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Devils and angels in ink!

Devils and angels in ink!

The devil angel tattoo is the classic sign of dualism. The visual portrayal stands for the epic battle between good and evil, the innocent and the devilish, the introvert and the wild side of the person bearing it. A less common, but existing approach, is the angel and devil tattoo representing the astrological sign of Gemini. The symbolism doesn’t stop with the images, such as saint versus sinner or love versus hate, but goes on into their placement – left and right shoulder, or one above the other, thus also suggesting the prevailing one – and their coloring, blue for the angels and red for the devils.

There are several devil and angel tattoos that come in the form of cartoon characters, such as cherubs or pin up models. They can illustrate two small figures, one serene and one frowning or two creatures, with little clothing, battling. It may so happen that some of these canvases show more ardent scenes, like the ripping of robes or even a physical struggle. On the other hand, some angel and devil tattoos come in a more enduring form, with the two standing on opposite ends, with no apparent contact.

The devilish part of a devil angel tattoo takes various forms. He may have wings like a bat’s, tail and sometimes even horns. He can also come in the form of a well-dressed gentleman, with black suit and everything, while other times he’s wearing ripped hooves. Nevertheless, the most popular image is the red demon with tail and horns. Though the biblical approach associates the devil with the opposite of God, in the art of tattooing he’s commonly credited with temptation. People see him as trying to turn them against God and convert them into sinners. That’s why, in devil and angel tattoos, the angel often comes with the halo, white clouds and sometimes even beatific light rays, as to withstand his foe. The devil’s weapon is usually a pitchfork.

A traditional devil angel tattoos is less popular, but some people prefer it. They look like classic paintings from churches or religious books. This concept presents both sides as strong characters, even meritorious, and opposite from the cartoon like tattoos, the colors are darker and the lines have more depth. And an interesting alternative to the widely spread image of them fighting, is showing them making peace.

One truly unique option is having an angel and devil tattoo with only one character. It’s practically a cut-in-half drawing of a figure representing both the good and the bad. Half of the character could be inked in bright and dark red and have a scowl expression, while the other half should have light blue and white hues and depict a serene face.