In Japan they believe that if a butterfly flies into your guestroom, the person you love the most will come to you soon.
In some cultures it means good luck when a butterfly lands on you (imagine the luck you'll be having when you have one on you permanently). For the ancient Aztecs, butterflies were the souls of deceased warriors or women who died while giving birth. Butterfly tattoos combine well with tribal elements, especially on the lower back because of the symmetrical nature of a butterfly. Lower back butterfly tattoos are usually larger, more stylized butterfly images that stretch across the lower back, one of the most popular places to get a tattoo nowadays (but also known as a tramp stamp).
To sum it up: butterfly tattoos are among the most versatile tattoo images, which helps explain their popularity with women.
Butterfly tattoos are a feminine kind of tattoo and come in a great variety of shapes and sizes: colorful or black, stylized or real (like a monarch butterfly tattoo). Butterflies have always been an inspiration for visual arts, such as the hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt a couple of thousand years ago. A small butterfly tattoo (life sized or smaller) on an ankle or shoulder can be a pretty and graceful accent to your natural beauty.
Having a tattoo of a butterfly symbolizes a new life, a new beginning after having gone through some rough times. On the other hand, it is not so delicate like most people think: contrary to the widespread belief, you can't kill a butterfly by touching its wings. Tribal butterfly tattoos are often black, or a combination of a colored butterfly with black tribal swirls.
The butterfly image is very symmetrical, so the middle can easily be lined up with the spine, the wings extending on either side. They are inherently feminine, but not necessarily girly, and you can make either a bold or subtle statement. They are the 4th most popular tattoo design, after tribal, star and cross tattoos and they are probably the most popular design for women and girls.
This makes the butterfly wings longer and more stretched out than they would be in nature, but the image can be very attractive.
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