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Beautiful floral tattoos & their meaning

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Looking for some inspiration? Flower tattoos have become a popular and common choice of design, and for good reason. Since tattoos are mostly personal in nature, whether expressing yourself, paying tribute to a loved one, representing a memory, experience or simply a love of the floral aesthetic, each blossom holds its own meaning. 


So, if you prefer your ink with a side of symbolism and hidden meaning, flower tattoos are the way to go. Keep scrolling for stunning flower tattoos and their meaning to inspire your next inked body art.

Lotus Tattoo

This flower can be done or incorporated in several styles; however, the popular combination is to ink it with ultra-thin fine line drawing and line shading for his flower tattoos. As for the symbolism behind the lotus - it is all about peace, purity, resilience, enlightenment, and spiritual awakening. 

For a back story, this unique flower has a strong mystical feel to it due to its strange life cycle and how it blossoms on long stalks and produces breathtaking flowers in spite of being rooted in mud. This is where the meaning of resilience, rebirth, and regeneration come from. It is used in spiritual rituals and religious ceremonies from Egypt, to India, and Vietnam symbolising beauty, purity, and enlightenment, whereas in Buddhism, the blooming petals of the lotus symbolise the opening of the heart. As a result, it is often associated with yoga, relaxation, self-control, and spirituality - an ideal choice for yoga lovers.

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Japanese Flower Tattoo

Traditional Japanese tattoos are a great choice to create vibrant and beautiful floral tattoos. The beautiful cherry blossom, or sakura, is the most popular Japanese flower that is a symbol of spring, new beginnings and is a reminder of transience. In tattoos, it means beauty, life, love, grace, elegance, and appreciation of what you have before you lose it. We often see the placement of this tattoo from collarbone, to shoulder all the way up the corner of the ankle. 

Another Japanese floral tattoo is Peonies, referred to as the ‘King of Flowers’ and is associated with wealth, honour and royalty in their culture. The bright colours of a full bloom peony are so multi-layered, beautiful, romantic and can continue to flower for decades, which is why they’re frequently used in weddings symbolising long life, a happy marriage, prosperity, and compassion.


Rose Tattoo

While they generally are associated with love and desire, their symbolism changes with colour. While the bold, iconic red rose is most common for love, romance, passion and beauty, white roses stand for purity, innocence, spirituality, and loyalty. Pink roses are for happiness, respect, and recognition and soft pink roses are associated with grace, gratitude, and gentleness. Yellow roses stand for joy, friendship, the promise of happiness and a new beginning; lavender roses are dedicated to love at first sight, while an orange rose represents desire, enthusiasm, fascination, and positive energy. Whatever colour you choose, a rose tattoo is almost always personal, carries a deep meaning and will instantly be recognisable.

Daisy Tattoo

If you’re born in April or you’ve just become a new mother, daisies are a beautiful tattoo choice. Why? Daisies are the birth flower for April and are associated with the goddess of fertility, love, and beauty, so they come to represent motherhood, purity, and new beginnings. Many people also associate daisies with youth, innocence, loyalty, love, patience due to the pure white petals, leading to also mean virtue, purity. In daisies, the colour is also an important element. Red stands for youth, yellow is for cheerfulness, white signifies purity and loyalty and blue is for overflowing emotions. Just like its elegant soft petals and humble appearance, an intricate design of this flower is worthy of a heart.

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