50 Beautiful Butterfly Tattoo Ideas

The butterfly is an elegant and often colourful creature with vivid patterns and bright displays of flamboyance. Butterflies are a popular choice for young girls and older women alike as they represent freedom and majestic beauty. A butterfly is light and delicate, they flutter up and down as they effortlessly fly through the air. Us humans have always been fascinated with flight and the ultimate freedom that come with that feeling.

1. Floral butterfly tattoo by mhxbones

Floral Butterfly Tattoo


2. Pretty little black ink butterfly by Skylarr Nova Tattoos

Black Ink Butterfly

3. Two tiny shoulder blade butterflies by Cally-Jo


Two small butterflies on shoulder blade

4. Cover-up butterfly shoulder tattoo by Lele Martínez

Cover-up butterfly


Choosing the right style and size of butterfly

There are many types of butterfly to choose from, small and large, some are dark and some have a rainbow spectrum of color. You also have the option to choose to have just the wings tattooed, instead of the whole animal. The viewpoint is also something to carefully consider, a common design shows an above view, classically showing the full open wings of the butterfly. Some people like to have a side view and 3D butterflies are popular, making it look like the butterfly has just landed.

5. 3D butterfly by Danny Beston

3D Butterfly

6. Detailed butterfly by theparsetattoo

Detailed butterfly

7. Cute blue butterfly neck tattoo by Taynan Sander

Blue butterfly neck tattoo

Patterns and designs to accompany a butterfly tattoo

Many women choose to have additional features with their butterflies, having one of the wings as flowers is a common request and looks pretty. Many girls choose to have flowers surrounding the butterfly or have more than one butterfly. A group of butterflies is officially known as a kaleidoscope.

8. Floral butterfly tattoo done at Djinx Tattoo Studio.

Flower Butterfly Tattoo

9. Butterfly lady by Lauren Evans

Butterfly lady

10. Sternum butterfly by David Bel

Sternum butterfly

11. Neck Butterfly by Haus Of Tattoo

Neck Butterfly

Choosing the situation of your butterfly tattoo

The location of your butterfly tattoo is a very important consideration. We have a multitude of body locations in this article, from the neck to the feet, nearly every part of the body has been covered. The arms, back and sternum are all beautiful places to site your new butterfly tattoo, my personal favourite places are the hands and fingers.

12. Two pretty wrist butterflies by song.e

Wrist Butterflies Tattoo

13. Thigh Butterflies by Arūnas Maraška

Thigh Butterflies

14. Three small butterflies on upper arm by Stefano Sanna

Upper arm butterflies

15. Minimalist Finger Butterfly by Yasmin Goodman

Finger Butterfly Tattoo

16. 3D Collar Bone Butterfly by GeriTattoo

3D Collar Bone Butterfly

17. Abstract butterfly calf piece by Aiste G

Abstract butterfly

18. Large floral neck butterfly by Aguascali Firme

Large neck butterfly with flowers

19. Pretty ankle butterfly by José Evaristo Lopes

Ankle Butterfly Tattoo

20. Blue shoulder butterfly by Jemma Louise Austin-Smith

Blue Shoulder Butterfly

21. Dark Pink Butterfly by prianatatts

Dark Pink Butterfly

22. Abstract sketch butterflies back tattoo by Zitten

Abstract Butterflies on Girl's Back

23. Watercolor butterflies by Eliška

Watercolor Butterflies

24. Memorial monarch butterfly by Gillian Marie

Memorial Monarch Butterfly

25. Butterflies hand tattoo by Brenna Eagan

Butterflies hand tattoo

26. Butterfly metamorphosis back tattoo by Flor de la Cruz Tattoo

Butterfly Metamorphosis Tattoo

Butterflies are a symbol for change

The life cycle of a butterfly is quite complex, they undergo a complete metamorphosis to grow up into an adult. They must endure four stages including the egg, larva, pupa and finally the adult butterfly. Thus a butterfly is the perfect symbolic representation of change and new beginnings.

