In the course of history, roses kept to stay as the source of inspiration. Not only do the flowers send out fragrance in life but also feed our spirits, inspire artists to create amazing artwork of paintings or illustrations. In the tattoo trend nowadays, rose tattoo is becoming one of the most popular flower tattoos inked by people. Whether you’d like to honor friendship, or show affection or admiration, a rose tattoo can express right sentiment or emotion.
What is the meaning of a rose tattoo?
Throughout history, roses have acquired cultural significance in many societies. Generally people interpret meanings of roses by their colors. Different colors of rose species are sending different messages. So it’s important to know their differences when you come to make a choice to take a rose tattoo.
The red rose represents true love with passion and desire. So red rose tattoos can be used to convey the meaning of romantic love, respect, admiration and self-appreciation. A yellow rose, on the other hand, sends a message of appreciation and platonic love without implication of romance. A tattoo with this color may suggest the feeling of joy, happiness and express meaning of friendship or mature love.
Another popular color of rose tattoos you may come across is pink color. The meaning of pink roses varies with their intensity of color. Deep roses stand for grace and elegance while light pink roses are associated with gentleness, sympathy and admiration. So a tattoo with pink roses, which normally appears on the body of woman, can be used to express these qualities.
Purple roses are rare species although they do exist in nature. Similar to its existence, a tattoo with shades of purple roses may be associated with enchantment and magical love. Rose tattoos in deep purple suggest a vibe of regal splendor.
Tattoo is not just replica of natural world. In this regard, although there’s no rose that grows in real black color, tattoos with black roses are quite popular. Black roses may not be always associated with negative things, such as death, sadness or farewell, but evocative of fairyland, representing the meaning of deep hope and everlasting love.
Symbolic meaning of rose in Christianity
The phrase “rose of Sharon” appears in Song of Solomon (old Testament), which is related to Jesus. The rose is used to symbolize perfect love of Jesus as the rose is considered to be the most perfect of all flowers. In Catholics, the rose serves as a symbol of the rosary. So a tattoo with rose and rosary expresses one’s true love and faith in Jesus Christ.
Meaningful Rose tattoo designs
Rose tattoo comes out in variety of designs, which is one of popular tattoo ideas for both and men and women. If you are fascinated with its beauty, and struggling on which one is suitable for me, here is the collection of designs for your idea.
A prickly rose forearm tattoo
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.
Rose in glass
Single stem rose with horns on arm
Single stem rose with horns on spine
One stem rose with splashed droplets
Rose with hand tattoo on half sleeve
Red rose with grey leaves
Amazing red rose tattoo
Watercolor rose on back
Watercolor rose tattoo
Blue galactic rose
Black rose shoulder tattoo
Colored rose tattoo
Illustration black rose tattoo
Rose and mandala tattoo
Rose finger tattoo
Rose leg tattoo for men
Grey Roses with thorn tattoo on half back
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.
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.
Skull and rose on arm
Rose bud to bloom tattoo
Grey Rose on wrist
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.
This sleeve tattoo features inspiring verses with roses and ladybugs. A ladybug is believed to be signs of good luck and prosperity. Whenever how difficult it is, the tattoo will be able to led to live forwards. Just as the verse says, “In times of pains we look to those to guide us through the dark which withers among us.”
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.
Roses on side tattoo
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. For example, this tattoo with roses and butterflies.
Blue and Purple Roses
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, this design complements blue roses with purple rose and green leaves, which makes a showy look.
When a boat arrives in harbor, an anchor needs to be thrown into water to hold the boat in position. So anchor is a sacred symbol for sailors and it is associated with stability, safety and hope. For example, this tattoo, with an anchor attached to the rose with rope, expresses the longing to safeguard the one who is loved.
Rose and Dagger
If you have read the above context, it would be no surprise for you to find the design with Jesus and rose together. The portrait of Jesus is portrayed as if he’s in deep thinking with shades of black and white. On the bottom, the rose under shaded light is connected to Lord with stream of vibe. The whole tattoo is rendered in photo-realistic style.