A representation of a Wing or Wings as a tattoo design, of course, symbolizes flight. But if we give wing to our imagination for a moment, if only as a romantic gesture, we can say that they signify the escape from the bonds of earthly existence to the limitless freedom of the spirit. Wings stand for peace, love, and the link between earth and sky -- between the human and the divine -- and as symbols of transcendence and liberation. Wings associated with creatures such as dragons, griffins, winged horses, and with the more delicate world of fairies, butterflies and bees have an element of the magical about them.
As tattoos, the wing design is often infused with inspirational or spiritual significance -- the angel motif for instance, a symbol of guidance and protection. For those who dream of soaring the skies like a bird, the wing symbol takes on the feathery aspect of a bird. As a tattoo design it can reflect the power of the eagle or the lightness of the butterfly. It is also worn as a badge of accomplishment by those who have "earned their wings" through trials or training. Such stories form the basis of many myths around the world.
An excellent example of this is the Harley Davidson emblem -- symbolizing Pride and Independence - and you'll see a wing symbol similar to those found in ancient Babylonian sculptures and carvings.
Below you will find a gallery of inspirational images that will help you in your quest of creating the perfect wing tattoo.