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Butterfly and Flower Tattoo Designs

Updated on November 29, 2016

Butterflies and Flowers

Two of the more beautiful, delightful parts of nature are the butterfly and flowers, and when you combine the two they are great material for photos and art, including being fantastic subject matter for tattoo designs.

While each can stand on their own as a compelling piece of body art, when you put them together you get beauty and design on steroids, resulting in some great tattoos.

One of the challenges of deciding on a tattoo design including flowers and butterflies is the wide array of color you can incorporate into the design, which means if you want something close to reality, some thought must be put into the type of flower and butterfly so they work together well.

If you're not too concerned about reality but want to be more creative in the tattoo design, then you can go with your favorite colors or darker ink to express what you want on your skin.

Butterfly and Blue Flower on Shoulder

Probably one of the more wonderful things about a butterfly is the way it flutters around as it looks for flowers to land on. That is expressed in many tattoo designs using butterflies and flowers as subject matter, as it is below in the first tattoo we'll look at.

There are exceptions of course, based on people who enjoy a certain type of tattoo which is more interpretive or includes scrolls to indicate the flight patterns of the butterfly, which forces the image to be changed to reflect that decision.

As for this first butterfly tattoo, I like the very vibrant blue color of the flower, although it is a little loud, overwhelming the softer color of the butterfly. It also seems to clash a little, although overly much. I think the dark colors incorporated into both help save it in that regard.


Butterfly, Flowers, Bamboo Tattoo

Here again we have a more traditional tattoo design, with the butterfly fluttering towards the flower, with a couple of competitor bees in the mix.

The uniqueness of this tattoo is a plus, but it's extremely busy, with far too much color for my tastes. Leaving the bees out would have made it a better tattoo, as would leaving out that blue and greenish background color which adds nothing to the design.

If you had the rest, including the interesting bamboo, it would have been a really nice tattoo.


Blue Butterfly and Flowers Tattoo

At first glance I didn't like this predominantly blue tattoo design, but has grown on me some the more I look at it.

After some contemplation, I think it's the dark blue of the butterfly and the lighter blue hue of the flowers which clash some. Usually a color expressed in different hues work well together, but these particular two struggle to blend.

The quality is decent though, and it's hard not to like that beautiful butterfly.


Black and Grey Scrolling Butterfly, Flower Tattoo

We'll change the pace a little with this darker ink, showcasing a well done design including that terrific scrolling vines and shadowing, which is among the favorite types of ink I like no matter what the specific subject matter is.

The detail is fantastic and those little light-colored highlights on the flower are great.


Butterfly on Wrist

What is nice about his tattoo is the butterfly itself. Going with the dark border around the wings really make its stand out nicely. The flowers also look good, going from dark to light from the center out.

A weakness of the tattoo design is the scrolling, which I normally like. The odd shape of the scrolls, specifically on the far left with the sharp edge, doesn't flow like scrolling usually does. Also strange is the inclusion of the two disconnected lines above the circular end of the scroll. Maybe it's something personal that couldn't be figured out by viewers, but it interferes with an otherwise decent tattoo.


Cherry Blossoms and Butterfly Tattoo

Cherry blossoms are a ubiquitous choice when it comes to tattoo flower designs, and there's a reason for that: they look great. But that's not the reason I included this tattoo in the gallery. It's the position of the butterfly, which appears to be flying off, rather than coming in to land on the flowers.

That's important because the placement would have been much better if it had been on the left side of the branch in the open area. The tattoo still looks nice, but I mention it to remind people that little details are a big deal when you're going to have something permanently placed on your skin.


Tribal Butterfly Tattoo

It's always cool to come across tattoo designs that are a little different than most that are usually used, and that's the case here, with the tribal butterfly and scrolling incorporated around the flowers.

The butterfly design looks great, as does the scrolling and flowers. My only issue is the exclusion of the final scroll on the bottom flower. That's because the tattoo appears to be finished, and it looks a little out of place. Still, a good tattoo, just one that would have been more complete if the scrolling would have been added.


Butterfly and Lily Tattoo

Lastly we have this beautiful tattoo of a butterfly and lily. The combination on the right is what I really like, incorporating such beautiful color into the image.

But even with that great tattoo design, the reason for showcasing it was the way the woman displayed them with her top. It's funny and interesting the way the tattoos were separated by the straps. Pretty creative outcome.

Butterfly and Flower Tattoos

Butterflies are such a delightful little creature to have about, and it's the flowers around the yard that draw this fluttering friends to visit.

Taking that experience and permanently inking it for all to see is a compelling way to show off the beauty, art and wonder of those moments we've all participated in during our lifetimes.


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    • SidKemp profile image

      Sid Kemp 6 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      The foot scroll and the butterfly and lily are really special.

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      Catherine Taylor 6 years ago from Canada

      You always have the best tattoo pictures B.B. i look forward to your posts and often see something I might consider getting done.