Angel Wing Tattoo Options
Whether you feel like a good angel or a bad one, these tattoo designs featuring angel wings offer some interesting ideas. View some tat and artwork examples to get a feel for what you can do with these designs. If you see something you like, feel free to customize it into a tattoo that will be uniquely your own.
Full Closed Wings
This classic set of wings takes up the entire back. This is a great option for someone who wants a large visible reminder that angels are watching and standing guard, wherever he or she may go.
Open Full Back Design
Not all full back designs are the same. This pair is a bit more open that the previous design, but there's still a lot of detail in the artwork.
Here's a semi-grunge take on the angel wing motif with a lot of floral detail. This would make a fabulous full back tattoo that allows you to work in a combination of particularly meaningful elements.
Classic Full Back Wing Artwork
Even artwork for classic angel wing tattoo designs is very intricate, with a lot of detail and shading.
Heavenly Wing Designs
Classic wings don't have to be a full back design, nor do they have to be shaped so they are cascading downward. This artwork shows several options for traditional angel wing designs.
Upper Back Open Wings
Open angel wings make a lovely design for an upper back tattoo. Though smaller than full back wings, the symbolism of protection is still the same.
Colorful Upper Back Wings
If you like the idea of angel wing tattoos on your back but prefer something smaller than a full back placement, these smaller red and yellow wings can be a good choice. The red and yellow shades can indicate passion and love (red) and protection and clarity (yellow).
Feminine Angel Wing Design
This angel wing design has a more ethereal look, making it an excellent choice for someone who wants to emphasize the religious element of the design, or to honor a loved one who has passed away and is now in Heaven.
Gothic Angel Wings
These mostly black angel wings have more of a gothic or steampunk look, possibly symbolizing a dark angel.
Front of Body Angel Wing Tattoos
Angel wing tattoos do not have to be positioned on the back. This set of gothic or steampunk style angel wings positioned on the wearer's lower abdomen is both beautiful and sexy.
Abstract Angel Wings
Not all angel wing tattoos are highly detailed. Abstract looks can also be very beautiful. While these styles can be used on the back, they are more common on other areas of the body.
Abstact Wrist Wing Tattoo
The wrist is a great spot for a less detailed angel wing tattoo. This design gives the impression of clouds, and the upward shape may indicate ascending into Heaven.
Combining Wings With Other Designs
You can incorporate other symbols with angel wings for a particularly personal tattoo with special meaning for you.
- Adding a fleur de lis, which can symbolize light or purity, can turn your tattoo into a visible reminder to let goodness and holiness guide your actions.
- Some tattoos include both an angel and a devil, indicating a combination of (or struggle between) good and evil.
- Tattoos that include angel wings paired with a heart can indicate love for someone who is alive or who has passed on.
Whatever design or placement you choose, consider your personal preferences as well as the symbolism and meaning behind your selection.