Wing Tattoo Ideas (Angels, Butterflies, or Fairies)
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.