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Butterfly Tattoo

Butterflies make fantastic tattoos due to the abundance of color and shape that they entail, but they are also rich in symbolism primarily due to thei...

 

Butterflies make fantastic tattoos due to the abundance of color and shape that they entail, but they are also rich in symbolism primarily due to their transformative abilities.  Few creatures transform to this degree and become such incredible creatures and with over twenty five thousand different varieties on the planet there is no shortage to the inspiration they can offer.

The life of a butterfly is where the symbolism starts and there are a few key stages to consider when thinking about the reason for your butterfly tattoo.  They start their lives as an egg which in turn hatches into a caterpillar or pupa which then encases itself in a chrysalis or cocoon to eventually emerge in all its beauty as a butterfly.

In Greek mythology, Psych, a Greek goddess had the wings of a butterfly and represented both the soul of the human as well as the butterfly.  For many people the simple transformation from caterpillar to butterfly reflects the same transformation we humans experience from our physical world to the spiritual one.

The tragedy of the butterfly tale is that once it comes to full bloom the beauty cannot last and two weeks after emerging from the cocoon, a butterfly will die.  This fragility may be one of the most powerful reasons for the popularity of this tattoo as we too feel our own mortality and the fleeting nature of beauty.

Although there are numerous designs available and thousands of different butterflies to get inspiration from, the advantage of this mystical creature is that as much as they are real, their beauty is what we perceive it to be and you may easily create your own design and color choices to suit your personality.