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Great Flower Tattoo Ideas And Meanings; Rose Tattoos, Colors, And Meanings

Updated on May 8, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

THE FLOWER TATTOO


One of the most popular tattoo themes in the world is the flower theme. Flower tattoos are very popular and each flower represents something different. Flower tattoos can include the rose, orchid, hibiscus, lily, and lotus. Flower tattoos are mainly worn by women. In fact, many flower tattoos represent femininity. Flower tattoos can come in a variety of different colors and sizes. Because of this, flower tattoos can nearly be tattooed anywhere on the body.

In this article, we will discuss a variety of different flowers and their meanings. We will also review flower tattoos, flower tattoo designs, and the rose tattoo. In the end, we hope that you are able to find inspiration and ideas for your next tattoo.






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FLOWER TATTOOS AND THEIR VARIETY


When it comes to flower tattoos, there are thousands of different designs, styles, and meanings. The flower tattoo gives you a massive range of choices to choose from. Nearly all flowers have some kind of symbolic meanings associated with it. If you are considering a flower tattoo of some type, make sure you fully understand what the flower represents before you get it tattooed. Flower tattoos are feminine in nature and usually females seek these tattoos. Even though the majority of flower tattoos are worn by women, men do seek the same tattoos. One example of such a flower is the rose. The rose is a tattoo design that is worn by men and women.






Flower tattoos can represent all kinds of different meanings. Flower tattoos can symbolize life, victory, marriage, death, youth, vitality, femininity, love, and so much more. Due to the vast numbers of different flowering breeds, there are thousands of flowers and thousands of meanings. When it comes to a symbolic tattoo with this range of choices, the flower tattoo stands alone. This is some of the main reasons that make the flower tattoo a very popular choice, especially among women. Some women choose to get the flower tattoo because of the beauty of the designs. Others may choose a specific flower for its symbolic meaning. It is no wonder why the flower tattoo is so popular in many different cultures. Due to the large range of choices, if you do enough research, you are bound to find a tattoo and meaning that fits you. It is very important to do your research if you are considering any tattoo design, especially the flower tattoo design.






There are many different cultures that believe flowers are a sign of rebirth. This belief is very basic. The flower is born in spring and it dies a few months later. The following year, the flower is reborn and blooms once again. This is why many cultures consider the flower a symbolic meaning of "rebirth". A large range of cultures also believe that flowers are associated with the sun and life. Many of these cultures knew that the sun was the power source that made life possible. When they saw flowers growing, it was a symbol of life. Some of these ancient cultures believed the flowers were a symbol that God was pleased. Some of these cultures lives many, many years ago. It just shows how humans have been symbolizing flowers for thousands of years.






When we look at all the flowers and different meanings, we can understand why flower tattoos are so popular. Even though we symbolize these flowers by their breed, we also symbolize flowers based on their colors. Some of these colors can have a positive and negative meaning associated with them. For example, red flowers can symbolize vitality and it can also symbolize bloodshed. This is just one example of how colors symbolize the flower. The white flower can symbolize innocence and love, but it can also symbolize death to the some cultures. This shows how the color effects the overall meaning instead of the specific flower type. The blue flower can symbolize secrecy, but it can also symbolize devotion and loyalty.











One thing that most of us know about flowers is that certain flowers grow in certain areas. Flower tattoos can be based on which geographic area you live in. For example, those who live in Hawaii would probably choose a flower tattoo that is common in their area. Many women from China choose cherry blossom tattoos. You may want to consider what flowers are in your area before you choose a specific type. Someone who lives in Arizona may decide to get a cactus tattoo. Someone that lives in Japan would probably choose flowers that are native to their own area. This just gives you an idea of how many people and cultures decide to get their flower tattoo. This doesn't mean that you have to consider such practices. I just want to give you examples of how you can choose a flower tattoo for symbolic meanings and purposes. Think about the ancient Celts for a moment. They often used the apple blossom for a symbol of love. This just shows how a person's environment can play a role in the tattoo and the meaning of the tattoo.











