An angel tattoo design is an overtly religious symbol. Angels are
anthropomorphic - meaning in the shape of men - winged forms
intended to transmit the word of God to humankind. Angels personify
divine will and are the messengers of God.
Winged messengers appear in a number of religions
as intermediaries between the spiritual and material worlds, but
appear most often in Islamic, Jewish but most particularly the
Christian faiths. The word angel comes from the Greek 'aggelos',
meaning messenger. Angels make frequent appearances in the Christian
Bible, not only as messengers of God but also delivering his
protection or punishment. Angels act as God's intermediaries,
carrying out God's will in the affairs of man.
Symbols closely associated with angels in art
include trumpets, harps, swords, sceptres and wands. Angels are
usually portrayed as young men with wings and halos, representing
their divinity. The representation of angels as Cupid-like young
boys or babies, 'putti' did not occur until the period of the
As a tattoo design, an angel is a symbol of
devotion, spirituality and faith and signifies a relationship with
God. An angel can be intended as a figure of guidance and protection.
An angel is often used as the centerpiece of a tattoo that is
intended as a memorial.