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What Type of Flower Should You Choose for Your Tattoo?

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Out of all of the tattoo motifs available, flowers are a go-to design.  With their harmonious colours and varied shapes, they are undoubtedly one of nature’s most beautiful creations. Men and women around the world have always attached many different meanings to flowers. Making an appearance during the most important moments of our life, flowers have always attracted artists, such as painters.

In the tattoo world, they can feature alone or as part of a broader design, and are chosen for their significance or beauty. From the traditional to the ornamental, not to mention realism, flowers crop up just as much on men as on women, who don them on a variety of body parts.

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The rose is an old school go-to tattoo. Today, it is also used in other styles such as realism, where it comes into its own, often featuring as part of a wider design in other styles.

The rose is the flower of love. On its own it can have a profound significance, representing passion or hope of a new beginning. Adding a stem or prickly thorns can summon different emotions. Even colour can play a part: red for passionate love, blue for intensity.


The fleur-de-lis dates back to ancient Rome and is found in many cultures. For the Chinese, it helps relieve nausea. In Europe, it symbolises royalty. As a tattoo, it used to be an immediate sign of recognition and a mark of disgrace for thieves and prostitutes. But, as with most traditional motifs, today it is coveted for its aesthetic appeal.

Cherry blossom

Feminine and sensual, cherry blossom symbolises the fleeting nature of life. Given its prominent role in Japanese culture, cherry blossom is widespread in the Japanese tattoo world. Many cherry blossom flowers, or sakura, are found in large Japanese designs.

Due to its impermanence, it is a reminder to live in the present moment. It can also symbolise rebirth.