95 Gorgeous Butterfly Tattoos: The Beauty and the Significance

Flutter by butterfly! The butterfly is one of the prettiest and most popular elements that ladies (and some men!) choose to get inked. The pretty creature reminds us all that we’ve turned from a simple cocoon and emerged a resplendent, beautiful animal. They’re everyone’s favorite insect, and they make amazing tattoos.

In a recent study conducted over 1000 people in the US it turns out that¬†when it comes to tattoos, women out number men. A total of 59% of women were found to have at least one tattoo versus only 41% with the men. With that in mind we’re going to take a look at one of the more popular tattoos among women – the butterfly tattoo.

Now we’re not saying that getting a butterfly tattooed on you us unmanly (well it kind of is) but it does go without saying that butterflies are one of the top designs chosen by women to get tattooed on themselves. Why is this? Well obviously they’re beautiful, but everyone knows that.

The butterfly¬†also represents love, peace, flight and most of all transformation. Let’s remember that the butterfly starts out as a caterpillar and through time evolves in to the beautiful butterfly which we all know and love. This transformation is symbolic to a lot of women that have changed or grown from their past. Sometimes it is as simple as the change from girl to woman or maybe they have overcome a dark period in their life in the past – whatever it is, we don’t want to dig too deep in to the meaning behind it all, we just want to go ahead and show you 95 of our favorite butterfly tattoo designs.


A small, sweet butterfly on the hand doesn’t go unnoticed. If you’re not feeling so brave as to get a full piece, why not start out with something small like this?

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A colorful, above the knee, beautiful monarch butterly looks great in a short skirt like we see in this picture.


A series of butterflies may be more your style? Make them colorful and vibrant. The ribs is a great placement for it.


Simple designs might be your thing. This stylized butterfly sits pretty just below the wearer’s knee, hinting of more.


Butterflies and plants go together like milk and cookies. This is an interesting, meandering back piece featuring both.


This is an exquisite example of a watercolor tattoo. Have you ever watched a cat play with butterflies? It’s a sight to behold!


Behind the shoulders are a popular spot for tattooing – beware, you won’t be able to check out your tatt yourself easily.


While we usually think of butterflies are colorful animals, you can have just as much of an impact with a black and white tattoo.


Not brave enough to ink? Foil print stick on tattoos are popular for just that reason. Test them out and see what you think.


You can see this girl’s butterfly tattoos peeping out from benear her cool sheer topped stockings – a great combo.


More tattoos on the next page…


  1. I’m looking into having my tatts done I have a blank canvas and I would like it to be unique x You have so many lovely designs I love the 3d butterflies x I will be in touch x Thanks Terri x

  2. Does anyone know who the tattoo artist who did the 5th tattoo from the start of this series of tattoo’s is? It is the one with the girl with the long dark hair whose tattoo’s are on her back and who’s tattoo’s are very subtly done. Appreciate any guidance here. Thanks. Gary

  3. I got a butterfly and the saying “just when the caterpillar thought the world was over ,it became a Butterfly.” To symbolize my caccoon of depression and my strength to power through it and transform.


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