"May the wings of the butterfly kiss
the sun, and find your shoulder to light on.
To bring you luck, happiness and riches today, tomorrow and
~ old Irish blessing
Because of the mystery, beauty and mythology
that surrounds them, butterflies are a natural subject of tattoo design.
The humble caterpillar's metamorphosis - into a beautifully
colored, light & incandescent creature - gives the butterfly
a magical quality that in Asian cultures look upon as the
essence of pure joy. In Ireland, the butterfly is traditionally
believed to bring good luck, while American
and Mexican Indian tribes
connect it to fertility, or
the mystical transformation of one life form to another.
As such, the butterfly design is inherently a feminine one,
and has become by far the most popular among women as a graceful
and discreet statement placed on the back or shoulder, or
more boldly on the chest, neck or cheek.
The butterfly lends itself to a wide variety of colors, designs
and shapes, so if you are considering a butterfly tattoo design
by all means let your imagination run wild.
Around the Web, find out more about the most butterfly tattoo
designs in online forums and picture galleries, or dig deeper
into the history and mythology of the butterfly - a creature
that many world cultures have come to regard as the symbol
of a carefree and happy existence ....
More about buttefly tattoo designs around the Web:
tattoos - The big collection of photos of favorite
butterfly tattoos on backs, necks, legs, arms and shoulders,
submitted by visitors. Click on the thumbnails for full views.
Art - Butterfly Tattoos - Tattoo art galleries and
community forums with beautifully done photo collections,
artist info and visitor comments, at Tattoo Artists.org.