Flower tattoos can also come in many different designs as a tattoo. Some flower tattoos only have the flower petals while others may include the stem. Some cherry blossum trees only have the blossoms and others may include the tree. This is just another reason why the flower tattoo gives you the ability to be very creative and come up with a unique design. Butterflies and birds are also used in flower tattoos. Ladybugs and hummingbirds have also been included in flower tattoos. There are many things that you can do with the flower tattoo. Some flower tattoos are part of a landscape tattoo that include mountains and other plants and trees. Some flower tattoos include water. Some flower tattoos may be in a group with many different flowers or a group of the same flowers. This is what makes the flower tattoo fun for many. With all these different options, you should be able to figure out a great design that you will enjoy. All you have to do is remember to be creative and think outside the box.

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FLOWER TATTOO MEANINGS

One of the most recognized meanings of the flower is love and death. Flowers have marked graves and burial sites for centuries. Flowers symbolize those who have passed and we honor the memory by placing flowers on their final resting place. Overall, flowers also represent love, birth, special occasions, growth, and unity as well. Once again, it shows you all the symbolic meanings of flowers in general. Below, you can find some of the most recognized flowers and their meanings.






  • Amaryllis- This is a symbol of success after hard struggles. These are also given to someone for doing a great job.
  • Apple Blossom- This is a symbol of peace and love most commonly. It also represents fertility. These are symbols of love in certain cultures.
  • Camellia- This is a symbol of passion and deep desire. It can also represent a deep love for someone.
  • Dahlia- This is a symbol of warning and change. It could represent traveling or it can also be a sign of getting even.
  • Lily- This is a symbol of a partnership. This usually symbolizes a strong long lasting relationship. It is also a flower for mothers.
  • Rose- This is a symbol of love and union. Each color of the rose represents something different. One of the most popular flowers. You can find out more about roses later in the article.
  • Tulip- This is a symbol of opportunity and adjustment. It can also signify aspiration and achievement.
  • Sunflower- Believe it or not, sun flowers are gaining popularity. They symbolize good luck and wealth.






  • Acacia- Friendship
  • Alyssum- Beauty
  • Aster- Love
  • Bamboo- Grace and Strength
  • Bluebell- Humility and Gratitude
  • Buttercup- Tidiness and Childishness
  • Calla Lily- Extraordinary Beauty
  • Daisy- Innocence and Beauty
  • Day Lily- Peace of Mind and Devotion
  • Fern- Fascination and Secret Bond
  • Foxglove- Youth
  • Geranium- Truth in Friendship
  • Holly- Happiness inside the Home
  • Honeysuckle- Bond of Love
  • Iris- Faith, Hope, and Wisdom
  • Marigold- Golden Gifts
  • Morning Glory- Affection
  • Orchid- Beauty and Love
  • Poppy- Magic and Fertility
  • Violet- Virtue and Affection




As I mentioned earlier, many people choose flower tattoos that are based on their geographic range. If the flower is popular in their country or culture, then they may consider getting that specific tattoo. Think about Florida for one moment. Florida is located in the United States of America. Palm trees are native to Florida. Someone from Florida may choose to get a palm tree design in their tattoo. In China, cherry blossoms are very popular and they represent feminine beauty and love. The lotus is also important to the Chinese as well. If you are having trouble choosing a flower design, think about one that symbolically represents you or one that is geographically correct.



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ROSE TATTOOS AND MEANINGS

The rose tattoo is one of the most common flower tattoos available. The rose has always been seen as a symbol of love. The rose has changed throughout history, a fact that some may have not knew. The rose has been around thousands of years and was first grew in ancient Persia. It was first a bulky and masculine flower, but over the years, cultivation has led us to a slim rose that we see today. In modern times, the rose is seen as a symbol of a woman and their beauty.

Rose tattoos are used in a variety of different tattoo designs and serve many different purposes. Flowers and roses are used in bird tattoos, remembrance tattoos, landscape tattoos, honorary tattoos, and much more. The rose tattoo can be worn by men or women. Men often get a rose tattoo and get "MOM" inked in a ribbon to dedicate to their mothers. Roses are also used to symbolize death. Roses are used for holidays as well, such as Valentine's Day. These are just a few of many designs that roses are used in.






Not only are roses symbolic, their colors are as well. Specific colors represent different meanings and each color of the rose is symbolic. Below, you can find out the meaning of each colored rose.

