Wing tattoos are used by men or women interchangeably, although if it is butterfly wings, it is more common to see them on them. The other type of wing tattoos that usually occurs more normally is that of angel wings, in which case it is quite common to be performed on the back and to a large size.
In any case, these are not fixed rules and we will always find exceptions. The important thing is that wing tattoos are very decorative and with a wider range of meanings than a priori might seem, especially if we include other elements with them.
The first interpretation we can give to wing tattoos is obviously the most obvious. The desire to fly or freedom. This is the first idea that comes to mind when we see a tattoo with wings, but there are many other ways to give meaning to wings tattooed on the skin as we will see below.
Linked as they are to countless fantastic creatures such as dragons or winged horses, this type of tattoos has a strong load of magical symbolism. Fairies are also possessors of this characteristic so angel or butterfly wings may have connotations related to the belief in a world beyond the earthly.
This meaning is reinforced thanks to the characteristics with which we associate angels, creatures that, although not visible to the human eye, are always close to us offering us protection.
It is therefore a tattoo that exalts the union between the divine and the human, heaven and earth, which may be the cause of some people with strong religious convictions choosing to draw them on their body.
However, not all interpretations of wing tattoos should be done in such a deep and complex code. There are those who choose them for a much more earthly and obvious motive, their taste for flying or for air sports. In fact, many pilots or fans of hang gliding or parachuting are tattooed wings for this reason.
In any case, wings are often used as a sign of values and nobility, so most of their meanings are positive. In heraldry, the wings are a representation of courage and bravery, acts of honor and that defy death. In the ancient world, power and speed, as we can see in the numerous representations that exist of winged animals.
Wings tattoos that are tattooed on the back, large and with a profusion of colors are extraordinarily spectacular and focus on almost any other type of tattoo. This prominence makes them especially attractive for people who like to cover the maximum possible portion of their body with ink. When that is not the case and you want to tattoo small wings, the most common is to do it in a discreet area such as the ankles.
To begin with, we have a tattoo of what appears to be a faceless angel with outstretched wings and a pose as if it were a crucifixion. This design is done in gray tones and is in the center of the back of a man with long hair, just under the neck.
The following image is of a striking tattoo of a heart with wings. This design is made with intense and varied colors, which contrast with each other, thus giving the tattoo a great show, which is increased by being in the part of the body in which it is located, the forearm of the person.
We continue with a tattoo of a wing that are open or extended with a safety pin stuck in it. This curious drawing is made using gray and blue tones, with many shades, creating a sensation of a certain three-dimensionality. This unique design will surely have some special meaning for the person, who has chosen the arm for his tattoo.
Next we find two wings of small size and blue. This girl has one wing in the left shoulder blade and another in the right shoulder blade. The two wings are the same and are symmetrically located, and their small size achieves a discreet and flirtatious tattoo.
In this case we can see a large one located and occupying much of the back of this man. It is formed by a pair of huge wings that pretend to be the wings of an angel. The design is made with an intense and opaque black color.
In this case it is a girl who has the wings simulating the wings of a forest fairy extended on both sides in the back. We can also see a Chinese or Japanese character next to a horseshoe on top of the wings and all this is done with striking colors.
In this case we can see a design of open or extended black wings, with a marked tribal style, completely avoiding realism, being made only with black ink. It occupies practically the entire back.
Here we find a curious design of a cross accompanied by a pair of wings that protrude behind it. You can see how you try to give importance to the cross, highlighting it in red, against the gray tones of the wings behind. You can intuit that this tattoo is located on the person's leg.
On this occasion we are facing a composition formed by two macaws with their extended wings that intersect, thus creating the feeling of composing a heart. The design is made using very bright colors, which correspond to those of this colorful animal. This composition is located in the center of the person's back.
A heart from which a flame comes out and from which a pair of wings arise. The elements of this composition are of an intense color, creating a colorful tattoo, which is intuited that it is located in the lower back.
We are facing an immense tattoo of wings that occupy almost the entire back of this boy. These wings are perhaps too big, but they are very artistic, that is undeniable. The design is made with black ink and shading.
Female angel who is a young woman or girl.
It has a letter C in the center and also the number 25 tattooed.
This time we can see a pair of wing tattoos on this girl's ankles. These wings are small, one on each ankles, and possibly referring to the god Hermes, messenger of the gods and god of commerce and thieves.
Open or extended wings with a golden cross in the center
Open wings with a heart in the center. We can also see some letters
Woman with very large wings tattooed on the back.
Again a design with wings but this time it is a man.
With many colors and again another design with a red heart in the center.
Wings, cherries or cherries and yellow stars in the center of the back.
Nice horse with big blue wings.
Original wings in simple tribal forms.
Small neck design with two wings deployed
Two wings with the colors of the American flag
Large and with a message of freedom.
Elaborate set of an angel with beautiful wings spread.
Another eagle but this time on the arm.
Curious tattoo of a wheel with wings
On the arm and several overlapping colorful figures.
Tattoo on the chest of a skull with fine wings, shading.
Two guns on two wings with feathers.
Elaborate angel wings tattooed in memory of Adriana.
Colorful heart made in deep red with huge wings.
Funny turtle with small wings that allow it to fly and be free. Perfect for those people who are constant and although they take their time for everything in the end they feel free.
Large shaded angel wings next to some initial letters on the part of the spine.
Nice design on the ankle of angel wings
Beautiful this one occupying almost the entire back completely.
With a long message and with two wings on the sides.
Elaborate tattoo on the back of a woman figure with big wings
Original tattoo on the back of a cross surrounded by flowers simulating wings
Nice tattoo with a message of wings on the back
Large tattoo on the back of a heart surrounded by angel wings
Large tattoo on the back of two angel wings and a small tribal
Tattoo made of two big angel wings.
Winged cross on the back.
Nice wings with many details.
With colored feathers and soft tones on the back.
Small, in the back and in warm tones.
Original tattoo on the chest of a winged heart.
Next to the navel of some symbols.
Emotions of angel with a name and a date.
Curious this one with two guns.
With a message.
Original angel wings on the neck, with small details
Small and behind the ear.
Tribal shaped like angel wings.
Two wings next to an hourglass, in the chest.
Next to a spine
Simulating a corset.
Tribal eagle shaped with big wings.
Nice cross with two angel wings, on the arm.
Two waves shaped like wings on the chest.
Skull with two red wings on the navel.
Funny design of two very colorful butterfly wings.
Huge dragon with wings spread
Two wings collapsing.
Beautiful butterfly with large orange wings.
Color tattoo on the back of an eagle with huge wings
In the chest of a heart with big green wings.
Small and on the neck of two wings with a cross in the middle.
Two angel wings accompanied by feathers.
Nice heart with a message and two wings.
Little fairy with green wings.
With a golden crown.
Colorful and winged heart.
On both ankles and symmetrically.
Color butterfly wings.
Color and chest
On the arm with two wings.
Colored and on the back
Another in the back.
Several in the back
These in black and white
Wings together with a heart in a woman.
This time on the leg
Other designs and drawings on the back
Ideal for boy or man.
Colored wings together with padlock and heart
These are from butterflies.
On the neck for women along with name
In the lower back
Other styles and designs for women.