60 Best Angel Tattoos – Meanings, Ideas and Designs for 2017

Have you ever noticed the big number of people with angel tattoos and wondered to yourself why they are so popular? Or maybe you are looking to get yourself an angel tattoo, and you want to know more about them? Well, this article is going to help you understand these amazing tattoos better. We shall give you the reason they are so popular, and then we will go further to explain the various meaning behind them.

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So why are Angel Tattoos Popular?

First of all, it is important to note that these tattoos originated from a religious perspective. In all holy books of the various religions found in the world, you will always find the spiritual creatures which are the angels. In these holy books majority of the angels have been portrayed as good caring creatures except for one or two. The angels have been shown as religious figures which help to connect the earth with heaven. This is what has contributed to the popularity of these tattoos. When men or women get these tattoos, they usually tend to have a feeling of calmness and protection because they relate the tattoos to the religious stories that they have read. That is why you will always find tattoo enthusiasts with these tattoos or sometimes a symbol of the angel’s wings.

Meaning of these tattoos

These tattoos can be interpreted to come with a lot of different meanings as we are going to see.

Some of these tattoos tend to mean hope, faith and protection. This is especially the case when the tattoo is of an archangel. Tattoos of archangels usually have an angel with a light behind them, with open wings and with armor or sword on their hands. Many individuals get these tattoos to have the peace of mind as they see the angel as their protecting figure.

Some of these tattoos are made to mean innocence, renewal or/and rebirth. This particular kind of tattoos is mostly common among women. With the tattoo, women will be showing that they believe they are renewed and have been reborn to become innocent once again. This symbol also indicates that they believe in the innocence of the soul and sometimes in Christ.

A tattoo of an angel can also be taken to mean that someone has suffered a loss. In some cases, an individual may lose his or her loved one and might decide to get this tattoo to continue feeling close to the deceased.

Some of these tattoos could also be taken to mean rebellion, defiance, fear and death. This is commonly traced back from rebellious angels such as Lucifer etc. Therefore, some people may just get these tattoos to show people their defiance.

Another meaning that could come out from these tattoos is perseverance and resilience. The people having these tattoos will be showing that they are capable of persevering hard or challenging situations.

What do angel tattoos represent?

These tattoos typically give two simple representation which are meant to show different aspects of life.

First, the tattoos could be used to represent love. The description of love is very common especially in the archangel whose job is believed to be looking after the humans. The Cupid, who shoots his bow through people’s hearts, is also the other angel figure which shows people falling in love.

The tattoos then represent the linkage of earth and heaven which is meant to show spiritual and religious beliefs. All the biggest religions are known to make reference to angels, and that is why the tattoos are taken to represent religious beliefs.

ELEGANT ANGEL TATTOO ON GIRL’S NECK

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Folded angel wings underneath a halo offer an elegant angel themed tattoo design without identifying with a specific male or female personification. The folded wings represent a resting state communicating a sense of calm and tranquility for the tattoo wearer.

BACK TATTOO OF A FLOATING ANGEL WITH DIAMOND CHAIN

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A beautiful female angel floating up towards heaven with her wings spread open wide and with a trail of diamonds draped beneath her. The use of diamonds both below the wings as well as immediately above the face give a visual representation of the energy and power that the figure holds.

FULL BACK ANGEL WINGS TATTOO

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These sorts of angel tattoos turn the wearer into the angel with detailed wings that take up the entirety of the back. The curved shape of the wings especially accentuate the female form and the gradient that’s used at the roots reinforce the illusion that they’re actually a part of the person’s body.

CUTE BABY ANGEL LOWER BACK TATTOO

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This design puts a spin on the traditional angel tattoo idea by using a cherub like, baby design for the body of the angel. The pose of the figure and the fact that she’s facing away from us also creates a nice visual echo with body of the girl wearing the tattoo.

EMO ANGEL LOWER BACK TATTOO

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This falls into a category of angel tattoos that convey two messages at once. While the crouching figure of the girl is looking down conveying her frustration and despair the large wings sprouting out of her back give hope that she will one day fly again.

BEAUTIFUL CROUCHING ANGEL TATTOO

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The wings on this angel tattoo design follow the natural curves of this girl’s side as they climb up the body and just barely wrap around her back. Likewise, the curled up body of the angel creates a beautiful echo of the girl’s waist directly below the tattoo.

CUTE AND SIMPLE LOGO STYLE ANGEL TATTOO ON ANKLE

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A perfect example of simple tattoos ideas that can be work on parts of the body that are easily covered but just as easily uncovered when you want to show them off. This angel tattoo takes the iconographic shape and design of an angel and adds a heart for good measure.

DARK MEDIEVAL STYLE ANGEL MADAME

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This tattoo sits perfectly on the upper arm of the wearer and stares out at the viewer with a face that seems to hold a dark secret. The way she holds the bottom of her robe makes it seems like she’s just about to turn around and walk off into the distance.

POWERFUL LOOKING CROSS WITH ANGEL WINGS

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Anchored with a strong looking cross with textures, shading and cracks that add to its authenticity and make it seem like it’s actually made out of stone. If this weren’t enough, the large wings convey the power of the cross itself and everything associated with.

INTRICATELEY SHADED CRYING ANGEL BACK TATTOO

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This weeping angel aligns perfectly on the back as the body of the figure falls all along the spine and the two wings spread out along the shoulder blades. The shading of the wings, the hair and the body add an additional sense of depth and power to the tattoo.

ANGEL TRIBUTE TATTOO TO A LOST LOVED ONE

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This angel tattoo features a comforting angel embracing a child that was taken from this Earth too early. Above the tattoo is the date of the child’s death as well as a touching tribute in the form of the text below that reads “Forever Lost” in an elegant text that matches the rest of the tattoo’s design

INCREDIBLE FULL COLOR ANGEL SLEEVE

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Angel tattoo ideas like this full color sleeve standout with their bright and vivid colors that include a beautiful use of shading, gradients and details. On top o this the design of the angels wings and the smokey background make for the perfect shape for a full upper arm sleeve.

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