27. Butterfly stages by milky

Butterfly stages

28. Purple abdomen butterfly by Lorena

Purple Abdomen Butterfly

29. Colorful butterflies side piece by MA Tattoo

Colorful butterflies side piece

30. Pretty 3D forearm tattoo by Pier Diamond at Malavida Tattoo

3D Blue Green Butterfly

31. Vivid pink 3D shoulder blade butterfly by Sal Vaccaro Tattoo Studio

Pink 3D Butterfly on Girl's Shoulder

32. Tiny wrist butterfly tattoo by InkStitution Tattoo Studio

Tiny Butterfly Wrist Tattoo

33. Butterfly wings double hand piece by Jim Beaumont

Double hand butterfly wings

34. Bright little wrist butterfly by Sunny

Bright Little Wrist Tattoo

35. Large watercolor butterfly back tattoo by Toosh Ink

Large Watercolor Butterfly Back Tattoo

36. Mini finger butterfly by Rachel Welldone

Mini Finger Butterfly Tattoo

37. Uranus and butterflies by Charming Tattoo

Uranus & Butterflies

38. Blue Morpho by Matt Madison

Blue Morpho Thigh Tattoo

39. Flowery back butterfly by Tósz Tattoo

Flowery Butterfly Back Tattoo

40. Beautiful pink butterfly by Ruben

Pink Butterfly Forearm Tattoo

41. Artistic thigh butterfly by Miley

Artistic Butterfly Thigh Tattoo

42. Small green butterfly by Gem Tattoos

Small Realism Butterfly

43. Watercolor Forearm Butterfly by Alex Palacio

Watercolor Butterfly Tattoo

44. Black Ink Hand Butterfly by Leslie Bejouix Terrones

45. Double back butterflies by Serkan Topaloğlu

Double Back Butterflies

46. Traditional Belly Butterfly Tattoo by Monti

Traditional Belly Butterfly Tattoo

47. Vibrant hand butterfly by Rob ”Brownguy” Mahurin

Vivid Blue Hand Butterfly Tattoo

48. Blackwork Butterfly by Amanda Kociszewski

Blackwork Butterfly

49. Trippy Butterfly by Dino Silverant

Trippy Butterfly

50. A kaleidoscope of butterflies, girl’s back tattoo by Kik Ink

Kaleidoscope of butterflies

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50 Beautiful Butterfly Tattoo Ideas

The butterfly is an elegant and often colourful creature with vivid patterns and bright displays of flamboyance. Butterflies are a popular choice for young girls and older women alike as they represent freedom and majestic beauty. A butterfly is light and delicate, they flutter up and down as they effortlessly fly through the air. Us humans have always been fascinated with flight and the ultimate freedom that come with that feeling.

1. Floral butterfly tattoo by mhxbones

Floral Butterfly Tattoo


2. Pretty little black ink butterfly by Skylarr Nova Tattoos

Black Ink Butterfly

3. Two tiny shoulder blade butterflies by Cally-Jo


Two small butterflies on shoulder blade

4. Cover-up butterfly shoulder tattoo by Lele Martínez

Cover-up butterfly


Choosing the right style and size of butterfly

There are many types of butterfly to choose from, small and large, some are dark and some have a rainbow spectrum of color. You also have the option to choose to have just the wings tattooed, instead of the whole animal. The viewpoint is also something to carefully consider, a common design shows an above view, classically showing the full open wings of the butterfly. Some people like to have a side view and 3D butterflies are popular, making it look like the butterfly has just landed.

5. 3D butterfly by Danny Beston

3D Butterfly

6. Detailed butterfly by theparsetattoo

Detailed butterfly

7. Cute blue butterfly neck tattoo by Taynan Sander

Blue butterfly neck tattoo

Patterns and designs to accompany a butterfly tattoo

Many women choose to have additional features with their butterflies, having one of the wings as flowers is a common request and looks pretty. Many girls choose to have flowers surrounding the butterfly or have more than one butterfly. A group of butterflies is officially known as a kaleidoscope.

8. Floral butterfly tattoo done at Djinx Tattoo Studio.

Flower Butterfly Tattoo

9. Butterfly lady by Lauren Evans

Butterfly lady

10. Sternum butterfly by David Bel

Sternum butterfly

11. Neck Butterfly by Haus Of Tattoo

Neck Butterfly

Choosing the situation of your butterfly tattoo

The location of your butterfly tattoo is a very important consideration. We have a multitude of body locations in this article, from the neck to the feet, nearly every part of the body has been covered. The arms, back and sternum are all beautiful places to site your new butterfly tattoo, my personal favourite places are the hands and fingers.

