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Cherub and Baby Angel Tattoo Designs and Meanings

Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

This person has a cherub tattoo on the back of their neck.

This person has a cherub tattoo on the back of their neck.

Cherub Tattoos: History

If you are looking for a cute and meaningful tattoo, the cherub may be for you. A "cherub" or "cherubim" is a chubby, healthy-looking baby angel with wings. Today, cherubs are usually portrayed as pudgy young boys and girls with wings and very little clothing. Most of them have an innocent look. In the Bible and in ancient times, they were very powerful angels in charge of protecting God and heaven. In ancient Italy, cherubs were called "putti" and you'll see them depicted often in Renaissance art. Artists are the ones that gave the cherub the look we ascribe to them today, but the original figure from the Bible was a grown angel with enormous wings and four faces. Imagine a painting of an angel with four faces: lion, ox, human, and eagle.

The cherubim have many tasks in this world and in Heaven, but their main job is to protect those who believe in God. Cherubs have not always been a top-tier angel. Once upon a time, they were only messengers. Cupid is a popular cherub, the same character that is celebrated on Valentine's Day. Cupid is most commonly known for matchmaking. He would shoot his arrow at two people and afterward, they would fall in love.

Cherubs are not a mainstream tattoo, but the design does enjoy some popularity. In this article, we will discuss design options and the tattoo's overall meaning.

Cherub Tattoo Design Options and Ideas

  • Cherub tattoos can be designed with a variety of different elements and symbols, like angels, crosses, and flowers.
  • Since the cherub is basically a baby angel, the cherub is often linked to children, and many parents get these tattoos to represent theirs. For example, if you have two children, you might get two baby angel tattoos. You might have your child's name incorporated into the design. Some have the cherub depicted with their own child's face.
  • Consider portraying one cherub or more in a frame, or use clouds or drapery as a background.
  • Cherubs may have bat wings or two small horns on their forehead.
  • They sometimes have quivers full of arrows.
  • Cherubs are associated with music and are often designed with musical instruments or musical notes.
  • Some portray an adult angel watching over the baby angels. It is said that we all have a guardian angel that watches over us, and this is the definition of a cherub, as one of the many tasks of the cherub was to watch over the believers.

If you're like me, you believe in the powers of angels. You can't go wrong with such a tattoo, especially when it represents protection for your children.

An angel or cherub tattoo that incorporates a skull in its design.

An angel or cherub tattoo that incorporates a skull in its design.

What Is the Meaning Behind a Cherub Tattoo?

There are a few different meanings that can be associated with the cherub or baby angel tattoo. Keep in mind, though, in the end, your tattoo represents what you want it to. Having said that, below are some associated meanings:

  • Guardian
  • Protection
  • Faith
  • Innocence
  • Innocence lost
  • Purity
  • Spirituality
  • Hope
  • Christianity, Judaism, or Islam
  • Angels
  • Message-bringer
  • Matchmaking
  • Love

People believe that the cherub tattoo can offer protection to the wearer.

This design is often used as a memorial tattoo to remember a young person that has passed away. This could include someone's child, grandchild, or a close young friend. These designs often include the person's name, date of birth, and date of death.

The cherub is viewed as a mischievous character that isn't always serious but plays innocent games with people.

Fallen angels are another possible design variation.

Before You Tattoo

There are some important things that you should remember before you choose to get a tattoo.

  • Make sure that you take the time to research. You want to make sure that you fully understand what your tattoo represents and stands for before you follow through.
  • Don't rush to get inked! If you are not completely sure, don't get it inked on. Those that rush or get it on impulse usually have regrets later on.
  • Remember, you are going to wear this for the rest of your life.
This angel tattoo appears to be commemorating the memory of loved ones.

This angel tattoo appears to be commemorating the memory of loved ones.

© 2012 Richard Ricky Hale


sam mc bride on February 09, 2014:

been surching 4 the right one after lossen my babygirl

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on January 01, 2013:

Don't know how I missed this when it first came out.

I have always loved Cherubs and Angels.

Like you, I believe in the power of faith and the powers of angels.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday and that 2013 is filled with many blessings, particularly in the area of your writing and song-writing talents.

Sending a Hub Bouquet of Hugs and Love,


Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on August 04, 2012:

Thank you all for your comments! It is true, they offer their protection as a tattoo. You can't go wrong with this tattoo. Thanks again!!!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 29, 2012:

Simply fantastic. Like real works of art.

Nell Rose from England on July 28, 2012:

These are real works of art, and they can be used for various reasons, as you mentioned they are a sad reminder of someone, or of course if you just love the art then they can be happy ones, they are lovely though, voted up! cheers nell

BeyondMax from Sydney, Australia on July 28, 2012:

They are beautiful but so sad, a tough way to remember. Great way to pay tribute but takes courage to wear it without having your heart broken each and every time you look at it...

Tammy from North Carolina on July 27, 2012:

Every time I pick a favorite tattoo from one of your hubs you come out with more! These are sweet. I love vintage and victorian styles and it didn't dawn on me that I could get a tattoo in the style. Gorgeous!!

Sueswan on July 27, 2012:

Hi Ricky

Beautiful Angel tattoos my friend.

"If your like me, I believe in the power of faith and the powers of angels. You can go wrong with such a tattoo, especially when it comes to some added protection for your children." Like you, I do believe in the power of faith and angels.

Ricky, I hope you don't mind me pointing out but you can go wrong should be changed to you cannot go wrong.

Voted up and away

Have a good weekend. :)

b. Malin on July 27, 2012:

As Always, such Amazing Photos. I've always liked "Cherubs"...I have a cute picture of three Cherubs in my bedroom. I've always felt they were Good Luck and they Protected Me. Thanks for Sharing.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 27, 2012:

These are adorable. My favorites of all the tattoos..

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on July 27, 2012:

these are so amazing I love them cute and adorable combined :)

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on July 27, 2012:

These are so sweet and and you know I love that you take time to educate us to the subject of your tattoo Hubs. This one is a favorite.

DragonBallSuper on July 27, 2012:

Amazing photos. I always love to check your hubs about tattoos. The photos were amazing and interesting.