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Big, Bold, and Beautiful: Traditional Rose Tattoos

Big, Bold, and Beautiful: Traditional Rose Tattoos

Tattoo Ideas3 min Read

In this selection of gorgeously lush traditional rose tattoos, you can see perfect examples of this iconic design that truly lives on & on.

It's an iconic design, to be sure, because of its brilliance, boldness, and absolute beauty. Big and lush, full of dense fat petals drooping with the colors of sunset: red, orange, yellow with blushing pale peaches and pinks. Traditional rose tattoos will never get old. They stand for a timeless beauty that never fades and, if done right, never fails to delight. In this collection we've brought together not only some stand alone roses, but also some bright blooms decorated with other traditional iconography such as skulls, daggers, and, of course, the lovely faces of ladies. We know that flower tattoos are a trend that never dies, and these pieces here show exactly why.

Roses are full of symbolism; they've captured the eyes and hearts of many a poet, writer, lover, and songstress. Romance drips off of every petals...but, of course, as you probably know, ever single color of rose means something unique. There are also differences in meaning depending on what the rose is accompanied by. A skull or dagger, often omens of death, may turn that rose tattoo from a simple bud of life to an object d' memento mori: a reminder that life must always end, no matter how beautiful. It's also worth nothing that the amount of petals can be connected to numerology, and whether a rose is open or closed may also change the meaning behind it. It's details like this that make Traditional tattoos everlasting. Far beyond the reaches of sailor folklore and sea faring men, these iconic images stay with us not only due to the power of their aesthetics, but also the power of their symbolism.

But why are roses, and rose tattoos, usually matched with ideas of love and romance? "In mythology, Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was often depicted with roses adorning her head, feet, and neck. This can be interpreted many ways, but the association comes from a rose bush that grew within a pool of blood spilled by her slain lover, Adonis, and so a common interpretation is that the rose symbolizes an immortal love that withstands time and even death." But the history of this flower doesn't end there...

But it isn't only Greeks and Romans who have been enamored by the bloom. "In Christianity, the red rose became the symbol of the Virgin Mary dating back to the third century AD. At that time, Saint Ambrose believed the Garden of Eden was full of thornless roses, which gained their thorns after the fall and symbolized Original Sin. Because of this, the Virgin Mary is often referred to as the “rose without thorns.” 


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