Angel tattoos are a very popular choice of tattoo designs. Angels appear in many religions, particularly Christianity, Judaismand Islam. Beings resembling angels also appear in many other religions around the world. Angels are thought to be messengers from heaven. The popularity of Angel tattoos is easy to explain. Angels are commonly depicted as beings of great beauty and grace. Also, angels encapsulate purity and faithfulness and having an Angel tattoo can be like carrying your own guardian angel with you everywhere you go. Some people also choose to have angel wings tattooed on their back – perhaps to reflect the fact that they aspire towards angel-like qualities themselves.
From an artistic standpoint Angel tattoos and Angel wing tattoos can be beautiful and highly detailed designs. This allows a talented tattoo artist to really show his skill. Angel tattoo designs can also be any size, making it possible to put an angel tattoo on any part of the body. It is also possible to combine Angel tattoo designs with other styles.
Types of Angel Tattoos (and Their Meaning)
Archangel Tattoos – Archangels are angels of the highest rank, such as: St Michael. Many Archangel Tattoos depict St Michael battling with one of the Fallen Angels, such as: Lucifer.
Guardian Angel Tattoos – Guardian Angel tattoos can bring protection, as well as serenity and comfort to the wearer. With a Guardian Angel tattoo many people believe that they carry their own guardian angel with them everywhere they go.
Angel Tattoos for Men – It is not uncommon for men to choose an Angel tattoo design when someone close to them has died. This can be a sign of respect and also represent the deceased person watching over them from above.
Angel Sleeve Tattoos – As well as an individual Angel Tattoo, many people choose to cover an entire arm, or leg, with an Angel sleeve tattoo. You can find many tattoo images of this type online.
Baby Angel Tattoos and Cherub Angel Tattoos – Perhaps the most common type of Angel Tattoos are those which depict Baby Angels or Cherubs. A Cherub tattoo signifies love.
Praying Angel Tattoos – Some Angel tattoos will often depict an angel praying. There are many fine tattoo pictures like this on the internet.
Angel Tattoos for Girls and Angel Tattoos for Women – Angel tattoos are a popular choice for the fairer sex as Angels can be said to epitomise beauty and grace.
Angel Wing Tattoos – Many people choose an Angel Wing Tattoo somewhere on their back. These are usually a tatto of wings and can often be quite large. This can signify that the person has angelic traits.
Fallen Angel Tattoos and Angel Devil Tattoos – Fallen Angel Tattoos and Angel Devil Tattoos, depict one of the fallen angels, such as: Satan, Lucifer or Beelzebub. These can look like quite menacing angels, with tattered wings, or even have traits of demons, such as horns.
Angel of Death Tattoos – Another quite dark tattoo design is the Angel of Death Tattoo. The Angel of Death is similar to the Grim Reaper – although he has wings – while the Grim Reaper does not.
History of Angel Tattoos
Angels are regarded in a large number of religions around the world as spiritual beings. They are depicted in the Christian and Jewish Bibles and the Quran as messengers from God. The word Angel actually comes from the Greek word ‘Aggelo’, which means ‘to announce something’ and ‘Aggelos’ which means ‘messengers’. Many other religions around the world have similar beings which are generally accepted as being Angels.
As well as being depicted as messengers and intermediaries between human beings and God, Angels are also often mentioned as protecting and guiding human beings and carrying out God’s tasks. Individual Angels have been named such as: Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, and Uriel – each with their own appointed tasks and specialities. Satan/Lucifer was also considered to be an Angel, who fell from God’s grace, to become a Fallen Angel. There are also many other Fallen Angels who upset God at some point and got kicked out of heaven!
Angels are often depicted in art as having wings. However, they are never mentioned as having wings in the Bible. It is assumed that artists may have slightly confused Angels with other spiritual beings such as Cherubs and Seraphim – who are mentioned as having wings. Or perhaps artists just found that people with wings are both much more fun to draw and look at! Also, both the Greek Goddess Nike and the Greek God Eros were depicted as human-like beings with wings, which could well have been somewhat of an inspiration to early artists.
Most tattoos of Angels are therefore probably closer to Cherubs. Cherubs are usually depicted as winged, male, baby angels. They are usually naked and often carry a bow. Cherubs are thought to be the bringers of love. The most famous Cherub is Cupid, who makes people fall in love by shooting them in the heart with an arrow.
Belief in Angels remains widespread today. In 2009, Research in America found that 55% of people believe that Angels and Demons do exist. The same research found that only 36% of people believe in Global Warming!
Celebrities with Angel Tattoos include:
Actress Drew Barrymore has an Angel tattoo on her back.
Singer, turned Actor, Justin Timberlake has a large Guardian Angel Tattoo on his back.
Singer Beyonce has a praying Angel tattooed on her left thigh.
Footballer David Beckham has a Guardian Angel tattoo on his back which he has combined with the names of his children.
Kelly Osbourne has Angel wings on her upper back.
Where on the body can you wear an Angel Tattoo?
Due the their sheer flexibility it is possible to have an Angel tattoo on pretty much any part of the body. Angel tattoos can really be any size, large or small. This mean that a talented tattoo artist should have no problem making a design to fit any area. Angel Wing tattoos are usually placed on the back, especially between the shoulder blades, where real wings would be if the person had them.
It is also possible to combine an Angel tattoo with other style and designs and many people combine Angel tattoo designs with banners containing text and writing. Angel tattoos will often be combined with angelic paraphernalia, such as, Clouds, Bows, Swords, Trumpets and Halos and other religious iconography, such as: Crosses. If you are thinking about getting an Angel tattoo you can find fine examples of body art to help inspire your tattoo ideas – including examples of Angel tattoo flash – by looking online.
Other great places to put Angel Tattoos would be:
Angel tattoo on arm
Angel back tattoos
Angel wrist tattoos
Angel tattoos on leg
Angel tattoos on hip
Angel tattoos on neck
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