Inside: 73 Unique Butterfly Skull Tattoo Ideas (+ Deeper Meaning)

If you’re looking for a unique tattoo design that’s bound to draw attention and start conversations, then the intriguing combination of a skull and a butterfly might be the right fit for you.

It’s one of those designs where the pairing of two polar opposite elements may seem like an unusual choice, but in fact, carries very profound meaning behind it. Some of which most people can surely relate and identify with.

Individually the skull and butterfly are timeless classics and notably popular when it comes to tattoo designs.

When placed together, they’re the perfect balance of masculinity and femininity and offer endless opportunities for design and creativity depending on what meaning it holds to you.

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Skull Butterfly Tattoo Meanings

Skull tattoos typically signify death and sorrow, while butterfly tattoos contradict the latter with new life and hope for the future.

Together they symbolize light from darkness and hope from suffering.

Below are some of the more traditional interpretations behind the Skull Butterfly tattoo, but each design is unique to the individual who wears it and what it means to them.

Remembering a Loved One

A skull butterfly tattoo is commonly used as a memorial design to represent a loved one that has moved on from this life.

It could be depicted as an understanding that life will inevitably end with death or rather that there is life after death and knowing that one’s spirit will live on.

Letting Go of the Past

For some, it may not have to do with the literal meaning of death at all, but rather a death of one’s former self, represented by the skull, and being reborn as depicted by the butterfly.

Butterflies also represent freedom and as a tattoo design it ties in well with the concept of being re-born and living a transformative life, free from the things that were previously weighing you down and preventing you from reaching your full potential.

Considering that an ugly caterpillar can transform itself into one of the most beautiful insects in the world, similarly, someone can change their life for the better.


A butterfly could be considered quite a feminine symbol and as such could represent a romantic interest or even the loss thereof.

On the one hand, it can be seen as the masculine and feminine representation of a relationship, while on the other hand, it can be seen as the ending of a relationship, perhaps a tragic ending where hearts were broken.


As butterflies represent good luck, the combination of a skull and butterfly could represent how someone has had a near-death experience, or how they use to tread down the wrong path, but with sheer luck, has managed to take back control of their lives.

It signifies how someone has turned their life around for the better, after going through something tragic.

Half Butterfly Half Skull Tattoos

Half butterfly and half skull tattoo designs beautifully represent the ongoing battle between right and wrong, life and death or the closing of one chapter and the opening of another.

Regardless of what the Skull Butterfly Tattoo symbolizes for you, there are a plethora of unique designs to choose from. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the choices available to you, have a look at some of these striking designs that we’ve put together. Whether you’re after something colorful and bright, or deeper and more serious, there’s bound to be a design destined for you.

