The butterfly is a classic image in traditional tattooing. Depending on the design, a butterfly tattoo can look very feminine or tough as nails. The word “butterfly” in English is derived from the Dutch “boterschijte.” Because butterflies have been known to hover around buckets of milk and butter, European folktales often cast butterflies as witches in disguise trying to steal milk. Etymologists believe that this association with butter is where the butterfly got it’s name. Tara got this bright, bold butterfly tattoo on her kneecap to tie the tattoos on her legs together. Butterfly tattoos work great on elbows and knees because they are so simple and bold, as well as being easy to modify to fit the space correctly. Thanks, Tara, I would love to do more tattoos like this!
Traditional Tattoos by Minneapolis Tattooer Mimi Wunsch
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