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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 – Since the birth of the tattoo culture, the butterfly tattoo has grown into an association with art. Of course, their vibrancy of color and the characteristics of their physical features are most often associated with femininity. Beauty and weightlessness, purity, and love usually refer to those beautiful creatures.
- Watercolor Butterfly Tattoo Designs – These simple watercolor butterfly tattoo ideas are full of beauty and perfectly depicts human transformation as well, and that is why it is one of our favorite lists of tattoo ideas. The soft, color, and whimsical watercolor designs elevate these butterflies to a whole new level of beauty.
- Animal Tattoo Ideas – Chances are if you love butterflies then you like other animals. Animals are so special, most of the time they are our dearest companions and strongest relationships. Others are the perfect symbol of something we long for in life, like freedom, beauty, and serenity. There are so many different things this world’s amazing creatures can offer us. Which is what makes them such a great tattoo design idea.