Cross stitch tattoos are essentially any image or design that you choose, just made up entirely of small x’s grouped together to make the picture.
The next time you’re browsing photos online, zoom in as much as you can on any given photo. As you zoom in closer and closer, eventually, you’ll begin to see that the image is made up of thousands of tiny little squares of individual colors. This is essentially the same idea behind cross stitch tattoos.
These intricate cross stitch tattoos are not your grandmother’s embroidery. Instead of using dark lines and shading to outline them, cross stitch tattoos use shape and color to imply form.
This innovative combination of new school tattoo techniques and old school embroidery create patterns that look like they have been actually sewn directly into your skin.
One interesting aspect of cross stitch tattoos is also the way that they can play with your sense of perception. The closer you are while looking at a cross-stitch tattoo, the more defined each individual square is.
On the other hand, as you move away from a cross-stitch tattoo, it becomes more clear and definitive as a whole, complete picture.
Cross stitch tattoos are incredibly detail-oriented pieces and can be time-consuming for you and your tattoo artist, depending on the size and type of tattoo you decide to get.
Additionally, cross stitch tattoos can be more painful than traditional tattoos as the artist often has to use several techniques in order to create this style of tattoo in a way that looks realistic and makes sense aesthetically.
The fact that literally anything can be made into a cross-stitch tattoo has only worked to drive the demand for this style of tattoo. Landscapes, animals, flowers, patterns, portraits and more, nothing is off-limits when it comes to cross-stitch tattoos.