107 Fairy tattoos (and their meanings): 11 types

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.

tattoo fee 101

tattoo fee 161

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:

  • Femininity
  • Beauty and grace
  • The fulfillment of dreams and desires
  • Innocence and youth
  • The spirits of nature and paganism
  • Frivolity and play
  • Machiavellianism
  • Freedom

tattoo fee 275

tattoo fee 278

tattoo fee 38

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

tattoo fee 218

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

tattoo fee 260

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

tattoo fee 53

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

tattoo fee 59

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.

tattoo fee 05

tattoo fee 08

tattoo fee 107

tattoo fee 11

tattoo fee 110

tattoo fee 116

tattoo fee 119

tattoo fee 122

tattoo fee 125

tattoo fee 128

tattoo fee 131

tattoo fee 134

tattoo fee 137

tattoo fee 14

tattoo fee 140

tattoo fee 143

tattoo fee 146

tattoo fee 149

tattoo fee 152

tattoo fee 155

tattoo fee 158

tattoo fee 164

tattoo fee 167

tattoo fee 17

tattoo fee 170

tattoo fee 173

tattoo fee 176

tattoo fee 179

tattoo fee 182

tattoo fee 185

tattoo fee 188

tattoo fee 191

tattoo fee 194

tattoo fee 197

tattoo fee 20

tattoo fee 200

tattoo fee 203

tattoo fee 206

tattoo fee 209

tattoo fee 212

tattoo fee 320

tattoo fee 215

tattoo fee 221

tattoo fee 224

tattoo fee 227

tattoo fee 23

tattoo fee 230

tattoo fee 233

tattoo fee 236

tattoo fee 248

tattoo fee 251

tattoo fee 254

tattoo fee 257

tattoo fee 26

tattoo fee 263

tattoo fee 266

tattoo fee 269

tattoo fee 272

tattoo fee 281

tattoo fee 284

tattoo fee 287

tattoo fee 29

tattoo fee 290

tattoo fee 293

tattoo fee 296

tattoo fee 299

tattoo fee 302

tattoo fee 305

tattoo fee 308

tattoo fee 314

tattoo fee 317

tattoo fee 32

tattoo fee 326

tattoo fee 332

tattoo fee 335

tattoo fee 341

tattoo fee 35

tattoo fee 41

tattoo fee 44

tattoo fee 47

tattoo fee 50

tattoo fee 56

tattoo fee 62

tattoo fee 65

tattoo fee 68

tattoo fee 71

tattoo fee 74

tattoo fee 77

tattoo fee 80

tattoo fee 83

tattoo fee 86

tattoo fee 89

tattoo fee 92

tattoo fee 95

tattoo fee 98

What do you think?

49 points
Upvote Downvote

110 Scarab tattoos (and their meanings)

99 Drawings and meaning of elephant tattoos