Everything You Need to Know About: Rose Tattoos


The rose tattoo has been one of the most popular tattoo designs for a long time, and joins the compass and the feather as some of the most tattooed items in history.

Similarly to the previous two that we have spotlighted on this blog, the rose and rose tattoos have a deep meaning behind them. So what is it that makes this tattoo design so popular?

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What Does The Rose Mean?

Like many forms of imagery, the symbol of the rose is said to represent certain aspects or features.

In this case, the rose has been used throughout history as a symbol of love, peace, passion and beauty, and the flower itself is associated with romance.

It can be found in most art forms, both modern and traditional, as well as in almost every culture.

Do Colours Matter?

Contrary to popular belief, there are different colours of roses rather than just the traditional red and white which we are familiar with.

If colour is something that you want to play with, it’s important to understand what the colours of the rose mean – you don’t want to give off the wrong impression!

Let’s start with the obvious colours that we know of. Red roses are known to symbolise passion and true love as well as dedication and are often used in memorial tattoos. White roses – like most white objects – signify purity and cleansing as well as spirituality.

Other colours can include (but aren’t limited to) yellow; which signifies happiness, blue; which can symbolise fantasy, pink; which can represent gentleness and gracefulness and orange; which often signifies excitement or vibrancy of life.

There are other colours – after all, your artist will have many at their disposal – but if you are looking to have a tattoo with real meaning behind it, choosing an appropriate colour is definitely recommended, even if you are the only one who understands the significance!

Why Are They So Popular?

Because they are a traditional style, many designs often incorporate a rose somewhere in the design. Much like the other timeless tattoo designs that we have covered, the rose is firmly embedded in tattoo history, and we don’t see it dropping out of fashion anytime soon.

Even celebrities such as Cheryl Fernandez-Versini with her huge rose tattoo on her … ahem... derriere and pop punk legend Travis Barker of Blink 182 have rose tattoos on their body, so it just goes to show that this versatile design can be successful in a variety of styles!

Even if you don’t want a whole piece dedicated to a rose, it’s extremely easy to incorporate a rose into the design if it is something that you are adamant on having included!

Have you got a large rose tattooing session coming up? Make sure you’ve stocked up on the best possible tattoo inks and other tattoo equipment in preparation!  If you need any further information don't hesitate to get in touch with us today, we'll be happy to provide you with the best equipment available!