Angel Tattoos for men and women. Shoulders, back, and other spots, designs, artists, and inspirations for the best angel tattoos. Get Inked. Angel tattoos usually have a huge amount of meaning for the ones that get one. These kind of tattoos are not only beautiful but have a unique and special bond to the wearer. Sometimes as a totem of faith and sometimes as a way to remember someone that has left this world.
For religious people, particularly Christians, angels also symbolize a message from God, a protector and a guide in the darkness. To other people, angel tattoos are a way of expressing a much darker side of someone that has fallen from grace.
Heavenly angels are usually found in women, while fallen angels have a predominantly male audience.
The most common meanings for angel tattoos are:
- Presence of God
- The loss of a loved one
Some designs show a glimpse of an angel, while others are more literal and as realistic as they can get. And even though there are playful angel tattoos, many of them, maybe the majority, should be interpreted respectfully and under a dignifying glass.
Here are some of the best examples we could find on angel tattoos, and we tried to have at least one of each style.
1. Sketch Angel Tattoos
This design has a very original style based on a sketchy look. The placement, in this case, the shoulder, gives the chance to have a little more movement on the wings.
2. The Wings of an Angel
Many angel tattoos won’t show an actual angel, but something that gives you the idea of an angel. Most of these tattoos will show the wings.
3. Fighting Angel Tattoos
This design is very artistic and skillfully done, and shows a classic scene where an Angel fights the forces of Evil.
4. Wing on Shoulder
This is a very smart design as it takes advantage of the natural form of the shoulder to give the impression that the wing comes from the wearer.
5. Wing on Chest
The chest is a great spot for angel tattoos as is closer to where, traditionally, one would point when asked about the soul and spirituality.
6. Watercolor Angel Tattoos
This is a beautiful design made out of delicate lines and watercolor. Very feminine and elegant.
7. An Angel with a Heart of Fire
Angels symbolize spiritual strength, and in this design, we can see another element of Christianity, the cross. You can see quite a selection of Christian tattoos with us, too.
8. The Back of an Angel
Wings on the back of the wearer are a very common thing among angel tattoos. This particular design is not only on the upper back but also makes two half-sleeve tattoos with a very realistic aesthetic.
9. Wrist Angel Tattoos
Designs like these are very subtle and discreet and make for great wrist tattoos.
10. Angel Nape Tattoos
The back of your neck is a great spot to get a tattoo done if you don’t want it to get that much attention. It’s also great for tiny angel tattoos.
11. Angel of Justice Tattoo
Angels also symbolize the fight between good and evil, so it’s only natural that also have a meaning of justice. You don’t have to be a lawyer to find this design amazing.
12. Realistic Angel Wings Tattoo
This design sticks to the back of the wearer and has a very realistic aesthetic.
13. Tribal Angel Tattoos
Yes, you read that right. Angel tattoos can also be made with tribal aesthetics and this is a good example of how it would look like.
14. Angel Wing Sleeve
We have a couple of articles on tattoo sleeves, so go check ’em out!
15. Ring Angel Tattoos
As you would see in our Christian tattoos list, Christians usually go for discreet and modest tattoos, so this is a great example of that.
16. Sternum Angel Tattoos
The shape of the wings fits perfectly over the sternum, so it’s common to see angel wings on this spot, and they usually look amazing.
18. Furry Angel Tattoos
Some of us have very special angels that came into our lives and changed them forever. Angels can also be four-legged furry creatures that made us better human beings.
19. Colorful Angel Wings
This awesome design looks similar to one we’ve already seen but it’s full of colors and life. It’s a stunning tattoo.
20. Finger Angel Wings
This design takes advantage of the fact that most Christians put their hands together to pray, making this tattoo more visible and relevant during those moments of spirituality.
21. Angel Wings on Men
The angel wings on the back are usually a girl’s tattoo, but this design shows that it doesn’t have to be that way.
22. Angel Wing on Forearm
Forearms are a great spot for angel wings if you don’t want to go for the full sleeve.
23. Elegant Wing Tattoo
As you can see, angel wings are the most common type of angel tattoo, and in this case, we can see a peculiar way of doing it: simple lines and curves make a great and elegant wing.
24. Matching Angel Tattoos
This is a great design for best friends (isn’t our best friend some kind of a guardian angel?), siblings, and couples.
25. White Ink Angel Tattoos
If you want your angel tattoo to be more discreet, you can pick a design that looks amazing on white ink.
26. Full Sleeve Angel Tattoos
You can also check our list of tattoo sleeves with awesome designs that you will love.
27. Baby Angel Tattoo
In a lot of religious art, angels are also presented as babies. Many times we see them sleeping or daydreaming.
28. Back and Arm Angel Wing on Men
This is another take on the angel wing on the back and arm of the wearer. In this case, we can also see that this trend doesn’t necessarily have to belong to girls.
29. Magical Angel Tattoos
This design has some other elements that take it to a whole new level of fantasy, and not religion or spirituality.
30. Angel Girl Tattoo
Some angel tattoos that show children’s figures are a tribute to a child that left this world too early.
31. Sketch Fallen Angel Tattoos
We can usually see fallen angels not showing their faces and looking devastated.
32. Full Back Fallen Angel
This is another example of the previous one. Here the image of the angel is not as obvious but it has quite a few elements that match the style: the crucifixion pose, blades that resemble wings, and fallen angel aesthetics.
33. Another White Ink Angel Tattoo
This is another great example of a design that you could get done in white ink.
34. Angel Wings on Neck
The neck is a risky place to get tattooed, but if you want a tattoo in that spot and you’re afraid of retaliation, maybe getting an angel tattoo would help.
35. The Creation of an Angel
This design is also not that obvious in showing an angel, but the pose and slight glimpse of wings give the impression of the birth of one.
36. Cupid Angel Tattoos
37. Angel Looking to Heaven
Another way of showing a fallen angel is looking up, to heaven, as if remembering where he once was.
38. Roses and Angel Wings
This design has a few elements of Christianity, believe it or not. Besides the wings, the roses and the bottom part resemble something similar to royalty, a very usual sign of religious symbols.
39. Memorial Angel Tattoos
This tattoo was done after a miscarriage, to remember someone that was too beautiful for this world.
40. Angel’s Back on Back
I don’t think that the similarity between the design and the wearer’s poses is a coincidence.