Tattoo designs depicting angels are used by men and women alike. These tattoo designs are very popular these days. There are a number of angel designs for tattoos and each one of them has its own meaning. Men and women chose to get these tattoos as a symbol of their religious devotion. Angels are normally found in almost all religions. Images of St. Michael, the archangel who banished Lucifer to Hell, is one of the very popular body art designs. These tattoos can be made on any part of the body including arms, forearms, shoulders, chest, legs, back and lower back. Angel designs are often symbolic to men and women alike. Read further for the history of angel iconography in tattoos and more about these designs.
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History of Angel Tattoos
Angels are a part of Christianity, Judaism and Islam and angels play similar roles in all of these religions even though there are differences in the three religions. Angels perform the job of a bridge between the Almighty and the common man. They are said to be the messengers as well as protectors of faith. They fight evil, keep a track of all good and bad deeds of people as well as carry out the orders given by God. Angels guard heaven as well as hell. The other symbolism of angel iconography include peace, beauty, innocence, spirituality, protection, devotion, faith and love. Some angels are depicted as fun-loving and sprightly cherubs while some are shown as powerful, strong and full of God’s strength, such as the guardian angels.
The size of the tattoo depends upon the person. He can get a small tattoo made or a large one. Some of the large tattoos can cover the entire back. Often the tattooed angels are pictured with wings. The tattoo designs are normally taken from classical art. A number of tattoo designs have their origin in middle age and Renaissance art. The angel designs are usually combined with swords, harps, trumpets, banners, bows, halos, clouds, fairies, a cross or a devil. The angel designs can also be combined with tribal tattoo motifs. Now let’s see what the various angel designs for tattoos are.
There are some people who opt only for angel wings in their tattoo design. These tattoos are often made in between the shoulders. As that is the area, where the wings would have been placed, if humans had wings. Others can opt to get the image of a winged angel tattooed on their back, forearms or chest.
These tattoos come in different sizes and shapes. Whatever be the size and shape of these tattoos, they have a singular purpose and that is to protect the person that is wearing it. The best advantage of these tattoos is that they always protect the wearer in all good and bad times. They are normally shown to be holding or keeping a watch over children.
Often people assume cherubs to be synonymous with angels. Cherubs are usually naked, have wings and look like babies. They are mostly depicted as male infants and are pictured as sitting on clouds with trumpets or bows in their hands. Cherubs are said to be bringers of love.
The word ‘arch’ means chief in the Greek language. The archangels are seven in number and these angels hold the highest rank in the angelic hierarchy. They are known to be closest to God as they stood before God in Revelation. Like I have previously mentioned, the most famous archangel is St. Michael, and his image is the most popular choice when coming to getting an archangel tattooed on one’s person. Lucifer was another archangel, who became a fallen angel and came to be known as Satan.
Fallen Angel Tattoo
Like humans, angels also have free will and, hence are free to choose to do good or bad things. These angels are banished from heaven for disobeying the orders of God. The fallen angels have a menacing look and are depicted with ragged wings and horns. These angels often have a thug-like appearance. The other famous fallen angels are Leviathan and Beelzebub.
Angel of Death Tattoo
The angel of death is also known as the Grim Reaper. However, there is a difference in the way both angel of death tattoos and grim reaper tattoos are pictured. The angel of death is shown with wings, whereas the grim reaper is shown without wings. Sometimes, Satan is identified as the angel of death. In the Roman Catholic faith, there are two angels of death. Michael is the good angel of death and Samael is an evil angel of death.
There are many celebrities, like Justin Timberlake, Nicole Richie, David Beckham, etc., who take pride in their angel-themed tattoo designs and flaunt them. These tattoos are important to the wearer of the tattoo for a number of reasons. The reason for choosing an angel design varies from religious reasons to artistic reasons but, nevertheless, they are beautiful pieces of art. If you have just gotten a tattoo, then it is important that you take care of the tattoo.