Wing Tattoo Meanings and Photos: Angel, Fairy, and Tribal
Wings are beautiful on birds, insects, and mythological characters. Wings can be drawn in many different styles, depending upon the artist.
When it comes to wing tattoos, there are a few particularly popular styles. Below, you'll find photo galleries for these major wing types:
- Fairy and Mythological Creature
What Do Wing Tattoos Symbolize?
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:
Where Are These Tattoos Placed on the Body?
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.
1. Angel Wings
Traditional, feathered angel wings are 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 symbolize:
Some of the tattoos shown above include other items, such as a halo, a complete angel, or a cross.
2. Fairy and Mythological Creature Wings
Mythological creatures that are commonly shown with wings include:
Wings that depict a mythological creature can symbolize:
- The Elements (Earth, Sky, Wind, and Fire)
3. Tribal Wings
Another popular style is to draw the wing shape in black tribal style and fill it in with symbols from myth, legend, or Native culture. Depicted this way, a wing tattoo can symbolize warriors in myth or reality.