Colorful Butterfly Tattoo Ideas

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Published on May 10, 2023

Do you feel like you’re desperately flapping your wings on a hopeless search for the perfect Butterfly tattoo ideas? Look no further!

Like the world's greatest Butterfly catcher, we’ve gathered a spectrum of the most vivid, eye-catching butterfly tattoos that the internet has to offer.

So join us as we break out of our stifling chrysalis and fly into the amazing and vibrant world of the Colorful Butterfly Tattoo. 


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What Does Butterfly Tattoo Mean

Butterfly Tattoos come with a lot of symbolism from, transformation, freedom, beauty, femininity, and hope.

Their process of metamorphosis from caterpillar to Butterfly symbolizes personal growth, rebirth, and the ability to overcome challenges. 

Butterflies are also a symbol of life cycles and how that change is a natural part of life or how that change and transformation is possible, whether it be physical or emotional.

Colorful Butterfly Tattoo Designs

Now that we know a little bit about Butterfly Tattoos' meanings, let’s take a look at some of the best Colorful Butterfly Tattoos we’ve gathered together. 

1. Colorful Butterfly Ornament Tattoo

Colorful Butterfly Ornament Tattoo

Photo credit: @yeriel_tattoo

Starting off with this gorgeous Butterfly Ornament Tattoo Design by Yeriel.

Yeriel has a lot of range in her designs but seems to focus more on gemstones with tones of detailing that make each design look so life-like.

Yeriel also does a ton of Butterfly Designs so check out her page for more. 

2. Oriental Butterfly Tattoo

Oriental Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @mimique_tattoo

If you’re looking for something with a more Asian aesthetic then check out this amazing Oriental Butterfly Tattoo.

This design has such amazing detail on the Butterfly with its shinning effects and I love the design on the shadow underneath the Butterfly. 

3. Animal Norigae Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Animal Norigae Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @kimlee_tattoo

This super cool design is of a Korean norigae. Norigae are a lucky charm that protects the person wearing it from misfortune.

This gorgeous design has both a Koi Fish Tattoo and a Sea Horse Tattoo imbued as the wings of the Butterfly and the detailing on the strings at the bottom of the norigae are absolutely fantastic. 

4. Lunar Moth Tattoo Idea

Lunar Moth Tattoo Idea

Photo credit: @gabe.motta

The Lunar Moth is only found in North America. As a caterpillar, it gorges itself on the leaves of walnut, hickory, sweet gum, and paper birch trees for about one month before building its cocoon.

As the Lunar Moth it only lives for about one week due to it having no mouth or digestive system.

This design takes some liberties with the Lunar Moth anatomy adding in eye patterns and a crescent moon, but it sure does look mesmerizing. 

5. Dreamcatcher Butterfly Tattoo

Dreamcatcher Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @peria_tattoo

A Dreamcatcher is a small hoop containing a horsehair mesh or a similar construction of string or yarn decorated with feathers and beads, believed to give its owner good dreams.

Dreamcatchers were originally made by North American Indians. 

This Dreamcatcher Butterfly Tattoo is incredible. It has an amazing ethereal look, and how the colors blend together is absolutely fantastic. 

6. Purple Flowery Butterfly Tattoo

Purple Flowery Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: Pinterest

If you want predominantly one color in your Colorful Butterfly Tattoo then check out this pretty Purple Butterfly Tattoo.

This Butterfly Tattoo Design is a common design in the Butterfly Tattooing world where on the side of the Butterflies Wings are made of Flowers. 

7. Blue And Pink Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Blue And Pink Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @peria_tattoo

Another gorgeous design is this Blue and Pink Butterfly Tattoo.

This mesmerizing design has two Butterflies in a dance with some gorgeous shining effects.

I also love how the Butterflies are matched with the colors of the Roses and the leaves. 

8. Yellow Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Yellow Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @j.ryong__tattoo

Yellow is generally associated with happiness, optimism, positivity, and energy.

It's also associated with summer, sunshine, warmth, laughter, and hope. 

If you’re someone who wants to embody any of these themes within your Butterfly Tattoo then consider getting a Yellow Colorful Butterfly Tattoo.

