ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Fashion and Beauty»
  • Body Art, Tattoos & Piercing

Butterfly Tattoos

Updated on September 22, 2007
Butterflies and butterfly wings are one of the most popular choices in tattoo design
Butterflies and butterfly wings are one of the most popular choices in tattoo design

A search for pictures of people with butterfly tattoos on bmezine.com results in 2,766 images. Trumped only in numbers by the star tattoos category, with Japanese kanji tattoos running a close second, butterflies seem to be the tattoo of choice among women and young girls. The butterfly has always been a popular selection for someone who is getting tattooed for the first time--it's simple, small, colorful, and can be placed anywhere on the body and still look good. Visual imagery aside, if you look deeper into the philosophy you'll realize that the butterfly is also a powerful symbol of freedom and rebirth. Think about it: the creature begins life as a caterpillar, slow, sluggish and unsightly, munching on leaves and only leaving the ground when she finds a tree to climb. Then one day something changes, a force is felt deep inside that urges the caterpillar to retreat from the rest of the world, to hide in a corner and wrap herself in a self-made cocoon. When she emerges, she is transformed into a beautiful, magical being with wings that let her soar above the treetops. What once could only crawl has now learned how to fly, the ugly duckling transformed into a swan.

Perhaps this is not what the majority of girls are thinking about when they enter the tattoo parlor and ask for a butterfly on their ankle. Maybe the fact that butterflies are pretty is good enough for them. But I can't help but acknowledge the process that ordinary caterpillars undergo on their way to becoming their true selves, and compare it to the changes we all go through as we progress through life and up as who we are.

There are some people who want to actually become a butterfly--who wouldn't want the freedom to fly?--and they do so by tattooing life-size wings in the unmistakable colors of black and orange across the width of their backs. Others prefer to detail the butterfly in it's entirety elsewhere on their skin, either as a solitary butterfly who flies alone or in a trail of multiple winged things spiraling up the arms, legs or sides. Although it is thought that the unique colors found in the butterfly's wings are what makes the creature most beautiful, there are many tattoos that feature simply a silhouette of the butterfly's form and are equally as stunning. Either way the mere outline of a butterfly's likeness will always be a popular choice, and will always represent the freedom we find when we grow at last into who we are meant to be.

BUTTERFLY Tattoos

Click thumbnail to view full-size

BUTTERFLY Swarm Tattoos

Click thumbnail to view full-size

BUTTERFLY Eyes Tattoos

Click thumbnail to view full-size

BUTTERFLY Wings Tattoos

Click thumbnail to view full-size

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      FashioBlasts 6 years ago

      Nice Post. I Really Like it. Good Job Thanks For Posting it. I Would Like To Come Again.

      Visit this, it is also about Fashion & Style. www.fashionblasts.com

    • profile image

      anakantu 6 years ago

      sempoi

    • profile image

      Floo 9 years ago

      la mariposa negra con los ojos esta barbara!! =) re genial .. !!

    • profile image

      becki 9 years ago

      tryin 2 design a tatto with stars and butterflys anyone know of n e ideas???

    • profile image

      sarah 9 years ago

      trying to find a butterfly design where two people joined holding each other closely form the body of the butterfly, anybody know were i could find a design like this?

    • starrkissed profile image

      starrkissed 9 years ago from Arizona

      i've never been a big fan of butterflies but some of these are gorgeous!!

    • profile image

      raveneyes 9 years ago

      wow some of these tatto's are so detailed they must of taken hours to do,ive been thinking of getting a new tatto myself but it's so hard to find a design that i love.

    • profile image

      butterfly personal checks lover 10 years ago

      These butterfly tattos that you have are just simply awesome! I can't wait to have my first butterfly tattoo which I'm planning to put on my shoulder! I love butterflies and I even have a lot of my own butterfly images that I have drawn & painted on my own! I even put some of these images on my personalized checks! Why not try to check out this site if you want some of these images of your own on your personalized checks? Great hub, by the way, becauseilive & thanks for sharing these images!

      http://www.onlychecks.com/butterfly-checks.html

    • GreatTattoosNow profile image

      GreatTattoosNow 10 years ago from San Jose

      Great hub page yet again! Lots and Lots of nice pictures of butterfly tattoos.

    • taylorblue profile image

      taylorblue 10 years ago from Canada

      you know I usually don't like butterfly tattoos because everyone has them...but these are some really original ones....!!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)