A fairy, also known as “fay” or “fae”, is a mythological creature that originates from European folklore. They were born from Celtic traditions back during the romantic period of the Middle Ages. While often used when speaking of sprites or ethereal creatures much like the Tinkerbell-esque fairies most people think about today, the term was also used to describe any and all magical creatures (including beings like goblins and gnomes). They weren’t largely ascribed the visage we think of today – the one depicted in the tattoos below – until the Victorian era, when “fairy tales” began being created for children.
Fairies tend to incredibly small, almost too small for the naked eye to make out, and appear human-like with butterfly wings that they use to move about. Despite their small stature, most fairies are have enormous magical powers.
When most people think of fairies, they imagine the Fairy Godmother from Disney’s Cinderella or Tinkerbell, both of which are typically depicted as paragons who assist humans with making their dreams come true. However, fairies are not always depicted as truly good creatures. Puck, from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is one of the most well-known and historically famous fairies of the last 200+ years and is described as being “shrewd and knavish”.
Yes, we know, that’s more than you ever wanted to know about fairies and you probably have already skipped everything we’ve said up to this point in lieu of actually getting to the gallery already. It’s okay. We get it. The tattoos are freaking gorgeous and that’s what you came to see.
We hope you enjoy the gallery as much as we enjoyed putting it together (thankful for the reprieve from all the horribly drawn tattoos out there) and we’ll see you again next time for whatever gallery we choose to present next.
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