Last Updated on June 5, 2020
Butterfly tattoos are as timeless as they come. Gone are the big blobs of multi-colored designs (although that’s still a thing, especially if you’re into that); today, the minimalist black-and-white versions are flying off artists’ shops thanks to social media. While it’s still the same wonderful creature we associate with transformation, modern times carved it a new look that’s more suited to the unconventional traits of the youth.
Take your pick from the simple line art, reminiscent of childhood doodles, to the more elegant dual designs that combine two concepts in one. Not ready to showcase your ink to the world? Be discreet with tiny tattoos you can easily hide with a sleeve or with your hair. Want to feel sexy? A colorful cluster will suit your thighs, collarbone, or even ankle.
Don’t think that these winged creatures are only for women. By combining certain elements, you’d be surprised at how adaptable butterfly ink can be. For instance, a surreal theme using plain black ink can make a striking impression. You don’t even need to make it look precisely like a butterfly. The wings alone can make a big impact, depending on the overall concept.
Butterflies have been a favorite symbol for transformation and femininity. But they can symbolize basically anything nowadays. They can represent friendship, beauty, and transience. They may fly freely now, having just freed themselves from a cocoon. But their days have always been numbered even before they began to change. Thus, a butterfly can signify the swift and passing joy of life.
In the simplest of things though, it can just mean that you like it. Not everything needs to have meaning. After all, why can’t something spectacular be immortalized on skin? With these amazing butterfly tattoo ideas, you’ll have an excuse to go get more ink (if you haven’t already).