Peony, The King of Flowers

Peony, The King of Flowers

A superior flower, for superior people...

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 quite a few dimes. So often a discourse begins about lilies, daisies, orchids, (which, side note look eerily similar to lady parts — 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.

Image courtesy of Sasha Unisex. #peony #watercolor #art #tattooart #SashaUnisex


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.

Soft blue peony made by Rodrigo Souto Bueno. #peony #kingofflowers #botan #flower #RodrigoSoutoBueno

... and for those of you that can give a shit about symbolism, here are some pretty flowers. 

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