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 rose flowers?

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.

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 flowers 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

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 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. 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 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 used as love symbol.

Three roses tattooed on forearm in ink sketch style

Ink sketch

3D Rose tattoo on hand

3D Rose and hand

Rose headpiece tattoo

Charming headpiece

Three roses tattoo

Three roses

Chest Rose tattoo

A stem Rose on chest

Rose tattoo on neck

Rose on neck

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


  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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