Butterfly Tattoos / Butterfly Neck Tattoos
25 Cool Butterfly Neck Tattoo Ideas for Men & Women in 2023
With a butterfly tattooed on your neck, you can show your strength and sensitivity at the same time. You’ll be able to show off how stylish you are as well. In my humble opinion, no other tattoo looks better on the neck than the butterfly. Butterfly neck tattoos offer you the chance to do something bold, while still keeping things light. And that duality is something I love, and I bet you do too.
But before you go and get your own butterfly neck tattoo, let us help guide you in choosing the perfect piece of ink. Below we’ll show you the most unique, most stylish, and best-looking butterfly neck tattoo designs of 2023. You’ll surely be inspired with the perfect idea for your next piece of ink.
With that said, let’s begin.
A Trio of Black and Gray Butterfly Tattoos
Neck tattoos are often bold in-your-face designs. This one is visible for all to see but doesn’t shout. With thin black lines and exquisite gray shading these butterflies are both pretty and feminine. Their angled positions create a playfulness supporting this feel. Sure to make this customer happy.
Realistic Black and Gray Butterfly Tattoo on Back of Woman’s Neck
Everything about this tattoo is amazing. The butterfly seems to be illuminated from behind with light emanating from it. This really makes the design come alive. The gray shading is so artfully done as are the pops of white ink. Overall this is a work that is sure to garner much praise.
Minimal Butterfly Tattoo on Woman’s Neck
The delicate and feminine butterfly is often chosen by tattoo-newbies who position it behind the ear to keep it inconspicuous. The next step in one’s tattoo journey might be placing the butterfly on the neck; a somewhat daring move. This butterfly though with its very thin lines and subtle shading doesn’t overwhelm. Rather it gracefully accents the neck just like the other tattoos.
Minimal Butterfly Tattoos on Woman’s Neck
The upwardly curved wings and antennae of these butterflies create a sense of lightness and playfulness. They seem to be interacting together almost like in a dance. The negative space between them actually allows for this connection with the stars bringing the designall together.
Butterfly With Dagger Neck Tattoo
Butterflies and daggers are both popular icons in the world of tattoos. Although you might not necessarily associate them together, it’s definitely a personal choice to mix them together as seen here. This design beautifully accents and enhances the lines of the neck. With the dagger running from the hairline to the base of the neck this dimensionality is created.
Bold And Beautiful
Blackwork Butterfly Tattoo on Woman’s Neck
Looks like this butterfly isn’t scared of snakes. With the use of black ink you can see how this tattoo stands out. I love how it’s positioned on the neck accenting its curves as well as the collarbone. Just like a piece of art, framing is important.
Linework Butterfly Tattoo on Man’s Neck
Centered right at the center of the neck over the jugular notch, this butterfly becomes a focal point. Its clean black lines, in contrast to the subtle shading of the leaves, draw you in and command attention. This Is One Mighty Little Butterfly
Combined Linework and Blackwork Butterfly Tattoo
This butterfly tattoo is truly exquisite; from the thin black lines, to the dots creating shading to the opaque black inking accenting the edges. Its positioning also masterfully enhances the artistic appeal. The forward stretch of the antennae are in perfect balance to the outstretched wings. In short this design perfectly fits the canvas the neck provides. Props to the artist.
Custom Blue Butterfly Neck Tattoo With Flames
This custom design frames both sides of the neck of this tattoo fan. The blue ink is beautiful as is the floral detailing and shading. While the red flames are an unexpected detail they strengthen the design both literally and figuratively. They also nicely create appropriate dimensions for the canvas provided by the side of the neck. Nice Fit.
If your a fan of this tattoo’s red ink, check out our red butterfly tattoo designs for more inspiration.
Realistic Watercolor Butterfly Tattoo on Woman’s Neck
Although realistic tattoos are typically rendered in black ink and gray tones, there’s no reason Watercolors can’t be added to the mix. In fact go ahead and you can have a beautiful tattoo like this one. Here the Watercolors are precisely applied rather than in drips and drabs. Just remember Watercolors aren’t easy so check your artist’s portfolio to confirm they’re skilled in this style.
Beautiful Linework Butterfly Tattoo at Nape of Neck
This butterfly is so beautiful it even has a regal bearing. Its position affords the best of all worlds. It can easily be inconspicuous with hair or clothing covering it or be on full display with an updo. For those lucky enough to catch a glimpse, they’ll certainly be impressed by the Linework, dot-like shading and tiny pops of negative space along the tips of the wings. Accented with Ornamental detail at the top and opaque inking This Butterfly is a Star.
