Angel tattoos are a beautiful way to express various emotions and ideas. Whether it’s a reminder of one’s guardian angel or an expression of devotion to a faith – fallen angel tattoos provide an opportunity for self-expression through art.
Here, we take a look at 25 tattoo designs featuring angels that have fallen from the heavens above. From classic designs to modern takes on the fallen angel motif, there’s something here for everyone!
If you want to get your point across in the most straightforward fashion, go ahead and get the words “fallen angel” inscribed on your body. We are especially fond of this font, but pick your favorite to pair with your angel.
With Strings Attached
By far, the two most popular fallen angel tattoos are based on “The Fall of Icarus” and the next piece we will share with you. There are no strings attached in the original artwork but we think they add so much to this design.
Based on ‘Fallen Angel’ by Alexandre Cabanel
The other most popular fallen angel tattoo is based on “Fallen Angel” by Alexandre Cabanel. Here is a closeup of the character’s face. This is the first tattoo based on Cabanel’s work but it won’t be the last!
Again, here’s a fallen angel tattoo based on Cabanel’s painting. The artist has chosen some unconventional colors for shading that really pop and improve on the original artwork.
Of Head and Heart
Here’s an interesting concept for a fallen angel tattoo that shows the angel but also features exciting shapes and sharp lines. Look closely, and you will see the title of the artwork the design is based on.
We love offbeat tattoos because they read more personal and highlight self-expression. We find a shadowy figure here with small wings, and it appears like the head is on fire. Think outside the box and work with a trusted artist who can help you realize your unique vision.
Grasping for the Light
Here’s a fallen angel tattoo that takes some inspiration from classic depictions of Saint Sebastian, who was killed by arrows. The artist has created excellent contrast from light to dark, making the design sing.
The person who shared this image of a fallen angel tattoo explained that the character is, in fact, Lucifer. He is one of the most famed fallen angels out there, but we did not see a lot of love for him among the fallen angel tattoos we surveyed.
Here’s a beautiful, elegant fallen angel tattoo that uses the night sky to help tell its story. The way the character is washed in moonlight is breathtaking.
Based on Roberto Ferri’s ‘Fallen Angel’
The fallen angel motif is popular; if you have ever taken an art history class, you have likely been treated to one. This one is based on the work of Roberto Ferri. How about those black wings?
A Little Devilish
Here’s another fallen angel tattoo that appears to be of Lucifer. The webbed wings make a completely different statement than the winged ones. If you’d like to take your design in a moodier direction, something similar could be perfect for you.
Here’s an extremely creative take on Alexandre Cabanel’s fallen angel painting. An eye encased in a rectangular frame contrasts exquisitely with the organic shape of the wing that it’s paired with. What a dream!
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This fallen angel tattoo is taking a walk on the dark side. Take a look at all the little lines used to give the design incredible texture. Really great work.
Based on ‘Fallen Angel’ Sculpture by Ricardo Bellver
Most fallen angel tattoos that are based on art come from the world of painting and illustration, but this person turned to a gorgeous state for inspiration. Feel free to do the same.
Dark and Mysterious
This fallen angel tattoo has an ominous tone that makes the eye search for the character’s face, which is shielded by the hood of the garment. What a thrilling design.
Akin to Saint Sebastian
Here’s another fallen angel tattoo that is seemingly inspired by Saint Sebastian’s depiction throughout art history. There is so much detail and emotion on display here that really cranks up the drama.
Based on ‘Fallen Angel’ by Angelo Caduto
Isn’t this fallen angel tattoo stunning? The artist approached it with such a delicate touch and a keen eye for detail. So many fallen angel artworks are out there, so look up several to discover your favorite.
Twice as Nice
Here’s an interesting concept that finds a fallen angel on each shoulder. The characters flank and eerie-looking skeleton in the center of the back giving the overall look a great shape that makes the most of the space it sits on.
This fallen angel tattoo feels so contemporary. It appears the angel has been shot from the sky with an arrow. Was there an angel battle? It could be, but we will have to let the mystery be.
Big on the Back
If you’re looking for a big fallen angel tattoo on the back, we urge you to consider a design that accentuates the body’s natural shape. That means a tattoo that forms an upside-down triangle. There’s so much drama in this dark design, with decorative elements that push it over the top.
Wings are the star of the show in this fallen angel tattoo. A character is seen weeping on what appears to be a pile of bones and skulls. It’s a morbid vibe, but consider something similar if that feels right to you.
If you are considering getting a tattoo on your arm or leg, consider going long, and you can walk away with a handsome half-sleeve like this. We love how the clouds look and the briars forming a border near the wrist.
Check out the highlight in this fallen angel tattoo. Doesn’t it look brilliant? The artist is clearly a master in understanding how light hits the body and reflects back. Bravo!
Okay, one more fallen angel tattoo based on Cabanel’s masterpiece. The original features color, but you can have some fun with a black and grey take. It’s easy to understand why this beautiful design attracts so many.
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Finally, we’ve got another fallen angel tattoo with webbed wings. For something softer, go with feathers, but you can make a bigger impact with wings that look like they belong to a bat.
There you go! We hope you enjoyed these fallen angel tattoos and that you got some inspiration for your next trip to the tattoo shop. Remember always to create a unique design with the artist, as ripping off another person’s work is a no-no! Happy tattooing!
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
- 1 With Text
- 2 With Strings Attached
- 3 Based on ‘Fallen Angel’ by Alexandre Cabanel
- 4 Splendid Color
- 5 Of Head and Heart
- 6 Singular
- 7 Grasping for the Light
- 8 Lucifer
- 9 Celestial
- 10 Based on Roberto Ferri’s ‘Fallen Angel’
- 11 A Little Devilish
- 12 Go Off
- 13 Diving Down
- 14 Based on ‘Fallen Angel’ Sculpture by Ricardo Bellver
- 15 Dark and Mysterious
- 16 Akin to Saint Sebastian
- 17 Based on ‘Fallen Angel’ by Angelo Caduto
- 18 Twice as Nice
- 19 The Archer
- 20 Big on the Back
- 21 Somewhat Sad
- 22 Handsome Half-Sleeve
- 23 Radiant
- 24 Once More
- 25 Repose
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