The tattoo in this post has me stumped. It comes from the religious and mythological tattoo gallery, and when I look at it, I see two different things, yet both have similar meanings.
On one hand, I see a falling angel, which naturally evokes the tale of the Morning Star, Lucifer. Depending on which version you’re familiar with, the Lucifer myth is often tied to ambition and downfall. When Lucifer rebelled against heaven, taking on God and the angels loyal to her, his ambition led to him and his followers being thrown out of heaven, to spend eternity in hell. The artists Bosch and Dore both have created images depicting the fall, which bear a similarity to the falling angel in the tattoo.
On the other hand, I can see this being an image of Icarus, and not the happy little guy with a bow from the NES game. Like the Lucifer story, Icarus tried to reach beyond his abilities which lead to his fall, and eventual death. Only in this case, Icarus was ignoring his father’s words of warning about flying to close to the sun, and ended up having his wings melt.
So what do you think is being depicted? Is this an angel falling from heaven, or someone who flew too close to the sun? Or is it something else entirely?