Today, when we think of the word "fairy", images of Tinkerbell and Pan's Labyrinth emerge in our minds, but fairy legends have been around since the Celts' time. The word "fairy" comes from the Latin "fata" which means "parque" and which is derived from fatum, destiny. This word originally referred to any magical creature in the land of Faes, such as gnomes, elves and trolls.
Stories and fairy tales come from Western European folklore (British Isles) and then spread to Germany, where authors like the Grimm brothers made them popular. The fairies would be fallen angels or demons who fulfilled the desires and wishes of humans while committing deeds full of malignity. These spirits have very contradictory characteristics. They are at once modest and boastful, obedient and rebellious, innocent and Machiavellian. This mix of personalities could be the reason for the popularity of fairy tattoos.
Meaning of fairy tattoos drawings
Fairy tattoos are usually full of color and popular with women, as they have an easier connection with the meaning and symbolism of this work. According to legends, fairies are magical creatures that represent:
- Beauty and grace
- The fulfillment of dreams and desires
- Innocence and youth
- The spirits of nature and paganism
- Frivolity and play
Variations of drawings of fairy tattoos
The fairy tattoos are sometimes combined with religious symbols such as crosses or stars, as well as with natural elements (like mushrooms and flowers), which represent the spiritual connection associated with these mythical creatures but are also a way of changing the meaning of the tattoo for the wearer. Popular variations of fairy tattoos drawings are:
1. The butterfly fairy
The tattoos of butterflies represent nature and innocence and, when associated with fairies, they represent beauty, grace and freedom. The drawings of butterfly fairy tattoos thus symbolize rebirth and transformation, since butterflies go through a phase of transformation during their lifetime.
2. The Gothic fairy
Gothic fairy tattoos combine innocence and youth with darker connotations and elements (some sometimes use skulls). They represent dark fairies who have anxious and tortured expressions. Gothic fairies usually represent the loss of innocence. When the drawing fairies have challenging poses, they represent strength and power in the face of adversity.
3. The evil fairy
In some cultures, evil fairies are evil creatures that create chaos by stealing babies and destroying crops. The drawings of devilish fairy tattoos sometimes have touches of innocence (like an apple) that go back to the times of Norse mythologies and refer to stories like that of Loki, the serpent of the biblical story of the Terrestrial Paradise, and well others.
4. The tribal fairy
Combined with a fairy image, tribal tattoos represent a fusion of cultures and myths of visibly different worlds. Nowadays, the true meaning of each tribal symbol has been lost, but the designs of tribal fairy tattoos usually represent femininity and a connection with nature, with our ancestors or with a particular culture. They are usually black in color.
5. The fairy crying
The tattoos of sad fairies also represent the loss of innocence. A fairy crying, sitting on a flower or mushroom, symbolizes the sadness of a lost connection with nature or broken bonds with a loved one. Wearing a fairy tattoo crying represents loss and emotional sorrow, as the fairy, who is normally a powerful female figure, has been hurt and weakened.
6. The Celtic Fairy
The fairy tattoos with Celtic influences are deeply rooted in spirituality and paganism.
7. The sitting fairy
A fairy sitting on a mushroom or flower represents the connection with nature, while a fairy on a cloud is a symbol of freedom and flight.
8. The Tinkerbell
Tinkerbell represents youth, frivolity and innocence.
9. The flower fairy
Flowers are the natural symbols of femininity. Fairies are often represented sitting on them or playing with them. The flowers represent youth, frivolity and connection with nature. Sunflowers symbolize heat, energy and longevity. Daisies represent innocence, love and purity, while white lilies symbolize youth and motherhood.
10. The fairy and the dragon
The dragon is a symbol of the primary forces of nature. He lives in deep dark cellars (earth), flies (air) and spits fire (fire) and in Asian culture he is associated with water. Dragons and fairies represent different expressions of nature: dragons tend to be masculine and powerful, while fairies are delicate, feminine and strong. In a sense, the tattoos of fairies and dragons represent the male and female elements of nature, which contradict each other and balance each other.
11. Tattoos of mischievous fairies
The tattoos of mischievous fairies evoke images of innocence, frivolity, devilishness and youth.