The word “angel” comes from the Late Greek “angelus” which means a messenger. The love men have for women make them see them as messengers and keepers of love and quite often considered as a gift from god.
Meaning of Angel Tattoos
Some of the most complex and beautiful works of body art are represented by angels and it’s usually both a challenge and a pleasure for an artist to tattoo them. Men have women as their angels and women usually need to have this representation closer to their heart, to their skin; an angel tattoo for a woman sometimes means protection, a talisman to hold on to forever or a sign of their closeness to their faith.
Sometimes an angel tattoo is there to remind her of someone she lost, to give her strength to carry on in moments when hope might be gone. But the common meaning of all these angel representations for women is the feeling of or need for calmness and serenity.
Types of Angel Tattoos for Women
There are many different shapes of angel tattoos. Naturally each design means something personal and is as unique as the woman wearing it but some general meanings of different angel tattoos can be identified.
One of the most common is angel wings, which represents freedom, independence and a free spirit. The angel wings can be drawn on many other different symbols like crosses, hearts or halos. The angel wings can also mean leaving past struggles behind.
Another popular design is the guardian angel, usually depicted as praying and with a glow behind them. These angels are looking down in a protective manner.
The opposite of guardian angels are fallen angels: they are often portrayed as looking up and express agony or pain; other times they might appear with their head tucked between their legs or with a broken wing. Emotionally hurt girls usually choose this type of angel tattoo to express struggle and the fear that they might never get back to the paradise they once lived in.
Between the serenity of a praying angel and the angst of the fallen angels appears the flying angel which represents resurrection, rebirth and the hope that the journey back is possible.
The more sensitive women choose the “angel of love” as their angel tattoo. There’s a special kind of warmth and sweetness about this tattoo as it’s usually drawn as a baby or as Cupid himself and almost always as sleeping or playing; it represents one of the most spiritual forms or tattooing. The baby tattoo represents eternal innocence and can sometimes mean that a child in that woman’s life has passed on.
Angel tattoos for women are a visual manifestation of something inside them that fought to get out or of something they never want to lose sight of; sometimes the tattoo mirrors the need for protection, a painful memory or a sign of past troubles and rising above them.
If it’s not emotion related sometimes a tattoo on a woman, depending on the size, can simply represent another accessory like makeup or jewelry. Either way this body art is very popular amongst women and is a window into their character, taste or emotional realm.
Popular Designs of Angel Tattoos for Women
This particular angel tattoo uses the color black to create an emotional but very detailed image. Although other tattoos have similar features, this particular design has a very profound effect. Not only does it project the angel’s emotion, it is also quite subtle about it.
This simple angel wing tattoo design is nothing special, but the addition of ostrich like feathers as well as their subtly angular design makes this tattoo a good choice for women who want something that is both subtle and interesting.
This particular design is less about the angel and more about the background. It offers a rich image that is likely inspired by biblical texts, while the angel at the center of the design exudes mysterious beauty. Although this tattoo design is not suitable for everyone, it is undeniably beautiful.
This particular angel tattoo design seems to celebrate the feminine form. Despite its simplicity and lack of detail, it perfectly captures the classical feminine appearance. And like all angel wing tattoos, this design is only compatible on the upper back torso.
This simple text-and image tattoo features the words “Too Beautiful for Earth” and a pair of angel wings. Compared to most angel tattoo ideas, it’s very simple and minimalist. However, it has the advantage of being compatible with various parts of the body and not just the upper back.
Most angel tattoos are designed to express beauty. Not this one. This particular design is meant to be reassuring, and works well on the limbs as well as on the back torso. It doesn’t have a lot of interesting features, but its simplicity is beautiful.
This tattoo features a sad, kneeling angel with raised wings. The interesting part, though, are the wings. They are large, and beautifully made. They almost look like swan wings, which helps to give the kneeling angel a somewhat tragic mystique.
This design shows a sleeping cherub hugging a heart. The tattoo doesn’t have a lot of interesting details, but it does convey its message effectively. Despite its lack of detail, this design was likely meant to be a romantic and love-hungry image.
This simple but subtle cherub tattoo is both beautiful and interesting to look at. The design doesn’t have a lot of details, but the cherub’s gentle smile is a good imitation of the Mona List. You won’t find a lot of angel tattoos for girls that have this kind of subtlety.