Rose Tattoos | Rose Tattoo Designs
Rose tattoo designs are very popular because to Western cultures they represent love. Each color of rose has its own meaning which makes the rose a very personal and romantic tattoo.
Rose tattoos are popular among both men and women for this reason. The red rose is the typical rose and the one most commonly chosen for a tattoo.
The red rose represents a true and pure love. The rose also represents passion and desire, which make it a popular dedication tattoo for couples. A single red rose means “I love you” plain and simple, but a red rose without thorns has the added meaning of “love at first sight.”
Meanings for other colors of roses are as follows: Yellow represents friendship and joy, white represents reverence, orange represents enthusiasm and light pink is for sympathy and admiration. Roses have long been seen as representations of love and beauty, dating back to the ancient Greeks.
It was said that roses appeared from the sea foam as Aphrodite was born out of the water. Because of its importance to the Romans, Christians would initially look upon the rose with scorn, but as time worn on the rose became associated with the miraculous and wonderful.
There are a number of saints who have now been associated with roses including Saint Therese and the Virgin Mary herself. As a flower the rose has often been seen as the most beautiful and desired of all the flowers. The Greeks considered it the King of all Flowers while the Romans considered it the Queen.
Today, the red rose is still widely popular as a representation of true love, and is often chosen as tattoo to represent one’s love for another. Rose tattoos have the versatility of being both very detailed and very simplistic. They are the most popular flower tattoo because they are often seen as having the most meaning.
Both men and women choose to get a rose tattoo as a representation of love. Among men the popular place for a rose tattoo is on the arm or the chest. But for women the possibilities are nearly endless, with the ankle being a very popular place.
Rose tattoos are almost always done in color because the color of the rose is what holds the symbolism. Red roses are the most common because they have the most powerful and desired meaning of all the roses: true love. Rose tattoos are often embellished with a variety of different designs including skulls, swords, vines, butterflies, leaves and other flowers.
Most commonly the rose will include the name of the person it is supposed to represent love for. This is done either separately from the rose or upon a river wrapped around the stem of the rose. Other choices for rose colors have recently included blue and purple to take a new spin on the beauty and history of the rose while adding a unique and modern touch.
More morbid tattoos involving roses can involve blood dripping from the rose’s thorns or with the rose piercing a heart to represent heartbreak. Rose tattoos are very popular with celebrities for their classic representations of beauty and love.
Celebrity Rose Tattoos
Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day has a rose tattoo on his right arm. Mary J. Blige has own rose tattoo on her left thigh. Cher has a black rose on her ankle. Actress Holly Marie Combs has a rose tattoo on her left shoulder blade.
Minnie Driver has a rose tattoo on her butt. There are many, many more celebrities who have chosen to put this beautiful flower on their bodies. Since roses are such a popular tattoos you should have some idea of what you want it to mean and represent so that it is more than just a common tattoo.