Michelle Williams and the Art of the Butterfly Tattoo


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Would you believe a reality TV show is giving a classic tattoo a real comeback?

The Masked Singer is a reality show with a simple premise. Audiences must try to figure out who the competing celebrities are beneath the elaborate masks.

Recently, the revelation of a butterfly tattoo made fans think the singer “Butterfly” is Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams. And just like that, the butterfly tattoo is back.

Why Michelle Williams?

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Michelle Williams was a part of Destiny’s Child back in the day. She was a major cultural force, but she dropped off the radar for a long time and hasn’t really popped back up since.

On The Masked Singer, there is a character named Butterfly. She discussed how her name had been on everyone’s lips at the apex of her fame but that things went south when she tried to go off on her own.

Finally, Butterfly mentioned that she has a butterfly tattoo. Given Michelle Williams and her recent revelation of a butterfly tattoo, fans think she must be the celeb under the mask.

Rumors about Williams have also sparked discussion of something that was really popular in the heyday of Destiny’s Child: the butterfly tattoo.

Butterflies and Tramp Stamp

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Most people think of something else when they think of butterfly tattoos: the “tramp stamp.”

In the 90’s, more women felt emboldened to get tattoos. The lower back was a popular area because this ink could easily be covered up and hidden from judgmental peers.

Alternatively, emerging fashion trends like crop tops could help show these tattoos off. Unfortunately, many in the 90’s were afraid of women showing skin and dubbed these tats “tramp stamps” to try to degrade these ladies.

Butterflies were a popular choice because these tats could be small, colorful, and expressive all at once.

 The Butterfly Evolves


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Fortunately, the butterfly tattoo continued to grow and evolve. And while there’s nothing wrong with the old school “tramp stamp,” modern tattoo ink fans have a lot of tattoo options if they want to embrace their inner Michelle Williams.

One simple option is to move from the lower back to the upper back. This gives your tattoo artist a larger canvas for bigger and bolder designs. And you can still hide the tat with a shirt or show it off with a low-back dress.

Butterfly tattoos also make for great arm or shoulder tattoos. They are a natural and timeless design that will delight your friends, and you’re unlikely to regret the tattoo down the road.

We also like butterfly tattoos because you can start small and work your way up. Today’s modest butterfly tat may become tomorrow’s sleeve quite easily.

Letting Your Ink Fly

Only time will tell if Michelle Williams is Butterfly or not. But you can find more about tattoos each and every week!

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Nathan Molenaar

Nathan is a licensed professional tattoo artist with over 8 years’ experience working at studios across the globe, including Celebrity Ink, the world's largest tattoo studio chain.

When he's not tattooing, he spends his free time sharing his experience and knowledge with aspiring artists who dream of pursuing a career in the tattooing industry.

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