Courage to Crave the Rose: Beautiful Thorn Tattoos

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Courage to Crave the Rose: Beautiful Thorn Tattoos

These thorn tattoos prove that the pain they yield is still worth the rose.

Many a quote has been said about the rose and the thorn...including poet and writer Anne Bronte's "“But he who dares not grasp the thorn / should never crave the rose.” As well as Alphonse Karr, French critic and journalist, who said, "We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” So we thought this collection of thorn tattoos was highly appropriate since we can draw comparisons between these quotes about actual thorns, and the pain of the tattoo. Just like the beauty of rose is worth the pain of the thorn, the beauty of a tattoo is also also worth the pain...and we promise your ink will last longer than the life of a flower.


Many people who want a tattoo say that the main thing that deters them is the pain. Of course, there is physical pain, like what these clients felt when receiving their thorn tattoos, and then there is emotional pain...but believe it or not, the way to deal with both is exactly the same. Buddhism teaches Four Noble Truths, all having to do with suffering...what it is, why it's there, and what to do about it. Part of the "cure" is meditation: being in the moment, and realizing that everything is temporary...including your pain. Trying to escape from it will only cause you more pain as you grasp at the idea of release...whereas embracing that pain will help you feel at peace through acknowledgement of actual experience.

So, what does this mean for you and what does this have to do with thorn tattoos? That depends on perspective. Next time you get a tattoo, try completely acknowledging that the pain is temporary...and that, on top of that, afterwards you will hopefully have a piece that you will admire for a lifetime. Sometimes it's the same as life, isn't it? Nietzsche said about man: “What does not kill him makes him stronger.” We believe there is definitely some beauty in that. Beauty in strength, just like the rose with it's thorns.

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