61 Breathtaking Butterfly Tattoos That Go Way Beyond Basic

When the thought of butterfly tattoos springs to mind, you might imagine some sort of Friends-era '90s trend, but ink inspired by the beautiful winged insect doesn't have to be retro or overdone — I mean, Shawn Mendes has one, for crying out loud. The beautiful line work of intricate geometric patterns and softly hued watercolor can be done anywhere on the body, and there are so many iterations of butterfly ink to choose from! Read on for breathtaking examples of butterfly tattoos that go far beyond basic, and consider getting tattooed with some beautiful wings of your own.

— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes