Butterfly Tattoos Can Capture Your Heart

Butterfly tattoos are among the most popular of tattoo designs, especially for women. When you are trying to create a unique but feminine tattoo, a butterfly tattoo is a great start. Butterflies are graceful and beautiful and that grace translates very well into a tattoo. The whole idea of the caterpillar transforming into the beautiful butterfly captures the heart and people love to relate to the idea. Tattooing is all about expressing yourself and many people want to express a change or a rebirth, and having a butterfly tattoo can do that.

Butterfly tattoos will look stunning whether they are inked in black only or a variety of colors are used. The size of the tattoo can vary widely depending on where it is placed. You can put a small petite butterfly on your ankle or wrist or a larger one on your shoulder or lower back. The wings on the butterfly can be placed in different positions to make it unique. You can spread them out as in full flight and color them in beautiful eye catching colors or have them tucked in a bit as if just coming out of the cocoon.

The lower back, shoulder and ankle are some of the most popular spots for a butterfly tattoo. Some even have them placed on hidden areas, only seen by loved ones or close friends. No matter where they are put, they are almost always dramatic and stunning. As a female you can’t go wrong with some type of a butterfly tattoo. Even thought it’s a popular design, you can make it unique enough that it represents you. You can start with a small tattoo and later add a flower to enlarge it.

There are so many different kinds of butterfly tattoos that finding the right design for you can take some time. Take some time online to browse the many different designs there are. You can find big and bold butterflies to small, petite designs. Look at photos of real butterflies to get other ideas. You’ll find many different designs, but keep looking until the one you want finds you.

How to Effectively Search Tattoo Photo Galleries

If you are thinking of getting yourself a tattoo, chances are you are looking around for a good design. Browsing through an album of tattoo photo galleries brings you to a world of fashion and style. Numerous designs can be seen in these galleries, rendered in different artistic styles, and bringing out the individual characteristics of the person who has the tattoo. Proprietors of tattoo parlors have these photos put in albums or displayed prominently in their walls. The visual stimulus helps the clients to think up designs for themselves, or else choose from the ones already made.

Most likely, in the tattoo photo galleries you will see sketches of tribal designs, astrological signs, koi fishes and other Japanese designs, dragons and other mythological creatures, religious themes, favorite animals, even scorpions, crabs, and spiders; as well as more modern images of cartoon characters, flowers, butterflies, and hearts. The tattoo artist might even draw a portrait for you on your skin. Some designs are comprised of text and letters that are meaningful only to the wearer. Others texts spell out well known phrases, or names of loved ones. There is a vast gallery of photos for tattoo designs. Sometimes, when a client is confronted with it, it becomes harder to choose. This is where a pre-knowledge of who you are, what you want, and what a tattoo artist can do will come in handy.

For those who think it is better to have a design in mind before going to the tattoo parlor to get permanently inked, then there are online tattoo photo galleries for you. There are more choices to be had online. Choose a few, print them out, and bring them with you to the shop. The artist will then discuss the designs with you. The one you like will be transferred into a stencil as the artist gets ready to give you your permanent tattoo.

Having a tattoo is not a light decision to make. You will be stuck with the design you have chosen, for life. Yes, there is a process for tattoo removal, but why bother going through it if you can choose your design wisely and be happy with it? This is how tattoo photo galleries can help you out. A good advice is to choose a design that is meaningful to you; one that will communicate who you are, not for the moment, but always.

Five Great Places For a Photo Wall Mural

If you watch any of the popular home decorating shows on TV these days, you will most likely come across a really great room design using a wall mural. Photo wall murals are so versatile in subject and size, the decorating possibilities are limitless. Here are five great ideas online wall murals customers have come up with for photo wall murals and custom wall murals:

1. Tropical beach vista for a master bath suite. What better way to relax and let your cares melt away than to gaze upon a serene tropical beach while relaxing in your Jacuzzi? It sounds great in theory, but many of our clients have done this and they say it really does take bathing to a whole new level.

