The ladybug is one of the few insects that has secured a very special place in the world of tattooing. What makes this tiny insect a popular tattoo design is its cuteness, as well as the symbolism and meaning associated with it. Ladybug tattoos seem to be more popular among ladies for being so graceful and pretty. These tattoos are small, and easier to create, as compared to the large and intricate designs.
The symbolic meaning associated with ladybugs can be traced back to the middle ages, when European farmers witnessed a large-scale destruction of their crops by insects. At that time, ladybugs emerged as a savior, as they are voracious consumers of pests and other harmful insects.
So, the medieval farmers believed that ladybugs were the answers to their prayers to the Virgin Mary. They believed that ladybugs were sent by the Virgin Mary to protect their crops from harmful insects. So, the farmers started to call them ‘the beetles of our Lady’. Today, these insects are regarded as a symbol of good luck and friendship all across the world.
In Chinese culture, a ladybug is considered auspicious, and is seen as a symbol of good luck. There are many superstitions surrounding this insect. For the farmers of England and France, it is an indicator of good weather, while in Sweden and some other countries, this insect symbolizes luck in love. In other words, a ladybug is believed to help find true love. Another superstition is that, finding a ladybug is a sign of good luck and fortune.
On the other hand, a ladybug landing on the hand is said to bring good weather. If the insect lands on a married woman’s hand, then it is believed that she will bear the number of children equal to the number of spots present on the back of the ladybug. To sum up, ladybugs are cute insects and their tattoos are usually seen as a symbol of luck, fortune, and happiness.
Ladybugs can be combined with other tattoo designs to create some truly unique patterns. They can look really beautiful and striking with flower tattoos, along with leaves, tendrils, and vines. Even other insects, like butterflies can be incorporated in the designs. Many people however, like to go for a unique combination like a ladybug with a tribal tattoo design. Even heart tattoos or some other symbols of luck can be included in a ladybug tattoo.
As far as the color scheme is concerned, these insects are usually portrayed in red with black spots on their back. This is the conventional color scheme for this tattoo. However, it does not mean that you always have to stick to this color combination. Rather, you can experiment with other color combinations, in order to make your tattoo distinct and more appealing.
Along with choosing the right color scheme, you would definitely like to place the tattoo on the right location. Girls usually prefer to place this tattoo on their feet or ankles. It can look really striking on the foot, but this does not mean that it is the only place to sport this tattoo. You can use this tattoo to adorn other areas of your body, like the wrist, sleeve, and the lower back area as well.
This tattoo is especially ideal for those, who are looking for a small, but meaningful tattoo. However, be sure to do some preliminary research to find out what color combinations and designs will complement your personality and look.