Before making a tattoo, you should be aware of the image that you desire to "wear" on your skin for the rest of your life (of course, I'm speaking about permanent, but not temporary tattoos). Why do people choose this or that image of tattoo? The answer will be individual for each person. For some individuals tattoo images have special meaning, for instance, symbolize their life principles and main ideas of the existence. Some people make tattoos in order to memorize some remarkable events in their life, such as a birth of a kid or something like that. Some people claim that they make tattoos for the sake of their relatives or other close ones. In such a case we can speak about tattoos that represent names of people's near and dear. And finally, some individuals make tattoos quite regardless of the potential meaning of the image; they state that the meaning of the picture doesn't matter for them, they make tattoos for the sake the beautiful image and that is all.
Still if you refer yourself to the group of curious people, for whom it is significant what meaning the tattoo has, this article is written specially for you. Nowadays butterfly tattoos become more and more popular. The question 'why do so many people choose this type of tattoos?' requires an investigation into the meaning that people put into them. After asking several people with butterfly tattoos what the tattoo means for them, I can make certain conclusions.
As I've already said, the meaning is strictly individual. The butterfly is a symbol of transformation or change, love and joy. The tattoo represents beauty, changes, taking flight, simplicity and peace. In paintings, particularly Dutch Renaissance butterflies stand for fleeting love. It symbolizes both life and death, with its three stages is symbolizes the ages of mankind, it symbolizes reincarnation, it also symbolizes progress and self-completion throughout life, it symbolizes femininity and fragility. 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 butterfly. There have been even some very original versions like: a purple butterfly symbolizes the fight against Lupus (a type of disease) or a woman's vagina.