Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

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Published on May 27, 2022

Are you fluttering through the internet, searching for the perfect Yellow Butterfly tattoo ideas? Well, your search ends here!

Like the ultimate Butterfly whisperer, we’re going to bring you a collection of the brightest, most dazzling yellow butterfly tattoos that will metamorphose your ink collection.

So join us as we emerge from our cozy chrysalis and soar into the radiant and sunny realm of Yellow Butterfly Tattoos.


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Yellow Butterfly Tattoo Meaning 

Butterfly Tattoos carry on their wings symbolism of, transformation, freedom, beauty, femininity, and hope.

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

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

Yellow has been interpreted by most people as a symbol of joyfulness, happiness, and energy and is associated with the summer months.

Yellow can be associated with deceit and cowardice (although we won’t be associating our Butterflies with that here!).

Yellow is also associated with hope, as can be seen in some countries when yellow ribbons are displayed by families who have loved ones at war.

Yellow Butterfly Tattoo Designs 

Now that we know the meaning behind Yellow Butterfly Tattoos, let’s check out some of the best Yellow Butterfly Tattoo Ideas. 

1. Standard Yellow Butterfly Tattoo 

Standard Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @tattooer_insso

Starting off with a Standard Yellow Butterfly Tattoo Design.

This tattoo comes with all the symbolism associated with both the Yellow Butterfly and the color Yellow but without any fancy designs or bells and whistles attached. 

It is simple yet elegant, perfect for those who like to keep things as simple as possible. 

2. Realistic Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Realistic Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @moonbvrns

A Realistic Butterfly Tattoo is similar in almost every way to the Standard Butterfly Tattoo but is designed in a way that gives it a three-dimensional effect.

This tattoo is expertly done, giving it a true three-dimensional effect with the shadow underneath and the depth on the wings. 

This beautiful tattoo was made in honor of a loved one who passed away. 

3. Yellow Moth Tattoo

Yellow Moth Tattoo

Photo credit: @tattoosnob

While not all Moths are Butterflies, all Butterflies are Moths. Moths, Butterflies, and another insect species called Skippers are all insects in the order Lepidoptera.

Moth Tattoos also carry the same symbolism as Butterfly Tattoos.

This Yellow Moth Tattoo has a gorgeous design with a beautiful flower and leaf pattern on its wings.  

4. African Death’s-head Hawkmoth Tattoo

African Death’s-head Hawkmoth Tattoo

Photo credit: Tattoo Life

The African Death’s-head Hawkmoth is the largest moth in the British Isles.

The most notable feature of the Moth is a patch of short yellowish hairs on the thorax that gives the impression of depicting a human skull.

Fans of the film The Silence of the Lambs will recognize this Movie Tattoo as it was used in the promotional material and in the film itself. 

5. Neo-Traditional Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Neo-Traditional Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @psyhiskond

Neo-traditional tattooing takes design elements of traditional tattoos and adds modern uses of color, smaller line weights, increased details, varied line sizes, and dramatic highlights.

This Neo-Traditional Yellow Butterfly Tattoo is gorgeous with beautiful colors and nice flowers along with it. 

6. Flower Wing Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Flower Wing Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @the_lambo_scoundrel

A common design for Butterfly Tattoos is to have a bouquet of flowers as one side of the Butterfly’s wings.

This lovely little Yellow Butterfly Tattoo has the right wing as a pair of Roses Tattoo.

Rose Tattoos are associated with romance and love so imbuing your Butterfly Tattoo with Roses can add more symbolism to its design. 

7. Tiny Butterfly Tattoo

Tiny Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @mayforcolor

If you love the idea of having a Butterfly Tattoo but don’t want a large design, try out a Tiny Butter Tattoo.

This adorable little Yellow Butterfly Tattoo is absolutely tiny and sits perfectly between the wearer's collarbones just beneath the neck.

For such a small Tattoo Design, it has a lovely amount of detailing. 

