The Meaning of Butterfly Tattoos, With Pictures

Updated on March 7, 2018
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by The Lovely Lollie, Inkjunkys.Com, Conway, Arby Jason (Jag), ThinkInInk, Clarksburg WV)
by The Lovely Lollie, Inkjunkys.Com, Conway, Ar
by The Lovely Lollie, Inkjunkys.Com, Conway, Ar
by Jason (Jag), ThinkInInk, Clarksburg WV)
by Jason (Jag), ThinkInInk, Clarksburg WV)
by Divinity Tattoo, Phoenix
by Divinity Tattoo, Phoenix

Butterfly Tattoo Designs

Butterfly tattoos are one of the more common tattoos among women. Butterflies can represent something pretty or something more meaningful.

Butterflies can symbolize various things depending on which culture you look at it.

In the Japanese culture, butterflies are seen as the personification of one's soul, whether it be living, dying, or dead. It is, also, thought that if a butterfly enters your guestroom and sits behind the bamboo screen, a person whom you love is coming to see you. But, at the same time, butterflies in large numbers are bad omens.

In the Russian culture, butterflies can represent a woman or grandmother.

In Greek, butterfly means 'soul.'

In China, 2 butterflies flying together is a symbol of love.

Butterflies can, also, symbolize:

  • Rebirth
  • Change in one's life
  • Luck
  • Freedom
  • Nervousness

Tribal Butterfly Tattoos

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by Anderson, Outlaws Tattoo, Petropolis - RJ (Brasil)by Sam Jackson at Blood, Milk & Sky, Peterborough, UKby Cliff (Z) Ziegler, Zebra Tattooz, Streetsboro, Ohio
by Anderson, Outlaws Tattoo, Petropolis - RJ (Brasil)
by Anderson, Outlaws Tattoo, Petropolis - RJ (Brasil)
by Sam Jackson at Blood, Milk & Sky, Peterborough, UK
by Sam Jackson at Blood, Milk & Sky, Peterborough, UK
by Cliff (Z) Ziegler, Zebra Tattooz, Streetsboro, Ohio
by Cliff (Z) Ziegler, Zebra Tattooz, Streetsboro, Ohio
by IAM: spud-dawg, Big buddha tattoo, Lubbock, Tx
by IAM: spud-dawg, Big buddha tattoo, Lubbock, Tx

Choosing a Butterfly Tattoo

In many cases, one might think a butterfly tattoo is safe. I mean, who doesn't like butterflies? It's not like getting a favorite band logo or a favorite cartoon character tattooed on your body, as eventually, you may grow out of the band and your tastes may change.

Butterflies, can be represented as gorgeous creatures of change and revival, which makes them a safe choice for a tattoo, especially first tattoos.

But, when choosing a butterfly, you will want to decide the type of tattoo (tribal, classic, etc) and the location (hidden, visible, foot, arm, back, etc) for the tattoo.

It may help to gather several photos of butterflies that you like. Take them to your tattoo artist and see if he can create the perfect butterfly for you. This way, you will have some input as to the design of you new tattoo.

