When we think of fairies we tend to think of childhood books and stories that included these small human-like beings rumored to reside in Fairyland or even at the bottom of the garden. Women are most likely to choose them as tattoo designs as they are generally portrayed as being female and having girlish traits such as long hair, dresses, and mischievous behavior, which make it easy for women to feel an inclination towards them. Fairies were first popularized by the brothers Grimm in their fictional stories but have existed in Celtic folklore since the middle ages and possibly even before that. They are described as being human-like in appearance with delicate wings and they have come …show more content…
Some women may also remember fairy character’s from their childhood days and may choose to preserve these innocent images in their tattoos.
Many times fairies are chosen as representations of unfulfilled wishes or secret desires. A fairy may also be considered as a form of guardian angel i.e. Fairy God-Mother.
Different Fairy Tattoo Designs
- Striking A Pose
We often see fairy tattoos where the creature is striking a naughty pose, such as looking over her shoulder and bending one knee. This is mostly seen in the animated character designs like Tinkerbell or Thumbelina or with naughty pin up designs.
- On A Cloud Or Mushroom
Magic mushrooms and the idea of drifting away on a cloud are symbols of free thought and freedom of expression and women often combine this symbolism with a mythical fairy.
- Naughty Or Evil
Naughty fairies may be depicted as sexy dressed in short dresses, high heels or fishnet stockings. To the wearer, this may represent the beauty and power of the female form and hint at their mischievous tendencies. Evil fairies are often drawn with dark colors having tatty wings and scornful looks, very much in a Gothic …show more content…
They have also been the subject of noted paintings such as Titania and Bottom by Henri Fusceli and The Captain Robin by John Anster Fitzgerald. Romantic style paintings including fairies were popular in the Victorian era and we still see this style of artwork on greeting and post cards today. Depictions of fairies are still popular as ornaments as well as on decorative boxes and tins.
- In Literature
Fairies were portrayed in medieval literature appearing to knights during quests and as well as granting wishes they were also shown engaging in mischief. Fairies played a prominent role in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream that is set in Fairyland under the light of the full moon. During the Victorian era, fairies appeared in literature and poetry such as C.W Lewis famous Narnia books. The pop culture icon Tinkerbell was introduced by J.M Barrie in this Peter Pan novels around the turn of the century.
- Britney Spears
Britney has a tattoo of a fairy at the bottom of her