2. Transform your child’s bedroom into a fun adventure with a photo mural of his or her favorite animal or wildlife scene. The usual assortment of lions, tigers, and ponies are here for the choosing of course, but also the unusual-cheetahs, frogs, butterflies, elephants as well as friends from the sea such as dolphins, sharks, tropical fish and more. Your child’s imagination is boundless- indulge his or her love of nature and learning with a fierce animal wall mural.

3. Create a relaxing retreat in your home office. One of our clients called this his Zen den. What do you like to look at when you relax? Flowers and forest scenes are popular choices, but water scenes such as lakes, streams, and waterfalls are classically relaxing as well. Our Zen den client used a bamboo forest mural which was perfect for his taste.

4. There are many handy men out there who have customized their basement bars with photo murals of their favorite ball players or stadium scenes. There is so much you can do when you finish your basement, and adding a beloved custom image of your favorite team player is a very personal touch.

5. People have absolute love affairs with cities, and that is probably why our cityscape murals are so popular. From a once in a lifetime trip to Paris to fond childhood memories of Millennium Park in Chicago, our clients love to accent their rooms with skyline and cityscape murals.

The best thing about our site is that if you don’t see what you’re looking for, chances are, we can find it! Our image library is huge and we are always happy to help you find just what you are looking for. Contact us today and let’s get started on your one-of-a-kind decorating project!

Signs After Suicide: The Red Butterfly

Shortly after noon, I went into Arlyn’s bedroom to get a few things to take with me. I was preparing to drive about three miles out into the country, to Woodhaven Road.

I stood and gazed around her room for a few minutes; it was full of Arlyn, but it seemed so empty.

I picked up a folder with some of the poems she had written. Her words. Her thoughts. Her feelings.

I held it under my arm securely while I searched for something else. A Cabbage Patch doll, the dress she was christened in, a blue ribbon she had won for baking a sponge cake when she was ten years old. They were all things that meant something to Arlyn, but I left them alone.

In moving my hands across the top of her dresser, I knocked over a small picture frame. I stood it upright; it held a photo of Arlyn with bright red hair and a happy grin. She was three years old when I had made the Raggedy Ann costume using a mop for a wig. She had flopped around the house for days practicing a Raggedy Ann walk. I smiled at the memory and picked it up to take with me. This was all I needed.

I got into the car, checking to make sure I had not forgotten to put the lawn chair in the trunk. Then slowly, I drove three miles out to the country to a place that drew me to it with an awful, yet irresistible force. To a place on Woodhaven Road.

A few minutes later, I parked the car beside a small stream. I checked my watch; I was early. The rickety wooden bridge which crossed the stream seemed to blend in with the trees and undergrowth surrounding it. There were no other man-made structures in sight.

My eyes tried to follow several small yellow butterflies as they bobbed up and down in this otherwise still picture. I placed the lawn chair on the side of the narrow dirt road. a few feet from the two wooden crosses that announced to the world that this was a place where a death had occurred.

I held on to the folder of writings and the small framed photo as I sat heavily down in the chair. I suddenly realized that I had placed the chair on the exact spot where my daughter’s body had fallen when her life stopped. I briefly stiffened and thought about moving, but then, I didn’t. A morbid need to connect with her held me there.

I opened the folder and picked up a sheet of paper with Arlyn’s handwriting on it. I read:

“The scent of death

Surrounds me

And I am overwhelmed

By it’s beauty.”

I shook my head; I could not understand.

It was terribly hot, much like it was the day Arlyn died. I sat quiety wondering what she had thought during those final moments, wondering if she has been afraid, wondering.

I looked down and continued to read. I felt a dull pain in my chest. Her hands had written the words I was staring at, but her heart had felt them.

After a while, I looked up and stared at the yellow butterflies blankly. Then, I glanced at my watch and saw that it was almost – that time. If Arlyn’s spirit was to come, it would be now.

