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Butterfly Tattoo Gallery-Butterfly Tattoo Designs And Pictures

Updated on May 12, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


As you may already know, butterfly tattoos are one of the most popular tattoos in the world. Yes, the butterfly tattoo symbol is known throughout the world. It is a top tier tattoo symbol in America and in other countries. The butterfly tattoo also holds symbolic value. Just like all animal tattoos, the butterfly tattoo represents traits and attributes of the butterfly. Due to this, the butterfly tattoo symbolizes freedom, agility, transformation, and beauty.

Butterfly tattoo designs can be designed in a variety of different colors. Butterfly tattoos can also be designed in different tattoo styles. In this article, we will look at all the different ways that your butterfly tattoo can be designed. You'll learn what tattoo symbols are commonly designed with the butterfly tattoo. We will also review butterfly tattoo meanings and you'll have the opportunity to view all the different butterfly tattoo designs. In the end, we hope that you are able to gain ideas and inspiration for your own tattoo.



Butterfly tattoos are one of the most popular tattoos designs that are chosen by women. Butterfly tattoos can be designed in a variety of different ways. On this page, we will take a look at all the different ways that butterfly tattoos are designed so you will know what is available. Butterfly tattoo designs can portray the butterfly in tribal art or even Celtic art. Some butterfly tattoos may only portray one butterfly while others portray two or more. Butterfly tattoo designs can portray stars, fairies, dragonflies, or flowers. Although you are considering a popular tattoo symbol, there are many ways to make your butterfly tattoo unique and one of a kind.

As I just touched on, there are a variety of different butterfly tattoos that are available to you. Below, you can find a list of all the different butterfly tattoo variations.

  • Realistic Butterfly Tattoo
  • Tribal Butterfly Tattoo
  • Cute/Cartoon Butterfly Tattoo
  • Butterfly Wings Tattoo
  • Celtic Butterfly Tattoo
  • Shadow Butterfly Tattoo

Out of these popular butterfly tattoo variations, the most common butterfly tattoo variation is the realistic butterfly tattoo. This butterfly tattoo portrays the butterfly as it is in real life. Although it is portrayed in a realistic way, these butterfly tattoos can be tattooed in a variety of colors. Some people do prefer the traditional colors of the butterfly, such as orange, black, or yellow. Many people choose to add vibrant colors and beautiful color combinations to their butterfly tattoos, which can include pink, blue, green, purple, red, and many other colors. When done correctly and in detail, these butterfly tattoos can be a true work of art.

Another popular variation of butterfly tattoos are the tribal butterfly tattoo. Tribal butterfly tattoos can be designed in a few different ways. You can either have the butterfly designed in tribal art or you can add tribal art within your butterfly tattoo. Tribal butterfly tattoos are beautiful, unique, and creative. The tattoo on the right is a great example of a tribal butterfly tattoo. This tattoo is inked on the upper back, which is a popular location for butterfly tattoos. Tribal art is very distinct and it is a art style that has been around for many years. Tribal butterfly tattoos can be done in black solid ink or it can be colored.

One more variation of the butterfly tattoo is the Celtic butterfly tattoo. The Celtic butterfly tattoo is designed in traditional Celtic art. Although the Celtic butterfly tattoo is not a popular variation, it is the most unique and creative. The tattoo on the right is a great example of the Celtic butterfly tattoo. Celtic art contains lines that never cross nor have no beginning or end. The Celtic butterfly tattoo can also be decorated with Celtic art. This gives you the opportunity to either have the butterfly portrayed in Celtic art or have Celtic art designed within your butterfly tattoo.

Butterfly tattoos can also be designed with a variety of different symbols. The butterfly can be found all throughout the world and there are several cultures that were associated to them. For example, the butterfly tattoo can be portrayed with cherry blossoms or cherry blossom trees. The cherry blossom is symbolic of Japan, as well as the butterfly. Below, you can find a list of symbols that can be included in butterfly tattoos.

  • Ladybug Tattoos
  • Dragonfly Tattoos
  • Flower Tattoos
  • Star Tattoos
  • Heart Tattoos
  • Moon Tattoos
  • Clover Tattoos
  • Fairy Tattoos
  • Vine Tattoos
  • Cross Tattoos
  • Dove Tattoos
  • Name Tattoos



Butterflies in butterfly tattoos can be portrayed alone or they can be portrayed with multiple butterflies. Some butterfly tattoo designs may only portray one butterfly while others may portray three or four butterflies. You will have to choose which designs you would prefer. You may want to choose a butterfly tattoo design that portrays three butterflies on daisies or a single butterfly landing on a rose. Since the butterfly is commonly portrayed with several different tattoo symbols, this gives you plenty of options to consider.

Butterfly tattoos can be designed in nearly any size. It all depends on what size tattoo you wish to have. Butterfly tattoos look good as a small tattoo or a medium tattoo design. I don't think you want to choose a real large butterfly tattoo design because they look much better smaller. The winged butterfly tattoo is the largest butterfly tattoo available. This tattoo variation only portrays the wings of the butterfly. They are usually tattooed on the upper back.

Since butterfly tattoos come in several different sizes, styles, and shapes, they can nearly be inked anywhere on the body. The most common place that women choose to get butterfly tattoos are on the stomach, lower back, back shoulders, and the ankles. Choosing the location of your butterfly tattoo is a very important decision that you will have to make.



There are several different meanings behind the butterfly tattoo. Below, you can find the symbolic meanings behind the butterfly tattoo.

  • Freedom
  • Transformation
  • Flight
  • Independence
  • Femininity
  • Soul
  • Change
  • New Beginnings




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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      *Jools99, appreciate you taking the time to drop by and comment. Glad you appreciate the beautiful art. Thanks.

      *Alocsin, your right. It is the most popular choice for women. They are very colorful and beautiful, perfect for the lovely female body. Yes, great tattoo. The soft tones in this tattoo work great together, purple, blue, and green. Love it.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      These are one of the most beautiful and colorful tattoos out there. My favorite is the last one on the foot.

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      Jools Hogg 

      7 years ago from North-East UK

      I'n not a 'tat' fan but I have to take my hat off to some of the artistic beauty of these beauties and if I were to get a tattoo (after a change of heart of course), a butterfly would be a good choice.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      HBN, thanks so much, for everything! I love butterfly tattoos. As you say, the designs and colors are awesome. My wife is going to get a design with two. They eyes are wicked, it is an awesome tattoo. Beautiful art.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      I love butterflies and some of these tattoos of them are amazing in detail, intricacy and color.

      The one with the cat eyes and face is full of artistic expression and really captures one's imagination.

      I also love everything that butterflies symbolize.

      Thanks for sharing this comprehensive, well researched and beautifully illustrated hub.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia







      Thank you all dear friends for taking the time to comment and view my articles. I am very appreciative and thankful for all of you. Wishing you all the best, Ricky.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      These butterfly tattoo's are so beautiful, I could almost be tempted to have one!

      Another interesting hub Ricky thank you and voted up.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Butterflies are so beautiful. The tattoos are stunning..

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great butterfly hub my friend,awesome photos !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      So beautiful, I even got inspired by the pictures. Now I want to go and draw butterflies (except, I can't draw even if my life depended on it LOL) =)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      thelyricwriter loved this collection because of the softness.. yeah voted up bro :) Frank

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Another great hub Ricky. Love those butterfly tattoos.


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