to come.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
This popular tale was originally penned by Washington Irving; it was published in 1820. The tragic and dark nature of the storyline has made it one of the most beloved Gothic stories of all time.
It has been made into several films and cartoons. Most recently, Tim Burton's version - Sleepy Hollow - has won over whole new generations. By doing a quick Internet search for the term "Sleepy Hollow," you can quickly find several gothic cross images for inspiration. Simply sitting down with a copy of the book and reading it through on a dark, stormy night should also be inspirational.
Gothic Cross Tattoo Imagery
The bottom line is that there is no single "correct" way to create a Gothic cross tattoo design. You can draw from one of the many pop culture examples that are available or create something entirely new.