Flower Tattoos and Tattoo Designs


An Introduction to the Captivating Meanings Behind Flower Tattoos

Pink, purple, blue and gold .

Flowers grow free around the world for all to see. It is no wonder then that flower tattoo designs have been worn for nearly as long as the art of tattoo has existed. The rich diversity of modern America, combined with great technological advances in tattoo equipment only seems to further fortify the world’s fascination with floral designs. Like the buzzing bee and the dancing butterfly, people everywhere are attracted to the beauty and variety of flower tattoo designs.

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Searching For The Perfect Statement?

For understandable reasons, people choosing tattoo designs are expecting to express a certain amount of individuality. Because of this, there may be a hesitancy to settle on a flower that seems to have attained some kind of “cookie-cutter” mass appeal. But don’t worry, the incredible variety of designs ensures that you will find a tattoo design that’s perfect for you. Tattoo artists around the world have paid special attention to creating flower tattoo art so that even the common rose can be found in thousands of shapes and sizes. The choices are endless when you combine your flower design with a fairy, a butterfly or a heart for a tattoo that is totally you. No matter if you picture a large tropical flower design on your lower back or a small oriental wildflower tattoo on your ankle you can be sure that your personal tattoo gallery will be unique.

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Flower Tattoo Design: Popular Subjects

For enthusiasts searching for a tattoo design that has a timeless character as opposed to being just a trendy flight of fancy, flowers offer an eternal object that has earned our awe and admiration for as long as we have co-existed.

However, certain varieties of flower have held a more popular appeal than others. it’s a good idea to consider the meaning of your tattoo. Seven of the more popular varieties chosen as tattoo designs are further illustrated below.

  • The Daffodil. As far as flowers go, daffodils have come to take on several very different meanings. A few include: deceitfulness, hope, unrequited love, and also regard.
      The daffodil has been adopted by both the American Cancer Society, & the Madame Curie Society, for whom it symbolizes simultaneously hope & disease.
  • The Daisy. Daisies, in general, represent innocence. However, different sub-categories of daisies have their own, unique meaning. The white, wild daisy says, “I will think of it.” Colored daisies represent beauty. The Michaelmas daisy bids farewell.
      The daisy is the April herb specified by the English Herbal Calendar. According to ancient Celtic legend daisies appeared from the spirits of children who died at birth. God sprinkled these bright lovely flowers across the earth to cheer the grieving parents.
  • The Hibiscus. The hibiscus flower is overwhelmingly recognized as a symbol for delicate beauty.
      The hibiscus was first native to the warm climate of southern China, but later moved to the Pacific Islands and finally, to the US in 1842.
  • The Lily. There is an interesting amount of polarity in what the different types of lilies signify. A water lily: purity of heart. A calla lily: maiden modesty; beauty. The day lily: coquetry. The frog lily shows disgust. The tiger lily whispers urgently, “I dare you to love me.” White lilies: purity and sweetness. And, yellow lilies portray coquetry, falsehood & flirtations.
      An ancient Chinese proverb celebrated the majesty and fascination with the lily – “When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.”
  • The Lotus. Like the hibiscus flower, the lotus flower is universally accepted as a symbol of estranged love and the associated empty yearning it entails.
      The lotus flower originated in Egypt and in India, and has had a major role in the local myths and legends.
  • The Rose. A hugely popular tattoo design subject, the rose has come to mean different things to different people for nearly as many different reasons. However, there are a few widely held traditional meanings behind roses, making them quite eloquent flowers.
    Red roses: unity and romance. Pink conveys the whisper, “Ours must be a secret love...” White roses assure, “I am worthy of your love.” White roses communicate charming simplicity. Rosebuds affirm youth and innocence and can also mark one as too young to love. Sunny yellow roses rather glumly convey warnings of jealousy, waning love or the hopeful promise, “Let us forget….”
  • The Sunflower. The sunflower, rich in appeal to the very nature of its beauty, sunflowers are also a great way to communicate, “You are splendid!”
      According to the Greek myth of Clytia, sunflowers have a surprisingly romantic history. Clytia was a beautiful water sprite who fell in love with the sun deity, Apollo. For nine nights Clytia stood straight and tall, admiring him and yearning for his attention. Somehow though, the god missed her, and her love not captivating him, she was turned into a sunflower and continues to bask in the sun’s glow even today.

While not the only popular flower varieties for tattoo designs, these seven certainly top the charts.

Their timeless symbolism and admiration are further enhanced by the ease with which flower designs can be integrated into nearly any style tattoo. A vine of roses, Hawaiian blossoms, the mysterious orchid, and interwoven daisies make great feminine armband designs. For a more masculine creation, you can incorporate the strong symmetry and geometrical design of either tribal or Celtic style artwork.

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flower, colorful, sweet, bright

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For those of you searching for a rare flower and what it symbolizes, check out some of these meanings.

  • ANGELICA Inspiration, magic
  • AZALEA Moderation, temperance, your blush has won me
  • BABY'S BREATH Pure of heart
  • BLUEBELL Constancy, sorrowful regret
  • BUTTERCUP Riches
  • CARNATION Fidelity, love
  • CHERRY-BLOSSOM Spiritual beauty
  • CORNFLOWER Delicacy, refinement
  • CROCUS Abuse not, gladness, mirth
  • DANDELION Coquetry, love's oracle
  • DOGWOOD Forgetfulness, love undiminished
  • FLEUR-DE-LIS Message
  • FOUR-O'CLOCK Timidity
  • FUCHSIA Confiding love
  • PEACH-BLOSSOM I am your captive
  • GARDENIA Refinement
  • GERANIUM Gentility, peaceful mind
  • HONEYSUCKLE Bonds of love
  • HYDRANGEA Boaster, heartlessness
  • JASMINE I am too happy
  • RHODODENDRON Beware, I am dangerous
  • LANTANA I am unyielding
  • MAGNOLIA Benevolence, high-souled, love of nature, magnificence
  • MORNING-GLORY Affection, departure
  • ORANGE-BLOSSOM Chastity, eternal love, marriage, bridal festivities
  • SAFFRON Beware of excess pleasures, voluptuousness, you are perfectly lovely
  • THISTLE Austerity, sternness
  • TULIP (variegated) Enchantment, your eyes are beautiful
  • ZINNIA Thoughts of absent friends

An eternal symbol of spring, life, rebirth, beauty and fertility, flowers can be depended upon to entrance us for ages yet to come.

With the many different varieties and exotic meanings of flowers, it’s entirely possible to choose a tattoo design that perfectly illustrates a powerful message to you and all those around you.

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