Butterfly tattoos are common among women and people getting their first tattoo. In Japanese culture, the butterfly symbolizes womanhood which is one reason butterfly tattoos are so popular among women. A butterfly can be small and easily hidden, which makes it a great tattoo for someone who works in an environment that is not tattoo friendly. Butterfly tattoos commonly symbolize transformation and metamorphosis. Many people get butterfly tattoos after they go through a period of personal growth and transformation. For others, a butterfly tattoo may symbolize playfulness and youth. In this case, a person may get a butterfly tattoo to celebrate a birth of a child or reclaiming their youth. A butterfly might also symbolize rebirth for a person who recently endured a traumatic event and survived.
For many people, the butterfly is a totem of joy. For this reason, some butterfly tattoos are meant to symbolize a joyful life event or to serve as a reminder to always find joy in life. Butterfly tattoos come in many shapes, sizes and colors so they can be designed to fit any area of the body or to work with other existing tattoos. A butterfly could be the perfect addition to a partial sleeve design that needs a finishing touch. Butterfly designs can be realistic or abstract, depending on what the artist and client choose is best. Butterfly tattoos are commonly seen on the lower back, hips, ankles and feet, but they can be placed on any part of the body the client wishes. Samples of butterfly tattoos are available in flash art, tattoo artist portfolios and on the internet:
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