Fairies manifest magic and wonder, dreams and sometimes even nightmares. Old wives tales, the Brothers Grimm, and modern takes by Disney show fairy stories are as old as time, nuanced and never ending.
Fantastic fables of fairies, elves and magical creatures are taught to children from the crib, staying on with people as they grow up in a world all too often lacking the innocence and wonder felt as a child listening to bedtime stories. Creatures of live in the closet, under your bed, in the forest, or at the bottom of your garden.
Fairies are favorites in the tattoo world, representing magic, freedom, and the carefree spirit illustrated people look for in body art and wider self expression. They can be colorful, careful, crazy or cool, but they’re individual symbols of wonder depicted in a wide variety of styles and themes.
Read on to take a closer look at 101 examples you can sprinkle into your ink ideas as you plan the perfect fairy tattoo.
Black and Gray Fairy Tattoos for Women
This classic fairy does well balancing simple fine line black outline with flatter black fill in the strawberry and butterfly wings. The concept is cool but some of the pattern and shading in the wings looks a little cramped and hurried. The fairy’s dress is a highlight, utilizing strong short lines for ruffles and pleats.
An effective of a forlorn fairy. The shades are spare dotwork accents smartly placed into the tattoo, and the use of dots and runnels in the main images adds quality. The white ink on the outside however, gets lost by itself – if the artist added black in to help color the small crosses it would look more visible on the skin and fashion the framing more effectively.
This is a deft and elegant fairy tattoo. Her wings are beautifully etched in black with white flourishes that contrast against her black hair and even finer features. The artist has created breadth and depth with the bell like fruit of the tree, and the branch she rests on while smelling a flower.
A well crafted Disney Tinkerbell sprinkling fairy dust downward to cleverly create the Scarlett font. It’s cleanly delivered, flowing nicely down the subject’s arm with a mix of white speckles and gray shadow. It’s a sturdy tattoo that doesn’t do anything truly outstanding from a technical perspective.
An interesting fairy tattoo. This piece differs from most by focusing on the back of the pixie rather than the face and front. The concept is excellent and delivery is useful, especially the abstract quad wings sticking into her back like shards of glass. There’s not a lot of gradient shading, which may have been achieved by threading through the fairy’s hair and skirt with more gray scale.
An excellent the curvature of flowing black line is a tremendous technical choice. The wings too are well inscribed with peacock feather like effects threaded in.
This fairy tattoo is fantastic. I love the magical white dot highlights sprinkled though the image like pockets of fairy dust. The Tarot card style border works brilliantly to frame the piece, helping the cursive font’s boldness by utilizing negative space. Putting the clean, sharp stars both inside and out of the wider tattoo creates a unique effect, while the hybrid dotwork and graduated gray shading is well worked.
This sassy Tinkerbell is a little beauty. I love her funky hair and the fine facial features. There’s not a lot to it, however the line work/shading is deft and professional.
This is a killer small piece of black ink. It’s crisp, clean and fresh looking despite being placed on the awkward foot surface. The clarity of fine black line makes the flowing abstract body look brilliant – like an extension of the pixie’s hair trailing behind her like a wedding train.
Color Fairy Tattoos for Women
This tattoo links ideas tremendously around a beautiful, purple main fairy image with a sweet color palette. I enjoy framing the concept of love for books with the map of the world and the wondrous watercolors contrasting against the fuzzy globe shading. The fairy is the star though, her diaphanous shape stretching up towards the globe like a ballerina in a music box.
This version of the Fairy Godmothers is weird but make for a cool tattoo. The scheme of solid colors work as a means to differentiate each character. They look a little like a girl’s dolls come to life. The pink one’s a little scary though, she reminds me too much of that evil witch Dolores Umbridge.
This lower leg tattoo is amazing, mixing a superb fairy with classic realist elements of the frog and snail. Her wings are as good as any you’ll ever see, the gentle rainbow effects are elegant, wonderful snatches of shimmering color. The help frame the long tattoo and fashion a better sense of scale and shape.
A delicate yet spectacular small. The use of color is flat to allow the amazing technical skills to show through in shading and line work. Her beautiful wings are an amazing feature, as if they’ve been lifted straight from a butterfly and placed on her skin.
I love this tattoo. The Inception concept of tattooed fairy within a fairy tattoo is good fun and delivered with style. The artist’s brilliant depiction of the imp’s wings and hair is subtle, inked cleanly with solid color and curving, clean lines of curving black. Also like the flush of color within her face, like a blushing bride or sunburned tourist.
This shoulder tattoo has the fairy depicted like a waif wandering disconsolately through a relationship break up. The concept is clear but the technical application needs work, as the right wing shape seems odd and the white highlight shading isn’t strong enough to counter the flat black of the fairy’s dress.
This vibrant, almost anime watercolor Tinkerbell is astonishing. The artist’s ability to draw maximum color from the ink and surround cleanly effective lines and squiggles take it to another level. The wings are boss level cool, built with a haystack technical effect of wild straight lines fuzzed with vivid pink.
Is this a succubus or a fairy? Either way, sticking her in the top of a bottle of poison seems excessive. This fairy tattoo is a good depiction of style, the colors are muted but well crafted and the image is weird enough to bring back the good old days of alienation and rebellion.
I’m here for fairy godmothers dive bombing in formation on a wrist tattoo. The subject is a big Disney fan, and the piece jibes excellently with the background castle and charm bracelet. The three fairies are inscribed strongly, using clean line work and their trademark colors to craft the ink. Their flying shape is the coolest part of the tattoo. My only issue with it are the very faint trails of yellow ink used to depict the Fairy Godmother’s magic. It needs a touch up at the very least, and maybe strengthening line added to bring the effect through with more clarity.
Love the vibrant of this fairy tattoo. They look like small paintball explosions on skin, mixing brightly to create an outstanding back fill for the more subtle, understated butterfly winged fairy central to the tattoo. It’s a classy concept and strikingly well delivered piece of body art.
Delicate Fairy Tattoos for Women
This finely etched black and gray tattoo is elegant and brilliant. There are numerous technical applications fully expressing the tattooist’s skill in crafting unique, fine line shading. It’s a light piece but one built to last with it’s intricacy and crisp defining outlines. The fairies dress in particular looks amazing, meshed with interconnecting cross-work stitching that contrasts against the deft negative space found in the arms and flower petals.
A delicate yet strong concept and tattoo. Depicting the fairy as a faceless imp seems strange but works within the presentation of the ink. Love how she sits demurely on a cloud, encased mainly in negative space and small flourishes of light ink shading. Choosing to match dress and shoes in light green works as a technical touch as well.
This fairy is a lovely piece of classical sketch style tattooing. Framing shape or contrasting colors – think ground and/or air effects – added to the effective black and gray ink would really send it to the next level.
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