Stop & Smell the Roses: Flower Tattoos for Tattoo of the Day

Stop & Smell the Roses: Flower Tattoos for Tattoo of the Day

Things are comin' up roses with these gorgeous and lush flower tattoos of today's Tattoo of the Day!

For todays' collection of incredible pieces from all over the world we gathered together flower tattoos that will astound and inspire. These beautiful blossoms come in many styles, forms, and designs but the best thing about these babies is that they never die or wilt. Talk about seeing life through rose-colored glasses...We promise that with tattoos like these you'll never forget to take time to stop and smell the roses!

There are many reasons why floral tattoos are so popular. Partly because floral designs make the perfect addition to any piece. Some kinds of flowers have old folklore stories and myths, some merely provoke thoughts and feelings of love and life. We've noticed that rose tattoos in particular are popular in flower tattoo designs, but this has been consistent through the ages. It's also interesting to note that not only do roses always mean love and beauty, but each color of rose has its own special meaning. 

The traditional red rose symbolizes love and passion. A pink rose represents grace, gratitude, and affection. Purple roses have been used to symbolize royalty and enchantment. The blue rose is rare in nature, so it can represent the unattainable or impossible. A yellow rose represents friendship, luck, and joy. Putting together different flowers with varied colors and meanings can create a floral tattoo that is unique for you!

If roses aren't your taste, consider the many other options out there. If we look around the globe, the cherry blossom and lotus are beautiful flowers that also hold significant meaning depending on where you happen to be. The cherry blossom in Japanese culture, symbolizes life itself. A delicate flower, cherry blossoms represent mortality, love, beauty, strength, and sudden death. However, they are still generally seen as a good omen and a reminder to embrace life to the fullest. There is even a festival around cherry blossoms called "hanami", where people participate in viewing the blooms every March and April. Whether illustrated in the traditional Japanese tattooing style, Irezumi, or not, these perfect pink petals are a lovely addition to any tattoo collection.

Another popular choice is the lotus: a prominent symbol in many cultures and religions. The lotus is a beautiful flower that begins its life at the bottom of a muddy pond. As it grows, it pushes toward the surface of the water. Once it reaches the air, it blossoms to show the beautiful petals within. Some Eastern religions see the life cycle of the lotus as a metaphor for human life, as we aim to become a better person through hard work every day. The meaning of the lotus is deeply historical and cultural, but you can always create personal meaning for any tattoo if you choose to, including any flower tattoos.

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You can also see magnolias and sunflowers are part of this lovely floral tattoo collection. While sunflowers are known to be happy flowers, thanks to their embrace of the sun, they are also thought to symbolize adoration and loyalty. In China, they can also represent longevity and luck. The magnolia, on the other hand, for the Chinese is seen as an embodiment of perfect beauty and gentleness. Indeed, many brides include magnolias in their wedding bouquet because they reflect dignity and nobility. To be sure, each flower, and any flower tattoo that it inspires, is always a wonderful way to illustrate what is within your heart and soul.

Shakespeare said "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet", but if we called roses "mugwort" would they be as poetic and lovely as they are under the name of "rose"? We don't think so. These tattoos kind of reach beyond names anyway...they are beautiful and that's the most important thing. Maybe one day a tattoo artist will figure out how to infuse tattoo ink with scents like lavender and orange blossom. Tattoos will be like scratch and sniff stickers, only better because they last forever! Which is true of these in any case....they last forever. So, show your love and get your favorite loved one floral ink instead of a bouquet. Perhaps make it matching! And know that your flowers will never end up in a trash can, they'll always be much loved and well cared for.

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