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What are "crown of thorn" tattoos?

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A "crown of thorn" tattoo depicts a crown made out of thorns. It is a Christian symbol intended to represent the crown of thorns worn by Jesus while being crucified. It is said to be a symbol of death, resurrection, salvation and sacrifice.

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This tattoo design is most commonly worn as an armband or as a anklet. It can also be worn around a finger as a ring-type tattoo. In uncommon instances, the crown of thorns may be worn as a circle on a flat portion of the anatomy. Sometimes, a tattoo includes a head wearing the crown of thorns.

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