Cherub and Baby Angel Tattoo Designs and Meanings
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. Artist 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, some of animals: 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, 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 task 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.
What Is the Meaning Behind a Cherub Tattoo?
There are a few different meanings that can be associated to the cherub or baby angel tattoo. Keep in mind, though, in the end, your tattoo represents what you want it to. In saying that, below are some associated meanings:
- Innocence lost
- Christianity, Judaism, or Islam
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 any 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.
© 2012 Richard Ricky Hale