Angels are symbols of faith and hope for the faithful. But, they also populate timeless artworks and still dazzle in a more secular sense for some. No matter the reason why, angel tattoos are very popular today with all sorts of angels getting inked on all sorts of people. Some have funny angels while others believe so deeply that their angel tattoos can appear somber and dramatic. There’s no shortage of angel ink out there and we wanted to learn even more about these mesmerizing designs.
We looked to social media to discover what sorts of angelic ink is out there to get a better understanding of the trends as well as the standouts among this genre of tattoo. We were not disappointed as angels have inspired some truly fascinating and beautiful works of art on skin. Let’s take a look at some of the best angel tattoos we stumbled across to inspire your very own tattoo. Remember, the more personal you make a tattoo, the more special it will be to you. So, take these designs to your tattoo artist for reference but ask them to create something truly special for you!
These Angel Tattoo Ideas Will Melt Your Heart!
Little angels in a peaceful pose like this one are very common among angel tattoos. In fact, it was somewhat difficult finding unique designs that did not look like this! It’s a hit for a reason and if you’re drawn to it, go for it!
“A piece of my heart is in heaven,” this angel tattoo states beneath two minimalist angel wings. We imagine this is likely a memorial tattoo for someone this person believes to be waiting for them in heaven.
Here’s an angel tattoo that takes inspiration from Roman statuary. The Winged Victory of Samothrace looks as if it was the exact inspiration for this amazing angel tattoo.
How cute is this little Cupid, cherub baby!? We saw many of these angel tattoos as well. They are second in popularity to the sleeping angels we kicked this list off with.
Minimalist Angel Tattoo
Here’s a minimalist take on an angel. We find just a simple line is all it takes to create a truly beautiful and moving tattoo.
This is an amazing tattoo that imagines a sort of earth angel or guardian angel for the planet. With global warming becoming an ever-present danger, it’s a beautiful sentiment.
Here’s another amazing angel tattoo that looks like it was inspired by statues. We will see many like this on this list as these sorts of designs are very popular.
Micro tattoos are a huge trend at the moment and it should come as no surprise that little angel tattoos are becoming a thing. We think this subtle design is a winning one!
Here’s a beautiful black and grey tattoo that’s expertly shaded. We find the inclusion of white ink for highlight which works extremely well for this subject matter.
Half Sleeve Angel Tattoo
If you want something dramatic that really makes a statement consider asking your tattoo artist to create a sleeve or half sleeve tattoo for you. As you can see, it really take the standard angel tattoo to new heights.
Stylized & Graphic
We do find figurative drawing that strays from classic designs that we find in antiquity and later in the Renaissance. In this design, we find something wholly original that stands out from the rest. Find yourself an artist with a point of view and you will be amazed at how creative and original the designs can be.
Your Guardian Angel
Here’s a traditional tattoo with a pretty unique subject matter in a guardian angel. Typically, this sort of design would be for a pin-up but we find it reimagined for this angel.
Hand-poked tattoos are exactly what the name hints at, applied by hand without a tattoo gun. You might have heard of stick-and-poke which is another name for a hand-poked or single needle design.
Wow! Here’s an angel tattoo that will really take your breath away. It’s truly a work of art among so many impressive designs. It does not get more realistic than this, folks!
Here’s a gorgeous angel tattoo l that slightly fades at the bottom giving the overall haunting, atmospheric feel. So much attention has been paid to the shading and it really pays off.
Here’s a scene of the Archangel Michael fighting off a fallen angel. Take a look at how fine the lines have been applied here as well as how deep and black the artist has taken some of the design for a mysterious and evocative angel tattoo.
Traditional tattoos are never going to go out of style so it’s curious that we did not encounter more of these types of designs among the angel tattoos people are getting today. Simplicity is bliss and we find that here in this angel tattoo.
Here’s one of the more secular designs that we’re not at all sure what to make of! It’s the silhouette of an angel, which is clear, what’s unclear is the message the artist wants to get across. Are there angels within us? We’re not sure but it did really impact us.
Watercolor tattoos are also a huge trend today. This was the only angel tattoo we saw that employed the technique which looks like a painting more than a tattoo.
How cute is this little, baby angel tattoo? We love how peaceful and sweet this little tattoo is. It’s an update on the same old cherub design we saw countless times.
Rosso Fiorentino was a Florentine, mannerist painter active in the 15th and 16th century. We find one of his best-known works, “Angel Playing the Lute” in tattoo form. What an inspired and beautiful angel tattoo!
Floating on Air
Take a look at all of the movement in the robes of this angel. It makes the tattoo look so alive and full of visual interest. What a beauty!
We did see several angel tattoos which highlighted angel wings but this one really stood out to us. It really details the intricacies of the feathers and has a nice, dramatic lighting. We love a moody tatto so this one checked off some boxes for us. We hope it does for you as well!
Here’s an angel tattoo that imagines a female angel warrior who appears very much ready for battle. Take a look at how softly the wings have been applied to give an ethereal, haunting look to that dimension of the design.
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Contemporary & Fresh
Here’s one of the most modern, figurative angel tattoos we came across. We find the angel her with an almost glitchy, technological effect with the squares of different shades. The background, with the block of sky is a nice touch that helps balance this design in all the right ways. Bravo!
There you go! We hope these angel tattoo ideas inspired you to get your very own angel ink! There’s no right or wrong way to go about getting an angel tattoo as faith is so personal and different for each and every one of us. Go with your heart, and you will not be disappointed in your decision! Each time you catch a little glimpse of your tattoo, say a little prayer and feel peace!
- 1 These Angel Tattoo Ideas Will Melt Your Heart!
- 1.1 A Classic
- 1.2 In Heaven
- 1.3 From Antiquity
- 1.4 A Cherub
- 1.5 Minimalist Angel Tattoo
- 1.6 The Guardian
- 1.7 Statuesque
- 1.8 Mini Angel
- 1.9 In Prayer
- 1.10 Half Sleeve Angel Tattoo
- 1.11 Stylized & Graphic
- 1.12 Your Guardian Angel
- 1.13 Hand-poked
- 1.14 Big Drama
- 1.15 As Above…
- 1.16 Archangel Michael
- 1.17 Old School
- 1.18 Silhouette
- 1.19 Watercolor
- 1.20 Baby Angel
- 1.21 Mini Masterpiece
- 1.22 Floating on Air
- 1.23 A Wing
- 1.24 Angel Warrior
- 1.25 Contemporary & Fresh
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