50+ Amazing Rose Tattoo Designs

By Jason Hamilton / May 26, 2018
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The world is filled to the brim with plants and flora that is considered exotic, unique, and beautiful. Flowers, in particular. have captured the imagination of the human race since time immemorial. We have used them for various purposes like rituals, offerings, decorations, scent, flavoring, and so much more. One usage in particular that captivated the world is the use of flowers for courtship and there is one flower that automatically comes to mind when thinking of courtship are roses. Roses are the pinnacle of romantic flowers. Well, there are tulips, chrysanthemums, and peonies but nothing beats a rose when courting someone. With this in mind, it is not a surprise that rose tattoo designs are a thing in the body art industry.

In this article, we will be sharing with you a rich gallery of rose tattoo designs as well as a brief background about the tattoo design mentioned. We will be discussing with you the meaning of a rose tattoo and the various designs you can do for a rose tattoo.

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 Rose Tattoo: A Brief Background

Rose tattoos have a significant foothold in the body art industry for several decades now. Tattoo artists and tattoo enthusiasts alike know this tattoo design; even the newbies of the industry also know this tattoo design. This comes as no surprise since roses are very famous and an image of a rose can mean a lot of things. Its slender stem and beautiful petals seriously captivated the world over and to understand the captivation of the tattoo community to this gorgeous flower, one must have a background about the rose.

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What Is A Rose Actually ?

A rose is a woody perennial flowering plant that is native to Asia and with smaller numbers native to Europe, North America, and Northwestern Africa. This particular flower has a number of uses but it gained fame as an ornamental plant. They adorn the numerous gardens of the nobility because of its distinct and aromatic smell.

Besides its decorative use, this flower is also used as medicine since the flower is also a source of Vitamin C and has been used by various cultures and civilizations throughout the ages as a herbal and folk medicine. The Chinese, in particular, use a specific species of rose as a traditional medicine for stomach problems and is now being investigated for controlling cancer growth.

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Aside from these uses, they have also been used since the middle ages as perfume. the essence gathered from the plant is mixed with oil which would then be made into perfume. Various perfume makers have used the essence of rose as one of the key ingredients to their scents and the scent of a rose can still be smelled in today’s perfumes, colognes, and other products.

The Meaning Of A Rose Tattoo

The meaning of a rose tattoo, generally speaking, depends on the color of the rose and these meanings are still based on their real-world counterparts. Here are a few rose tattoo meanings we came across:

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 Yellow Rose

A yellow rose symbolizes joy, protection against envious lovers, and a mature love.

Want an idea of what a yellow rose tattoo looks like? Look no further! Here are a few yellow rose tattoos we have seen across the internet:

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1. A back tattoo of a vibrant yellow rose with a banner beneath.

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2. A small arm tattoo of a highly detailed yellow rose with the stem and leaves still attached.

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3. A highly detailed yellow rose tattoo with the stem and leaves still attached and the some of the petals falling.

4. A highly detailed yellow rose tattoo.

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5. a large sleeve tattoo of a yellow rose still attached to its stem with leaves.

White Roses

A white rose symbolizes purity, mysticism, and a secret admirer.

Want an idea of what a white rose tattoo looks like? Look no further! Here are a few yellow rose tattoos we have seen across the internet:

1. A shoulder tattoo of a white rose with leaves.

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2. An intricate tattoo of a white rose situated on the foot.

3. A very intricate white rose tattoo on the back area of the body with leaves and a butterfly on one of its petals.

4. A highly intricate white rose tattoo with leaves situated on the arm near the wrist.

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5. A white rose tattoo situated on the arm with the leaves still attached.

Red Roses

A red rose typically thought of as symbolizing romance or passionate love, but they also represent sacrifice or memorial.

Want an idea of what a red rose tattoo looks like? Look no further! Here are a few yellow rose tattoos we have seen across the internet:

1. A medium-sized arm tattoo of a vibrant red rose with a rose bud on the side with leaves and a bee.

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2. An arm tattoo of a red rose.

3. A shoulder tattoo of red roses with the leaves still attached.

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4. A back tattoo of vibrant red roses with leaves and a pearl necklace.

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5. A vibrant red rose tattoo on the thigh.

Pink Roses

A pink rose is a representative of healing, first love, and innocence.

Want an idea of what a pink rose tattoo looks like? Look no further! Here are a few yellow rose tattoos we have seen across the internet:

1. A large thigh tattoo of detailed pink roses with doodle detailing as additional detail.

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2. A shoulder tattoo of a pink rose with watercolor tattoo embellishments.

3. A large hand tattoo of a pink rose with leaves.

4. A highly detailed sleeve tattoo of pink rose with leaves.

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5. A highly detailed vibrant pink rose tattoo pm the wrist.

