120+ Meaningful Rose Tattoo Designs

Three roses tattoo on arm in black and white

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

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.

Roses Gakkin tattoo

Roses Gakkin tattoo, Kyoto ,Japan

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 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.

Grey Rose sleeve tattoo

Grey Rose

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 tattoo on forearm

Forearm rose tattoo

3D Rose tattoo on hand

3D Rose hand tattoo

Rose headpiece tattoo

Charming headpiece

Three roses tattoo

Three roses

Chest Rose tattoo

Chest Rose tattoo

Rose tattoo on neck

Rose neck tattoo

Rose in glass tattoo

Rose in glass

Single stem rose with horns tattoo

Single stem rose with horns on arm

Playful Pink rose tattoo

Playful Pink rose

Red rose with hips and horns tattoo

Red rose with hips and horns

Single stem rose with horns tattoo on spine

Single stem rose with horns on spine

rose tattoo across thigh and hip in Black and white

Black and white rose across thigh and hip

3D rose back tattoo for women

3D rose back tattoo for women

One stem rose with splashed droplets

One stem rose with splashed droplets

Rose with hand tattoo on half sleeve

Rose with hand tattoo on half sleeve

Red rose with grey leaves tattoo

Red rose with grey leaves

Sketchy blue roses tattoo on arm

Sketchy blue roses

amezing red rose tattoo

Amazing red rose tattoo

rose flower with watch tattoo in illustrative style

Illustrative style rose with watch tattoo

Pink Rose with skulled petals

Pink Rose with skulled petals

Rose forearm tattoo

Rose forearm tattoo

watercolor rose back tattoo

watercolor rose back tattoo

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 tattoo half sleeve tattoo

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Watercolor rose tattoo

Two yellow roses tattoo

Two yellow roses

3D Pink rose tattoo

3D Pink rose tattoo

3D Rose tattoo

3D Rose tattoo

Amazing pink rose sleeve tattoo for women

Amazing pink rose sleeve tattoo for women

Blue galactic rose tattoo

Blue galactic rose

Amazing red rose back tattoo

Amazing red rose back tattoo

Beautiful rose tattoo

Beautiful rose tattoo

Black rose tattoo on shoulder

Black rose shoulder tattoo

Colored rose tattoo

Colored rose tattoo

Illustration black rose forearm tattoo

Illustration black rose forearm tattoo

Watercolor rose tattoo

Watercolor rose tattoo

Illustration black rose tattoo

Illustration black rose tattoo

Red colored rose tattoo

Red colored rose tattoo

Illustration rose chest tattoo for men

Illustration rose chest tattoo for men

Pink rose thigh tattoo

Pink rose thigh tattoo

Red rose sleeve tattoo

Red rose sleeve tattoo

Rose and mandala tattoo

Rose and mandala tattoo

Rose bud thigh tattoo

Rose bud thigh tattoo

rose calf-tattoo for girl

Transparent love

Rose calf tattoo

Rose calf tattoo

Rose finger tattoo

Rose finger tattoo

Three Roses in grey scale

Three Roses in grey scale

Rose half sleeve tattoo

Rose half sleeve tattoo

Rose tattoo on leg for men

Rose leg tattoo for men

Shoulder Rose in light pink

Shoulder Rose in light pink

Rose sleeve tattoo

Rose sleeve tattoo

Two Roses tattoo in watercolor

Two Roses in watercolor

Elegant Roses tattoo for girl

Elegant Roses tattoo for girl

Rose tattoo on back

Rose tattoo on back

rose shoulder tattoo in Watercolor style

Watercolor rose shoulder tattoo

Light Pink Rose on arm

Light Pink Rose on arm

Rose thigh tattoo

Rose thigh tattoo

Rose half sleeve tattoo

Rose half sleeve tattoo

Grey Roses with thorn tattoo on half back

Grey Roses with thorn tattoo on half back

Rose wristband tattoo

Flower wristband

rose tattoo half sleeve tattoo in watercolor style

Watercolor rose half sleeve 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.

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.

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 tattoo on arm

Skull and rose 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 Tattoo on Rib

Four roses tattoo in greyscale on half of back

Four roses tattoo in greyscale on half of back

Panther Head and Roses tattoo on forearm in Black and White

Panther Head and Roses in Black and White

One Rose Tattoo 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 tattoo on foot

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.

Painting style Rose Tattoo

Painting style Rose Tattoo

Guns and roses tattoo

Guns and roses tattoo, shaded

Colored rose tattoo for mum and dad

Colored rose tattoo 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 tattoo

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

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 tattoo 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

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.

Yellow Rose in Galaxy tattoo on arm

Yellow Rose in Galaxy

Music Rose tattoo on arm

Music and Rose

Yellow rose in full bloom tattoo on arm

Yellow rose in full bloom

Pink rose and rosebud tattoo on arm

Pink rose and rosebud

Rose bush tattoo on foot

Rose bush

Skull rose tattoo on leg

Skull with rose in the eye

Skull rose tattoo on leg

Sleeve rose tattoo with pastel pink to blue shades

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

Abstract rose tattoo

Abstract rose cloud

Stylized rose with rainbow stripe tattoo

Stylized rose with rainbow stripe

Shoulder rose tattoo

Shoulder rose in pastel red

Blue rose tattoo

Blue rose with shades of purple on petals

Rose and snake tattoo

Rose and snake

roses tattoo on thigh

Two roses on thigh

Cristal pink rose tattoo on forearm

Cristal pink rose

Watercolor rose on calf tattoo

Watercolor rose on calf

zombie head with roses tattoo

zombie head with roses

One stem rose upside down tattoo

One stem rose upside down

Dreamcatcher rose

Dreamcatcher rose

Rose in heart

Rose in heart

Rose arrow tattoo

Penetrated with an arrow

black and white rose tatton on thigh

Rose in phantom

anchor love tattoo

Secure Love

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

Jesus Rose Tattoo

Jesus Rose

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.

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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