Roses are arguably the most popular flower in the world. They are inextricably linked to romance, their very image conjuring romantic notions. We’re willing to bet that roses are the most tattooed flower design in history. Rose tattoo designs have been popular since the early days of tattooing, and that has not changed at all over the years.
Roses, as we all know, are perennially flowering woody plants belonging to the genus Rosa. There are hundreds of different kinds of roses. We recommend this site for a brief introduction to the wide variety of roses that exist, it’s all too much for us to go into right now. We could also dive deep into the cultural symbolism of roses throughout history, but our good pals at Wikipedia already did that for us.
Instead today we want to use what precious space we have to talk about another facet of roses – how versatile they are, both as plants and as tattoo designs. Roses have many uses outside of ornamental decoration. Roses have been used in making fragrances for centuries, as rose oil is extracted from the plant and used in perfumes.
Parts of roses are also edible. Rose hips are used in making jams, jellies, marmalades, and soups, and roses are also used in parts of the world to flavor water and tea. In France, rose syrup is a common sight, and in the UK, rose creams are a popular treat.
Roses are also used in medicine. Roses actually have a long historical association with traditional Chinese medicine, having been used for stomach problems. Currently, scientists are investigating the rose’s potential growth-controlling effect on cancer cells.
Just like you can do seemingly anything with roses, you can do a wide variety of amazing stuff with rose tattoos. We’ve picked some of the sweetest tattoos of roses out there to highlight how amazing rose tattoo designs can be. Take a look at the most popular flower in the world and the most popular flower tattoo.
Those rose tattoo designs are certainly as beautiful as roses themselves. And luckily, they will never wilt.