Spanning continents and decades upon decades, the rose is a flower that holds a lot of power over a lot of people. Humans love simple, straight-forward symbolism, and the rose is the clearest symbol, being able to state love and lust with a single rose or a bouquet. The meaning of the rose changes depending on the color, according to many modern florist websites, but the underlying definition remains the same. You could have dark red for beauty, white for bridal love, light pink for joy, coral for desire… See the theme? Regardless the shade, the rose as a flower is rooted in love, and makes for a great tattoo.
Rose tattoos are as classic as their literary and song counterparts. They’re essentially genderless, able to be tattooed upon anyone’s skin and enhance that person’s look without seeming too feminine or too dainty. They can be traditional, and big and bold, or they can be illustrative and layered. A rose tattoo can even be a micro tattoo and still pack a punch of meaning. The rose, and therefore the rose tattoo, is timeless.