So I began to talk. At first, I spoke casually. “How are you doing, Arlyn? What’s it like up there? Are you with Mammaw and Grandpap and Lori? Have you played your guitar for them?”

I waited, but Arlyn did not reply.

I felt myself growing more anxious, so I began to ask harder questions, pausing after each to listen for a reply.

“Arlyn, do you miss us? When you pulled the trigger, did you have any idea of how badly your death would hurt your dad and me? Did you know how much I loved you?”

Then, as a post-script, I asked her if she’d seen her young cousin, Adam, who was killed the day before, and I asked her to take Adam under her wings.

Again, I closed my eyes and waited. And waited.

Nothing happened. I felt so sad.
Finally, I decided I had to try one more time to persuade Arlyn to reply. I would ask for a sign that she was here. She’d been gone four years; I had waited long enough.

I opened my eyes and looked around. As I searched for a sign, I realized I would not know a sign if I saw one. What does a sign look like? Is it a blinking light? A crash of thunder? The image of a face in the clouds? What would I look for?

Then, I spotted two yellow butterflies in the woods behind the crosses. This type of butterfly is common in south Georgia at this time of year. It seems that they only come in yellow. I glanced down at the Raggedy Ann photo that was smiling up with me. The red mop wig almost looked like wings surrounding her face.

I smiled to myself then, and I spoke loudly into the trees. I said, “Arlyn, if you hear me, I need a sign! Will you send me a sign to let me know you’re okay? Will you send me a red butterfly if you know how much I love you and how badly I miss you? A red butterfly, Arlyn. Please.”

By then, the tears spilling down my cheeks were making their own small stream. I closed my eyes. I felt the stillness, until a cool breeze brushed past. I shivered.

When I opened my eyes again, I saw the two crosses still standing in front of me. The only thing different was that the yellow butterflies in the woods behind them had left.

I signed. I was so disappointed that I had just passed another milestone date without a sign from Arlyn. I felt myself sinking.

I was a reluctant traveler on this road. Sometimes, it seemed too hard to go on. Sometimes, I wanted to give up and join her. I missed her so much.

A moment or so later, I caught a red flicker in the corner of my eye to the right, over the stream. I turned and saw a large red butterfly come up from under the bridge. Slowly, it flew towards me, bobbing up and down as if it were on a sea of gently rippling water.

As the butterfly flew closer, I held my breath. The trees behind it faded out, creating a hazy background, accenting the brightness of its red wings.

To my amazement, it fluttered close to me. Then, it flew all the way around the two crosses that bore Arlyn’s name. Not once but twice. Twice, the red butterfly encircled those crosses while I sat there spellbound, so close I could have touched it.

It hovered a moment, and then it swooped through the air, heading off into the woods behind the crosses and out of sight.

Was it a coincidence that the red butterfly just happened to fly by as I was hoping for a sign from Arlyn? Was it really a sign from her? If it was a sign, what did it mean?

I do not know if it was a coincidence or not; I have visited the place on Woodhaven Road many times in the past four years. The only butterflies I remember seeing there before were yellow.

A sign is something that may suggest the presence of someone who is missing. To me, that butterfly was a sign from Arlyn, because there is no logical explanation for its appearance otherwise. So, what does it mean?

I believe it was a sign that the spirit lives on after death, and that the soul of my precious Arlyn is at peace. I believe the red butterfly was Arlyn’s way of letting me know that she knows the depth of my love for her, and the pain of my sadness. I also believe that she sent me this sign so I would know that she is with me always.

This knowledge does not erase the fact I miss her, but it does help me move into the future. I feel an inner calmness that was missing before. I believe I have a mission to accomplish while I am here, so I now understand that the spirit of my child will provide the wings to lift me up.

Most important, though, the red butterfly proved to me that love is eternal. It does not die when the body dies. Hearts and souls that are joined on earth are united forever.