Are you aware that the colors of different roses have different meanings?
Roses have always been praised for their beauty. Their symbolic meaning goes way back into history:
- For the Romans and Ancient Greeks the rose represented love and beauty and they identified the flower with Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
- For Christians the rose represents the Virgin Mary (The Mystical Rose).
- Roses were used in Ancient Egypt to worship the Goddess Isis, the ideal mother and wife.
When choosing a rose tattoo design, your first step should be taking some time to really decide what you are most interested in. Is it important for you that a tattoo projects a specific meaning? Do you have a specific design or color that you are interested in?
The red rose is the most popular as a tattoo design. Other colors that are popular are blue, yellow and pink roses. One design that is not as common, but still makes a great looking piece is the black rose tattoos These are quite unique and can incorporate a dark side to almost any tattoo without much trouble at all.
Rose tattoos often incorporate an additional element, the most popular being:
- The Butterfly: butterflies and roses, a natural combination.
- Heart tattoos: 2 symbols of love combine into a super love tattoo.
- Tribal designs: a stylized version of a rose or a combination with tribal patterns.
- A banner with the name of a beloved one
- A Dagger: the love-hate relationship
- Dragonfly tattoos: just like butterflies, a natural combination
- A gun: love-hate again
- Barbed wire around the rose vine: love can hurt and is not without risk.
- Cross tattoos: memorial tattoo for a beloved one. Roses are also frequently used in "in loving memory" designs.
- Skull Tattoos: can be a memorial tattoo, as well as other meanings.
- Dragon tattoos: in love with a dragon