9. Handpoked Colorful Moth Tattoo

Handpoked Moth Tattoo

Photo credit: @zzizziboy

Hand-poked tattoos, also known as stick 'n' poke tattoos, are made by manually inserting ink and a needle into the skin to create a dot-work design.

This amazing Handpoked Moth looks absolutely incredible with lots of beautiful colors and I love the eyeball design on the back (if that’s what it’s meant to be).

10. Vibrant Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Vibrant Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @paradice_designz

If you want to add some real vibrancy to your colorful Butterfly Tattoo, check out this great design.

This Colorful Butterfly Tattoo has a lot of gorgeous colors, including Blue, Pink, Yellow, and Purple, that add so much vibrancy to the design that it would make a real eye-catcher for anyone who gets it. 

11. Norigae Butterfly Tattoo

Norigae Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @myo_ryung

Here is another lovely Norigae Butterfly Tattoo.

This gorgeous Blue Butterfly Tattoo has some lovely blue flowers and smoke effects within its design. 

Blue often symbolizes serenity, stability, inspiration, or wisdom. It can be a calming color, and symbolize reliability.

12. Spider Lily and Butterfly Tattoo

Spider Lily and Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @myo_ryung

In many cultures particularly in South East Asia the red spider lily has long been associated with death and loss, last goodbyes, and somber memories.

These flowers are planted in graveyards and used in literature and media to foreshadow death. 

Imbue your Butterfly Tattoo with a Spider Lily can symbolize the death of a loved one and can be used as a memorial tattoo. 

13. Gigantamax Butterfree Tattoo

Gigantamax Butterfree Tattoo

Photo credit: @pinkcilantro

If you’re a lover of Pokemon Tattoos and really want to add some vibrancy to a Pokemon Butterfly Tattoo Design, check out this Gigantamax Butterfree Tattoo.

Gigantamax forms are variants of Pokémon that are more powerful than the average Pokémon and have unique changes in appearance and abilities. 

14. Family Of Butterflies Tattoo

Family Of Butterflies Tattoo

Photo credit: @tattooist_solar

Some Butterflies are known for their annual migrations. A family of Butterflies Tattoo can symbolize how you are on a journey to find a better place for your life, and with a family, it can also symbolize how you’re not on the journey alone.

This Red Butterfly Tattoo is breathtaking with a lot of gorgeous Red Butterflies flying up the wearer's back. 

15. Dark Moth Tattoo Idea

Dark Moth Tattoo Idea

Photo credit: @tim.luijten.ink

If you want to add a little darkness to your Colorful Moth Tattoo, check out this Dark Moth Design.

This Tattoo Design is really cool, with the bottom half of a skull making up the lover half of the Moth's abdomen and a pattern that looks like a blood effect at the bottom of each wing.

16. Gem Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Gem Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @bellesea_

This Super Cool Colorful Butterfly Tattoo has a lot of nice soft colors and a Tattoo Design that makes it look like a papercut art style.

This design is super cute, and I love the addition of the love heart at the center and the lovely flower patterns on each side of the wings. 

17. Traditional Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Traditional Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @electricmamatattoo

Traditional tattoos, also known as American, Western, or Old School, are characterized by their clean black outlines, vivid colors, and minimal shading.

This Traditional Colorful Butterfly Tattoo is superb, with a lot of great coloring and a cool Skull face at the center of the back.

18. Watercolor Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Watercolor Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @jostestattoos

Watercolor tattoos are a unique style of tattoo that uses lighter, brighter colors, thinner lines, and blending techniques to create a soft, dreamy appearance.

This lovely Watercolor Colorful Butterfly Tattoo has two beautiful Butterflies, one yellow and one blue with a great mix of the two colors blending together at the center of the Design. 

19. Magic Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Magic Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @derykwebb

If you want to make your Butterfly Tattoo look a little bit more magical, check out this Magic Colorful Butterfly Tattoo by Deryk Webb.

Deryk focuses on vibrant rainbow-colored Tattoo Designs that have a magical aesthetic to them and while this Colorful Butterfly is more toned down in colors than his usual work, it still is absolutely gorgeous with a lovely heart at the center of the Butterflies back. 