8. Yellow Butter And Water Droplets Tattoo

Yellow Butter And Water Droplets Tattoo

Photo credit: @zoogreem.tattoo

If you want to add a little refreshing element to your Yellow Butter Tattoo, then add some water droplets.

This lovely tattoo looks extremely elegant and has great reflection work on the raindrops. 

Believe it or not, raindrops do, in fact, fall perfectly spherical, unlike the traditional pear drop depictions we are all so used to seeing. 

9. Yellow Trim Butterfly Tattoo

 Yellow Trim Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @cool.velour

Perhaps you want Yellow ink but you don't want it to be the main color in your design.

In that case, why not go for something like this Yellow Trim Butterfly Tattoo?

This lovely Butterfly Tattoo is done mostly in black ink, but its design really pops with this yellow/gold outlining. 

10. Yellow Butterfly And Flower Tattoo

Yellow Butterfly And Flower Tattoo

Photo credit: @larktattoo

Flower Tattoos come packed with many different symbolic meanings depending on which flower species you choose from, so having a Flower Butterfly Tattoo can really elevate your Tattoo symbolism.

This lovely yellow Butterfly Tattoo has the Butterfly resting on a bed of flowers.

11. Yellow Butterfly And Ribbon Tattoo

Yellow Butterfly And Ribbon Tattoo

Photo credit: @juliatronwilks

Ribbon Butterfly Tattoos have become associated with cancer survivors or with honoring someone who is battling or has passed away from cancer.

This lovely little Yellow Butterfly Ribbon Tattoo features the wings of a Monarch Butterfly, with great detailing on those wings. 

12. Minimalist Yellow Butterfly Flower Tattoo

Minimalist Yellow Butterfly Flower Tattoo

Photo credit: @siyeon_tattoo

Minimalist Tattoo designs often feature clean lines, precise geometry, and minimal embellishments.

This beautiful Minimalist Yellow Butterfly Tattoo is super adorable with the Butterfly ready to land on a beautiful red flower. 

13. Filigree Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Filigree Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @myjinju.tattoo

Filigree is a delicate ornamental work of twisted gold, silver, or other wire.

Archaeologists discovered the first fossil instances of filigree in ancient Greece and Mesopotamia, dating them back over 5,000 years.

This gorgeous Filigree Yellow Butterfly Tattoo is brilliantly done and has a lovely yellow aura behind it. 

14. Yellow Butterfly Face Tattoo

Yellow Butterfly Face Tattoo

Photo credit: @hilmidurnaoglu

If you want to add other elements to your Yellow Butterfly Tattoo to give it more depth, check out this Yellow Butterfly Face Tattoo.

This lovely tattoo has a woman's eye on each wing and a third eye between each wing, which could symbolize enlightenment. 

15. Traditional Yellow Butter Tattoo

Traditional Yellow Butter Tattoo

Photo credit: @outerlimitscostamesa

Traditional Tattoos are characterized by their clean black outlines, vivid colors, and minimal shading.

This Traditional Yellow Butterfly Tattoo has a gorgeous pattern and excellent yellow coloring with excellent fading work from yellow to black on some parts of the wings. 

16. Paint Splatter Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Paint Splatter Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @sylvan_grey_tattoos

If you want your Butterfly Tattoo to look like it is from a painting, try out this cool Paint Splatter Yellow Butterfly Tattoo.

This Tattoo Design looks like your standard design but has the bottom of the wings in a blotched paint splatter look. 

17. Yellow Butterfly With Heart Pattern Tattoo

Yellow Butterfly With Heart Pattern Tattoo

Photo credit: @sophiekennedy.tattoos

If you want to add a little romance to your Yellow Butterfly Tattoo, add some cute little love hearts to its design.

This cute little guy has a lovely pattern with a heart shape on each of the four wings and some nice little sparkle effects, too. 

18. The Starry Night Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

The Starry Night Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @sammycastroart_

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

This lovely little design has some of the painting as the pattern on the right wing.

The painting depicts the view from the east-facing window of an asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence where Van Gogh had admitted himself. 

