The Iron Cross is a symbol commonly used in modern tattoo art that has been adopted from its Nazi Germany origins and has evolved over time to take on a variety of meanings, though typically these include a reflection of patriotism, religion, or a strong commitment to a certain group or cause. Today, it is often used as a symbol of bravery, strength, and solidarity. The four arms of the Iron Cross signify that each individual is connected to four other individuals and can rely on them for protection and loyalty, no matter what. Its jagged lines are said to symbolize a readiness for battle, with the four arms having a clear parallel to the four points of a traditional compass. In general, an Iron Cross tattoo can serve as a reminder to its wearer of the strength that unity and loyalty can give.