Wing Tattoo Meanings & Photos
Wings are beautiful on birds, insects, and mythological characters. When drawn, they can appear very different depending upon the artist's style.
When it comes to wing tattoos, there are a few particularly popular styles. You'll find galleries of pictures below of these major wing types:
Wing tattoo designs often have inspirational or spiritual symbolism for the wearer. In many myths, for example, wings have to be earned. In nature, wings allow birds and insects to fly. Symbolically they can represent:
These tattoos often appear on the back, since that is where wings are located on the creatures that have them. Most traditional feathered wings will take up the width of the shoulders. Aside from those pictured here, I have also seen wings tattooed on neck napes and hips, as well as arms and backs.
Traditional, feathered angel wings is probably the most popular wing tattoo design. They tend to be inked only in black and tattooed on the back of the recipient.
Wings associated with angels tend to symobolize:
Some of the tattoos shown below include other items, such as a halo, a complete angel, or a cross.
Fairies and Mythological Creatures
Mythological creatures that are commonly shown with wings include:
Wings that depict a mythological creature can symbolize:
- The elements (earth, sky, wind, and fire)
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Tribal Style Wings
Another popular style is to draw the wing shape in black tribal style and fill in with symbols from myth, legend, or Native culture. Depicted this way, a wing tattoo can symbolize warriors in myth or reality.