19. Yellow And Blue Butterfly Tattoo

Yellow And Blue Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @rstattoo_zella

If you want to have more than one color Butterfly with your Yellow Butterfly Tattoo, check out this Blue and Yellow Butterfly Tattoo.

This lovely design has excellent coloring on both Butterflies, particularly the fading of the blue on the Blue Butterfly. 

20. Monarch Butterfly Tattoo

Monarch Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @ike_c3

Monarch butterflies are known for their orange, black, and white markings, their ability to travel great distances and their seasonal migration.

Millions of monarchs migrate from the United States and Canada to Mexico and California for the winter, and this migration is considered one of the world's greatest natural phenomena.

21. Cute Monarch Butterfly Tattoo

Cute Monarch Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @theartsyalien

If you like the Monarch Butterfly Design but want one that looks more cute, check out this Cute Monarch Butterfly Tattoo Design.

This cute little Tattoo has a nice girly look to it, with soft colors and glitter effects surrounding the design. 

22. Monarch And Viceroy Butterfly Tattoo

Monarch And Viceroy Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @connor.tattoos

A lot of people have difficulty spotting the difference between a Monarch and a Viceroy Butterfly and it’s no surprise.

To the untrained eye, both species look almost identical, but once you know the difference it becomes easy to identify the pair.

Apart from being a bit smaller, the Viceroy also has an extra black line that extends all the way across the lower wing.

23. Watercolor Monarch Tattoo

Watercolor Monarch Tattoo

Photo credit: @jeffhamm_tattooart

Watercolor Tattoos mimic the look of watercolor paintings by using soft, diffused edges and having a fluid, organic feel.

The colors often blend seamlessly into each other without defined lines.

24. Yellow Butterfly And Mirror Tattoo

Yellow Butterfly And Mirror Tattoo

Photo credit: @alexreid8

A Mirror Tattoo can be a symbol of reflection and truth and can also represent the wearer's journey toward self-discovery, a reminder to stay true to oneself.

This means that the Mirror and Butterfly can have synergetic symbolism with the themes of journey and self-discovery. 

25. Yellow Butterfly And Skull Tattoo

Yellow Butterfly And Skull Tattoo

Photo credit: @jamesbtattoos

If you want to add a bit of morbidity to your Yellow Butterfly Tattoo then consider getting a Yellow Butterfly and Skull Tattoo.

A Skull Tattoo can symbolize death, the afterlife, and rebellion but also can symbolize a celebration of life.

This cool Yellow Butterfly Tattoo seems to edge more toward the celebration of life symbolism as the Skull appears to be rocking a pair of sunglasses, 

26. Crescent Moon Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Crescent Moon Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @five.claw

A Crescent Moon Tattoo can symbolize starting anew, turning a new leaf, or the hope that you have to come out of a situation on the other side.

In some cultures, a crescent moon is thought to protect against negativity and could bring good luck.

This cool Yellow Butterfly Tattoo has a Crescent Moon in the background with the Butterfly on a Lily of the Valley Flower.

27. Family Of  Yellow Butterflies Tattoo

Family Of Yellow Butterflies Tattoo

Photo credit: @allie_tattoos

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 nice design has four large Monarch Butterflies flying up the wearer's back. 

28. Thai Art Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Thai Art Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @myo_ryung

If you have Thai heritage or are just a fan of Thai art styles, think about getting something like this Thai Art Yellow Butterfly Tattoo.

Thailand has about 1,100 species of Butterflies, with one of the most notable being the Indian Leaf butterfly, which can mimic a leaf to avoid predators when it closes its wings. 

29. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Tattoo

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @andreeconejo

Papilio glaucus, or the eastern tiger swallowtail, is a species of butterfly native to eastern North America.

It is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States.

Easter Tiger Swallowtails are one of a few species of swallowtails known to produce gynandromorphs, Butterflies which have both male and female features. 

30. Huge Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Huge Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @meghcn

If you really want to go all out with your design then go for a huge Yellow Butterfly Tattoo like this incredible one.

This design is absolutely mesmerizing spanning from the wearer's shoulders all the way down to the breasts.

