Coolest Butterfly Tattoos for Men

Usually butterfly tattoos aren’t associated with men, but done up in specific patterns or with other designs, they look very handsome. Every culture had its own representation and symbolism of what butterflies stand for. But usually they stand for metamorphosis or a drastic change in life. The journey of a caterpillar to a butterfly is a long, tedious and hard journey, so in case you accomplished something after much strife or if you have experienced a radical change in your life, the butterfly is the perfect symbol to get tattooed with.

Ancient mythology of different cultures across time, believed various things about butterflies. The Greeks believed that every time a butterfly emerges from its cocoon, a new human soul is born. Irish believed that butterflies were the souls of the dead waiting to pass through purgatory. Germans believed that butterflies were actually children who were reborn from the dead and gave childless couples children. Europeans believed that human souls took the shape of butterflies and were viewed with great fear and respect. Chinese and Japanese associate joy and happiness with butterflies, whereas Indians associated butterflies with the dead, the journey they have to go through in death and when finally a butterfly dies, it symbolizes the final death of the soul. During the Holocaust, there were barracks assigned for children about to put to death, on those barrack walls were millions of butterflies scratched into it by stones or fingers. The children, who knew they were about to die used butterflies as a symbol of hope, that even though their current life will be put to an end, they would continue to live on as butterflies.

Men prefer getting butterfly tattoos with other masculine designs like the cross and Celtic or tribal designs. They use it in full sleeve tattoos or the chest with a specific theme going on. Some butterfly tattoos that are done in tribal designs have Chinese or Japanese scripts done between the wings. This looks very unique and mysterious. Nowadays, butterflies are associated with beauty, grace, transformation, freedom and independence, but also shallowness and instability. This is because a butterfly flits from flower to flower, never staying long enough on any one.

So, if you are a man and want to get a butterfly tattoo, go ahead and get one. Butterfly tattoos don’t necessarily have to be feminine in nature. They symbolize change, and a man can go through a change, if you are still hesitant, get one with various other designs but make up a singular theme for it. Remember; think any tattoo through before getting one, as getting it removed can be equally tedious and sometimes painful.

The Pros and Cons of Getting Wrist Tattoos

Wrist tattoos are popular that even celebrities love them – Linday Lohan, Nicole Richie and Jessica Alba to name a few. Before deciding to get this tattoo done, you should also realize that there are advantages as well as disadvantages that you should take into consideration.

Let us start by looking at the cons first.

  • The wrist being close to the bone can be more painful as compared to the other fleshy body parts. There are lesser tissues to cushion the skin so expect pain to be on the higher scale.
  • The wrist is an area that is exposed and used a lot so healing might take longer.
  • Being an area close to the hand where there is high mobility, wrist tattoos might be more difficult to maintain and may even require touch-ups in the future.
  • It might hinder your job applications being in a visible area as there are still companies that discriminate against tattooed people.

Now let’s check out its advantages.

  • Wrist tattoos being very visible can make you look stylish and unique especially if you are tattooed with interesting designs.
  • The inner wrist is a good area for starting out with small designs wherein you can have the option of hiding it if needed either with a watch or chunky bracelet.
  • Wrist tattoos can be cheaper since design for this are usually on the smaller side.
  • It is located on an area where you can always easily look at, admit it – we love looking at our body art.
  • Wrists are adaptable to a wide variety of designs and there are tons of choices so coming up with a unique tattoo art for this are would not be hard.

Now that you have read the two sides of the story, it’s now up to you to weigh your options. If you opt to go for it, then finding the perfect design will be another task for you . Nowadays, anything goes for tattoo art that even the most unusual ones can come out really stunning especially if rendered on ink by a skilled tattoo artist. If you have decided to go for a wrist tattoo and have already found your dream design, all you need to do is visit your trusted tattoo studio and allow your vision to be turned into a reality.

An Introduction to Tattoos

Tattoos… Everyone has a different reaction to that word. It always got my attention. I think the first one I saw on a live person, was my cousins. I must have been 7 or 8 years old. He had a funny caricature of a devil on his arm with “born to raise hell” written over it. I was amazed by it and although it wasn’t until my mid 20’s when I christened my skin, I wanted one the second I saw that little devil.

Today, tattooing is far more accepted in society than it was back in the 60’s, still; there are people that frown upon the idea of marking your body with ink….forever. Whether it’s a religious issue, or their own personal preference, they can’t deny that the tattoo is almost as old as civilization itself.

