Butterfly tattoo designs are one of the most popular choices of tattoo for women. Not only does the Butterfly encapsulate beauty and grace but it also has a lot of symbolic meaning.
The meaning behind a butterfly tattoo can be different for different people. However, the metamorphosis of the butterfly, or moth, from crawling insect, to an amazing flying creature of grace and beauty, can be extremely inspirational and many women choose a butterfly to represent their own metamorphosis from girl to woman.
Likewise, many people think of the butterfly as representative of the human soul or spirit. They seek to free their own spirit in a similar way to the butterfly achieving freedom when it emerges from it’s cocoon. The ritual of receiving a butterfly image indelibly inked onto their body is simply a step on the way to achieving this spiritual freedom.
From an artistic viewpoint Butterflies are symmetrical and can be highly colourful. This allows a talented tattoo artist to really show his skill when creating a beautiful design.
Butterfly tattoo designs can also be any size making them ideal for any part of the body. Butterfly tattoos can also be combined with many other styles. It is not uncommon to see Butterfly tattoos together with flower designs and Tribal Butterfly tattoo designs are not uncommon.
Types of Butterfly Tattoo Designs
Monarch butterfly tattoo designs – The Monarch Butterfly is both colourful and famous due to it’s migratory habits. Monarch butterflies migrate from Canada to Mexico – a journey which takes three or four generations of butterfly. Their colourfulness and wandering nature has made them a popular choice for a tattoo design.
Tiger butterfly tattoo – The Tiger Butterfly closely resembles the monarch butterfly, but has slightly more striking colouring which has made them a popular choice.
Butterfly and flower tattoo designs – It is common to see a butterfly included as part of a larger design involving flowers. A talented artist can really show off his skill by using different colours on the flowers to contrast against the butterfly.
Butterfly fairy tattoos – If you are looking to combine something real with something mythical a Butterfly fairy tattoo
can be a great way to do this.
Star and butterfly tattoos – Similar to flowers, stars can be great ‘space fillers’ as part of a larger design including a butterfly.
Butterfly tattoo designs for girls – Butterfly tattoos are one of the most popular choices of tattoo for women.
Tribal butterfly tattoo designs – You can either opt for a butterfly in the black tribal style – which looks great against paler skin. You could also use a plain black tribal design to frame a colourful butterfly tattoo and really set it off!
Angel butterfly tattoos – As with fairies, if you want to introduce an element of fantasy, Angels work well with butterflies.
The History of Butterfly Tattoos
To learn more about the history of Butterfly Tattoos perhaps it is best to learn more about the Butterfly. The life cycle of the butterfly consists of four parts: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Butterfly eggs are protected by a hard shell and usually attached to plants. The larva, or caterpillar, which emerge from the egg spend most of their time eating.
Once the caterpillar is fully grown it will search for a suitable pupation site. This is somewhere safe where it will become a pupa or chrysalis. It is this final stage – from pupa to adult – which has fascinated so many people through the years. The plain caterpillar will have transformed into a butterfly with often highly colourful wings. This can be the inspiration for a colorful tattoo design or tattoo idea.
It is this wondrous life-cycle which has made butterflies so inspirational to many. How could such a wondrous thing have just ‘evolved’ entirely on it’s own? Perhaps many – even people who are not at all religious – feel the influence of something else!…
The symbolism of butterflies around the world
The Meaning of Butterfly Tattoos around the world has a very “spiritual” theme. Butterflies have had a profound affect on many mythologies throughout the world. The ancient Greeks believed that a new human soul was born every time a butterfly emerged from it’s cocoon. The ancient Greek word for butterfly was ‘psyche’, which means ‘soul’ or ‘mind’. In Ireland people believed that butterflies were the souls of the dead waiting to pass through purgatory. The Germans had a similar belief and thought that the dead were reborn as butterflies to flutter around bringing childbirth to childless couples.
Many in Asia saw butterflies as bringers of joy and happiness. The Japanese also saw butterflies as the personification of a persons soul – both living or dead. They believed that if a single butterfly entered your guestroom then the person you love most is coming to see you. However a lot of butterflies could be a bad omen, warning of disaster. The Chinese viewed two butterflies as symbolic of love. Some people in India believed that when you die the spirit goes through a series of transformations and ends up as a butterfly. When the butterfly finally dies, so does the spirit. These different beliefs make butterflies a great choice for a tattoo design or tattoo idea.
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Celebrities with Butterfly tattoos
Actress Drew Barrymore has a Butterfly tattoo design under her belly button.
Singer Dolly Parton has a butterfly tattoo on one of her breasts.
Actress Julia Roberts has a butterfly tattoo on her lower back.
Singer Britney Spears has a butterfly tattoo on her left foot.
Where on the body can you wear a butterfly tattoo?
Because it is possible to draw a butterfly of any size, a talented tattoo artist could fit a butterfly design anywhere on the body. Many people believe that the seven Chakra points are good places for tattoos which are meant to have spiritual meaning. The seven points are the top of the head, the forehead, throat, heart, solar plexus, lower belly or back, and groin.
Other great places to wear a Butterfly tattoo would be:
Butterfly tattoo on wrist
Butterfly tattoos on back
Butterfly ankle tattoos
Butterfly tattoos on foot
Butterfly tattoos on hip
Butterfly tattoos on neck
Butterflies in the wild