30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

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Recently, more and more people have been opting to get a moth tattoo. The great thing about it is that the designs are seldom complicated. Now there are hundreds of moth species to choose from, and each one has its own unique pattern. On their own, these patterns usually look good enough, so moth tattoo designs don’t often need too many elements to look good.

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

But due to their ominous (and sometimes ethereal) appearance, moths are often used metaphorically in themes relating to spirituality, self-acceptance… and sometimes death.

You see, unlike their butterfly cousins, most moth species don’t look very friendly. While butterflies are usually a pleasant sight, making them frequent objects of little girls’ admiration—moths will likely scare little girls away. And you can’t blame them. Moths bring an entirely different, ominous energy with them. 

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

You can pretty easily recognize a moth by its thick abdomen and eerie wing pattern. With the exception of silk moths (which look more like butterflies), most moth species have flatter, broader wing shapes. And unlike butterflies, which have more charming wing patterns and vivid colors, moths typically have more muted colors and stranger wing patterns.

The white moth, for example, has a ghostly look to it while the Polyphemus moth, with its wings spread out, flat out looks like the face of a hungry reptile. Even silk moths (which should look friendlier) don’t look as delightful as butterflies do. And since moths are nocturnal, you really don’t get to see them too often. When you do, they’re likely resting.

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

The thing is, when moths rest, they have their wings spread wide open (as opposed to butterflies which close their wings when resting). Because of this, the sight of a resting moth is usually very a memorable experience—and it makes a pretty great tattoo.

In this article, I’ve compiled 30 + of the best moth tattoos there are on the internet. Each piece’s artist is credited so that you can check out more of their work or choose to message them directly. Towards the end, I’ll tell you about the different symbolism associated with the moth, so stick around!

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

 

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

30+ Best Moth Tattoo Designs With Meaning

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