The symbol of the butterfly is one of the most popular choices of tattoo. It represents grace, beauty nature and femininity. The term comes from the ancient Greek and also means the spirit of the human soul and its portrayal has always been linked symbolically to the soul. The Romans, the Celts and the Aztecs believed that the souls of the dead were transformed into butterflies, and the spirit, like the butterfly, trapped in the cocoon, finds the freedom in its most beautiful form when it emerges as beautiful butterfly.

In Japan, the butterfly is a symbol of a woman and femininity while, if depicted in pairs, represents marital happiness. Even today, in Mexico, the symbol is used, painted in red on the back, to ensure the passage of the deceased into the afterlife. Its greater symbolism is attained by its life cycle: the butterfly is the essence of constant metamorphosis, from egg to caterpillar to winged adult insect.

Butterfly Water Color tattoo by The Raw Canvas
Shoulder Realistic Flower Butterfly tattoo by Piranha Tattoo Studio
Arm Realistic Flower Butterfly Bee tattoo by Nicklas Westin
Fantasy Back Butterfly Tree tattoo by Siluha Tattoo
Old School Hand Butterfly tattoo by Cloak and Dagger Tattoo
Fantasy Back Butterfly tattoo by Secret Tattoo & Piercing
Butterfly Tiger Thigh tattoo by Slawit Ink
Realistic Flower Back Butterfly tattoo by Slawit Ink
New School Butterfly Belly Dagger tattoo by Captured Tattoo
Side Butterfly Dotwork tattoo by Michele Zingales
Butterfly Thigh tattoo by Ottorino d'Ambra
Chest Heart Butterfly Dotwork tattoo by Ottorino d'Ambra
Butterfly Breast tattoo by Nik The Rookie
Butterfly Belly tattoo by Providence Tattoo studio
Butterfly Belly Dotwork tattoo by Top Gun Tattooing
Arm Flower Butterfly Bird tattoo by Signs and Wonders
Shoulder Realistic Butterfly tattoo by Sacred Art Tattoo
Butterfly Neck Water Color tattoo by Sacred Art Tattoo
Flower Back Butterfly Key tattoo by Puedmag Custom Ink Tattoos
Flower Back Butterfly tattoo by Puedmag Custom Ink Tattoos
Side Butterfly Sunflower tattoo by Victoria Boaghi
Arm Flower Butterfly tattoo by Victoria Boaghi
Chest Butterfly Elephant tattoo by Dave Paulo
Shoulder Realistic Butterfly tattoo by Nikita Zarubin
Flower Side Butterfly Lotus tattoo by Powerline Tattoo
Arm Skull Butterfly tattoo by Domantas Parvainis
Arm Flower Butterfly tattoo by Herzstich Tattoo
Old School Hand Butterfly tattoo by Hidden Moon Tattoo
Arm Butterfly tattoo by Hidden Moon Tattoo
New School Back Butterfly tattoo by Dagger & Lark Tattoo
Flower Side Butterfly tattoo by White Rabbit Tattoo
Butterfly Belly tattoo by Last Angels Tattoo
Butterfly Neck Dotwork tattoo by Rock n Ink Tattoo
Shoulder Flower Butterfly Rose tattoo by The Art of London
Arm Flower Butterfly tattoo by Pete the Thief
Old School Butterfly Neck tattoo by Philip Yarnell
Arm Old School Butterfly tattoo by Philip Yarnell
Side Butterfly Abstract Water Color tattoo by Dead Romanoff Tattoo
Back Butterfly tattoo by Toko Lören Tattoo
Realistic Side Butterfly tattoo by Black Ink Studio
Realistic Butterfly Neck tattoo by Antony Tattoo
Flower Skull Butterfly Neck tattoo by Antony Tattoo

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