Cherubs are commonly thought of as angels in the forms of infants or young children when, in fact, they are actually just small adults. They have different physical forms than standard angels: miniature statures, with chubby bodies and plump, little faces. These features, however, are deceiving as cherubs are not childlike by nature. In fact, throughout time they have been perceived as guardian spirits linking heaven and humanity. Their varying personalities range from sword wielding guardians to playful cupidsóleaving endless possibilities for both men and women interested in choosing or creating cherub tattoos.
Religious Cherub Tattoos
In the Bible, cherubs are the second order of angels whose special gift is knowledge. They are known as one of the winged heavenly beings that support the throne of God and act as guardian spirits. Cherubs were often sent as messengers or guides for God. Often times you will see these cherubs combined with some of the oldest forms of musical instruments such as drums, flutes and harps as they were believed to use them not only for the sake of making music, but as a form of praise. In this sense, Cherub tattoos are an excellent way to express your spirituality and are widely believed to guard and protect the wearer.
Cupid Cherub Tattoos
Cupid tattoos are cherub tattoos that represent love or passion. Cupid is generally depicted as a baby angel, almost always a boy, holding a bow and arrow with a scarlet heart in the background. They are are most commonly combined with hearts, arrows and clouds and many times are simply inked as solid black silhouettes for a more graphic appearance.
Cherub Tattoos for Women
Generally, feminine cherub tattoos capture a more child like innocence, most often inked using multiple colors and very fine, portrait-like details. Common placement for cherub tattoos on women include the wrist, ankle, lower back and shoulder areas.
Cherub Tattoos for Men
Masculine looking cherub tattoos are typically applied using in black with grey shading. In this way, cupid is often made to look darker, almost evil, having a more macabre or sinister effect. Common placement for cherub tattoos on men would include the forearm, upper arm, shoulder and chest areas.
Cherub Tattoos Celebrating Children
Both men and women often use cherub tattoos as a way to portray their children or to celebrate the birth of a new child. These personalized cherub tattoos can be made more custom by changing the color of the cherub's hair and/or eyes to resemble those of their children. Adding personal names and birthdays are other ways to embellish these personalized tattoos. When depicting more than one child, one may consider a tattoo design featuring a pair or even a group of cherubs.
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