14 Jul 2013

Rose Tattoos

Rose Tattoos
Rose Tattoos

The rose tattoo is by far the most popular of all flower designs, maybe even the most popular of all tattoo designs. That prevalence is directly related to its power as a symbol. With their typical deep red color, they have historically been linked with blood and so also life. In fact, for the ancient Greeks, the first red roses were thought to have grown from the blood of Adonis, Aphrodite’s lover, also beginning one of the most traditional associations of the red rose used today — love and beauty. Often in design work, the rose tattoo appears as a solo entity, as the complete design.

At other times it is embellished with leaves, a long stem, and even thorns. Also, as in real life, other colors of the rose might appear, each with their own symbolic meaning: pink for grace and gentility, white for innocence and purity, yellow for friendship, and even black for death. Perhaps the most famous of the non-red roses is the "Yellow Rose of Texas", which is not a rose at all, but instead a person. Immortalized in the 19th century folk song of the same name, the yellow rose is actually a young woman of mixed ethnic background, missed by her roving sweetheart. The rose tattoo in the picture is the classic red rose that can be seen in thousands of parlors all over the world.

10 Nov 2012

Rose Tattoos

Rose Tattoos
Rose Tattoos

In this picture we are looking at a brand new rose tattoo. We can tell it is brand new by how irritated and red the skin is. This tattoo is probably not more that twenty-four hours old and still healing. And once it does it will look even better than it does now. As in many rose tattoos, there is a part of this one that I don’t really understand and that is the significance of the stem being intertwined with a piece of barbed wire but I like it. It looks cool.

My guess is that is somehow means this person is expressing their love for someone and saying that love has a certain amount of strength to it. It may also be there to show the potential pain side of love. After all, love does not come without a certain amount of pain and sacrifice.

Or just maybe this person though the barbed wire would look cool and nothing more.
Many rose tattoos like this one can be very large or can be very small. There really is no rhyme or reason as to the size other than what the tattooed person has decided they want to get on their body. It’s as simple as that.

26 Apr 2011

Rose Tattoo

Rose Tattoo
Rose Tattoo

This person has a nice healthy looking red rose tattoo on their left shoulder and it looks pretty good. There are, of course, thousands of roses one can get as a tattoo but in the end a rose is a rose. Really the only think you need to decide is how big you might want it. How much do you want it to stand out and show off? Do you want a rose tattoo that people can see from across the street or do you want a small, very personable rose tattoo that is hardly noticed by other people.

This one is a big tattoo that pretty much covers all of this persons shoulder.

The one thing that all red roses stand for is love of course. And there is some mythology that says they were originally white until some mythical goddess of love pricked her finger and bled on one of them and in doing so turned roses red forever. And while we may think of a rose tattoo as being for women it was once very popular among sailors who would get a rose tattoo before leaving port as a way of honoring the loved one they left behind.

10 Dec 2010

Rose Tattoo

Rose Tattoo
Rose Tattoo

The rose tattoo is a design that is simply saturated in symbolic meaning. And that’s no exaggeration. Rose tattoos can suggest purity and innocence, or unbridled passion. Rose tattoos can be worn in remembrance of loved ones who have moved on or as pledges of undying love through all the years ahead. A rose tattoo positioned in a very private place and known only to a lover can honor the tradition of the rose as a symbol of secrecy. But rose tattoos can also be worn visibly and proudly, as most men wear them, on the arm.

While the most requested color for rose tattoos is red, signifying love, romance, courage, and beauty, the blue rose tattoo is gaining in popularity, and has an intriguing history. There are no naturally blue roses, and although research is ongoing to create one, the blue rose tattoo represents mystery and the quest to achieve the impossible. Some legends suggest that the blue rose can magically grant wishes or restore youth. So, now that you know a little about rose tattoos, their meaning and the meaning of their colors, I wonder where you will put yours. On your arm, neck or back maybe?