As one of the most admired flowers, roses of different species and colors have long been favorite subjects for artists in paintings, illustrations. Rose tattoos are prevalent for their rich symbolic meanings as well as their beauty. Rose tattoo is one of popular tattoo ideas for both and men and women.
Some say thorns represent an idea of love that comes with sacrifices, others say roses tattooed with thorns is for people who don’t pay much attention to outer beauty. What can be said for sure is that tattoo of roses with thorns shows less sensitivity and romance and looks wonderful in black and white shades.
Tattoos have served as rites of passage, marks of status and rank, symbols of religious and spiritual devotion, decorations for bravery, sexual lures and marks of fertility, pledges of love, punishment, amulets and talismans, protection, and as the marks of outcasts, slaves and convicts. The symbolism and impact of tattoos varies in different places and cultures.
The meaning of roses varies by colors. Red roses represent Love, Beauty, Romantic Love, and yellow roses express joy, and friendship, while a dark red rose stands for unconscious beauty and black rose symbolizes death and passing away. It can also be the beginning of new things, a journey into unexplored territory. Rose tattoos often appear together with other object, representing integrated meanings. Here we have a careful collection to showcase 50+ fabulous rose tattoo designs by different artists. Absolutely beautiful! Let us know the one you like the best.
Beautiful tattoo done in black and grey realism technique. Roses successfully complete composition, decoratively framing a peace sign. This is also a perfect example of a rose tattoo used as love symbol.
Watercolor rose tattoo on back for women
Rose finger tattoo
Amazingly executed red rose tattoo done in realism style. Hands are one of the most popular places for red rose tattoos. It is also a perfect way to finish full or half sleeve tattoo.
As symbol of love, rose tattoos often supplemented by inscriptions of the names of loved ones, parents or friends. On photo above depicted one of the classic rose tattoos devoted to mother. American traditional, old school style one of the best choices for rose tattoo like this.
Rosary paired with red rose made in realism with the addition of graphical elements. This tattoo looks very feminine and is usually chosen by the owner for expression of faith or religion.
What would make a good revolver tattoo? Of course an addition of roses! Such contrasting images look great both on a female, and a male body.
Color rose on the neck is also a popular choice among fans of tattoo art. Despite the visibility, neck rose tattoo is able to complement the existing tattoo compositions on the body. Best of all, if it is done in the same style as the rest of the tattoos person have.
Roses made in traditional American style can be combined with other images, such as butterflies. So romantic and sensual tattoos are often chosen by women. The combination of insects and flowers has been in the tattooing for many years.
9. Black Rose made in the traditional American style. Usually black rose tattoos are associated with death and mourning. However, apart from the dark symbolism, black roses can also represent the rebellion, the end of a long and difficult path, or endless hope.
Tribal Rose Tattoo
Tribal rose tattoo
There are several ways to create the black and white tattoo. With grey wash (which is in fact a translucent black ink). Or using the actual white and gray ink. The latter technique is best for realism tattoos as on photo above.
Rose tattoos look very nice on the feet. Despite the high morbidity of this place, many people decide to decorate their feet with colorful tattoos. It is worth mentioning, that the healing process of a tattoo on this part of the body requires a quality care and attentiveness.
The red rose in conjunction with the two words – Mum and Dad, is a very clear expression of love to the parents of the wearer.
Tattoos in the form of roses are perfect for decorating the loin. Girls around the world choose this place for a tattoo. For symmetry roses can be supplemented with abstract patterns or spike stems as in the photo.
For more original and filled composition is better to combine open and closed roses in one sketch. This type of tattoo should be done in realistic style. In addition, tattoo artist can play with color to get a very bright and colorful rose tattoo.
Every year, the realism is gaining popularity in tattoo art. That is not surprising. After all, even the most usual tattoo made in realism looks extravagant and original. How, for example, this tattoo with roses and butterflies (pictured).
In the world of tattoos blue roses symbolize fantasy, something unattainable or even impossible. Despite the interesting symbolism, they are chosen less often than red or black roses. To get the most spectacular look – complement blue roses with purple and pink.