Sorry to disappoint, but the 29-year-old’s massive tattoo is indeed fake. However, the important thing here is that butterflies play a critical role in Taylor’s post-“Reputation” persona; representing a rebirth from the dark, snake-filled imagery she used to promote her last album.
The artwork mimics the opening of Taylor’s music video for her recent single “ME!” A snake is seen slithering across rainbow-colored cobblestones, but just as its about to strike, the animal explodes into a kaleidoscope of butterflies.
Similarly, the tattoo depicts two intertwined snakes surrounded by butterflies. Taylor teased this motif back in March when she wore shoes adorned with the fragile insect to the iHeartRadio Music Awards.