The Meaning Behind Butterfly Tattoos

Tattoo designs are very much ‘in’ these days and are donned by common people as well as celebrities. If you are a first timer or are thinking of having a unique tattoo, why not go for a tattoo with a symbolic meaning? I know it is quite difficult to choose a single best tattoo among the countless options available today. However, it is simpler to choose a tattoo that complements your personality the best. If you are looking for a ‘girly’ tattoo with a specific meaning, the butterfly tattoo is just for you, as it is considered as one of the best feminine tattoo designs.

If you are considering getting a tattoo but have no idea on what to get than maybe you should consider the butterfly. After all the butterfly is one of the most popular tattoos a woman gets. Simply because they are beautiful and there is some kind of mystic about them. If you are concerned that your tattoo maybe just like someone else’s don’t fret. There are endless butterfly designs out there and chances are out of all the butterfly tattoos that have been inked onto woman there probably isn’t one that has been duplicated, unless it was done on purpose.

The butterfly stands for so many things. But the number one reason woman tend to get a butterfly tattoo is the butterfly symbolizes a change or transformation. So this beautiful little creature could fit in almost anywhere in your life where you have experienced some sort of change. Also butterflies have been known to stand for love or joy. A butterfly tattoo is also a very safe tattoo, in the sense that you will more than likely never regret this tattoo because it’s special meaning will be with your forever. The only way this tattoo could turn into a regret is if you got a humongous butterfly tattoo covering your whole back, then that could most definlety lead to some regret later in life.

Butterfly Tattoos Meaning:

The foremost butterfly tattoo symbolism is beauty and grace. The beautiful colors and patterns on the wings of the butterflies are undeniably beautiful. It is for this very reason that the butterfly tattoo is popular among women. Secondly, as the butterfly starts its life as a caterpillar and goes through a lot of changes after being a butterfly, it becomes a symbol of change and metamorphosis. Therefore, if you have experienced some sort of change in your life at anytime, the butterfly is the best for you.

Freedom is yet another butterfly tattoos meaning. Many people believe that as the butterfly freely soars in the sky, it signifies freedom and independence. As a butterfly itself is very delicate, it also symbolizes fragility of life and impermanence. Similarly, as the butterfly goes from flower to flower for collecting food, it also becomes a symbol of instability on earth.

The meaning and symbolism of butterfly tattoo designs is also related to spirituality and psyche. According to the Greek culture, a butterfly symbolizes the journey of a soul. The soul takes birth, travels through the journey of life, dies and is reborn. It was even believed that the butterfly takes the human soul from earth to the heaven. Thus, every butterfly around, carries a human soul with it. In ancient times, it was even believed that the butterfly had magical powers as it transformed from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly. The butterfly is also a symbol of free spirit.

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.

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