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


One flower tattoo that you may want to consider is the sunflower tattoo. The sunflower tattoo is a well known symbol all around the world. The sunflower tattoo is also symbolic. Sunflower tattoos can be designed in a variety of different sizes. Because of this, the sunflower tattoo can nearly be tattooed anywhere on the body.

In this article, we will discuss sunflower tattoos and sunflower tattoo designs. We will also review the many meanings behind the sunflower tattoo. You will have the opportunity to view a variety of different sunflower tattoo designs. In the end, we hope that you are able to find ideas and inspiration for your own tattoo.



One of the most distinguished flowers in the entire world is the sunflower. Although the sunflower tattoo is not considered to be a mainstream tattoo, the beautiful sunflower makes for a great tattoo. The sunflower tattoo is mainly chosen by women, but some men do choose the sunflower tattoo also. The sunflower tattoo can be designed in several different ways and with several different symbols and elements.

One thing that we have learned through the study of ancient cultures is the fact that nearly all ancient cultures knew how important the sun was. The sun was so important to a variety of ancient cultures, so important that they even worshipped it. Ancient civilizations worshipped the sun because they knew that the sun was the source of all life. The sunflower was named after the sun because of its appearance. The sunflower has bright golden petals with a dark center. The sunflower is one of the most recognized flowers in the world.

The sunflower was very important to several different cultures. The sunflower is mentioned in Greek mythology, which talks about how Clytie was turned into a sunflower. Clytie turned into a sunflower because she constantly stared at the sun god Helios. The sunflower has also been mentioned in folklore and ancient stories. In many cases, the sunflower references the sun.

The sunflower was also important to the Native Americans. The Native Americans also viewed the sunflower as a symbol of the sun. Just as the ancient cultures before them, the Native Americans also knew how important the sun was to their lives. The sunflower became a symbolic flower to the Native Americans. The Native Americans would place sunflowers on the graves of the departed. The Native Americans did to provide food for the souls long journey in the afterlife.

It has been documented that the sunflower first originated in 1000 B.C. It was said that the sunflower first appeared in the Americas. The sunflower serves many different purposes today, from food to oil. The sunflower can also be found in a variety of different paintings as they were a symbol of religion at the time. The sunflower is still commonly painted and at this age and time, it makes for a beautiful tattoo.



The sunflower tattoo does hold symbolic value. The main meanings behind the sunflower is the sun. The sunflower symbolizes the sun, therefore, it can represent life and energy. Below, you can find more meanings behind the sunflower tattoo.

  • Joy
  • Happiness
  • Devotion
  • Religion
  • Warmth
  • Cheerful
  • Longevity
  • Adoration
  • Beauty
  • Femininity
  • Grace

Sunflower tattoos can come in a variety of different designs. Since sunflowers are often added in flower arrangements, a sunflower may be portrayed with other flowers as a tattoo. The sunflower may be designed with the rose, lotus, orchid, or lily. One great thing about this particular design is the fact that it is colorful. Even within all the different colored flowers, the sunflower is able to stand out in this tattoo.

Sunflower tattoos can also portray a single sunflower or a variety of sunflowers. Some designs will only include the sunflower petals, while others may portray more of the flower. A few sunflower tattoo designs may show the sunflower missing a few petals or it may have the appearance that it is old or dying. A dying sunflower tattoo may portray lost happiness or lost love. Although the sunflower is golden in color, it is possible that you may see blue, pink, or purple sunflowers also. Tattoo artist have put their own creative twist on the sunflower tattoo over the years. Some people feel that the gold color is boring, so you may want to go for something more colorful and vibrant.

Sunflowers may also be portrayed with other tattoo symbols as well. It is possible to see sunflowers within cross tattoos, angel tattoos, flower tattoos, Celtic tattoos, ladybug tattoos, and more. Some people choose to get rid of the dark center and add unique designs within the middle of the sunflower. Sunflower tattoos can also be portrayed with your name. This is a cute way to portray your name. The sunflower is appropriate for such tattoos.

Since sunflower tattoos come in several different sizes, it can nearly be tattooed anywhere on the body. You will need to think about what size tattoo you want and where you want it placed before you go to get inked. Women usually get their sunflower tattoo inked on the stomach, ankles, sides, or the back. Some women choose to get the sunflower inked on the lower back and they add tribal art around the flower. One interesting idea is to have a vine of sunflowers wrapping around your ankle and going up your leg a little. You may want to space them out or you may want them close together. Although the sunflower is simple, as a tattoo, there is much you can do.

There are some important things you should consider before you go to get your tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. This is so important. This gives you the chance to learn exactly what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get a tattoo and find out later that it represents something different. Don't rush to get inked! So many people rush to get their tattoo for whatever reason and they usually have regrets about it later on down the road. When choosing a tattoo, take your time. You want to make sure that you are getting something that you truly want. If you are not sure about, wait to get the tattoo. Even with our current technology of cover up and laser removal, some tattoos can't be fixed! Remember, do your research, take your time, and make sure that you are 100% sure on your choice. If you feel that the sunflower tattoo is not for you or you want to browse more tattoos, please feel free to follow the links below to read about more tattoo designs, ideas, symbols, and meanings. Thanks for your visit!



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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      *Frank, always a big thanks to you brother. I am very appreciative.

      *SGE, thanks again for taking the time to read this. I was also surprised to learn about that. But with so many ancient cultures having high regard to the sun, it then makes sense.

      *Gypsy, always a pleasure:) and thanks! I do love the golden color of the sunflower.

      *Sueswan, love your new pic:) Thanks again. That actually is a great idea. Many women do that with daisies, but it would be fitting for the sunflower as well.

      *Snowdrops, thank you for your comment and time. Nothing shouts happiness like the sunflower!

      *Rosemay, thanks so much for everything:) I agree, which makes sense cause it is associated to the sun and energy. Soul food:)

      *Max, thank you very much. I personally understand, I couldn't have a sunflower tattoo, even though it is a feminine tattoo. Possibly somewhere within another design, but not alone.

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      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      So creative, very beautiful! While I do like to look at them I somehow don't feel any particular attachment to them, not for me LOL

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      7 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Up, awesome, beautiful and interesting. I love sunflowers, just seeing them gives one a feeling of energy. Some of these are really beautiful. The historic information you give is awesome. I particularly liked the idea of placing them on graves as food for the journey.

      Well done again Ricky

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      7 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      wow! amazing! sunflowers are always the best.

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      7 years ago

      Hi Ricky

      I love sunflowers. Some beautiful tattoos here.

      "One interesting idea is to have a vine of sunflowers wrapping around your ankle and going up your leg a little." That look would cool.

      Voted up and away

      Have a great weekend my friend. :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and awesome. Love these colorful sunflower tattoos.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      7 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Great article on what it is one of my favorite flowers. Although part of me is Native American, I had no idea these flowers were used for graves and the symbolism behind the act. It just endears these beautiful creation to me more.

      Voting up

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      they look nice but I really couldn't do the sun-flower.. again too much ink.. but nonetheless you are a wealth of knowledge on tattoos..:) Frank


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