20. Sky Butterfly Tattoo

Sky Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @xrou_tattoo

Sky tattoos can represent a sense of freedom and expansiveness, as the sky is often associated with vastness and limitless possibilities.

As a Butterfly Tattoo also comes with freedom symbolism, a Sky Butterfly Tattoo has great symbolic synergy.

This White Butterfly Tattoo is gorgeous, with a lovely cloud and night sky portrait on the right side of its wings. 

21. Colorful Madagascan Sunset Moth Tattoo

Colorful Madagascan Sunset Moth Tattoo

Photo credit: @catwongtattoos

The Madagascan Sunset Moth, or Chrysiridia rhipheus, is a species of day-flying moth.

It is the most featured Moth in coffee table books on Lepidoptera and is much sought after by collectors.

It is collected in the wild and raised commercially for the international butterfly trade, and its wings were used to make jewelry in the Victorian era.

22. Infinity Loop Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Infinity Loop Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @luis_tattoo_tatuagens

The infinity symbol is a never-ending loop, meaning forever or always or limitless, never-ending possibilities.

Like the Sky Butterfly Tattoo, this design has great synergy with the Butterfly Tattoo's symbolism of freedom and potential.

It has gorgeous, vibrant coloring and lovely little blotch work. 

23. Skull Moth Tattoo Design

Skull Moth Tattoo Design

Photo credit: @tattoosnob

If you want to add a bit of morbidity to your Colorful Moth Tattoo then try out a Skull Moth Tattoo.

This Tattoo Design has an open-winged moth with an incredible pattern of a Skull Tattoo on the wings. 

When a butterfly mimics something else with the pattern on its wings, it's called "mimicry. Animals use mimicry to help avoid predators and camouflage into their surroundings. 

24. Butterfly Wings Tattoo Idea

Butterfly Wings Tattoo Idea

Photo credit: @rita_tattooist

Butterfly Wings look extremely feminine and gracious, so they’re a great Tattoo Design for someone who considers themselves a real girly girl.

This lovely little Green Butterfly Tattoo of the Butterfly Wings Tattoo looks super nice with a great range of greens and a little pink and white and the addition of some sparkle effects. 

25. The Starry Night Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

The Starry Night Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @whitneycaskeytattoos

The Starry Night is an oil-on-canvas painting by the Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh painted in June 1889.

The painting depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an imaginary village.

26. Vibrant Colorful Skull Butterfly Tattoo

Vibrant Colorful Skull Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @damico.tattoo

If you liked the Skull Moth Tattoo from early but it wasn’t colorful enough for you then check out this Vibrant Colorful Skull Butterfly Tattoo.

 This incredible Skull Butterfly Tattoo has so much vibrancy with its colors and even has a three-dimensional effect looking like you could fall into the eye sockets of the Skull Patern.

27. Rose Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Rose Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @heavypetaltattoo

A Rose Tattoo symbolizes romance, passion, true love, immortal love, the everlasting, and a love that will never fade.

This Colorful Rose Butterfly Tattoo is super cute, with a lovely mix of pink and red, and also comes with fire effects to symbolize a burning passion. 

28. Jewel Butterfly Wings Tattoo

Jewel Butterfly Wings Tattoo

Photo credit: @harry_color

If you like the Jewel Butterfly Tattoo style but only want to go for the wings, then go for this Colorful Jewel Butterfly Wings Tattoo.

This Tattoo Design is excellently done with realistic shimmering effects off of the wings and lovely blue and green colors on each of the wings. 

29. Lots Of Colorful Butterflies Tattoo

Lots Of Colorful Butterflies Tattoo

Photo credit: @inkedmag

If you want a Butterfly family similar to the Family Of Butterflies Tattoo Design yet want to have more colors in it, try out this design with a different color for each of the Butterflies.

This gorgeous ink has many realistic-looking Butterflies in a range of colors that add so much vibrancy to your bodily art. 

