Tribal wings in a tattoo are seen as a symbol of guidance and protection. Wings are used as a symbol of freedom as well, indicating that the person with the tattoo embraces life fully. Angel wings can also be seen as a sign of closeness to a higher spiritual being.
Wings of animals like butterflies or birds are also signs of freedom or an open-minded view of life. Some people also choose to get tribal wing tattoos that look like the wings of mythical creatures like fairies. This indicates a fanciful way of looking at life and indicates whimsical charm.