Rose Tattoos, Designs, Pictures, and Ideas

tattoo designsRose tattoos have a surprising history and carry a good deal of symbolism. In the 16th century, rose tattoos were given to prisoners who were sentenced to death. Today, though, the meaning has undergone a massive change. Rose tattoos are now often associated with romance and love. They are can also symbolize deep religious respect (as the red rose is seen as a representation of the blood of Jesus Christ), death and even beauty.

When getting a rose tattoo, it is important to remember that each color has its own significance. For instance, orange represents desire; white means purity; red means love, etc.

After choosing the color, you can decide on a design. Though a lot of rose tattoos have a distinctly feminine appeal, there are also more masculine aspects that can be intertwined with the image. Many people choose a tribal rose tattoo as opposed to the more literal depiction. The dark colors and sharp edges make this a great unisex choice. Roses can also be used in designs featuring crosses, skulls, angels and even koi fish (which are a well known symbol of masculinity).

rose tattoosSome people like to use a more striking image in their rose tattoos. For instance, a monotone scene — a portrait of a person, a scroll with stylized writing — with a large, bold red rose growing alongside of it.

Rose tattoos can also be used alongside the yin and yang symbol. The rose is usually seen as a symbol of femininity, whereas the thorns on a rose are generally a symbol of masculinity. Showing dark and light, thorned roses intertwined, placed in a similar manner as the yin and yang, may create a similar meaning — that is, male and female; light and dark, and balance as a whole.

Rose tattoos can be big and bold, or small and monotone. They can be intricate or simple. But whatever way you decide to go about featuring the rose, it can be an expression with a good deal of meaning and emotion attached.


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  1. jackie Said,

    these are some tighhtt ass tattoos

  2. locomiimii15 Said,

    damn son i like this shytt but qustion cud yue put lavander and dark green wif yur rose tat ?????????//

  3. ASHLEY Said,

    where can i get the rose tattoo 3/24…..i love it i want it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Jason Campbell Said,

    Hey I love this site. Roses are my thing. I cant help it I love em. They have so many different meanings, I’m a guy I have a huge rose tatted on my side.. Its vines intertwine with the infinity sign, and the rose is burning.. Figure it out..

  5. faith Said,

    Hey I got a tramp stamp for x mas 2 years ago. I think I got the design off this website but cannot find it. see it is only done by 1 stage and still has possibly two stages to go. What it is; is a cross with a rose made into a rosary. If i can not find lucky i am an artist and will complete or have someone here in arizona complete it. My husbands nephew did it. has anyone seen this or something similiar
    thankx
    faith

  6. Jose Said,

    The one that illustrates the article, is by far my favourite.

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