This beautiful monarch butterfly leg tattoo was done by Nina Rademeyer, the head artist at Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio in Boksburg, South Africa. The original idea for this design was brought to Nina by the client, who then added her own style and tattooing techniques to make the tattoo appealing and compliment the customers ideas.

People often decide to get butterflies tattooed on them as they represent transformation and a metamorphism, growing from a child into adulthood. A paradigm of natural beauty that also translates as long-lasting faith and freedom. Traditionally the butterfly has also been closely connected to femininity and romantic love which is why this tattoo has become so popular. These specific monarch butterflies are a classic symbol of royalty. In Mexico they are also believed to be a sign of souls returning for the day of the dead.

It was decided that this butterfly piece would be done on the lower leg of the client as the shape would flow well the design, the client wanted it to be seen but still keeping in mind the delicate and feminine idea she had in mind. The client originally wanted this monarch butterfly leg tattoo in black and grey but after some discussion with Nina they decided to do the tattoo in colour. Nina used a golden yellow and orange for the monarch butterfly’s wings, just as they would like in a picture. With delicate filigree for background. White highlights to add sharpness and lift the overall piece. This lovely client was absolutely delighted with the outcome of her beautiful leg tattoo and cannot wait for her next tattoo!

Nina completed this monarch butterfly leg tattoo using a Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Stencil Stuff, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Fusion Tattoo Ink, Eternal Tattoo Ink and Hustle Butter.

If you would like to see more of Nina Rademeyer’s work or if you would like to book an appointment with her, please visit or feel free to come past the studio in Johannesburg for a free consultation. Zen Ink would love to see you and discuss your next awesome tattoo.


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