Our first thoughts of butterflies are usually that of beautiful colors. So it would be no surprise that at some stage this beautiful creature’s image would have been used as a tattoo by our tribal ancestors back in the days before European settlement. Because the word tribal is used in so many designs the butterfly fits in here too as artists have created the typical abstract design in the authoritative color black. Artists have used bold patterns and flowing lines to create magnificent butterfly wings and due to the symmetry of the design it fits perfectly at the base of the spine with the wings extended across the lower back.
It is also important to remember what message your image carries in a permanent tattoo. A butterfly has many including freedom and beauty but the best one of all is transformation. The perfect first tattoo to get is a butterfly because it brings with it the symbol of transformation and so are you, transformed into a new person, born again with the addition of art on your person.