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Butterflies are iconic and symbolic. These amazing transformational insects represent a special meaning to a lot of people.

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Choosing Butterfly Tattoos

Been contemplating getting a butterfly tattoo? Well they are very hot right now among women to tell the truth they are the most searched for tattoo design for women and have been for a long time. It really is no surprise how often people are looking for this tattoo considering how beautiful butterflies are with their wide range of colors and the wonderful symbolic life they live? The problem is many women know they want to get a butterfly tattoo but finding the right design can be difficult. It can be frustrating to be stuck looking at endless tattoo flash that doesn't express the feeling or tone you want for your tattoo. Often looking online leads to further frustration. So if you are in that place and have been spending hours looking online then you will want to read this article for sure.

The Common Butterfly Tattoo Styles Designs

Even though these tattoos often get all lumped together under one banner there really are many different styles and forms of the butterfly tattoo. If you are considering getting one then it makes sense to take some time and explore the different styles available and discover what you like best. This will help focus your searching efforts and help you to better communicate


Celtic styles always feature Celtic knotwork. These are always a series of endless knots that weave over top and under each other to make a delicate and intricate net work forming a butterfly. Often these are done in black and white but sometimes they include some color.


Tribal butterflies are always done in black ink and are a series of edgy lines that form a kind of tribal looking design in the shape of a butterfly. These are strong bold butterflies that can be seen at a distance and are not as intricate or colorful as some of the other designs but the boldness makes them unique and interesting.


Realistic butterflies can be kind of a broad range but any type of butterfly that is instantly recognizable as a butterfly would typically fit in this category. These designs typically are done with bright or even brilliant colors and often feature a wide range of colors.

Cartoon butterflies are not so much a cartoon like Snoopy but instead these are designs of big beautiful butterflies that look semi realistic but have a black outline and are somewhat simplified over the more realistic looking designs.

Of course there are some that will not fit into any category. So this category is a little harder to find a typical design for but combination designs are when a butterfly is just a part of a larger overall tattoo. For example it might be a back piece with faeries, flowers, and butterflies all together.

Finding Examples

The next thing you will want to do after deciding on the overall design of butterfly is to find some source pictures of tattoos that have things you like about them. For example do a google image search and find 5 different designs that you really like. Print them out and then write down what you like in each one and generate a list of the styles and elements you want to have in your design.

Select An Artist

After you have finished the above steps and chosen your style and found some pictures to express your ideas you will want to next find a tattoo artist that will work with you in creating a custom design. You can always take a shortcut and just choose some common flash on the wall at a local tattoo shop. However, typically you will not be very pleased with the result. By taking the time and having a custom design done you can really ensure that the tattoo you have done is something you will love for many years to come.

By taking your time and narrowing down what style you want, finding resource photographs to work from and finding a professional tattoo artist you almost guarantee that you will love the tattoo you end up with for the rest of your life! Tattoos are expensive no doubt about it but paying that extra is money well spent. Most of all take your time in selecting the design and have fun with the journey. It is not always about the end result of a tattoo but often the journey to getting one that will last in your memory.

About the Author
A constant observer, writer and participant in the Tattoo world Sara Blackstone has enjoyed creating pages and providing high quality content and information on tattoo designs. Check this page dedicated to Butterfly Tattoos.


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