The butterfly is one of the most colorful designs you can use in tattoo: grace, delicacy and subtleness are part of its nature. The transformation that the butterfly suffers in its life, leaving behind a "lower state" in which is a scarcely attractive caterpillar, is relevant to the meaning that different culture assigned to this insect, but those meanings are mainly connected to the soul and freedom gained through sacrifices and experience.
Butterflies and different cultures
In Greek, Russian, Guarani culture and other cultures, the butterfly stands for the human soul after death; some of the Guarani traditions talk about people who died being in love and immediately were turned in these beautiful insects.
Christianity choose the butterfly as symbol of the soul who has overcome the flesh tyranny; Central American Natives (like Aztecs and Mayans) look at this creature as the embodiment of the soul of the deads. Other cultures relate the butterfly to long life, love, men in love and change. Knowing all this, you can select this design if you want to reflect a spiritual side of your personality; if you love Nature and wildlife; or if you stand for what is fragile, delicate and awesome in the world , among other so many significative things that the butterfly stands for.
Life and changes
Butterfly symbolizes life and life is always change. Butterflies return to the fields after the long, hard months of Winter. They flood the hills and valleys; invade the town and village with their funny wings and float elegantly over the trees and flowers.
Bright color design, with strong touches of red, blue, green and yellow are suitable for someone who is restless, curious, optimistic and eager to live every day with all intensity, without losing good humour.
The black butterfly symbolize a strong change, and the neatness of its shape can be both a symbol of patience and strength.
A blue butterfly can grace your body representing good luck and good changes, The blue is always a color related to the spiritual world, protection and peace. If you search for peace, a blue butterfly is good choice.
The white brings the light to the mind and soul. White soothes, calms, heals and a white butterfly talks about a person who reaches for higher peaks for her/his life.
Yellow is a social color and also is a color that talks about good humour, wisdom and richness. Those who like to be active, creative, and are not shy or timid, can use this color to feature their social abilities and their capacity to generate richness of every kind : spiritual and material. But if you are shy, you can use to increase your self confidence.
Orange as yellow are color easily identified with social abilities and good mood. Orange butterflies are precious because they know how to play and dance with high spirit even in the hardest moments. Orange can link people with a joyful sense in their heart to construct a new life together in personal or commercial affairs.
A palette of bright and sensual colors can be spread on the wings of your tattooed butterfly according to your own taste. You can combine them with some especial meaning or simply do it freely, letting your intuition fly with the butterfly wings.
If you love the Gothic aesthetic, you can create your grim, languid butterfly, carrying in its own wings a blurry haze of gray, black and dark blue tones. They will look great and, in some sense, ethereal and mysterious.
Covering meanings that are in conflict with each other, like long life and ephemeral love, the butterfly keeps the secret of an eternal dancer, which can lead people to the distraction of contemplating its own beauty.