The butterfly represents freedom and new beginnings, so many women choose to get this kind of tattoo after a hard year in her life or a bad breakup. That doesn’t mean that you have to have gone through difficult situations in order to get a butterfly tattoo. It can also symbolize a laid-back, loving spirit who flies easily with the winds of change. Let this kind of tattoo guide you through life as a helpful reminder of the type of person that you want to be.

Just because butterflies are pretty doesn’t mean that they can’t also be badass. Anything that allows you to express who you are and what you’ve been through usually makes for a good tattoo with a strong meaning attached. These butterfly tattoos can be incredibly detailed and even look photorealistic at times. Other women might opt to go with a more stylized butterfly that is a small, simple reminder of their past. Be sure to come to the tattoo artist with a clear idea of what you want or don’t want. That way, there is a better chance that you’ll get exactly the type of butterfly tattoo that you have been dreaming of.