A Sprinkle of Sparkle: Magical Fairy Tattoos

A Sprinkle of Sparkle: Magical Fairy Tattoos

This selection of sweet and sparkling fairy tattoos is a reminder that magic exists everywhere and every day...you just have to find it!

Missing a lil magic in your life? We feel you. With the start of another week ahead, we get that life can feel...boring. Monotonous. Like a slow painful crawl towards an impending death. But, ya know what? This is why you need to inject some wonderful mystery and sparkle into your days every day! With this selection of fairy tattoos we hope to sprinkle a lil magic glitter into your hum drum Monday. These lovely little creatures will hopefully inspire you. Whether you believe fairies are around to cause mischief, take care of nature things, or simply stoke the fires of love and lust, these pieces will surely do just that.

To be honest, this is probably why kids and adults love Disney...their movies, their theme parks...they basically remind each and every one of us about the magic of life...and how beautiful it can be if you just a look a little harder with your heart. Disney has inspired many a fairy tattoo, and Tinkerbell is certainly one of the most popular. She's cute, rebellious, and tiny...but totally strong. We also can't forget the lovely trio of fairies in Sleeping Beauty...who could forget their comedic relief in such a heart wrenching story!! We also really love that part where they "bake" a cake...fans of Fantasia may also remember the Sugar Plum fairies who danced to the sounds of Tchaikovsky. Those particular winged friends dusted the leaves and petals with morning dew, they awakened the blooms to the dawn, they turned the leaves to gold in fall, and they even skated across winter ponds to create beautiful patterns of crystal frost.

There are about a billion different parables, legends, folk and fairy tales that include these tiny little creatures. Some of these fairy tattoos are inspired by them, but truly...the biggest part of these age old stories is that they use the power of the imagination to bring all aspect within them to life! And, remember, not all fairies are good...there are wicked fairies who cast spells, mischievous fairies that get their kicks by tormenting humans...of course, there are many that hope to help us humans...mostly because they think we're inept at handling pretty much anything without their help. Which is cute, and, in a way, we do need a lil magic to keep up afloat!

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Which is probably why, in 1917, a media sensation occurred in Cottingley, England. You may have heard this story..."The Cottingley Fairies appear in a series of five photographs taken by Elsie Wright (1901–1988) and Frances Griffiths (1907–1986), two young cousins who lived in Cottingley, near Bradford in England. In 1917, when the first two photographs were taken, Elsie was 16 years old and Frances was 9. The pictures came to the attention of writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who used them to illustrate an article on fairies he had been commissioned to write for the Christmas 1920 edition of The Strand Magazine. Doyle, as a spiritualist, was enthusiastic about the photographs, and interpreted them as clear and visible evidence of psychic phenomena. Public reaction was mixed; some accepted the images as genuine, others believed that they had been faked." Although these days we are quite used to photo manipulation through Photoshop, that just didn't exist in the very early 1900's and public belief in the camera's ability to capture truth was hard to break...apparently, many people believed that the photographed fairies were, indeed, real...all the way up until the 1980's when both cousins revealed that they had simply been cardboard cut outs held up by hat pins...

But still...the girls managed to create a bit of magic for many people, and they still maintained that they had seen real fairies, even if they weren't in the pictures. Fairy tattoos may be as real as it gets for some...but we're sure if you look hard enough...they may be flitting about outside your window this very moment!!

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