Iron Cross guitar straps are an easy way to add some heavy metal attitude to your onstage style. Most heavy metal fashion has its roots in the biker subculture. The Iron Cross is no different as it has been popular with bikers since the ’60s as a way to represent rebellion. In modern times the Iron Cross may have negative connotations to some. However, if you go back to its origins over 700 years ago it was first used by the Teutonic Order during the crusades. Then later it was awarded in Prussia as a medal for service during the Napoleonic Wars. In more recent years the Iron Cross has spread from bikers to skateboarders and extreme sports enthusiasts. The widespread use of the symbol has softened the negative connotations and by itself cannot be considered a hate symbol. Embrace your inner badass with these straps that rock.