When considering bible verse tattoos, it is important to remember that many of them are very, very long. So, whether it be for body art or otherwise, people tend to paraphrase, or take smaller portions of the verse that contain the meaning they want to convey. However, full verses can be placed on larger areas of the body such as the shoulders or back; they can also be wrapped around an arm or a leg. For a variation on this placement, you could start your verse at the top of the shoulder, and twist the words around your arm until you reach the wrist.
When it comes to bible verse tattoos, many people prefer to do something simple; the worlds alone are usually enough. However, you may also see verses translated into Latin, Italian, and – albeit less frequently – in kanji script. You may see the verse in small, scrawling letters (as if written by hand), or in large, bold gothic print. They are usually done in simple blank ink, but you may occasionally see them in shining, golden hues; dark blues, or occasionally in brighter reds or oranges. They may also be placed within a skin toned, white, or brightly colored ribbon. These are generally on the larger side, and are usually placed across the chest, shoulders, or around a hip.
Some people prefer bible verse tattoos that are a bit bolder in design. These are often surrounded by other religious symbols such as doves, the Ichthys symbol, crosses, or even palm fronds (Christian symbols of victory and martyrdom). Many people also like to enhance their bible verse tattoos with an intricate border. These may be something as simple as a vine of ivy or white lilies surrounding the print; or something more ornate, like a gilded frame or a gem-like mosaic. For a different take on adding a border, you could surround your verse with a book, or rather, an open bible. You could also place you script within something akin to a stained glass window. This ‘window’ frame could vaguely depict the scene from which your particular verse was plucked.
Although bible verse tattoos are used predominately by people of Christian or Catholic faiths, the messages that they express have a universal appeal that make them both a fascinating and enduring piece of art.