The word tattoo is derived from the Tahitian word “tatu”, meaning to mark or to touch something. The earliest known tattooed person is the infamous “Iceman” found in 1991, in the Otzal Alps, located in Italy. Carbon dating proved that he had lived about 5,300 years ago. Fifty-eight tattoos were noted on his body!! Archaeologists think he was an important figure in his society. The tattoos were charcoal and water based.

Ancient cultures used tattoos to ward off sickness or bad luck. The Egyptians were the first to use needles to tattoo the body. Archaeologists exhuming tombs, have even found children’s dolls decorated with tattoos. Tattooing spread through Greece, and Arabia, and By 2000 BC., the tattoo had arrived in Asia.

The Japanese first used tattoos to identify criminals. Later it was transformed into an art form, producing some of the world’s most beautiful tattoos. The Yakuza (Japanese mafia) use their tattoos to intimidate their rivals. Japanese style of tattooing has influenced hundreds of artists today.

Polynesians have also contributed greatly to the art. Their instruments consist of sharpened pieces of bone, or ivory, tied to a stick. They “chisel” the ink into the skin by hitting the top of the instrument with a mallet type object. The tool might consist of one sharp object, or a whole row of objects, resembling a rake.

Members of certain tribes underwent grueling hours tattooing their bodies as a right of passage. Those tools are still used today, for those same rituals, but it is a dying art form, performed only by those preserving their culture. They also developed a facial tattoo called the “Moko”. This facial tattoo consisted of lines drawn about the face that would tell that persons life story.

Centuries ago in Europe, it was common to have family crests tattooed on the body, but when the Normans invaded in 1066, tattooing disappeared. 600 years later, a sailor named William Dempher, ran into Prince Giolo, known as the Painted Prince. He was brought from Polynesia to London, put on exhibition, and became a sensation.

In the 1700’s, on one of his many trips to the South Pacific, Captain Cook came across Oami,a heavily tattooed man, whom he also brought back to England. The English were amazed, and soon tattooing became a fad amongst the upper class. Still it would be another 100 years before tattooing would have an influence in America.

The first electric tattoo machine was invented by Samuel O’Rielly in 1891. It evolved from an electric pen that Thomas Edison had invented a few years earlier. This machine is very similar to the one used today. With this invention, it was very easy to obtain a tattoo, so the upper class gradually turned its back on the art, and by the 1900’s the glamour of being tattooed had lost its appeal. Tattoo artists found themselves working the seedy areas of neighborhoods, and tattooing went underground. Only by word of mouth could someone find a tattoo artist, or even see tattoo art. Tattooing became a secret society.

Once again, Samuel O’Rielly to the rescue. He moved from Boston to New York City and opened a tattoo shop in very popular Chatham Square, the Times Square of its day, and the birthplace of American style tattoos. There he met Charlie Wagner.

O’Rielly taught Wagner the art of tattoo until Sam’s death in 1908. Charlie then met Lew Alberts, a wallpaper designer. Alberts incorporated his designs into tattoo art, and started making flash designs. Tattooing flourished in Chatham Square for nearly 20 years, until the depression hit. The soul of tattooing then moved to Coney Island. Shops opened up wherever military bases seemed to be. Mostly sailors would get tattooed, and each tattoo brought a different story from a different place.

After the Second World War, tattoos were less popular. Their association with bikers, and jailbirds had a great impact on the decline of tattooing in American culture. An outbreak of hepatitis in the 1960’s brought tattooing to its knees. Needles weren’t being sterilized, and reports of blood poisoning flooded the newspapers. New York outlawed tattoos and shut down its shops in Coney Island. Tattooing moved to New Jersey, Philadelphia, and all the way to San Francisco.

Today, tattooing is legal again in New York, and just recently made legal in Massachusetts. Artists hold international conventions, where they display work, perform work, and give seminars on tattooing. Many have an art degree. Cleanliness is an unwritten rule in the business these days. Shops would not survive if the proprietors did not keep a clean place of business. Tattooing has once again reached the upper echelon of society. Movie stars, rock stars, and corporate executives now grace their bodies with tattoos. Every tattoo has a special meaning for the one who wears it. Whether it’s a tribute to a lover, or a child, mom or dad, a simple line or a detailed body suit, tattoos have made its mark in the history of the world.

R.Scott