Butterfly Skull Tattoo

1. Black and White Skull Butterfly Design

2. Half Butterfly Half Skull Tattoo

3. Butterfly Skull Dotwork Design

4. Blue Butterfly Tattoo with Skull 

5. Skull Shaped into a Butterfly

6. Dark Skull Design

7. Large Butterfly Skull Thigh Tattoo

Butterfly Skull Tattoos

8. Butterfly with Skull in the Middle

9. Cracked Skull Design in Butterfly Wings

10. Butterfly Skull Art Inspiration

11. Large Back Tattoo of Skull Wings

12. Two Skulls on Butterfly Wings Art

13. Detailed Sketched Butterfly Skull Design

14. Butterfly Artwork with Skull Detail

15. Small Black and White Skull Butterfly on Back of Leg

Sugar Skull Butterfly Tattoo Ideas

16. Colorful Sugar Skull Butterfly

17. Red and Black Sugar Skull with Butterfly Wings

18. Sugar Skulls for Wings on Butterfly

19. Colorful Butterfly with Sugar Skull Center

Skull Tattoos + Butterfly Designs

20. Skull Detail on Butterfly Wings

21. Two Butterflies with Skull Wings

22. Butterfly with Skeleton Face on Wings

23. Sketched Half Butterfly and Half Skeleton Design

24. Skeleton Face on Wings Tattoo on Hand

Skull Tattoos

25. Subtle Skeleton Face in Butterfly

26. Knife in Skull with Butterfly Tattoo

27. Butterfly with Skull on Back

28. Two Skulls Making a Butterfly

29. Hidden Skull in Butterfly Wings

30. Hand Tattoo of Butterfly Skull

Skull with Butterfly Tattoo Designs

31. Shaded Skull with Butterfly Sitting on Cheek

32. Skeleton with Rosary and Butterflies

33. Skull with Butterfly and Rose Art Inspiration

34. Skull with Flower Crown and Butterfly

35. Flower Covered Skull with Butterfly Accents

36. Butterflies Covering a Skeleton Tattoo

37. Flying Butterflies with Skull Art

Butterfly Tattoos For Death

38. Old Skull with Butterfly Design

39. Blue Butterfly on Skeleton Head Tattoo

40. Detailed Skull with Flowers and Butterflies

41. Shaded Tattoo Design with Details

42. Pretty Flowers on Skull with Butterflies

43. Large Detailed Tattoo Skull

44. Pink Flowers and Butterflies

45. Unique Sketched Skull Tattoo

Skeleton Butterfly Tattoo

46. Black and White Skeleton Outline Playing with Butterflies

47. Colorful Playful Butterfly Skeleton

48. Skeleton Hand Holding a Butterfly

49. Arm Tattoo of Skeleton Butterfly

50. Skeleton Body Filled with Flowers and Butterflies

51. Dancing Skeleton Tattoo

52. Butterfly Sitting on Skeleton Hand

Skeleton Butterfly Tattoo

53. Skeleton Ribcage with Butterfly Lungs

54. Flower and Butterfly Turned into a Skeleton Outline

55. Skeleton Butterfly Art Inspiration

56. Ribcage Butterfly Tattoo Design

57. Fun Skeleton with Butterfly Wings

58. Butterfly Skeleton Body Parts Tattoo

59. Skeleton Skull with Butterflies

60. Portrait Tattoo of Skeleton Playing with Butterfly

Skull and Butterfly Tattoo Ideas

61. Colorful Butterfly with Skull Motif

62. Large Skeleton Butterfly Chestpiece

63. Skeleton Face with Butterfly Accents

64. Flowers Shaped into a Skull Head

65. Half Skeleton Face with Butterfly Wings

66. Colorful Floral Crown on Skull with Butterflies

Sugar Skull Butterfly Tattoo

67. Butterflies Sitting on Skull Head

68. Simple Butterfly with Skull Faces Outline

69. Blue Butterfly with Skull Hand Tattoo

70. Skull Design on Monarch Butterfly Wings

71. Colorful Skull Butterfly

72. Dotwork Tattoo Design

73. Half Skull Half Butterfly Tattoo

More Tattoo Inspiration You’ll Love

If you like these butterfly skull tattoo ideas, then check out a few more beautiful butterfly tattoo designs that we have. Plus if love more animal or insect design we have the ultimate list of tattoo ideas just for you.

  • Half Butterfly Half Flower Tattoos – Combining a vibrant butterfly with a beautiful flower gives you the ultimate tattoo idea. If you are looking for a tattoo that is both elegant and charismatic, this is exactly what you need! The meaning behind the butterfly and flower tattoo design is love, youth, grace, faith, beauty, innocence, and femininity. Consider a half butterfly and half flower tattoo if you want something feminine and beautiful.
  • Watercolor Butterfly Tattoo Designs – Watercolor tattoo designs are filled with vibrant colors, thick and thin lines, and realistic artwork. Gaining traction over the years, watercolor tattoos are becoming more and more popular. Once you see them, you’ll understand why! These beautiful butterfly watercolor tattoos are stylish, unique, and creative. Many watercolor pieces are larger in size because it takes more space to properly shade and get it to look more realistic. Be sure to check out these lovely designs for your next watercolor butterfly tattoo.
  • Animal Tattoo Ideas – There are many animals that signify love, power, being fierce, physical strength, spirituality, and so much more. Whether you want something sweet, such as a puppy, or an animal that is a leader like a lion, you can tell a story about your personality and life. Place an animal tattoo anywhere on your body, and you’ll surely adore it. Check out these creative animal tattoos to find something that represents you and your life.

Butterfly Skull Tattoo