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Cute and Sweet or Dark and Devious Fairy Tattoo Ideas

Kitty is no expert on tattoos, but she does have a few of her own. She enjoys sharing ideas on tattoos inspired by various topics.

This article will help you find inspiration for your next fairy tattoo!

This article will help you find inspiration for your next fairy tattoo!

The Fairy Tattoo Possibilities Are Endless!

What girl didn't love fairies growing up? I was one who absolutely obsessed with the idea of fairies, so naturally, when I got older, I wanted a cute fairy tattoo!

The possibilities are endless though, so don't waste your money on a design that you just found posted on the wall of a tattoo shop. Do some real research!

This article will provide a whole bunch of inspiration and food for thought for those looking to get some wonderful fairy ink!

Consider How You Want Your Fairy to Look

Will your fairy be sitting on a flower, or perhaps a toadstool, or even a cloud? It could be perched on a branch, caught in a bubble, riding on a bird, or playing a musical instrument. What if the fairy has butterfly or bird wings?

Use your imagination and incorporate some of your personality! You can go with something that's hyper-realistic and dynamic, or stylized and colorful, or just small and simple. Other design ideas might include your astrological sign, you or your daughter's name or initials, a line from your favorite fairy tale or poem, or different animal-fairy combinations, such as: kitty cats, puppies, mice, deer, bunnies, and cows.

Seek Out Skilled Artists

If you are as obsessed with fairies as I am, you'll have a particular favorite fairy artist. Here are some of the heavyweights in the area of fairy art:

All of these wonderful artists' work can be found on the internet, so you should really check them out to get some ideas about the range of styles. My favorite is Brian Froud!

Famous Fairies

Here's a look at some of the most famous fairies throughout the worlds of the literature and lore:

  • The Tooth Fairy: Perhaps the most famous fairy of all time, this is an easy but timeless pick. Though since there's not a standard image of this iconic character, you're free to either make up your own or just go with a more minimalist tooth with wings.
  • Glinda or Princess Ozma: Whether you're a fan of the glittery Good Witch of the South from the first book of The Wizard of Oz series or are more into the rightful ruler of Oz that plays a prominent role in the later books, both are great opportunities to design delightfully ornate ink.
  • Cosmo and Wanda: The silly and zany stars of The Fairly OddParents are super versatile characters that you can draw as everything from goldfish to ice cream!
  • Puck: The mischievous sprite from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream can be drawn in a playful manner or something more sinister.

Disney Fairies

  • Tinker Bell: Peter Pan's lovable companion is a favorite of children and adults all over the world. This choice might feel a little played out, but there's no shame in going with a forever classic.
  • The Fairy Godmother or Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather: There's lots of great options for the benevolent Fairy Godmother from Cinderella, most of which are joyful and playful. Or if you're more into a variety of colors, consider embracing the three fun fairy sisters instead.
  • Maleficent: The diabolically evil fairy from Sleeping Beauty is a great pick for an elaborate inkjob thanks to her iconic green flames and stylish outfits. Check out these great interpretations by @ismonkah, @inkpoet, and @blackdragonstudio.

Dark Fairy Designs

This section is for the gothic or more rebellious ladies out there who are looking for something else.

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Maybe you love fairies but don't want anything too cutesy tattooed on your body. That's great, because there are loads of deviously dark designs to choose from.

  • Amy Brown and Brian Froud both have wonderful dark fairy artwork that you could use as inspiration, and so does Selina Fenech.
  • Another option is to go with a fairy who is a little less known than the typical winged type. What about a dryad (tree nymph) or a naiad (a water fairy) or even both at the same time? You could opt for one who is basically a witch? She could ride on a broomstick with a flowy black dress and a pointed hat.
  • Maybe you want something that looks more alien or just plain menacing—or maybe even a combination of both!
  • If you're into pin-up girls, maybe your dark fairy could be posing like a pin-up girl and dressed like Bettie Page with a whip in her hand? Yes, please!

Not all fairies have to be cute, you know. Make yours as deviant and twisted as you'd like, to mirror your personality.

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© 2011 Kitty Fields


FAshion on December 19, 2011:

Good Tattoos.


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Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on September 22, 2011:

Thanks, felicitylovespari!

felicitylovespari on September 22, 2011:

Up and awesome. I love tats.

Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on September 16, 2011:

Meisjunk - Yes, Amy Brown's fairies are quite amazing. I love her seasonal fairies for sure. Brian Froud's still my most beloved though!

BallisticJW - I hear ya. I think you should anyway!'s just skin.

Chatkath - Thanks so much! I like the dark fairies a lot, too. Especially the dark fairy tattoo with the fairy kissing the gargoyle. Awesome.

Kathy from California on September 15, 2011:

These are nice Kitty, I like the dark fairy the best, different and timeless to me. Good job, You really have lots of good tattoo hubs now!!

BallisticJW from Atlanta, GA on September 15, 2011:

Beautiful. I have skin that easily scars so I won't be getting one any time soon, but I still want one!

Jennifer Kessner from Pennsylvania on September 15, 2011:

I love Amy Brown's work! =D She's always been my favorite.

Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on September 15, 2011:

TH - That'd be a good tattoo for you! Go for it!

tom hellert from home on September 15, 2011:


I HAVE NO TATOOS MYSELF- Ive always thought of getting one on my shoulder nothing as fany and intricate as those pictured- no peoples names or faces i'd get a blue maple leaf or tml like on the jerseys of my favorite hockey team-

Toronto Maple Leafs

but that's just me


Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on September 15, 2011:

Ddraigcoch - I agree, I'm not much into the cartoon-y type fairy tattoos; my absolute favorites are the Brian Froud tattoos above. Love Brian Froud fairies! Thanks for stopping by.

Emma from UK on September 15, 2011:

Some good ideas here. but I adore tattoos, and symbolism is quite strong for me. So even though there are pretty ones like " the goth Tinkerbell" I would still go for something with more meaning, like "the dryad fairy" with the tree of life. Although I do not think that tattoo is very good, it has strong symbolic meaning.

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