Eye-Catching Iris Flower Tattoos

Eye-Catching Iris Flower Tattoos

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Stop and smell the flowers with these unique iris tattoos.

Beautiful purple iris plant by Lucas Patterson. #neotraditional #iris #flower #plant #LucasPatterson #floral
Beautiful purple iris plant by Lucas Patterson. #neotraditional #iris #flower #plant #LucasPatterson #floral
Neo traditional iris bouquet by Jen Moore. #neotraditional #iris #flower #bouquet #ribbon #JenMoore #floral
Neo traditional iris bouquet by Jen Moore. #neotraditional #iris #flower #bouquet #ribbon #JenMoore #floral
Iris flower with a plum blossom frame by Michelle Marie. #flower #iris #plumblossom #frame #linework #MichelleMarie
Iris flower with a plum blossom frame by Michelle Marie. #flower #iris #plumblossom #frame #linework #MichelleMarie
Blue and purple iris piece by Ben Wallenborn. #iris #flower #neotraditional #BenWallenborn
Blue and purple iris piece by Ben Wallenborn. #iris #flower #neotraditional #BenWallenborn
Simple traditional style iris tattoo by Jen White. #traditional #flower #iris #JenWhite #floral
Simple traditional style iris tattoo by Jen White. #traditional #flower #iris #JenWhite #floral
Bold line work iris by Klaudia Holda. #linework #blackwork #flower #iris #KlaudiaHolda
Bold line work iris by Klaudia Holda. #linework #blackwork #flower #iris #KlaudiaHolda
Neo traditional iris by Tiffany Meyers. #neotraditional #flower #iris #TiffanyMeyers
Neo traditional iris by Tiffany Meyers. #neotraditional #flower #iris #TiffanyMeyers
Black and grey iris foot tattoo by Sasha Katuna. #blackandgrey #flower #iris #SashaKatuna
Black and grey iris foot tattoo by Sasha Katuna. #blackandgrey #flower #iris #SashaKatuna
Watercolor iris and script back tattoo by Pis Saro. #watercolor #sketch #flower #iris #PisSaro
Watercolor iris and script back tattoo by Pis Saro. #watercolor #sketch #flower #iris #PisSaro
Mother-daughter iris tattoos by Rachelle Carroll. #flower #iris #family #RachelleCarroll #neotraditional
Mother-daughter iris tattoos by Rachelle Carroll. #flower #iris #family #RachelleCarroll #neotraditional
Linework iris tattoo by Maggie Cho. #linework #blackwork #flower #iris #MaggieCho #floral
Linework iris tattoo by Maggie Cho. #linework #blackwork #flower #iris #MaggieCho #floral
Watercolor iris and script back tattoo by Pis Saro. #watercolor #sketch #flower #iris #PisSaro
Watercolor iris and script back tattoo by Pis Saro. #watercolor #sketch #flower #iris #PisSaro
Styled realism black and grey iris tattoo by Zush. #realism #styledrealism #painterly #iris #flower #Zush
Styled realism black and grey iris tattoo by Zush. #realism #styledrealism #painterly #iris #flower #Zush

The iris flower has its own particular flower power. Greek for "rainbow," the iris comes in many shapes, colors, and sizes. Largely ornamental, the iris is cultivated primarily for just looks, but it can grow on its own in the wild in mostly rocky and dry regions. Able to live more than two years (also known as a perennial), the iris flower can be found in bunches of its own siblings, having rooted and taken over the area surrounding it.


While mostly just pretty now, iris flowers were used for medicinal purposes as far back as Ancient Egypt, and their floral scent was thought to appease the gods — thus inspiring perfume. 


Iris tattoos have their own look, their own power, and their own mythology too — the Greek goddess Iris, who personified the rainbow, was thought of as the bridge between the heavens and the earth. Purple irises were planted on the graves of women to summon Iris to aid them in their journey to heaven. 


The iris became so regarded in France that it soon became a royal flower — inspiring the fleur-de-lis, the National symbol for France.

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