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Wing Tattoo Ideas (Angels, Butterflies, or Fairies)

I have thirteen tattoos. I think they're all pretty cool (and definitely don't qualify as "bad-quality").


What Does a Tattoo of a Wing Represent?

It is no wonder that so many people wish to have winged creatures tattooed on their skin. An angel to protect, a butterfly to set you free. Often the meaning behind the images we choose for tattoos goes far beyond, and way deeper than, their simple face value. Wings can mean lots of things.

  • Butterflies represent freedom, fantasy, and flight; change and transformation. A caterpillar builds a self-made cocoon only to emerge as a beautiful butterfly, free to fly wherever it wants. Butterflies have always been popular. They can be small, simple, and easy to find a place for.
  • Archangels are our ultimate protectors, watching over us from heaven. Some may become earthbound every now and again to guard and guide us along our individual paths; others are loved ones that have passed on but gaze down at us from above or visit us in dreams to let us know we are not alone.
  • Fairies (also spelled faeries) are mythological wee folk (or supernatural beings, depending on who you ask) with magical powers who live in the woods and hide from our desperately seeking eyes. They are ethereal creatures, representing romance and enchantment. There has been no shortage of fairy tattoos, either. You can walk into any tattoo parlor in America and see dozens of drawings of fairies on the walls, waiting to be transformed from paper to skin.

Tattoos That Look Like Real Wings

The past ten years or so has seen a new trend. Instead of having winged creatures tattooed on them, people are getting tattoos of the wings by themselves, affixed onto their back where real wings would sprout if we had them. Angel and butterfly wings are undeniably the most popular choices, but fairy wings make their appearances as well, along with a slew of intricate, abstract designs that can only be described as wings but cannot in any way be classified.


Marysol on November 28, 2011:

I want to get my little brothers names on my back any ideas?

158tracy on November 04, 2011:

i love the 1st one its really sexy love girl hope too see it on mine someday

britney on September 13, 2011:

omg lex get over it!! i copyed another persons tatt, i copyed bridgets from big brother.. just added xoxo on it. everyone does it, who gives a shit. so many people have the same tatts, grow up

lex on February 12, 2011:

you want to copy someone's tattoo are you kidding me? honestly learn to design your own tattoo

to the girl who has this you must have copied it from me or stole it from the artist who designed this tattoo how original NOT!!!

Austin Anderson and Riley Alvord on April 12, 2010:

we really love the pubic hair coming in, it just completes the tattoo :)

Megan on February 25, 2010:

I'm in love with the butterfly silhouette one.

See, like, I really want to design my own tatt, but I want it to be big, unique and flowing. I want it to look like it flows from one area of my body to the other. And I want it to represent freedom, independence, and creativity. This may not be the forum for this type of thing, but can anybody give me any advice?

aBbyRuTh on January 12, 2009:

i LovE It SoO mUcH.. iTs sOo AriSt...

Lizzi on December 23, 2008:

Hi guys!

I LOVE the full back design its beautiful and so is the Standard fairy, great design I must use that!!

I am pretty into the whole butterfly tattoo's and their meaning to me. Basically Im after my 2nd tattoo, I already butterflies around my ankle but I love the silhouette butterflies and was thinking of having that style starting from left shoulder across and down the middle of my back, is that too OTT with Butterflies?

Tinkerbell on December 15, 2008:

These tatoos are great... I'm wanting to get one for my 20th b-day. But I'm looking for maybe a fairy sittin' on a mushroom and some type of flowers on each side with vines to go across the lower part of my back @ my pantsline.... If anybody seen any pics similar... I would like 2 see.

serg on December 09, 2008:

can anyone find me a pic of a more masculine tattoo with angel wings and some sort of sheild

grace on November 27, 2008:

i love the first one, but if she gains any weight...

starrkissed from Arizona on July 27, 2008:

some of these are just gorgeous!

deedee on May 29, 2008:

love the tats having my 50th birthday in sept and wanna get one !!!!

jeanie on May 06, 2008:

all these tattoos are beautiful and unique. im looking for ideas of my unfinshed back piece. these are inspirations for me to get it done.

Sib on May 05, 2008:

Wow i love the full back piece and the cartoon butterfly! Gorgeous. And this is a great page!! :)

BlackAngel on March 24, 2008:

Standard Fairy is amazing where can i buy/get the design to have it? its the only faerie tattoo ive fallen head over heels with. ??

Nicola on February 11, 2008:

whoever asked for moths?? do not do it!!! They are most disgusting ugly creatures!

Love all the designs, they're all gorgeous. Love the huge wings on the back and the fairy, in fact, love them all!

trakker14 from franklin on November 26, 2007:

how absolutely you have any Luna Moths?

non0n on November 09, 2007:

i agree with you guys, all designs are great... well done.

Hadlee on September 24, 2007:

I love all the designs. Great page! Made for some awesome ideas, thanks! I especially like the huge gray/colored montage of butterflies and flowers on the back...really cool.

taylorblue from Canada on September 21, 2007:

I really like this one too!

Jaclyn Popola (author) from Florida on July 29, 2007:

Aww thank you so much! That means a lot to me, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yeah, I have always been so frustrated by the lack of REAL tattoo images on the web, so I've loved putting these different hubs together. I signed up on your friend list, too, btw. Thanks again!

GreatTattoosNow from San Jose on July 28, 2007:

WOW! I love your Wings Tattoo hub page. You have a ton of great pictures here way to go that is how a tattoo hub page should be built! I just signed up on your friend list. This is an awesome tattoo page.