Angel tattoos (as well as other religious tattoos) have been slowly but surely gaining popularity over the past few decades and it makes sense when you think about it – if you get an angel tattoo, it's like having your guardian angel with you all the time.
The word angel comes from the Latin word angelos, meaning messenger. They are a link between heaven and earth. Angels belong to Judaist, Christian and Islamic traditions.
According to the Bible and the Koran, angels have the following tasks:
Angel tattoos can be large or small, some designs are very large – covering the back for instance.
Often, angel tattoo designs are taken from classic art. There is a wealth of angel images in the art of the middle ages and Renaissance and these can be adapted to tattoo images by a skilled tattoo artist.
Angel tattoos can have the following meaning:
10.They express a personal relationship with God.
Angel tattoos are often combined with designs of:
Angel Wing Tattoos
The most popular spot for angel wing tattoos is between the shoulders, the place where wings would naturally be if humans had them (I wish I had some!).
Angel wings are also nice stylized as tribal art tattoos. Here's an example:
Guardian Angel Tattoos
The best-known cherub is Cupid who makes people fall in love by shooting an arrow through their heart.
Speaking of hearts, heart tattoo designs are sometimes combined with 1 or 2 angel wings, like the one on this picture:
Archangels are the angels with the highest rank (arch is Greek for chief), the angels that are the closest to god.
The most popular archangel tattoo is one of st. Michael, God's warrior angel. Another famous archangel is Lucifer, who became the fallen angel known as Satan.
The most famous fallen angels (aka demons or dark angels) are Satan, Leviathan and Beelzebub.
Typical fallen angel tattoos usually picture a angel with a menacing look, torn wings and sometimes horns.
Demon tattoos are popular Gothic or biker tattoos.
Angel Devil Tattoos
Of course, some people have a considerably less solemn take on angel tattoos. Some angel images are more cartoon-ish in appearance and can be accompanied by a devil image.
In fact, these angel devil tattoos have a special significance all their own – they represent the two parts of the human psyche, the good and the bad. An angel devil tattoo is an amusing way to acknowledge that both exist and that the best thing to do is to find a balance between them.
Angel devil tattoos symbolize temptation, the urge to give in to ones base desires (and don't we all love that?).
Celebrities With Angel Tattoos
1.Melanie C: has the word ANGEL written on her abdomen.
4.Beyonce: celebrity with a praying angel tattoo on her left thigh.
5.Fred Durst: has an angel on his back.