This amazing piece also features some lovely ornament designs and some flowers too. 

31. Mouse Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Mouse Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @ivonasmagiccolors

Nobody said your Yellow Butterfly Tattoo necessarily has to be a Butterfly, right?

Well, this cute little design is of a little grey mouse with the wings of a Monarch Butterfly. 

The Mouse has a sketch-like quality to it while the wings have a lot of great detailing. 

32. Yellow Butterly And Lotus Tattoo

Yellow Butterly And Lotus Tattoo

Photo credit: @fabiofarinellatattoo

The Lotus Flower symbolizes rising from a dark place into beauty and rebirth. This means that a Lotus Flower, like the Mirror Tattoo, has excellent synergy with a Butterfly Tattoo, as it evokes the same themes as a Butterfly emerging from its chrysalis.

This Yellow Butterfly and Lotus Design is really nice, with a name formed by the water ripples. 

33. Gem Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Gem Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @ivymilaart

Another cool idea for your Yellow Butterfly Tattoo is to add gemstones to its design.

Different gemstones can have a lot of different symbolism, so choose whichever one best suits the themes you want to express.  

34. Scar Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Scar Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

Photo credit: @j_goods_ink

Lastly, we have a nice little design for those who may be a little insecure.

This great little Yellow Butterfly idea is being used to transform a scar into a cute little Butterfly. 

This design is a testament as to how the Tattooing artform can transcend its physical boundaries, turning what was once considered a flaw into a stunning symbol of rebirth and transformation.

Where To Get Your Yellow Butterfly Tattoo 

Now that we’ve seen some of the best Yellow Butterfly Tattoo Designs, let’s check out the best places to get a Yellow Butterfly Tattoo

1. Stunning Yellow Butterfly Tattoo On Arm

Stunning Yellow Butterfly Tattoo On Arm

Photo credit: @elven.hands

The arm is the best place to get your Yellow Butterfly Tattoo if you want to show it off as often as possible.

This tattoo is of a Painted Lady Butterfly with some nice added flowers and a blue background. 

Each year, this Butterfly spreads northwards from the desert fringes of North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, recolonizing mainland Europe and reaching Britain and Ireland.

2. Yellow Butterfly Tattoo Idea On Neck

Yellow Butterfly Tattoo Idea On Neck

Photo credit: @aroha_tattoo

The neck is going to be a painful place to get Tattooed due to it being a sensitive area with thin skin and little muscle or fat to protect the skin underneath, but, painful as it is, the neck is a great place to get your tattoo if you like to show it off often.

This lovely design has the right wing of the Butterfly as a bouquet of flowers.

3. Yellow Butterfly Tattoo Design On Back

Yellow Butterfly Tattoo Design On Back

Photo credit: @patri_matteo

The Back is the best place to go if you want to have a big and bright Yellow Butterfly Tattoo.

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

This nice tattoo idea has a simple Butterfly flying from one Lily on the lower side of the back to another near the shoulder. 

4. Leg Yellow Butterfly Tattoo Idea

Leg Yellow Butterfly Tattoo Idea

Photo credit: @chelmarietattoo

With a leg tattoo, you can show off your design as often as possible particularly if you live in a hotter climate.

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

5. Chest Yellow Butterfly Tattoo Idea

Chest Yellow Butterfly Tattoo Idea

Photo credit: @shuriktattoos

The chest is a great place to get your Yellow Butterfly Tattoo if you’re looking to make a powerful statement with your ink.

The chest offers a lot of space so it's a great place for a larger more intricate design.

 This cool tattoo sits nicely at the center of the chest with a nice flower pattern underneath it. 

Conclusion 

So the sun sets on our wonderfully uplifting journey of the Yellow Butterfly Tattoo, but the good times don't have to end just yet, if you’re still looking for more Butterfly inspiration then check out these Pretty Pink Butterfly Tattoos,
these Royal Purple Butterfly Tattoos, or for a lot more color, check out these gorgeous Colorful Butterfly Tattoos.

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