At some point in your life, you might have experienced appreciating flowers, the thrill of offering them and the happiness of receiving one. The flower that you purchased or received might not have any particular meaning however; it is the human emotions that provide interpretation and value to it. For instance, you may see a man offering a woman a bouquet or basket of roses to tell his love but you will not see the same in a funeral. Meanings carried out by different flowers vary depending on context and implications.
The same thing can be said for flower tattoos. Hundreds of flower tattoo designs can evoke hundreds of meanings therefore giving a whole new meaning to both the owner and the beholder. Women are said to be fond of flower tattoos however; men can also get one as well. Different flowers have gathered different meanings through time but when you place it together with different elements in a tattoo, the new meanings can be born from it. Have you ever seen a tattoo design of dark rose with chains wrapped around it? Does it mean love or hatred?
These days, flower tattoos are becoming more popular. Men usually prefer dragons and women like to get flowers. Perhaps it is the color, shape, scent or combination that gives people the desire to see, smell or touch it. Flowers have the power to calm and give peace to a certain person. Tattooing a flower in your skin means carrying it with you at all times. The flower tattoo is something that doesn’t wither and lasts a long time.
One of the concerns of most tattoo artists is the undecided customer. Tattoos are permanently incorporated on one’s skin therefore making it hard to remove afterwards. If you wish to remove your tattoos, scarring and pain are absolutely guaranteed. There are different reasons for changing or removing the tattoos and one of the most common ones is that the clients didn’t really understand the flower tattoo’s meaning at all. In order to avoid this awkward scenario, here is a short list of flower tattoos and its meanings:
1.Rose Tattoo. These tattoos are very striking when done properly especially on a woman’s skin. Even though this design is commonly seen on women, there are men who are getting inked with the same design on their skin. There are men who are outspokenly against getting inked with a flower however; it becomes an entirely different story if it is done with a skull or crossbones on it. Instead of conveying a soft and feminine meaning, it becomes a fearless, brave and even death as well.
Conversely, different varieties of roses hold different meanings. For instance, red roses mean passion, respect, courage and love. You may have seen it in your favorite movie or have given one to your beloved to say your passion and love. Instead of offering roses to your loved one, you can tattoo the rose together with her name either in your chest or arm. This way, the tattoo’s meaning becomes ‘you respect and love her’. If you can make the tattoo artist alter the rose, you may want to think about getting a yellow rose. During Victorian era, jealousy is signified by yellow rose but today, it signifies freedom, gladness, friendship and joy. A pink rose tattoo is characterized by mystery and ‘wanting to achieve the impossible’. If you are pessimistic or you are mourning the death of a close friend or loved one, you may want to get a black rose tattoo.
2. Hibiscus Tattoo. Hibiscus is another famous flower design for most tattoo artists. This flower is usually seen in tropical countries and is not a very popular gift. The scientific name of Hibiscus is derived from Greek word ‘hibiscus’ which means ‘mallow’ and ‘rosa-sinensis’ which means ‘Rose of China’. The meaning of this flower is delicate beauty. If you have decided to tattoo this flower, its meaning would become ‘elegance’ as well as ‘charm’ and ‘grace’. The tattoo design can enhance the person’s aura depending on the color combination. You can also add red flower design with bright green petals.
3. Lily Tattoo. Lilies are valued for its calming and fresh colors. These flowers can be given in different occasions such as paying a visit to a sick friend or loved ones in the hospital. This has been an essential flower since the ancient times. The Bible signifies this flower as purity, and the vibrant soul of Virgin Mary. Ancient Greeks and Chinese equated lilies to purity. The Chinese regard this flower as a symbol for abundance and summer. For the Greeks on the other hand, this flower is born from the breast milk of their goddess Hera. This flower is also connected to the Goddess of Romans Venus. If you are going to tattoo the lily along with other elements, its meaning would become purity, harmony and peace.
4. Lotus Tattoo. According to Buddhism, lotus is enlightenment’s symbol. The petals are signified by constant struggles in a person’s life and the middle part symbolizes status of enlightenment. The lotus’ development from the ground signifies the awakening or one’s spirituality. The Buddhists symbolizes lotus for the exalted condition of a person; his head being held high and his feet are rooted in experience. Moreover, you will see the lotus flower being carved or adorned on the platforms of the statue of Buddha. This flower is a very strong symbol in Buddhism.
This flower is apparent in Hinduism where its meaning is beauty, fertility and prosperity. According to the religion, every human that exists in the earth has the spirit of lotus within them. This flower also characterizes divinity and purity and is widely known as the symbol of fertility, life, feminine beauty and youth. A lotus tattoo design will now become a figure of life. This design is perfect for those people who are searching for meaning and who has been through life’s ups and downs. If you want to depict your own struggle, this flower is the right symbol for you.
Now that you have an understanding of the flower’s meaning when put into a tattoo, you can prevent yourself from erasing it especially if it doesn’t represent your personality at all. It is also best to consult your tattoo artist first before inking the design so that you would know where it is best to place it.