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The beauty and sweetness of a rose is excellently depicted in rose tattoos designs and images.
The long history of the rose as a symbol is one of both tragedy and rebirth, of wars fought in the name of justice and peace, of unions forged between lovers and enemies alike.
This is perhaps why yellow rose tattoos were once considered a sign of dying love and all encompassing jealousy… whereas Valentine’s Day practically ensures that red roses will never go out style.
The rose design later became linked to the imagery surrounding the Virgin Mary, again associated with a kind of goddess figure.
This is the association that stuck in the present day tradition, although roses are often added to an image of the cross.
This duality of the symbol lends itself perfectly to tattoo art, as the rose image can be tweaked or transformed to fit any personality.
For women, the rose tattoo packs a sophisticated and classy punch.
Symbolically, rose designs are penchants for true love and natural beauty. The ancient Greeks associated roses with the goddess of love, Aphrodite, the original “other woman”, who wrecked as many love matches as she helped form.
The strongly feminine imagery of the rose tattoo can be interpreted in different ways. The rose is a beautiful flower that grows strong and free in the wild, much like the modern woman.
The rose is also riddled with thorns that make no issue about drawing blood from an admirer who gets a little too handsy... much like the modern woman!
Roses make for versatile body art pieces, as they come in a variety of designs, shapes, sizes, and colors. Because the rose has so much historical and symbolic significance, it is easy to find a legend, myth, or story that incorporates the rose. Using your design to tell a story gives your adornment a timeless and meaningful appeal.
Just because rose body art is traditionally linked to women does not mean that a man cannot also rock a rose tattoo.
The rose is an integral part of the Harley Davidson logo, and many men get this design inked on them as a tribute to their beloved bike.
Common locations for other rose designs for men include the chest, the upper arm, the forearm, the back of the calf, and the upper back. An especially sexy statement is getting a sleeve of roses all the way up the arm.
The rose tattoo design is typically a feminine symbol, and has ties to goddesses from a number of cultures including Egypt and Rome.
In early Christian culture, the rose historically symbolized the five wounds of Christ during the crucifixion, one for each of the flower’s petals.