Fairy tattoos are a fairly recent development and they represent a certain range of interests or way of thinking. A fairy tattoo design can be cute and rather precious, like something out of a children’s book, but fairies are not as innocent as they look.
Fairy tattoos have a nostalgic appeal for those who remember childhood fondly and wish to keep the images of childhood part of their lives on an ongoing basis. In that sense, fairy tattoos are a symbol of our youth.
The fairy is a female mythological figure that has magical powers and originates from Celtic mythology. Usually they are small, beautiful creatures with transparent wings, a green dress and a human appearance.
They live in wonderland and can take people there as well. According to legend, there is little consensus regarding how big fairies were, and how human-like they were in form. The small, Tinkerbell-type fairy is only one interpretation.
Tattoos of fairies blend well with other tattoo designs and these can create a delicate and pretty set of tattoo images – very feminine. Here are some of the most popular design combinations:
Fairy + flowers + butterfly tattoo.
Moon star fairy tattoos (a combination with a shooting star is also popular).
Fairy + angel tattoo (or with a cherub).
Fairy + dragon tattoo.
Fairy + dragonfly tattoo.
Zodiac fairy tattoo.
Fairy + gargoyle tattoo: gargoyles are winged demons with horns, a tail and talons. They usually guard buildings, as a tattoo they guard the wearer.
A fairy sitting on a mushroom.
Fairy + clover.
Fairies blend in well with tribal or Celtic designs. They don’t lend themselves well to abstract patterns though.
Fairy + phoenix tattoo.
Cute Fairy Tattoo
The fairy tattoo design appeals to a wide variety of people and they can represent a variety of lifestyles. They are very feminine of course and they add a touch of I’m-cute-but-don’t-mess-with-me.
Fairy tattoos can be large or small, black or colorful, happy or sad, cute or evil.
A lone fairy tattoo on an upper arm or ankle is a nice, subtle tattoo. It’s quite unobtrusive, but more individualistic – even quirky – than many other feminine tattoo designs.
When talking about fairy art, it’s hard not to mention Amy Brown, a popular American fairy artist, whose watercolor drawings enjoy some popularity as a tattoo design.
Fairy tattoos are perhaps not common enough to be called a trend – but they do have a fair following.