12. Two pretty wrist butterflies by song.e

Wrist Butterflies Tattoo

13. Thigh Butterflies by Arūnas Maraška

Thigh Butterflies

14. Three small butterflies on upper arm by Stefano Sanna

Upper arm butterflies

15. Minimalist Finger Butterfly by Yasmin Goodman

Finger Butterfly Tattoo

16. 3D Collar Bone Butterfly by GeriTattoo

3D Collar Bone Butterfly

17. Abstract butterfly calf piece by Aiste G

Abstract butterfly

18. Large floral neck butterfly by Aguascali Firme

Large neck butterfly with flowers

19. Pretty ankle butterfly by José Evaristo Lopes

Ankle Butterfly Tattoo

20. Blue shoulder butterfly by Jemma Louise Austin-Smith

Blue Shoulder Butterfly

21. Dark Pink Butterfly by prianatatts

Dark Pink Butterfly

22. Abstract sketch butterflies back tattoo by Zitten

Abstract Butterflies on Girl's Back

23. Watercolor butterflies by Eliška

Watercolor Butterflies

24. Memorial monarch butterfly by Gillian Marie

Memorial Monarch Butterfly

25. Butterflies hand tattoo by Brenna Eagan

Butterflies hand tattoo

26. Butterfly metamorphosis back tattoo by Flor de la Cruz Tattoo

Butterfly Metamorphosis Tattoo

Butterflies are a symbol for change

The life cycle of a butterfly is quite complex, they undergo a complete metamorphosis to grow up into an adult. They must endure four stages including the egg, larva, pupa and finally the adult butterfly. Thus a butterfly is the perfect symbolic representation of change and new beginnings.

27. Butterfly stages by milky

Butterfly stages

28. Purple abdomen butterfly by Lorena

Purple Abdomen Butterfly

29. Colorful butterflies side piece by MA Tattoo

Colorful butterflies side piece

30. Pretty 3D forearm tattoo by Pier Diamond at Malavida Tattoo

3D Blue Green Butterfly

31. Vivid pink 3D shoulder blade butterfly by Sal Vaccaro Tattoo Studio

Pink 3D Butterfly on Girl's Shoulder

32. Tiny wrist butterfly tattoo by InkStitution Tattoo Studio

Tiny Butterfly Wrist Tattoo

33. Butterfly wings double hand piece by Jim Beaumont

Double hand butterfly wings

34. Bright little wrist butterfly by Sunny

Bright Little Wrist Tattoo

35. Large watercolor butterfly back tattoo by Toosh Ink

Large Watercolor Butterfly Back Tattoo

36. Mini finger butterfly by Rachel Welldone

Mini Finger Butterfly Tattoo

37. Uranus and butterflies by Charming Tattoo

Uranus & Butterflies

38. Blue Morpho by Matt Madison

Blue Morpho Thigh Tattoo

39. Flowery back butterfly by Tósz Tattoo

Flowery Butterfly Back Tattoo

40. Beautiful pink butterfly by Ruben

Pink Butterfly Forearm Tattoo

41. Artistic thigh butterfly by Miley

Artistic Butterfly Thigh Tattoo

42. Small green butterfly by Gem Tattoos

Small Realism Butterfly

43. Watercolor Forearm Butterfly by Alex Palacio

Watercolor Butterfly Tattoo

44. Black Ink Hand Butterfly by Leslie Bejouix Terrones

45. Double back butterflies by Serkan Topaloğlu

Double Back Butterflies

46. Traditional Belly Butterfly Tattoo by Monti

Traditional Belly Butterfly Tattoo

47. Vibrant hand butterfly by Rob ”Brownguy” Mahurin

Vivid Blue Hand Butterfly Tattoo

48. Blackwork Butterfly by Amanda Kociszewski

Blackwork Butterfly

49. Trippy Butterfly by Dino Silverant

Trippy Butterfly

50. A kaleidoscope of butterflies, girl’s back tattoo by Kik Ink

Kaleidoscope of butterflies

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