Rose Tattoos – Designs & Ideas

Rose, banner and swallow tattoo

Stunning rose tattoo with banners and a swallow

Rose tattoos are one of the most frequently asked about tattoos on the market today. Both men and women like the design and find that the beauty and meaning of rose tattoos tell the story perfectly. The real beauty is how well the rose works in a teamed tattoo. A red rose has a meaning of inner and outer beauty or love and by adding thorns to the rose stem can add the meaning of that inner beauty is important and outer beauty is only skin deep. A single red rose is for love and the thorns represent the pain endured in that quest.  Colors change the meaning as well as items included with rose tattoos.

Types of Rose Tattoos

Black Rose Tattoos – Black rose tattoos represent love and loss of love, or even a memorial. A tattoo idea here is a long thorny black vine running in a jagged horizontal line with three black roses. Two of the roses turned up and one in its final stages of life drooping down. The detail work on these black rose tattoos will have to be fine and sharp with great shading details to bring it to life.

Red Rose Tattoos for Women. Red rose tattoos are rich in the color of love and make for beautiful works of art in tattoos. Ideas here are a single red rose with a long curving stem with leaves and the rose in full bloom with the edges of the petals drooping slightly. Shading on the sun blocked side of the leaves; stem and petals will add vibrant life to the tattoo. A top view of three red roses, looking down at them with a north star in the center of the three to remind you of the direction of love.

Butterfly and Rose Tattoos – Butterfly and rose tattoos usually are seen for rebirth or change. An idea here is a single red rose with stem; looking at the rose from a view from a little above and from the side. This view well show only the bottom quarter of the stem with one green leaf in view. The rose bud should be fully open with a blue and black winged butterfly with his wings wide open. Shading and detail work will set this off nicely.

Cross with Rose Tattoos - Cross with rose tattoos are seen as a memorial or for one’s faith. Ideas here are using two lengths of barbwire crossed to form a cross in single dark ink with highlights to the barb edge for a realistic look. A single rose in the center of the cross where the two pieces meet in full color with a long stem running straight down the center of the wire. Fine detail work will make this tattoo a masterpiece. Multiple roses with banners, ribbons, name and date make great memorial cross and rose tattoos also.

Big Rose Tattoos – Big rose tattoos are seen most often for their beauty. Ideas here are a close up of the fully open rose looking down at about a 45 degree angle. The detail work with each petal plays a key role. Shadows and shading will add depth and grow life in the rose.

big rose tattoos on back of woman

Big rose tattoos on woman’s lower back

White Rose Tattoos – White rose tattoos are known for having a meaning of innocence, purity and spiritual love. A tattoo design idea here are a pair of fully open white roses with a single half open white rose off to the side of the pair and a little lower in height also. The stems will need lots of leaves to keep that healthy appearance.

Old School Rose Tattoos – Rose tattoos from the past had very many items with the rose to soften harden the image. An idea here are a single red rose seen at about a 45 degree angle with triangle shape leafs pointing out from under the rose petals. A long dagger with bright colors in the handle along with brass colors for handle trim and silver for the blade plunging through the center of the rose tattoo.

Rose Tattoos for Men – Men like the meaning of roses just like women do but most often men add items to personalize the message. An idea here is a side view of a battered skull with three roses on a long green stem with thorns. Curve the stem and roses with the curve of the rear of the skull. Try using your favorite colors on the roses to personalize this rose tattoo.

Yellow Rose Tattoos – Yellow rose tattoos most often have a meaning of faith and hope. An idea here is a single yellow rose in full bloom with a long leafy stem. At the center of the stem add a red heart that has been pierced by the stem in the middle. Detail of the rose petals play a key role in this eye catching design and try adding personal items to your rose tattoos for that finishing touch.

Coloring and Placement of Rose Tattoos

Coloring for rose tattoos will be tattooed in a single dark purple or black ink. Some folks like to add a little or use full color in the tattoo. Shading is very important in rose tattoos to add depth for a realistic look. Red, yellow, black, green, pink, orange, silver, blue purple are very common colors seen in these tattoos.

Placement and sizing of rose tattoos. Most rose tattoos in a large size will look great on the back, chest, waist or leg.  Medium size tattoos look great on the upper arm, forearm, wrist, hand, chest, stomach, waist, and ankle. Small sizes work well behind the ear, shoulder, finger, waist, ankle and foot.

Rose tattoos popularity has not waivered much over the years. Probably due to the personal meanings of love, love lost faith and many more or maybe it’s for the pure beauty of the flower that stirs your soul. You tattoo artist can help with ideas and patterns from their galleries or past experiences. You may even consider a custom rose tattoo of your design.

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Rose tattoo on the arm of a man

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Old school rose tattoo with lots of color

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