The trend of using the body as a canvas to showcase tattoo art has been in existence since time immemorial. From ancient warriors to modern-day femme fatale the art of tattooing has come a long way. Famous singer Cheryl Cole has a butterfly tattoo inspired by tribal designs on her lower back, and actor Melissa Joan Hart has a blue butterfly on the neck. Hollywood has long inspired many fashion trends and one of them is the art of tattooing.
If you're planning to get a tattoo you need to pay attention to a few things, one of them being choosing a tattoo parlor with high standards of hygiene. Another aspect that you can't ignore is the reputation of the artist, check some of his previous works before you go under the needle. Deciding the body part which you would like to have tattooed before entering the parlor is also recommended. Let us take a look at some of the popular butterfly tattoo designs.
Butterfly and Snake
Having a snake entwined around a butterfly as if signaling the end of the delicate creature is one of the unique tattoo designs for men. Another design in this series is showcasing a snake with its hood out and metamorphosing into a butterfly. One more way to depict these two together is by showing a butterfly in full flight carrying a forked tongue snake in its legs.
Depicting a solitary butterfly in the middle of the lower back is a great tattoo idea especially if you are a girl. Show the butterfly with a dwarfed body and humongous wings spread across your lower back. Another way of doing this is to have a small butterfly rising out of a ring and done in vibrant colors like blue or orange, placed just above the inside ankle. One of the unique designs is to have a one-winged solitary butterfly with intricate patterns done in multicolor on its wings.
Using tribal designs to showcase butterflies on the body is a great idea for a tattoo for a girl as well as guy. Show a butterfly with its wing spreads and transparent patterns on the wing with the borders done in dark shading. You can also show a bat and a butterfly engaged in mortal combat done in tribal theme. Another design is to show a butterfly with small wings and a long flowing tail, have the creature done in curved intertwined symmetrical lines.
Butterfly and Angels
The best combination to have on a tattoo design is the butterfly and angel. Show a winged angel with her hands cupped in front of her with a delicate butterfly rising towards heaven. A cool design is that of a butterfly playing the harp for an angel resting on the clouds. One of the latest trends is to superimpose two designs. Have an angel standing bare-chested with her arms spread and a butterfly tattoo on her chest.
A butterfly tattoo looks great when done in color so try to use colors that complement your skin tone. Look at a few designs before you choose one that suits your personality as the art form is permanent and you don't want to be stuck with a tattoo that you don't like. One more important tip is to take tattoo aftercare suggestions seriously to protect your design.