As a general rule, flower tattoos are more popular with women than with men. Perhaps it’s due to their vibrant color, their delicate design or maybe it’s the fact that it’s like a beautiful fashion accessory. Whatever the reason, women with beautiful tattoos are often considered to be more confident, more feminine and more attractive.
One of the best aspects of flower tattoos is the massive choice of designs that are available. And each flower design has a different symbolic meaning, giving you a wide range of beautiful ways to express your individual personality.
For example, you could mix hollyhock (ambition) with heather (dreams come true) to signify your hopes and dreams of future success. Or how about combining narcissus and violet? That provides a contrast of both color and attitude. White and purple, arrogance and humility.
Alternatively, you could add flowers to other tattoo designs. For example, if you want a tattoo that represents someone special in your life you could get the design of a heart surrounded by symbolic flowers, such as roses (love), lavender (devotion), tulip (declaration of love) etc.
And that’s just the start. You can combine any number of different flowers to create virtually any message.
So before you choose the flowers that you want to appear in your tattoo design, it’s best to find out the meanings and symbolism of different varieties of flower. That will allow you to mix and match the flowers in your design until they convey the exact message that you want. So with that in mind here’s a list of the most popular flowers used for tattoo designs and what they mean.
1) Cactus: Endurance
2) Carnation: Fascination, distinction, mother’s love, I’ll never forget you, admiration, broken heart, innocence, sweetness, pure love, faithfulness
3) Chrysanthemum: Truth, optimism, cheerfulness, loyal love, unrequited love
4) Daffodil: New beginnings, chivalry, unrequited love, joy, happiness
5) Daisy: Innocence, loyalty, purity
6) Dandelion: Happiness, faithfulness
7) Forget-me-not: Hope, remembrance, true love
8) Freesia: Thoughtfulness, innocence
9) Gladiolus: Remembrance, strength of character, infatuation
10) Heather: Dreams come true, protection
11) Holly: Enchantment, foresight, domestic bliss
12) Hollyhock: Ambition, fruitfulness
13) Iris: Wisdom, faith, hope, valor
14) Jasmine: Sensuality, grace, elegance, amiability
15) Lavender: Devotion
16) Lilac: Confidence, humility, youth
17) Lily: Wealth, innocence, purity, modesty, virginity, pride
18) Magnolia: Nobility, dignity, love of nature
19) Mimosa: Sensitivity
20) Mint: Virtue
21) Mistletoe: Affection, overcoming difficulties
22) Moss: Charity, maternal love
23) Narcissus: Self admiration, conceit, egotism
24) Nasturtium: Conquest, victory
25) Olive Branch: Peace
26) Orchid: beauty, Long life, charm, refinement, love
27) Periwinkle: Friendship
28) Poppy: Wealth, success, imagination, pleasure, consolation
29) Rose: Love, passion, courage, beauty, prosperity
30) Rosemary: Purity, rebirth, remembrance
31) Sage: Virtue
32) Sunflower: Adoration, haughtiness
33) Sweet William: finesse, gallantry
34) Thyme: Activity
35) Tulip: Declaration of love, beautiful eyes, perfect lover
36) Violet: Faithfulness, risk taking, youthful innocence, modesty, understated beauty
37) Water Lily: Purity of heart
38) Weeping Willow: Mourning
These are the most popular flowers that appear in tattoo designs, and as far as I’m aware these are the most common meanings attached to them. However, as tattoos should be regarded as permanent, please make sure you research the official meaning of these flowers before you go ahead with your flower tattoo.
Gustavo Gomez runs SuperTattooDesigns.com. For more information about flower tattoos and a wide range of other tattoo related issues, check out Super Tattoo Designs.