Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA
All of us have faced adversities in our life and survived to get to the place where we are right now.
Butterflies are the universal symbol of rebirth, and ascension to a better life. Butterflies can also fly and are also considered as a symbol of freedom around the world.
Butterflies are amazing creatures that add colour to the world. Everyone relates a butterfly to its ascension to a beautiful insect from the cocoon. The butterfly is known for its patient wait, and the subsequent burst to freedom, to explore the world. The rise from the cocoon is symbolic to our own personal struggles and how we persevered through it. There are also beliefs in many parts of the world that butterflies are actually carriers of our loved ones’ souls on their way to heaven. So, it is used by many to show our love and care for our loved ones who are no longer with us. What is more fitting is to add the symbol of resurrection and ascension to the ultimate symbol of resurrection and ascension-the cross. Believed by Christians everywhere, the cross is symbolic of Christ and his ascension to heaven. Many people even attribute Christ to a butterfly finally bursting out of his cocoon on Earth to ascend to heaven. Read along to see some of the best butterfly tattoo ideas you can try for yourselves.
The Wings of Love Tattoo
The tattoo is an amazing piece of artwork, and is inked perfectly. Portraying a blend of many colours just like a butterfly, the tattoo depicts a cross with butterfly wings. The wings and the cross have been coloured extensively with enough shades to give it a rich and exotic feel. The tattoo is perfect for a standalone tattoo and doesn;t need any background or additional content to make it beautiful. The color grading of the tattoo can be upto the artist’s creativity or your requirement. Make sure to get the cross perfect while shading the outer layer and you have a classic butterfly cross tattoo.
The Ornamental Butterfly Cross Tattoo
The tattoo is a perfect example of how extravagant colours are not necessary to make something beautiful. The tattoo depicts the fusion of a cross and butterfly wings but not in the typical colourful, hopeful way. The wings are inked differently and is a super fun and “macho” tattoo one can have. However, the tattoo is suited for both men and women alike. The entire tattoo is a shade dark and that’s what brings the beauty out of it.
The Butterfly Eyes Cross Tattoo
The Butterfly eyes cross tattoo is a pot of gold when it comes to symbolism and fine art. It depicts the fusion of a butterfly and a cross, but that’s not it. You can also see a set of perfect, blue eyes staring back at you, and a set of angel wings at the back of the butterfly tattoo. The tattoo has got every feature just perfect, from the staring blue eyes, to the spots and patterns on the butterfly wings. Shading at the right places on the cross and the wings have added more beauty to it.
The Black and White Butterfly Cross Tattoo
This is a different approach from other butterfly tattoo designs in this list. Instead of going for an ornamental look for the cross and getting every feature of the wings right, the tattoo depicts somewhat of an oil painting with not so perfect proportions. But, this is what makes it amazing and a masterpiece. The art is minimal, but creative and manages to capture the ascension part of the tattoo symbolism.
The Majestic Butterfly Cross Tattoo
This is a tattoo that needs to be displayed on the full body. Because of the level of detail that goes into each and every single element in the tattoo, it would be a shame if it was only limited to an arm. The tattoo features black and red, and is a perfect combination that blends the wings and the cross. The crucifix is highly ornamental and has a ruby red gem on the centre, which adds class to the tattoo.
The Butterfly Cross Tattoo With a Halo
What makes this tattoo amazing is that it feels more like a painting. The extravagant colours, the halo with an amazing gradient that resembles the sun, the beautifully drawn wings and its design, everything makes it feel like a beautifully drawn painting. This has a certain exotic ring to it and makes it all the more like a tribal art. The tattoo essentially covers all the symbolism of a typical butterfly cross tattoo, but with lighter colours and simpler design. It is not elegant, but it is beautiful.
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