Rose Tattoo Designs

Rose tattoos have been some of the most popular tattoos for decades, both with women and men. Popularly used by bikers, they now appeal to all kinds of people and are especially popular with those choosing their first tattoo.

The Meaning of Rose Tattoos: Roses have been admired for centuries, and as far back as ancient Egypt they were used in tombs. In ancient Egypt they became a symbol of secrecy, and were popularly worn during religious ceremonies. Most commonly they have been seen as a symbol of love and beauty.

Roses also extend to religious meaning, where the rose in Christianity shows martyrdom. The Virgin Mary is symbolised by a rose without thorns, and the Knights Templar also adopted the symbol of the rose.

Rose Tattoo Designs: The kind of rose tattoo you choose may depend on the meaning that stands out most to you. Some popular rose tattoos make use of a simple black outline, though they also range in complexity, up to large pieces making use of other symbols, animals or flowers for a more elaborate and noticeable design.

The colour you choose for your rose tattoo is said to affect what it means, where black roses are associated with death, red roses associated with love, white with loyalty, blue with originality and yellow with friendship. However, these are no set limits and the colour can be anything you would like it to be.

There are often a number of pre-printed rose designs available in tattoo shops. However, if you want your design to be truly unique then it pays to work with the tattoo artist and create something a little different.