30. Minimalist White Butterfly Tattoo Idea

Minimalist White Butterfly Tattoo Idea

Photo credit: Pinterest

White tattoo ink is thicker than other inks, which can make it more difficult to work with and more painful.

It's traditionally used to add highlights around black outlines, but it can also give tattoos a delicate, ethereal quality if you have a design of purely white ink. 

31. Trippy UV Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Trippy UV Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @jjhalltattoo

If you’re a fan of UV Tattoos then you will love this Trippy UV Colorful Butterfly Tattoo Design.

This Butterfly Ink has so much color to it and has a super cool melting effect toward the bottom of the wings and nice leaf antena at the head.

This Design is by Artist Jonny Hall who primarily focuses on UV Tattoo Designs. 

32. Dreamy Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Dreamy Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @plastic_tattoo

If you’re a dreamer, then why not get a Dreamy Colorful Butterfly Tattoo?

This design is gorgeous, with a lovely mix of soft pinks, blues, and purples that give it an ethereal dream-like quality. 

The left-wing also has a gorgeous cloud and crescent moon design. 

33. Antique Butterfly Tattoo

Antique Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @yeriel_tattoo

Another gorgeous Butterfly Tattoo Design by Yeriel. This Black and Gold Butterfly Tattoo is made to look like an antique butterfly ornament.

The design is mesmerizing with a ton of details like on the chain and gem and the patterns on the wings. 

34. Cute Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Cute Colorful Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @ilkim.inks

Lastly, here is a Cute, Colorful Butterfly Tattoo. This adorable little design has lots of lovely little colors, including blue, green, yellow, and red.

The center of the Butterfly is in the shape of the sun, and there are nice little string effects coming off the Butterfly, too. 

Where To Get Your Colorful Butterfly Tattoo 

Now that we’ve seen some of the best Colorful Butterfly Tattoos there are, let's see where you should get them on your body. 

1. Stunning Colorful Butterfly Tattoo On Hand

Stunning Colorful Butterfly Tattoo On Hand

Photo credit: @m.pickman_tattoo

Hand Tattoos are great because of how readily available they are to show off at a moment's notice.

This cute little Traditional Butterfly Tattoo sits perfectly on the hand and boasts a lot of lovely colors and a cute little smiley face. 

2. Colorful Butterfly Tattoo On Neck

Colorful Butterfly Tattoo On Neck

Photo credit: @rebelcircus

The neck is generally considered to be painful because it is a sensitive area with thin skin and little muscle or fat to protect the skin underneath.

However, painful as it may be, the neck is a great place to get your tattoo if you like to show it off often. 

This gorgeous Butterfly Tattoo has so much vibrancy and it has an amazingly done shine effect too. 

3. Beautiful Colorful Butterfly Tattoo On Leg

Beautiful Colorful Butterfly Tattoo On Leg

Photo credit: @hanntats

If you want to show off your leg tattoo as often as possible then consider getting a leg tattoo.

While the arm may be easier to show off more often than the leg, the leg offers more space for slightly bigger designs.

This great design has both a Lunar Moth and Monarch Butterfly, two of the most widely recognized Moths and Butterflies there are. 

4. Colorful Butterfly Tattoo Idea On Ear

Colorful Butterfly Tattoo Idea On Ear

Photo credit: @tilda_tattoo

A behind-the-ear Tattoo is an elegant place to put your Colorful Butterfly Tattoo.

Having a Colorful Butterfly behind your ear gives the impression of having a little partner with you wherever you go, always whispering advice into your ear while he keeps himself protected behind it.

5. Colorful Butterfly Tattoo Design On Back

Colorful Butterfly Tattoo Design On Back

Photo credit: NZ Tourism.com

The Back is the best place to go if you want to have the biggest and brightest Colorful Butterfly Tattoo possible.

The back offers so much space to go wild with your designs so you can go with practically any design you like and it will fit.

This design is beautiful with lots of gorgeous colors. 

Conclusion 

Now is the time to let our wings rest. We’ve soared over some of the greatest Colorful Butterfly Tattoos there are, and we hope you’ve been inspired.

But if you’re still left wanting, check out some other designs in our blog, or check out some other great tattoo artists.

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