butterfly-tattooThe most popular female tattoo by far is the butterfly tattoo. Butterfly tattoos come in a large variety of sizes and shapes. The butterfly tattoo is one of the most popular designs after the cross, star, and the tribal tattoo and they are probably the most popular design for women. This tattoo design is feminine and pretty without being too sentimental or flowery.
Butterfly tattoos are a great choice for a 1st tattoo because it isn’t required that the design be striking or big. Having a tattoo of a small butterfly on a shoulder or an ankle is a graceful and pretty accent to your natural beauty.

A butterfly tattoo may have numerous meanings, depending on the person or culture. Here are a few of the meanings:

•    A symbol that represents transformation and rebirth: The caterpillar slowly transforms itself inside the cocoon into the beautiful butterfly. Having a butterfly tattoo represents a new beginning and a new life.
•    Delicate beauty: A butterfly is very delicate and small, however, it is also full of beautiful details and is very colorful.
•    A butterfly tattoo often is used to represent freedom.
•    In the Christian culture the butterfly symbolizes a person’s soul.
•    People in Japan believe that if a butterfly flies into your room, the person you love the most will visit you soon.
•    Also in Japan, it is a bad omen if you see a large swarm of butterflies.
•    The Russian word for butterfly resembles the word for grandmother.
•    In China, two butterflies seen flying together are a symbol for love.
•    In many cultures when a butterfly lands on you it means good luck. Imagine the luck you would have if one landed on you permanently.
•    In the ancient Aztec civilization, butterflies represented the souls of women who died during childbirth or deceased warriors.
•    Many people think that a butterfly represents peace.
•    Some people think that the butterfly looks like a woman’s genitals.

The Tribal Butterfly Tattoo

A tribal butterfly tattoo looks very beautiful, especially when they are on the lower back – this is as a result of the butterfly’s symmetrical nature. A tribal butterfly tattoo is usually black, or a combination of black tribal swirls with a colored butterfly.

Butterfly tattoos on the lower back are usually more stylized and larger butterfly images that stretch across the lower back are also becoming common.

Butterfly tattoos actually lend themselves very well to the lower back. The butterfly image is very symmetrical, therefore, the middle can easily be lined up with the spine, with the wings extended on either side. This makes the butterfly wings more stretched out and longer than they are naturally in nature, however, they are very attractive.

Celtic Butterfly Tattoos

Butterfly tattoos having the design of the Celtics are done in one of several ways. The butterfly’s wings might be filled with Celtic artwork or a Celtic border may surround the butterfly image.

The knot work and spirals that comprise most traditional Celtic art work very well in combination with a butterfly design and come across very well in tattoos.

Butterfly tattoos are some of the most versatile tattoo designs, which helps explain their popularity with women. They are naturally feminine, however, they are not girly and you can make either a subtle or bold statement with butterfly tattoo art. All of this means that we are likely to see even more butterfly tattoos in future years.