120+ Meaningful Rose Tattoo Designs

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 flowers tattoo designs by artist. 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 rose tattoo?

Throughout history, roses have acquired cultural significance in many societies. Generally people interpret their meanings 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.

The red represents true love with passion and desire. So roses in red color 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 flowers you may come across is pink color. The meaning of pink roses varies with their intensity of color. Deep pink of this flower stands for grace and elegance while light pink colors 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 purple shades of rose flower may be associated with enchantment and magical love. Rose 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, rose tattoos in black and white or grayscale are quite popular. Black rose 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 and 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

Three roses on arm in black and white

Just like other subjects, tattoos with roses come 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

A prickly rose on forearm

Some say thorns represent an idea of love that comes with sacrifices, others say roses with thorns is for people who don’t pay much attention to outer beauty. What can be said for sure is that this tattoo shows less sensitivity and romance and looks wonderful in black and white shades.

Roses Gakkin tattoo, Kyoto

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.

Rose sleeve tattoo

The meaning of roses varies by colors. Red roses represent Love, Beauty, Romantic Love, and yellow ones express joy, and friendship, while a dark red one stands for unconscious beauty and black symbolizes death and passing away. It can also be the beginning of new things, a journey into unexplored territory. Roses often appear together with other motifs to form hybid tattoos, representing their integrated meanings. Here we have a careful collection of fabulous rose related tattoo designs by different artists. Absolutely beautiful! Let us know the one you like the best.

Grey Rose sleeve tattoo

Grey roses with swirls

Beautiful tattoo done in black and grey realism technique with composition of this flower. This is also a perfect example of a rose used as love symbol.

Three roses on forearm in ink sketch style

Ink sketch

3D Rose tattoo on hand

3D Rose on hand

Rose headpiece tattoo

Charming rose headpiece

Three roses

Three roses

Chest Rose tattoo

A stem flower on chest

Rose tattoo on neck

Rose on neck

Rose in glass tattoo

Rose in glass tatto on arm

Single stem rose with horns tattoo

Single stem rose with horns tattoo on arm

Playful Pink rose tattoo

Playful Pink rose

Red rose with hips and horns tattoo

Red rose with hips and horns tattoo for women

Rose and skull in black and red

Single stem rose with horns tattoo on spine

Single stem rose with horns tattoo on spine

rose tattoo across thigh and hip in Black and white

Black and white rose tattoo across thigh and hip

3D rose back tattoo for women

3D rose tattoo on back for women

One stem rose with splashed droplets

One stem rose tattoo with splashed droplets

A rose in hand tattoo on half sleeve

A rose in hand tattoo on half sleeve

Red rose with grey leaves tattoo

Red rose tattoo with grey leaves on arm

Sketchy blue roses on arm

Blue rose tattoo in sketchy style

Amazing red rose in full bloom tattoo on forearm

Amazing red rose in full bloom tattoo on forearm

Rose flower with watch tattoo in illustrative style

Roses with watch tattoo in illustrative style

Pink Rose with skulled petals tattoo

Pink Rose with skulled petals

Rose forearm tattoo

Two pink roses tattoo onforearm tattoo

watercolor rose back tattoo

watercolor rose tattoo on back

Vibrant one stem rose tattoo in watercolor style

Vibrant one stem rose tattoo in watercolor style

Watercolor rose on back

Watercolor rose on back

3D Pink rose tattoo half sleeve tattoo

3D Pink rose covering half of sleeve

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Rose tattoo in Watercolor style