Fineline Blackwork Butterfly Tattoo on Woman’s Neck
What goes better with a LBD than this dramatic butterfly. Of course this tattoo would look great with jeans too. The bold opaque black inking plays beautifully against the thin black lines. Positioned on an angle, this butterfly becomes a statement piece.
Dramatic Old School Butterfly Tattoo on Man’s Neck
Who said butterflies are for girls? No one after seeing this awesome tattoo. Centered right over the neck there’s no hiding this butterfly; not that I think this guy would want to. Old School style with its 2D renderings and bold black outlines is seen here. Its customary simple color palette though is absent. Of course the theme is updated too; this certainly isn’t Grandpa’s Old School flag tattoo. Guess Times Change
Black and Gray Butterfly Tattoo on Man’s Neck
Looks like one fearless butterfly has landed amid all those snakes; and looks right at home. Somehow all this ink looks good together. The gray tones used to shade the butterfly are beautiful and contrast really nicely with the opaque black edges. Set at an angle, this butterfly is perfectly framed by the contours of the neck.
Big Bold Blackwork Butterfly Tattoo on Woman’s Neck
Take note; this is how you create a dramatic focal point on your body. This is a beautiful tattoo but obviously not for the faint of heart. Perfectly centered at the midline of the neck, the butterfly is framed by the chin and collarbones. With perfect black lines, opaque shading and a pretty brown skin tone – This Is Poetry In Motion
Large Butterfly Tattoo on Man’s Neck
I’m not sure what this tattoo means but it certainly attracted my attention. From its sweeping size across the entire neck to the unexpected portraits, this tattoo is a showstopper. Beautiful thin lines are on display as is Black and Gray style. Here black ink alone is used and then watered down to create varying tones of gray. You can see how these tones are expertly applied to create the shading. This is a masterful tattoo done by a very skilled artist.
Blackwork Butterfly Tattoo on Side of Woman’s Neck
This butterfly beautifully accents the lateral aspect of the neck with the horizontal black bands adding interest and defining the space. Between these bands and the butterfly itself, it looks like lace and velvet are bringing this design to life. Beautiful
Butterfly Skull Tattoo
This butterfly neck tattoo design reminds me of the work of Salvador Dali. The design uses an illusion to make the eye sockets of the skull blend seemlessly into the wings of the butterfly.
Two Minimal Butterfly Tattoos on Woman’s Neck
Everything looks right about these tattoos. The black lines and shading effortlessly create detail as they play off against the adjacent negative space. For someone who wears earrings, the butterflies serve as a perfect counterbalance to the bigger design look. And for the style conscious – checkout the mani – these tattoos are sure to up your game. Props to @dark.angel.tattoo
Check out our gallery of butterfly tattoos behind the ear.
Large Blackwork Butterfly Tattoo on Back of Neck
The shading in this tattoo is subtle but off-the-charts awesome. It’s really amazing. There’s perfect symmetry and exquisite thin lines on display too. This butterfly definitely deserves to take center stage.
Four Little Butterfly Tattoos on Side of Neck
These little butterflies are small but full of life. With their lateral orientation they actually appear to be in flight. With lots of negative or empty space around them, the orange and black really pop. These butterflies are soft and delicate; and Definitely Ultra Feminine.
Realistic Black and Gray Butterfly Tattoo on Front of Neck
Who needs a necklace when you have a butterfly right at your neckline. The realism of this butterfly is achieved by using shading and contrast to create 3D. When you take a second look you realize how much negative or empty space makes up this design. The detailing is in the surrounding lines.
Large Black and Gray Butterfly Tattoo on Front of Neck
Mix and Match. That’s the theme here with a butterfly tattoo and an eagle. The butterfly showcases Black and Gray style. In comparison with the eagle, you can see how the black ink adds drama to the butterfly. Complementing that is the awesome shading done in tones of gray.
Large Black and Gray Moth Tattoo on Back of Neck
Go big but discreetly. That’s just what this design achieves with its location allowing you to decide when and by whom it’s seen. The watered down black ink that produces gray tones is beautifully used for shading. This design is at once subtle and mighty.
Beautiful Black and Gray with Watercolor Butterfly Tattoos
These butterfly tattoos are like looking at a beautiful watercolor painting. It’s like the artist picked up a small brush and precisely applied the Watercolors to the skin. Drama is then added with the presence of heavy black shading. I don’t think it gets better than this. FYI: Watercolor style is not easy and it’s easy to make a mess. Be sure to check out your artist’s portfolio first.