Angel wing tattoos – beautiful and straight from heaven. Check out our collection of the best tattoo photos and designs for angel tattoos anywhere!
Among all wing tattoos, angel wing tattoos are the most popular ones. Some of their general meanings are spirituality, enlightenment, guidance, protection and inspiration. They are usually accompanied by flowers, crosses or the body of angels. If they aren’t part of a bigger design, then they could refer to the divine, strength, perseverance, femininity and so on. The other reason why a person would choose such a tattoo design is the visual aspect. Getting a set of angel wings tattooed on your back is so awesome that you might overlook the symbolic aspect. The beauty of this body art is so impressive that it might become plain when it comes to meaning.
Angel wing tattoos may range from tiny to huge. The following 25 examples contain numerous types of wings and sizes too. However, you can’t compare a full back design with a tiny wing on one’s ankle. Personally, I think that angel wing tattoos look best when they stretch over a person’s back or arms. Even so, I am aware that some individuals get this type of tattoo as a tribute for a lost one. In that case, a tiny wing is just perfect because it serves its purpose. Every spiritual meaning can be combined with drawings of angel wings that occupy more or less space. When you’re not thinking of angels and lost ones, you can interpret angel wing tattoos as symbols of peace and purity.
Angel Wing Tattoos History:
Bob Roberts is one of the first tattoo artists who inked a set of huge wings on a woman’s back. Her name is Elayne Angel and she got tattooed in 1986. In fact, the design on her back is registered at the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. She got this idea from a t-shirt, but it speaks of her desire to fly and highlights her good side.
25. The wing of an angel on an angelic ankle
A tiny angel wing placed on an ankle usually holds more meaning than a huge one located on a back. It could be in the memory of a lost one or it could represent a sign of kindness. A neo-classical representation, this little fellow flatters her ankle by drawing attention to its thinnest part.
24. Two finger wings together and apart. Check out other matching tattoos here.
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23. Angel wings reflect the colors of the rainbow
22. Nape of the neck embellished with angel wings
The nape of the neck is among the most unusual locations for such tattoo. However, this one actually looks nice and makes me think of a guardian angel.
21. An arm that knows how to fly
More of our fav forearm tattoos can be found here.
20. A colorful splash of angel wing
The classical way is not always the best way. This chick proved that by getting an angel wing inked in multiple colors that look sloppy. Things weren’t that easy for the tattoo artist though. He or she had to combine multiple shades of purple, green and orange to obtain this perfectly blended result.
19. The destructive beauty of guns and death
18. Faith expressed by angel wing tattoos
According to the Bible, one can get tattooed if no one else is harmed in the process. So, Christian angel wing tattoos do exist! As an addition to the wings, this girl opted for a sturdy cross to emphasize her faith. The design is simple and not realistic, but it is definitely meaningful.
17. Ripped angel wings on a human’s back
Angel wings don’t belong on human backs, so the ripped ends from this tattoo make total sense. They are bloody, but do angels bleed? I guess the answer to that question is not relevant when you have such masterpiece to look at.
16. A detailed angel wing on chest
15. Couple tattoos celebrating faith
14. Chest tattoo of monotone wings
We love this one! Speaking of ‘love,’ check out these incredible love tattoos.
13. A divine creature with tattooed wings
Certain women consider themselves divine, fact which determines them to get angel wing tattoos. If they all are like the woman from this picture, they have every right to do so! Her tattoo is a little blurry, but it is definitely impressive and detailed accordingly. Would you show off your ink this way?
12. Dream catcher elements combined with spiritual markings
11. Forearm transformed into a blue device for flying
This one is truly gorgeous. Check out the matching blue nail polish.
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10. An angel wing grown from the elbow
Depicting an extension of the elbow, this angel wing is original compared to other angel wing tattoos. It stands out thanks to gray tones for depth and turquoise shades meant to represent the sky.
9. Wings in growing on a man’s back
8. An angel that bows feeling defeated
This popular image of an angel that kneels and looks defeated is sad. As a tattoo, it brings out the best of black and white inking. Even so, if angels feel this way, how are we supposed to stand up and fight each day? Angels are considered messengers between God and humans, so faith is necessary.
7. Short angel wings move along with the body
6. Surreal angel wings on a spiritual woman
5. The masculine version of the moving wings
More tattoos for men here.
This cute guy may just be a walking artwork, but you have to admit that he looks badass! Kind of defying the purpose of having angel wing tattoos, he chose a set of wings that stretch on his arms and back without thinking he will be anything but humble. I bet he looks like he’s flying when he moves his toned arms!
4. Happiness comes with colors and wings
As far as we have always imagined, angels has white wings. What if there are angels whose wings have all the colors of the rainbow? Is that only a version that crossed the human minds? I think this adaptation is very positive and inspires joy, happiness and lots of smiles. Check out the happiness project for tips on being happy.
3. The wings of a fallen angel
2. Bones and feathers inserted under the skin
1. Hyperrealist set of angel wings
This woman has a country style that speaks of the Wild West and cowboys, so her wings aren’t white. Probably not going for the purity meaning, she found a way to personalize angel wing tattoos in her favor. The result is more than amazing and it stretches on her body like a glove.
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