12.07.2015
Nowadays, whenever we think of the word 'Fairy', images of Tinkerbell, Thumbelina, and Pan's Labyrinth spring to mind, but the legend of the Fairy has been around since the days of the Celts. Tales of fairies (yes, that's how we got the term 'fairytales') came from Western European folklore (the British Isles) and eventually spread to Germany, where they were popularized by authors like the Brothers Grimm.
Tattoos of fairies are usually brightly coloured and popular among women since they more readily connect with the artwork's meaning andsymbolism. Fairy tattoos are sometimes combined with religious symbols like crosses or stars, as well as elements of Nature (like mushrooms and flowers) which is a tip of the hat to the spiritual connection associated with these mythical creatures and a way to change the meaning tattoo for the wearer.
Fairy tattoos are sometimes blended with Japanese traditions to create these fusion tattoos.
Butterfly tattoos symbolize Nature and Innocence and, when paired with fairies, they represent Beauty, Grace, and Freedom. In some cultures, evil fairies are imps that create chaos by stealing babies and destroying harvests. Tribal tattoo designs from various parts of the world, including South America, Africa, Polynesia, and North America, have spiritual significance in their native regions.
Choosing the right tattoo design is tricky, as such, it's best to think about what your new tat will symbolize and where it'll be placed on your body.


Fairies were believed to be fallen angels or demons who fulfilled the wishes and desires of humans while thriving on making mischief. Butterfly Fairy tattoo designs embody Rebirth and Transformation, since a butterfly undergoes a phase of metamorphosis during its life. Gothic fairy tattoo designs combine Innocence and Youth with dark undertones (some occasionally incorporate skulls) and features dark fairies with anguished and tortured expressions. Evil Fairy tattoo designs sometimes have hints of Innocence (like an apple), which hark back to folklore legends like Loki, the serpent in the biblical story of the Garden of Eden and many others. When combined with a fairy, a tribal tattoo represents a fusion of the mythical folklores of seemingly different worlds. A crying fairy sitting on a flower or mushroom embodies a sadness over a broken connection to Nature or damaged bonds with a loved one.
Gothic Tinkerbell tattoos have elements of Defiance, Strength, and Power, but unlike Gothic Fairy tattoos, they still keep an air of childlike mischief and Innocence.
Fairies are often shown sitting on, or playing with, flowers as a sign of Youth, Frivolity, and a connection with Nature. It's not uncommon to find a fairy that resembles an alien, one that is dressed in a 'Naughty Nurse' costume, or a fairy that has a Cupid tattoo design.


Wearing a Crying Fairy tattoo symbolizes loss and emotional pain as the fairy, who is normally a powerful feminine figure, has been hurt and weakened. These tattoos generally have a darker tone than traditional Tinkerbell tattoos, but aren't as mournful as traditional Gothic Fairy designs. The type of flower in the artwork has significance and changes the overall meaning of the tattoo. Dragons and fairies represent different expressions of Nature; dragons tend to be masculine and powerful, while fairies are delicate, feminine, and strong. All these have meanings that are more specific to the tattoo artist and tend to be in the realm of customized tattoos.
When the fairies in the design have defiant poses, this embodies Strength and Power in the face of adversity.
In a sense, Dragon Fairy tattoos symbolize the male and female elements of Nature, which contradict, yet perfectly balance, each other.



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Comments Fairy tattoo designs meanings

  1. Admin
    Portray the leaf again 1000's dogwood.
  2. ONUR_212
    This tattoo indicates membership really useful to take one.
  3. Sex_manyak
    Dragon with a black colour means and Ireland, 1887/12.