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50+ Lily Flower Tattoos Ideas and Designs for those Looking for the Most Gorgeous and Significant Tattoo

By Jason Hamilton / October 27, 2020
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Flowers are one of the most popular things in the world of tattoo. This is because flowers offer a wide variety of species and colors to choose from. The best part of it is that each of them has its own meanings and representations.

And since we’re talking about flowers as tattoos, you might be wondering what type of flower tattoo you should go for your first or maybe your nth tattoo. Well, apart from roses and lotus tattoo designs, we also highly suggest lily flower tattoos ideas and designs. But before you give it a go, like any other tattoos, let’s get to know lily flower tattoos ideas and designs better first, shall we?

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Getting to Know Lilies and their Meanings

Lilies have always been a part of many cultures and literature. In fact, in some countries, lilies are known as popular flowers to give to your partner when celebrating your 30th anniversary. But so many kinds of lilies, you won’t have to wait for anniversary celebrations to send them. This is because like rose tattoo designs, lilies also have different types.  And each of them comes in different colors which gives you more gorgeous options to choose from when picking a tattoo design. And on top of that, each of them also has its own significance. There are actually 90 species of lilies and naming them would take us forever. But there are a number of popular ones that everyone will easily recognize when used as a tattoo. They are the Asiatic, oriental, tiger, and calla lilies. Let’s get to know them and their representations better, shall we?w

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Asiatic Lily

Asiatic lilies are actually one of the most popular choices when it comes to lily varieties. They are also one of the popular flowers used to celebrate the birth of a newborn, as well as new beginnings in life. Asiatic lilies are also well-known symbols of marriage and purity. Hence, people often use them at weddings.

Lilies paired with a crescent moon placed on the right ankle

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A simple lily flower tattoo etched on the forearm

Lilies tattooed on the back of the left shoulder

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Another simple black ink tattoo of a lily placed on the left wrist

A lily tattooed on the right upper part of the arm

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Oriental Lily

Like Asiatic lilies, oriental lilies are also commonly used in weddings as they also symbolize purity. In fact, they make a great wedding bouquet for brides. Aside from that, such lilies are also often associated with the Virgin Mary. Hence, they also symbolize purity. People also use such lilies as a congratulatory gift to people who have recently experienced a new milestone in life.

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A realistic tattoo of a stargazer lily, from the oriental lily family, placed on the left arm

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A watercolor tattoo of a lily placed on the back of the right shoulder

A lily paired with vines tattooed on the right leg

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A huge lily tattoo with vines placed on the ribs and stretches down to the thigh

Another realistic lily tattooed on the left shoulder

Calla Lily

Calla lilies are also often associated with purity. They also often play a part in religions. As a matter of fact, Christians see them as a symbol of faith and pureness. Apart from that, some people also consider them as symbols of beauty because of its unique eye-catching look. Meanwhile, calla lilies are known as signs of strength in the western culture. This is probably because such a flower can still rebloom when cut and regrown in a vase.

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A realistic tattoo of a yellow calla lily etched on the right arm

A colorful watercolor tattoo of a blue calla lily

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A black ink tattoo of calla lilies paired with ann initial etched on the left forearm

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A 3D magenta calla lily placed on the right foot

A violet calla lily that looks like a painting etched on the arm

Tiger Lily

Tiger lilies are probably the most unique one amongst them because of their spots on their petals. And this unique look made people associate them with wealth and pride. It also comes in a variety of vibrant colors. And because of this, people see them as symbols of positivity and confidence.

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Tiger lilies in orange and pink ink tattooed on the left shoulder

A realistic orange tiger lily paired with a butterfly tattoo etched on the arm

An orange tiger lily paired with swirling vines etched on the right foot

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A pink tiger lily paired with a purple sugar skull tattooed on the right forearm

Realistic tattoo combination of a skull and an orange tiger lily on the forearm

Lily Flower Tattoos Ideas and Designs

Each type of lily comes in different colors. Also, each of them has different meanings. But generally, the common colors people go for their lily flower tattoos ideas and designs are white, pink, red, orange, yellow, and purple. Take a look at what these colors mean:

White

White lilies are for representations of purity and modesty. White is also often associated with heaven. Hence, people use white lily flower tattoos ideas and designs commonly to represent their grief over losing a loved one. But white lilies can also be used to symbolize your love for someone as they also signify one’s purity of love. When people go for this kind of lily flower tattoos ideas and designs, white ink tattoo design isn’t the only option; they usually go for outline tattoos too.

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A white and black ink tattoo of lilies placed on the left forearm

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This realistic white ink lily tattoo is placed on the torso

An outline tattoo of a tiger lily placed on the calf

A white ink tattoo of a lily paired with a snake situated just above the right ankle

An outline tattoo of lilies paired with a hummingbird on the shoulder

Pink

Like other pink flowers, pink lilies stand for love. Hence, you can use pink ink lily tattoos to express your love for someone. Aside from that, they also stand for femininity and compassion.

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A realistic tattoo of a pink lily etched on the back of the right shoulder

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Pink calla lilies placed on the left side of the torso

A chain of pink lilies tattooed on the right foot

Another pink lily with no hint of black ink tattooed on the right foot

A pink lily on top of a dreamcatcher tattoo placed on the right shoulder

Red

Red lilies, like the pink ones, are also associated with love. Apart from that, people relate them to their passion.

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Red lilies tattooed on the shoulder and chest

An intricately detailed tattoo of red lilies placed on the back

A red stargazer lily paired with hibiscus and star tattoos on the back

A lily tattoo in black and red ink

A traditional tattoo of a lily

Orange

The color orange is one of the strongest and brightest colors. You can even see it even from afar. Hence, they symbolize energy and warmth. People also use them to represent honor and respect for a person. In addition to that, these lilies are associated with success, dignity, and pride.

An orange lily paired with a butterfly tattoo etched on the forearm

A unique orange watercolor lily tattoo

Orange tiger lilies tattooed on the calf

An orange lily placed on the left side of the hip

An orange lily etched on the left side of the torso

Yellow

Like the orange lilies, the yellow color is also a standout. But lily tattoos in yellow color represent more happiness, joy, as well as lightheartedness. They will surely put a smile on your face. The color yellow is also associated with friendship. Hence, you can also use yellow lily tattoo ideas and designs as friendship tattoos.

A yellow lily inked on the back

A yellow lily paired with cherry blossoms tattooed on the right forearm

Yellow lilies tattooed starting from the ribs down to the hips

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Lilies in orange and yellow ink

A cute tattoo combination of yellow lilies and a tuxedo cat

Purple

Purple lilies stand for success, admiration, pride, accomplishment, and dignity. On top of that, they can also signify royalty, passion, and privilege.

A purple calla lily tattooed on the left arm

A purple lily tattooed on the left rib area

Lilies in combined purple and yellow ink

A memorial lily tattoo in purple ink paired with a name and date

A realistic tattoo of purple lilies placed on the right calf

Flower tattoos really offer a wide range of choices for those who’d want to get beautiful and meaningful tattoos. Lilies alone have a lot of species and colors for you to choose from. You will surely never run out of options. They are all aesthetically pleasing, and, of course, very significant.

 


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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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