What Does Your Rose Tattoo Mean

ImageRoses are not only a beautiful flower but have been popular choice for both men and women for a tattoo since the 1930’s; but what does the rose symbolise.  Your first thought may be in regard to its delicate beauty or its representation of love, inner and outer beauty and whilst you would be right there is also so much more to this beautiful flower.


As a depiction of love it can be a symbol of being in love particularly when the rose is without thorns, or with as a reminder that love does not come without certain sacrifices when the thorns are present. So even the thorns have their meaning, some say that when thorns are present on the tattoo it means the person does not place a great deal of emphasis on outer beauty, whilst for others the tattoo refers to endless beauty with the thorn meaning you can look but you can’t touch. 


Sailors chose the rose tattoo for an honorary purpose, as its willowy build being linked to femininity, to represent their girlfriend, their wife, or even their mother. Life was rough on the seas for these brave men and their rose tattoo could bring peace to them in a symbolic way


The Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite is often depicted with roses adorning her head, feet, and neck; and is thought to be associated with the rose bush that grew within a pool of blood spilled by Adonis her slain lover, or that her roses where white until touched by her blood after pricking herself on the thorns causing the blooms turned red.   So for Aphrodite the interpretation is that the rose symbolizes an immortal love that withstands time and even death.


The rose in tarot is considered to be the symbol of balance. The beauty of this flower expresses promise, hope, and new beginnings but when contrasted by thorns will symbolize defence, loss, and even thoughtlessness.


Did you know that the number of petals on a rose is associated with numerology, and whether or not your rose is open or still in bud.   The colour you choose for your rose will have a different meaning; the Victorians loved roses and assigned different meanings to the different colours.


Yellow rose historically meant jealousy but is now a symbol of happiness, safety against envious lovers, and a mature love.


White roses symbolize pureness, spirituality, youth and a maybe even a secret admirer.


Red roses historically have been considered the symbol of true love or passionate love especially when presented as a single stem, but they can also represent sacrifice or memorial.


Pink roses will represent healing, gentleness, grace, elegance and virtue.


Blue roses have been used to signify the unattainable, fantasy or the impossible. 


Black roses are a symbol of death, farewell and darkness, not to be mistakenly used morbidly but more as a memorial.


Coral roses represented your heart’s desire.

Orange roses were a representation for enthusiasm, excitement and fascination for life.


Light peach roses were for modesty and friendship.


Purple roses are for enchantment and for love at first sight.


Whilst it is interesting to find out more about the significance of certain images used for tattooing you need to choose the colour you would like to see your rose; and know that your rose has specific meaning for you.

13 thoughts on “What Does Your Rose Tattoo Mean

  1. i had a dream that i had a bleeding rose tatoo on my left forearm…it had no color, only the black outline. It began to bleed for real, but the blood ran up my arm instead of down like it should. usuallaly can interpret my dreams but this one has me puzzled

    • That means you’re spirit is understanding that you have reached a certain age and that there is something looking to ‘end’ (but don’t be scared because when one door closes another one opens is like the ‘magic’-spell that will make sure no real harm will be done). Since it’s so important for you it’s probably something that’s very personal – but always more important in a spritual sence than in the material world – like reaching the age of puberty or menopause.

  2. Red rose Tattoo 1 for my grandmother who passed away. She liked flowers really much I thought it would fit. If my mother passes away it is going to be 2 red roses.

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  4. Well…I got a black and gray rose on my shoulder because its my mother’s favorite flower, it has these black tribal like thorns coming out from under it because shes the only side of my family thats not from America and is very distant from everyone else. I plan to get my sister’s favorite flower underneath it (a peony under the rose which is my oldest half sister’s favorite and my twin’s favorite flower is a sunflower on my inner arm). Years from now i’ll probably get a cat and my aunt and grandma’s favorite flowers on my forearm. Basically I’m saving one of my arms for a dedication to my family’s favorite flowers (for the members that do have a favorite flower so to speak because my dad and middle sister dont have one)

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