  • Red- True love
  • Pink- Grace and Elegance
  • Coral- Desire
  • Peach- Friendship
  • Yellow- Devotion and Friendship
  • Orange- Fascination and Excitement
  • Purple- Love at first sight
  • Black- Death
  • Blue- Fascination and Impossibility
  • White- Innocence and Purity





As you have read and now understand, there are many different flowers and symbolic meanings to choose from. The flower tattoo is beautiful and meaningful. Flowers are very symbolic and they have been for centuries. It is very important to research all tattoo designs and meanings before you choose your tattoo and get it put on. Make sure you are 100% confident on the decision that you have made. Be sure to research your tattoo artist as well. Ask if you can see their prior work and just don't go to anyone. You want to be comfortable with a final decision.



There is a lot of different places on the body that you can get your flower tattoo. Popular areas for women are the ankles, legs, back shoulder, and lower back. For men, the outer upper arm and back shoulders are common areas. For women who choose to get a large flower tattoo, the tattoo is usually placed on the side of the torso. You may want to consider a place where it can be covered if needed. Some employers do not hire men or women with tattoos. Even at this day and age, tattoos are still looked down upon. With articles such as this, I hope it will change people's views when they fully understand why people choose to get tattoos. If you believe that the flower tattoo design is not for you, check out are other designs and styles in the links below. Thank you for your visit.

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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Great article. I have an orchid tattoo. Love the pictures.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Caroline, thanks for coming by and reading this article. The orchid is a popular choice and a good one at that. I am glad you liked the pics. Have a great day and take care.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Your tattoo class 101 is amazing..maybe I'll get an A after all this.. I think I'm going to get a Tattoo of an ass-cheek on my ass-cheek so no one would know it's a tattoo.. what do you think? Frank

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Frank, thanks for dropping by friend. LOL:) well, it would makes sense Frank. Quite interesting really. I wonder if that would work...

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      lisa.bom 5 years ago

      Very interesting information on the flowers and meaning of the colors. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Such an informative hub. You have researched this well and it must have taken up quite a bit of your time, so that is appreciated.

      Love these flower tattoos and if I were to have a tattoo it would be like one of the first 3.

      Enjoyed reading the meanings of flowers and their relation to tattoos.

      Great hub and my favourite in your tattoo series. voting up

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Lisa, thank you very much for dropping by to check it out. Take care and have a great day.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Rosemay. thanks for taking the time to read this and for your comment and votes. These do take a lot of time so it is a big bonus when it is recognized. So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the visit. Have a good day and catch you soon.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Another terrific hub. Love those rose tattoos. Voted up.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I think the rose tattoo is one of the more beautiful ones..I had a friend who had a small rose tattoo on her ankle. Beautiful pictures..Thank you..

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Gypsy, thanks for coming by again. Glad you liked it and thanks for your time and vote. Best wishes.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      AE,I appreciate the visit and comment. I think the rose is a perfect tattoo for a girl. When done right, they can be stunning.

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      shorty72 5 years ago

      Hi thelyricwriter hope you can help me out I am thinking about getting a tattoo for my 40th but I would like it to have a bit of my life in it. For example I am a daughter, a wife, a mother and grandmother is there any tattoos that you could suggest that would show this.

      Love the hub voted up

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Shorty72, thanks for coming by and I would be glad to help. Right off the wolf tattoo comes to mind because it is symbolic to family, the "wolfpack". You could perhaps associate it with a dreamcatcher to represent protection to your family. I have a dreamcatcher article that has a few designs to give you an idea of what I am talking about. Top choice is you have Native American roots. Think about your Zodiac sign also. The lion is also symbolic of protection and family. You can go old school with a heart tattoo which is a softer side. If your interested, I have a variety of different tattoo designs to give you an idea. If you wish to tell me a little more, I don't care one bit to help. Perhaps your likes, ect.

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      natalie 5 years ago

      this article has helped me get starred on a very meaning ful tattoo...........

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Natalie, thanks for taking the time to come by and comments. Glad yo were able to get started on your tattoo. Make sure you let me know how it goes.

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      Lena 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this deeply informative and fascinating article. I have a few tattoos, and looking to add a flower or two. Your research and time has saved me that,and I believe I have found more information here in this piece than other articles. I am not one to look at a pic and go run get a tattoo, I like mine to have meaning and tell a story, this will help tremendously,,,Thanks so much.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Lena, thanks for taking the time to drop by and comment. I am glad that you found it useful. You are very welcome. Best wishes and let me know how it goes.

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