Many women opt for a butterfly image when selecting a tattoo. They are fragile creatures of great beauty flitting amongst the flowers that seem to symbolize much of what is considered feminine in our society. Then again, to some people, butterflies represent an emergence of sorts, much like the lovely butterfly that emerges from an ugly caterpillar.
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Butterfly tattoos are not reserved solely for women, either. Ancient Samurai warriors used the symbol of the butterfly on their armor and Augustus, the Roman emperor, also enjoyed using it in decorative design.
There are so many different types of butterflies that the design and color aspects of a tattoo are nearly limitless. From very realistic and detailed depictions to more stylized or simplified forms, a butterfly can be added anywhere on the body and become a truly striking piece of body art. Blue, purple, gold, orange, green, red — all of these colors are found naturally in butterflies. If you wish a real colorful tattoo, consider adding a flower or a length of flowering vine to pair with your butterfly.
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Because they can be drawn very small but still contain much detail, butterflies are very popular for inking on the fine bones of the ankle, resting on the top of a breast, or emphasizing a slender neck. Larger ones look great across the shoulders, or with wings spread across the small of the back.
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Butterflies are creatures of great beauty. A butterfly tattoo adds color and splendor to the body. Use one to show your femininity — or even masculinity — depending on what it means to you.