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Angel Tattoos

Angel tattoos (as well as other religious tattoos and Christian 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 Greek word aggelo, which means to pass along something new or to announce something. The word aggelos stands for the God Acolytes.

Angel Tattoo Design Angel Wings Tattoo

Angels 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 Tattoo

Angel tattoo designs are usually pictured with wings, although the Bible doesn't mention angels that have wings. The confusion comes from another kind of supernatural beings mentioned in the bible, called cherubs. So the kind of angel tattoos that are so popular nowadays are actually cherub tattoos (see further).

Angel tattoos can be large or small, some designs are very large covering the back for instance.

Guardian Angel TattooOften, 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:

Sometimes people will get a memorial angel tattoo to commemorate the death of a loved one. According to a common belief system, the dead become angels who protect us. Getting an angel tattoo in memory of someone is a way of having them with you for always.

Angel tattoos are often combined with designs of:

Angel Wing Tattoos

Angel Wings Tattoo

Rather than a whole angel, some people opt for an angel wings tattoo. The wings can be quite large and ornate, covering the shoulders and or much of the back. Other angel tattoos depict the whole angel in a classic pose, either flying or at rest.

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:

Tribal Angel Wings Tattoo

Guardian Angel Tattoos

A guardian angel tattoo comes in different sizes and shapes, but its purpose is always the same to protect the person wearing it. Guardian angels protect human beings in times of crisis. The advantage of having a guardian angel tattoo is that you have your guardian angel with you all the time!

Cherub Tattoos

Angel and Cherub Tattoo

As mentioned before, cherub tattoos are those that most people call angel tattoos. They are usually naked, have wings, look like a baby angel (usually male) and are sometimes pictured sitting on clouds with a trumpet or bow in their hands. They are the bringers of love.

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.

The Archangel Tattoo

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 Saint Michael, God's warrior angel. Another famous archangel is Lucifer, who became the fallen angel known as Satan.

The Fallen Angel Tattoo

Angel Demon Tattoo

A fallen angel is an angel that has been banished from heaven as a punishment for disobeying God. Angels have free will, so they can choose to do good or bad things, the fallen angels obviously have done something wrong.

The most famous fallen angels (aka demons or dark angels) are Satan, Leviathan and Beelzebub.

Typical fallen angel tattoos usually picture an angel with a menacing look, torn wings and sometimes horns, they look like a thug angel.

Demon tattoos are popular Gothic or biker tattoos.

Here's a very literal interpretation of the fallen angel:

Fallen Angel Tattoo

The Angel of Death Tattoo

Angel of Death Tattoo

Also in the category of dark angel tattoos is the Angel of Death tattoo. The Angel of Death is another name for the Grim Reaper, although the Angel of Death is usually pictured with wings and the Grim Reaper is not.

There are many angels of death. Some identify him with Satan. According to Roman Catholicism, there is a good Angel of Death (Michael) and an evil Angel of Death (Samael). They carry the souls of the deceased to Heaven.

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

Here's a list of celebrities with angel tattoos:

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