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Symbolism and Symbolic Meanings

What is the symbolic meaning of a butterfly tattoo?

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2014-06-27 15:35:45

  • The butterfly is a symbol of transformation or change, love and


  • I got a butterfly tattoo after i had a bad experience in life

    and i gave myself a better life and the reason why i got one is

    because it made me feel really free with out any more hurting in my


  • I got a butterfly tattoo after a personal experience in my

    life. Rarely do I share what my tattoos mean, after reading that

    last comment, I figured go ahead. To me, it represents beauty,

    changes, taking flight, simplicity and peace. At first, its an ugly

    caterpillar and no one will give it a second look. but with time

    and dedication, it becomes something marvelous to the human eye.

    Its a natural wonder. So, with my life, after getting through some

    tough times, a butterfly just reminded me of myself actually. I had

    to take time and appreciate what I had and what I hope to be in the


  • I just got my butterfly tattoo a week ago and for me it means a

    new life, a new beginning if you will. I think that after years of

    trying to please everyone else by being someone I'm not my

    butterfly was my gift to me for being me. It was spontaneous and

    exhilarating, it is beautiful and calm it is colorful and

    vibrant...everything I want to continue to be! ~ Happy.

  • In paintings, particularly Dutch Renaissance (sp?) butterflies

    stand for fleeting love (Jacques Louis David, Cupid and


  • I got my butterfly tattoo 3 weeks ago. When I first got it I

    just thought that it would be fun to have but now that I think

    about it, it represents a new life for me. I just started college

    last fall and I am changing in ways that I would never of even

    think of. So mine it means changes and enjoying life to its


  • Traditionally butterflies are pretty and so many people want

    them as mere decoration. In a deeper sense butterflies represent

    rebirth or transformation from the caterpillar to the beautiful


  • A friend of mine got a butterfly tattoo recently. Just because

    she likes butterflies. It doesn't "mean" anything! Check out tattoo

    symbolism here:

    http://tattoo.about.com/cs/beginners/a/symbols_intro.htm But

    remember, sometimes a rose is just a rose. It doesn't mean or

    symbolize anything!

  • It could represent different things for different people. Here

    are some examples of Butterfly symbolism: Change, Joy and/or Color.

    The butterfly can also represent transition and freedom as well as

    peace. The native Americans believe that if you tell a secret to a

    butterfly it is ever safe in there keeping, given that a butterfly

    can not speak. Some people use a butterfly to symbolize someone

    close that has passed away, I believe that some European cultures

    believe that spirits or souls are trapped in white butterflies.

    Others just like the look of butterfly and the tat may not

    represent anything significant to them.

  • A purple butterfly symbolizes the fight against Lupus, a type

    of cancer . . . my mother has it.

  • Obviously the meaning of a tattoo totally depends on the

    person, I think the last definition is the most accurate, but

    nevertheless I'd like to share the meaning of my butterfly tattoo

    with you. First of all I shall tell you a story of a butterfly.

    When my grandma died and before she was buried she was placed in

    her coffin in a closed gloomy room with neither windows nor

    ventilation. Just a pathetic electric bulb lighted her while her

    loved ones said their last goodbyes, but when they entered the room

    they found a butterfly flying around with its brightly colored

    wings. It is a mystery how it arrived there.

  • Butterfly tattoos are among the most popular tattoos today and

    the most frequently requested tattoo designs especially among

    women. This shows the major growth of women in the tattoo industry

    as a whole. Butterfly tattoo designs of course are popular among

    females just for their beauty. There is also a deep symbolism

    behind the butterfly how a buttefly starts as a caterpiller and

    goes through a major change to become a beautiful butterfly. The

    symbol is impermanence and instability of earthly life. The amazing

    process of change.

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