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Blue Roses

A blue rose signifies the unattainable or the impossible.

Want an idea of what a blue rose tattoo looks like? Look no further! Here are a few yellow rose tattoos we have seen on the internet:

1. A large thigh tattoo of a vibrant blue rose with lace detailing as additional embellishment.

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2. A watercolor tattoo of blue roses with black leaves situated on the sleeves area of the body.

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3. A vibrant tattoo of a blue rose with green leaves as the backdrop.

4. A small but intricate ankle tattoo of a blue rose with its stem.

5. A vibrant blue rose tattoo on the ankle with a rosary.

Black Roses

A black rose is a symbol of death and farewell. (This is not necessarily morbid; it can carry a message of a memorial.)

Want an idea of what a black rose tattoo looks like? Look no further! Here are a few yellow rose tattoos we have seen on the internet:

  1. A medium-sized black rose tattoo situated on the thigh.

2. A leg tattoo of a black rose with leaves.

3. A tattoo of a black rose situated on the sleeves area of the body.

4. A highly intrivate back tattoo of a black rose with leaves.

5. A detailed sleeve tattoo of a black rose.

Rose Tattoo Designs

The fun thing about rose tattoos is that it does not prefer a specific gender to be its host. Yes, ladies tend to get this tattoo design more than the gents but men can also rock this tattoo with the proper choice of design.

Here are a few rose tattoo designs that we found on the web.

Rose Tattoo Designs For Men

Tribal Rose Tattoo

This specific rose tattoo design incorporates tribal tattoo designs to create a snazzy and punk-like visual appearance and because of the tribal elements that it possesses, the rose tattoo can be considered as a masculine tattoo.

Want this tattoo design? Here are a few tribal rose tattoo ideas we have seen on the web:

1. A tattoo of a colored rose on the sleeve area with tribal lines behind it forming a star-like shape.

2. A sleeve tattoo of a rose with tribal detailing.

3. A leg tattoo of a colored rose with tribal detailing as its thorny stem.

4. A red rose tattoo on the back with tribal lines.

5. A red rose tattoo on the back with tribal lines as extra detailing.

Skull & Rose Tattoo

Want to radiate that rock and punk vibes? Perhaps a skull and rose tattoo is for you!

This rose tattoo design is not necessarily a rose tattoo design but it is more of a fusion of two tattoo designs: Skull Tattoos & Rose Tattoos. These two tattoos when mixed contains the exact amount of punk and sophistication. You will still have that rocker vibes but you will still have that sophisticated aura because of the rose.

Want this tattoo design? Here are a few skull and rose tattoo ideas we have seen on the web:

  1. A thigh tattoo of a skull and rose with the rosary and a butterfly perched on the skull.

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2. A thigh tattoo of a skull enveloped by a purple rose.

3. A colored sleeve tattoo of a skull with red roses.

4. A large arm tattoo of a skull and rose design.

5. A black skull and rose tattoo on the arm.

Rose Tattoo Designs For Women

Watercolor Rose Tattoo

Watercolor Rose tattoos are just a recent trend. They sprung into the industry almost the same time as the watercolor tattoo started its hold in the tattoo community.

This tattoo design can be considered unisexual but seeing that a majority of those who have this tattoo inked are women, we decided to place this one for women. Do not, however, impede your desire to have this tattoo because of this classification of ours. This tattoo design can also be rocked by a gentleman with just the proper design elements.

Want this tattoo design? Here are a few watercolor rose tattoo ideas we have seen on the web:

  1. A rainbow-colored watercolor rose tattoo on the shoulders.

2. A colorful shoulder tattoo of roses with watercolor tattoo embellishments.

3. A blue and pink watercolor rose tattoo near the chest area.

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4. A large watercolor rose tattoo on the side of the body near the chest area.

5. A watercolor rose tattoo of a pink rose on the arm.

6. A red and black watercolor rose tattoo on the leg.

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7. A very colorful watercolor rose tattoo inked on the back.

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8. A multicolored watercolor rose tattoo situated on the back.

9. An arm tattoo of a rose with watercolor tattoo detailing.

10. A watercolor rose tattoo on the arm.

Rose Tattoo Body Placement:

A rose tattoo is not picky when it comes to choosing the body part where you want it to be inked. No matter where you will place it, the rose will still be intact. Although, a good majority of people who wants to have this specific tattoo design place their tattoos on the limbs area as well as the chest and back area.


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Jason Hamilton

Jason has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon. Jason would be very happy to answer any questions about tattoos that you may have! Leave a comment below and he’ll answer it for you right away!

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