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Butterfly Tattoo Art

Updated on January 2, 2015

Butterfly Tattoos - A Woman's Favorite

Butterflies are a favorite at tattoo shops around the world and with good reason. They are stylish, come in many different colors and patterns and can be incorporated easily into designs that fit the body well and wrap around arms, legs and torsos. It is common to see butterfly tattoos in combinations with other popular tattoo elements like flowers, fairies, tribal tats, Celtic crosses, combined with names and dates and butterflies with ribbons. The combinations of tattoo elements that look great with butterflies are endless. They are a favorite tattoo of women because of their beauty, femininity, colors, and symbolism.

Butterfly tattoos can be small or large. The butterfly tattoo is often the choice of many women who get a tattoo for the first time. Small tattoos are common for the first timer and a butterfly tattoo is a great choice because they can be rendered well as a tattoo when small.

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun

And find your shoulder to light on,

To bring you luck, happiness and riches

Today, tomorrow and beyond.

~Irish Blessing


The Symbol of the Butterfly

Sweet Feminine Symbolism

The butterfly is a symbol of rebirth and beauty. Rebirth, from caterpillar to butterfly. Changing and growing into oneself and the person one sets goals to become. This is part of the symbolism of the butterfly and why it is a popular choice for tattoos. Beauty is another symbol. Butterflies are beautiful because of their grace, colors, flirtiness and delicacy.

Beauty of the butterfly is unlimited because there are over 17,000 species of butterflies in the world. Their beauty lies in the endless combinations of form and color and these colors can be adapted to body art well. Butterflies look very natural and tell fantastic stories as tattoos. They do not have to be large but can easily be adapted into a large piece of body art like a sleeve, band or on the torso. Even though they may be depicted in a large scene, the butterfly continues to shine its beauty and light through the design and beyond to the beholder.

Tattoo 76
Tattoo 76

Butterflies and Their Meanings

Around the World

In Japan butterflies may represent happiness or also young and beautiful women. Imaging a butterfly tattoo intertwined with butterflies and Japanese lettering; gorgeous.

While Germany shows the butterfly as a symbol of witches because butterflies often flew around butter churns and milk pails trying to steal what was in them. At tattoos like this would bring out your wild side.

Mexicans associate a butterfly tattoos as a representation of one's soul and a vehicle to desires. Viva la tattoo!

Chinese often use the symbol of two flying butterflies to depict intertwining love. Intertwined with Chinese symbols and the color red, a tattoo like this would be super stunning.

The Russians believe that butterflies represent mothers and grandmothers. Oh! A tattoo ode to your mom, how sweet it would be with and itty bitty butterfly!

Get Creative - Stencil a Butterfly Tattoo

Here is a sweet way to generate butterfly tattoo designs for yourself or others. Stenciling a tattoo before actually getting a tattoo can help you decide on color and layout. It gives you an idea of where placement on the body will showcase the butterfly tattoo best. Body art can be experimented with by adding different colors, design elements and quotes or calligraphy.

Try stenciling with these great products and kits.A little practice will help you find the perfect feminine tattoo and flirty design. Using a kit prior to adding a permanent tattoo lets you experiment. The inks are washable yet they last long enough to give you a good sense of placement which helps you make that ultimate decision; do you or don't you? Temporary tattoo kits clear up the indecision.

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Flutterby, Butterfly - and leave a comment for me!

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      Edita 5 years ago from Auckland NZ

      Nice butterfly tattoos. Really like - smaller ones. :-)