As tattoos continue to gain popularity among women today, the variety of styles and designs continues to grow, with the angel tattoo becoming one of the most popular choices. Deep rooted in personal meaning, and plenty of room for colorful artistic interpretation, the attractive design is here to stay.
Rooted in the Greek word "Angelos," meaning messenger, the word angel dates back to early biblical times thousands of years ago. The bible states that angels were created by God to protect us in all ways and also says and that there are three different types of angels; guides, messengers, and protectors.
Although the purpose and appearance of angels have varied over the years, artists have consistently portrayed them as beautiful winged creatures, sometimes glowing or shining, and usually in human form, and that theme lives on today.
Throughout history angels have been featured in various situations, typically in the form of care givers in times of grief, or as the angel of death, appearing and guiding the newly through the gates of heaven. They have also been featured in great battle scenes, leading the mighty warriors into battle.
Today the angel tattoo design is typically of a guardian angel, sent to watch over us from birth to death. These angels are thought to guide and protect us, and are usually given a familiar name. They often appear out of thin air, inspiring hope in times of need to offer a sense of security, to only vanish without a trace.
Angel tattoos continue to gain popularity today and with that comes a variety new and innovative of angel tattoo designs, many of the different interpretations credited to the way we view religion overall. Satisfying our need to believe in angels is a message of peace and hope, a desire to coexist in a more spiritual world, with a commitment to serving each other.
The choice of an angel tattoo design could be a statement as to your personal beliefs, or more simply, a comforting friend, offering guidance and protection throughout the days. Angel tattoos are communally placed on the back of the shoulder, abdomen, the foot, or even the wrist, the choices are many limited only by your imagination.
Another rare, but popular design is the full set of wings, more communally called angel wing back pieces. Not for the quiet and unassuming, this large tattoo is not recommended as a first tattoo because of the difficulty of its large size, expense, complexity of the design, as well as the time and commitment involved.
But, if you're still interested in a design features that features angel wings, a smaller version of the angels wings is easy to design, and can even incorporate the name of a loved one as a tribute to someone who has passed safe in the arms, or a symbol of an angel guarding over you.