The Meaning of Butterfly Tattoos (With Pictures)
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 guest room 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:
- Change in one's life
Tribal Butterfly TattoosClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.