Peony, The King of Flowers
Throughout my work experience, I've assisted many women in the market for a pretty & feminine flower tattoo.
I often find myself invited into debate over botanical options with our clients on this classic choice of subject matter - and sometimes the conversation goes a little something like this:
"I want a flower - but not a Rose- because I'm not a "Rose type" of girl".
If I had a dime for every woman that said "I'm not a Rose person" I'd have... a couple dimes.
And so begins a discourse about Lilies, Daisies, Orchids, (which side note usually have an oddly vajayjay-like resemblance that I can't get over - no seriously Google it) Sunflowers, the list goes on. But I've found the most recurrent desire is for a "Rose-like" flower with lots of petals.
So for all my Rose-snubbing-ladies out there, this ones for you... I'd like to introduce my friend the Peony.
The Peony - Also known as Botan, or "King of Flowers" is often regarded in Chinese & Japanese cultures as a symbol of prosperity, wealth and elegance. A traditional subject matter in Japanese Irezumi (or Tattoo) the Peony's lush full bloom and delicate curly petals are thought to bring wealth and good omen to the wearer.
And for those of you that are not so interested in symbology- here's a pretty flower.
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