Angels are celestial creatures whose existence is evident to many people. They are beings superior to men. Angels guide human beings in everything they do. At the religious level, they would have been sent by the Almighty to take care of human beings. The debate remains open as to the real existence of these celestial creatures.
Many people do not care much if the angels exist or not. They are generally considered to be one of the most adorable representations of celestial beings. In fact, most people get tattoos of angels simply because they are particularly cute and adorable.
While some people get tattoos of angels just because of their appearance, others have much deeper and more important reasons for doing so. Many humans claim to have seen angels and some even say they have encountered them. Although there is no scientific proof of their existence, the faith of believers remains strong and everyone should respect it.
Meaning of angel tattoos
Angel tattoos have much deeper meanings than other tattoo designs. These meanings are generally determined by the type of angel used for the drawing. Usually, guardian angels are used to represent protection and authority. Since their role is to closely protect human beings, people who wear a guardian angel tattoo feel strangely safer.
The tattoos of fallen angels can represent regret of sins that you committed. The drawings of fallen angels often show them with their heads in their hands, clearly repenting of the sins they have committed. Many of those who get this tattoo want to remember their sins and ask God for forgiveness. It is also a way to show others that you are humble before this being more powerful than you.
Types of Angel Tattoos
There are several types of angels that you can use for your drawing. It can also focus on different body parts of these beings. Many angels are named in the Bible. Whether in the Old Testament or the New, angels are cited in the scriptures. This is why there are many illustrations of different angels based than the descriptions made in the scriptures. Some of these represent baby angels while others show adult creatures.
There are four main classifications of angels, determined by their celestial functions: the seraphim (angels of love), the archangels, the guardian angels and the fallen angels. You can choose the category that means the most to you. Let’s see them one by one:
1. The Seraphim
These angels would be closest to God. They are always represented flying over the Father’s throne. Their role is to celebrate and glorify God on a daily basis. These angels have six wings and four heads but only use two wings to fly. The rest are used to cover their feet and faces, because God is too holy to be stared at. They are the ones who generally appear to humans to convey the messages of God to them. The tattoos of these angels are common in women who deeply believe in love power of seraphim.
2. The Archangels
The archangels are at the top of the hierarchy of angels. They are considered the most powerful beings after God. They assume the most important responsibilities. Besides being the messengers of God, the archangels are also responsible for the fight against evil and they have the power to fight his works. Archangels do not have only heavenly duties; they also carry out missions on earth. The word archangel is a term derived from the Greek verb meaning to command, to be the first; and of angel (Littré dictionary). This is why the angels rule the earth every day, according to the missions that God has given them.
3. Guardian angels
These are the angels responsible for protecting human beings. Many cultures believe that each person has a guardian angel. From the moment of your birth, an angel is assigned to guide and protect you. These angels all have names, given by God himself. Many cultures and churches discourage their followers from naming their guardian angels because once you do, you will be tempted to call them to make themselves available to you. If you get a guardian angel tattoo, you will remember that someone is watching over you and protecting you from all the vicissitudes of the world.
4. The Fallen Angels
Fallen angels are often considered demons and devotees of Satan. However, there is a big difference between fallen angels and demons. Fallen angels are angels who have sinned against God. These creatures were originally angels but succumbed to temptation. Most tattoos of fallen angels depict them with one knee on the ground, as if to implore God’s forgiveness and mercy
There are also popular tattoos of angels that do not represent these entire creatures. Sometimes only important parts of the body are used to represent them. The most common design for angel tattoos is angel wings.
Here is a brief description of the most popular tattoo designs using body parts of angels today:
1. Angel wing tattoos
It is the most popular angel tattoo design for men and women. Sometimes this type of tattoo is mistakenly regarded as a bird wing tattoo. Anyway, this drawing remains a great classic. Angel wing tattoos can be large or smaller, depending on where you prefer to place your design. This drawing is often done in black ink but some people prefer to do it in color or in white ink.
2. Angel face tattoos
It is a type of timeless tattoo. The face of an angel radiates an aura of purity, innocence, kindness and holiness. Having it tattooed on your skin will add to your charms. You can choose different types of angels for your tattoo. The most commonly used face is that of the seraph angel or Cupid.
Angel tattoos can literally be placed anywhere on your body. If you want a huge tattoo, it will be perfect on your back because the surface of the latter is almost flat. This will allow the drawing to stand out more clearly. The back is also wider than any other part of the body, so you can place a very detailed tattoo on it. The most used design for the back is the wings of angels, which usually occupy the entire upper part of the back. Some people use the entire back as a backdrop for their tattoos.
Smaller tattoos can be placed on the shoulders, arms or legs. These body parts are ideal for tattoos that are maximum 12-13 cm high and 7-8 wide. They are also particularly suitable for those who wish to display their tattoos of angels, since they are generally more visible.
Preparation tips before the tattoo session
As angels are naturally charming and attractive, the only problem you will have is choosing the best design for your tattoo. If this is the first time you have had a tattoo, you should think carefully about the design you want. You will never run out of designs, so don’t rush. You can take all the time you need to make up your mind, to be sure you won’t regret it later.
For those who already have tattoos and are considering having others done, the advice is the same: think carefully about your design and make sure that it will naturally go well with the tattoos you already have. Never choose tattoos that will look weird when put side by side. Make sure your tattoo designs will appear harmonious to others.
Estimated production costs and standard prices
Usually tattoo artists place a lot of detail in the tattoos of angels. Since the latter have human faces, they are more difficult to draw than tattoos composed only of geometric shapes and simple patterns. This is why the average production costs of this type of tattoo are around € 150 to € 300 with a local artist. If you want your tattoo to be done by one of the most renowned and talented artists, it will probably cost you at least double.
Other tattoo artists calculate their prices per hour of work and not per tattoo. Which means that large tattoos are always more expensive than small ones. If you have enough money to pay you for an extravagant tattoo design, don’t hesitate. This tattoo will now be part of you: investing money in it is worth it. Never compromise the quality of your tattoo simply because you want to pay less.
The drawings of freshly tattooed angels are still very delicate. You must follow the proper care procedures if you want your tattoo to remain beautiful. You should first let your skin heal after the procedure. Once your tattoo is fully healed, you should continue to take care of it.
For the first three weeks, you should avoid going to the gym or playing sports. Excessive movements will also cause your skin to move and it will take longer to heal. Your sweat may also reach the injured area and deposit toxins and impurities that could cause infection.
Also avoid sleeping on your tattoo because the rubbing of the sheets could cause the ink to come out and discolor your drawing.