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.