Butterfly tattoos have always been popular among women. Because of their short life span and the immense beauty and colors represented they have often been viewed as a feminine symbol. But, that hasn’t always been the case and butterfly tattoos should not be viewed as exclusively female. In ancient Japan the butterfly was a favorite symbol of Japanese warlords and their samurai. The butterfly symbol was displayed as both a clan or family crest and as an emblem on the armor of samurai warriors. And it was even a popular symbol in Western cultures. The Roman Emperor, Augustus, took it as his personal symbol, and the warrior priests of the Mexican Popolucas peoples sported the Butterfly as a motif on their breastplates. Their Butterfly was also the symbol of fire. With that being said, today it has become the style among many American and Japanese girls. Regardless of who the wearer is though, butterfly tattoos represent the magical and transformational and remind it’s bearers of the mystery of nature and the richness of human imagination. It also represents emerging beauty and grace and the fragile nature of life as we know it. And besides its always a beautiful and decorative choice regardless of the bearer.
There are a lot of different butterfly tattoos out there, but they are not usually used as the ‘tramp stamp’ on the lower part of a girls back. There’s nothing wrong with if of course. If that’s what a girl wants, then that’s what she should get. That’s the thing about butterfly tattoos or any tattoo. It’s a totally individual thing.
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