Two yellow roses tattoo

Two yellow roses

A tattoo in Pink Color and 3D style

Rose in Pink Color and 3D style

Grayscaled Rose with dew or water droplets

Grayscaled Rose with dew or water droplets

Amazing pink rose sleeve tattoo for women

Amazing pink rose sleeve tattoo for women

Blue galactic rose tattoo

Blue galactic rose tattoo

Purple rose tattoo on back for women

Purple rose tattoo on back for women

Beautiful rose tattoo

Rose tattoo in mixed media style

Black and white rose tattoo on shoulder

Black and white rose tattoo on shoulder

Colored rose tattoo

Pink to blue rose tattoo in watercolor style

Black and white rose tattoo on forearm in pencil drawing style

Black and white rose tattoo on forearm in pencil drawing style

Watercolor rose tattoo

Blue rose tattoo in Watercolor style

Tattoo for girls - Single stem rose on forearm in black and white style

Single stem rose tattoo on forearm in black and white style

 Burgundy roses tattoo on the back of woman

Burgundy Roses tattoo on back for women

Illustrative rose tattoo on chest for men

Illustrative rose tattoo on chest for men

Trash Polka rose tattoo on thigh

Trash Polka rose tattoo on thigh

Red rose sleeve tattoo

Red rose sleeve tattoo

Rose tattoo with leaves in mandala pattern

Rose tattoo with leaves in mandala pattern

Rose bud thigh tattoo

Rose bud thigh tattoo

rose calf-tattoo for girl

Transparent love

Rose tattoo on mixed media style on calf

Rose tattoo on mixed media style on calf

Maching finger rose tattoos

Maching finger rose tattoos

Three Roses in grey scale

Three Roses in grey scale

Rose half sleeve tattoo

Half sleeve rose tattoo for women

Rose tattoo on leg in mixed media style for men

Rose tattoo on leg in mixed media style for men

Shoulder Rose in light pink

Shoulder Rose tattoo in light pink

Rose sleeve tattoo

Rose sleeve tattoo

Two Roses tattoo in watercolor

Two Roses in watercolor

Elegant Roses tattoo for girl

Elegant flowers for girl

Rose symmetry tattoo over spine

Rose symmetry tattoo over spine

rose shoulder tattoo in Watercolor style

Watercolor rose tattoo on shoulder

Light Pink Rose on arm

Light Pink Rose tattoo on arm

Cute Rose Tattoo on thigh for wonen

Cute Rose Tattoo on thigh for wonen

Rose tattoo on half sleeve

Rose tattoo on half sleeve

Grey Roses with thorn tattoo on half back

Grey Roses with thorn tattoo on half back

Rose wristband tattoo

Flower wristband

rose on half of sleeve tattoo in watercolor style

Watercolor rose tattoo across half of sleeve for women

Amazingly executed red piece done in realism style. Hand is one of the most popular placement for tattoo lovers. It is also a perfect way to finish full or half sleeve tattoo.

As symbol of love, roses comes up with inscriptions of the names of loved ones in tattoo designs. For example, some designs use this flower as motif to tribute mum or dad. They may appear in American traditional or old school styles.

Rose with thorns tattoo

Rose with thorns

Rose and rosary tattoo

Jesus Love

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.

Colorful rose on the neck is also a popular choice among fans of tattoo art. Despite the visibility, rose on neck is able to complement the existing tattoo compositions on the body.

Roses in traditional American style can be combined with other motifs, 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 roses 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 tattoo on arm

Skull and rose tattoo on arm

 Rose bud to bloom tattoo

Rose bud to bloom tattoo

Grey Roses with vine Tattoo on back

Grey roses with vine tattoo on back

 Grey Rose wrist 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.

Live and dead roses tattoo

Live and dead roses

Clock and roses tattoo on back

Clock and roses

Skull and Roses Tattoo on Rib

Skull and Roses on Rib

Four roses tattoo in greyscale on half of back

Four roses on half of back in greyscale /a>

Panther Head and Roses tattoo on forearm in Black and White

Panther Head and Roses in Black and White

One Rose on back

One Rose on back

roses and ladybugs tattoo

Good fortune

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.”

Colorful rose tattoo on foot

Colorful rose on foot

Roses 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.

Painting style Rose Tattoo

Painting style Rose

Shaded Guns and roses

Shaded Guns and roses

Colored rose for mum and dad

Colored rose for mum and dad

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.

Shaded roses tattoo

Shaded roses

Symentric roses for decorating the sacrum area of the body. Girls around the world choose this place for a tattoo. Symmetry flowers can be supplemented with abstract patterns or spike stems as in the photo.

Roses on side tattoo

Four roses with vines tattoo on on rib

Four roses with vines on side tattoo

Black and grey roses Tattoo

Black and grey roses

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.

Butterflies and Roses on back

Butterflies and Roses

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 Tattoo

Blue and Purple Roses Tattoo

In the world of tattoos, blue roses symbolize fantasy, something unattainable or even impossible. Despite the interesting symbolism, they are less popular than red or black ones. To get the most spectacular look, this design complements with purple rose and green leaves, which makes a showy look.

Yellow Rose in Galaxy tattoo on arm

Yellow Rose in Galaxy

Music Rose Tattoo on arm

Music and Rose Tattoo on Arm

Yellow rose in full bloom tattoo on arm

Yellow rose in full bloom

Pink rose and rosebud tattoo on arm

Pink rose and rosebud tattoo

Rose bush tattoo on foot

Rose bush

Skull rose tattoo on leg

Skull with rose in the eye

Skull rose tattoo on leg

Rose with pastel pink to blue shades on sleeve

blue and pink with water droplets tattoo

Shades of blue and yellow with water droplets

Gothic skulls with roses fullsleeve tattoo

Gothic skulls with roses tattoo

Abstract rose tattoo

Abstract rose painting tattoo on hand

Stylized rose with rainbow stripe tattoo

Stylized rose with rainbow stripe

Shoulder rose tattoo

Shoulder rose tattoo in pastel red

Blue rose tattoo

Blue rose with shades of purple on petals

Rose and snake tattoo

Rose and snake tattoo

roses tattoo on thigh

Two roses tattoo on thigh

Cristal pink rose on forearm

Cristal pink rose tattoo

Watercolor rose on calf tatt

Watercolor rose tattoo on calf

zombie head with roses

Zombie head with roses tattoo

One stem rose upside down tattoo

One stem rose upside down

Dreamcatcher rose tat

Dreamcatcher rose tattoo

Rose in heart

Rose in heart

Rose arrow tattoo

Penetrated with an arrow

black and white rose on thigh

Rose in phantom

Secure Love - Anchor Rose Tattoo

Secure Love – Anchor Rose Tattoo

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 tattoo

Rose and Dagger Tattoo

Jesus Rose Tattoo

Jesus Rose Tattoo

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 appears in photo-realistic style.

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4 Comments

  1. WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for wrist tattoo design

  2. I Like a tattoo have my boyfriend Patrick. I like to said I love you with red rose.

  3. I like rose tattoos, because meaning of roses tattoos depends on the color of rose: Golden Rose is the emblem of the Pope and means perfection. Red rose stands for love, desire, passion and devotion. It is the most popularvariant. White rose as symbolizes fidelity, virginity, innocence and spiritual revelation.Blue rose became a symbol of something unattainable and impossible.Purple rose stands for affection and love at first sight. Yellow accompanies grief and separation, yet nowadays it is also known to be a sign of mature love ( this information is from this ) It is incredible how meaning can change due to the color.

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