Butterfly Tattoo Ideas

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(by Bruce Bodkin, D-Markation, Quebec city, Canada)by Gareth, Physical Poetry, Leeds(by Bruce Bodkin, D-Markation, Quebec city, Canada)by German Veryegnassi, GV tattoos, South Beach Miami Floridaby Yana, Lucky Dog Tattoosby unknownby john at rizzlatattooby Vern ( the Mad Tatter), Backdoor Studio, Sacramento, Californiaby Derrick Farrell, Diamond F Tattoos, Winnipeg, MBBy John at rizzlatattooby Knuffelpunk, Belgiumby Sam Jackson at Blood, Milk & Sky, Peterborough, UK.by James, Planet Ink, Toronto, ON, Canadaby Billy Saunder's, Scotlandby Anderson, Outlaws Tattoo, Petropolis_RJ (Brasil)
(by Bruce Bodkin, D-Markation, Quebec city, Canada)
(by Bruce Bodkin, D-Markation, Quebec city, Canada)
by Gareth, Physical Poetry, Leeds
by Gareth, Physical Poetry, Leeds
(by Bruce Bodkin, D-Markation, Quebec city, Canada)
(by Bruce Bodkin, D-Markation, Quebec city, Canada)
by German Veryegnassi, GV tattoos, South Beach Miami Florida
by German Veryegnassi, GV tattoos, South Beach Miami Florida
by Yana, Lucky Dog Tattoos
by Yana, Lucky Dog Tattoos
by unknown
by unknown
by john at rizzlatattoo
by john at rizzlatattoo
by Vern ( the Mad Tatter), Backdoor Studio, Sacramento, California
by Vern ( the Mad Tatter), Backdoor Studio, Sacramento, California
by Derrick Farrell, Diamond F Tattoos, Winnipeg, MB
by Derrick Farrell, Diamond F Tattoos, Winnipeg, MB
By John at rizzlatattoo
By John at rizzlatattoo
by Knuffelpunk, Belgium
by Knuffelpunk, Belgium
by Sam Jackson at Blood, Milk & Sky, Peterborough, UK.
by Sam Jackson at Blood, Milk & Sky, Peterborough, UK.
by James, Planet Ink, Toronto, ON, Canada
by James, Planet Ink, Toronto, ON, Canada
by Billy Saunder's, Scotland
by Billy Saunder's, Scotland
by Anderson, Outlaws Tattoo, Petropolis_RJ (Brasil)
by Anderson, Outlaws Tattoo, Petropolis_RJ (Brasil)

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      3 months ago

      Butterflies

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      Jasmine 

      7 years ago

      Nice!! (:

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      ***amarayn*** 

      7 years ago

      i really loved them three butterflies wif da stars man it really looks pretty... am thinking of gwting something kind of like the one..

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      mama 

      7 years ago

      just got one, it represents the passing of some loved ones and changes in my life, a since of freedom.

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      jo 

      8 years ago

      they're just a bit common though...

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      erinz18 

      8 years ago

      i have one butterfly tatto on my foot just very simple and pink i got it coz it means freedom and it was after my nana passed away and now ive just end a long term relationship and have a new lesse on life so now it has more meaning to me coz i am FREE im also getting a big tirble desing on my back with a big butterfly but after reading your comments ( i was scard for having two many butterflys on my body ) but now im not thanks guys :)

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      sherry 

      8 years ago

      I absolutely LOVE butterflies and always have. I lived in Alaska back in the "hippie 70's" and got my first tattoo of a butterfly on my ankle. I felt like I started a "butterfly" trend over 30 years ago. The color has faded but the meaning lives on of what a wonderful, exciting and adventurous life I live. Butterflies deffinately represent beauty of the mind and soul, free spirited, colorful flying flowers !! I'm releasing 75 beautiful live butterflies at my son's wedding this April. Can't wait for the grand showing !!! Awesome little creatures !!

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      Co 

      8 years ago

      I like the black one

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      chasity101 

      8 years ago

      butterflys are lucky cubz!!!!!! there magical in a way. lol

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      amber16 

      8 years ago

      i just love to see butterfly tattoos

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      cubz 

      8 years ago

      butterflies land on people sometimes because they are attracted to the salt from our skin. but I also like to think of it as luck. better than a bee. lol

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      anniella 

      8 years ago

      very nice tatoo i like it

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      Louisa 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for all these great inspiration pictures!

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      nicole 

      8 years ago

      i really like the three butterflies with the stars. =)

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      keshia 

      9 years ago

      i have 6 butterfly tattoos and i love them all. they are just so nice looking.

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      Monica  

      9 years ago

      i think that it is who i am i make many changes in life gone throw much and my soul is as free as it wants just like a butterfly

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      amanda 

      10 years ago

      i have a dragonfly on my lower back. butterflies are girl and pretty so badass tats

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      jaymz 

      10 years ago from USA

      Off hand, i believe that's luck, but I'm not sure.

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      denise 

      10 years ago

      what does it mean when butterflies land on your hand and just sits there i have that happen twice where a butterflie will vrawl up on my finger and stay there

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      stylezink 

      10 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

      Good hub, I havee 2 butterfly tattoo's so far, I don't know if I'm done yet and both of them actually represent something you listed, funny huh.

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      hayley 

      10 years ago

      i absolutely LOVE the purple butterflie design with the 3 butterflies nd all da stars!! im getting a tattoo nxt wk hopefully nd im seriously thinkin of gettin dat!!! xxx

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