When Jesus was crucified, he was given a crown of thorns by the Roman soldiers to mock his claim that he was the son of God. The crown of thorns can symbolize the suffering of Jesus when he was crucified and the suffering he felt when he took on the sin of the world. If you’re religious, a crown of thorns can symbolize your thankfulness for the sacrifice Jesus made in dying, repentance for sin or something you’ve done, or the divine rule of your god. To many Christians, the crown of thorns is also symbolic of victory. Because Jesus rose again after he died, the cross and the crown of thorns can also be symbolic of their belief in Jesus’ resurrection and the forgiveness of their sins. If you aren’t religious, a crown of thorns tattoo can still symbolize sacrifice. Some people recognize the crown of thorns as a symbol of suffering.