While there are multiple meanings for butterfly tattoos, the most common is rebirth and transformation. This is because butterflies go through a major transformation in their short lives.
Some other meanings for butterfly tattoos include: spirituality, love, grace, femininity and a connection with natural elements. Butterfly tattoos are some of the most popular types of tattoos. They are often placed on the lower back, shoulder, foot or upper arm. Butterflies can be adapted with just about any tattoo style, such as Celtic, tribal, Gothic, realistic and fantasy. Specific items often included in butterfly tattoos include skulls, fairies, tigers and flowers.