Roses are a complex flower and a popular tattoo. Obvious symbolism may be delicate beauty or love, but there is a wealth of culture behind rose symbolism that can be different based on different elements, including color and whether or not the rose is “open.”
The number of petals on a rose is commonly associated with numerology.
In mythology, Aphrodite (the Greek goddess of love) was often depicted with roses adorning her head, feet, and neck. This can be interpreted many ways, but the association comes from a rose bush that grew within a pool of blood spilled by her slain lover (Adonis), and so a common interpretation is that the rose symbolizes an immortal love that withstands time and even death.
Roses are not only a beautiful flower but have been the popular choice for both men and women for a tattoo since the 1930’s; but what does the rose symbolize. Your first thought may be in regard to its delicate beauty or its representation of love, inner and outer beauty and whilst you would be right there is also so much more to this beautiful flower.
As a depiction of love it can be a symbol of being in love particularly when the rose is without thorns, or with as a reminder that love does not come without certain sacrifices when the thorns are present. So even the thorns have their meaning, some say that when thorns are present on the tattoo it means the person does not place a great deal of emphasis on outer beauty, whilst for others, the tattoo refers to endless beauty with the thorn meaning you can look but you can’t touch.
Rose Tattoo History
The rose originated in Persia it is a masculine symbol, Over the years. It has become associated with femininity, however, the flower is popular with both men and women. Although the rose tattoo carries a plethora of meanings today, it used to only represent love.
Rose Tattoo Meaning
- Rose and Skull: The skull is a strong symbol of overcoming challenges or the death of an enemy. Combined with the rose, this tattoo is a representation of life after death—conquering an enemy and starting a new life. The most famous design depicts a rose growing out of a skull’s eye sockets. Some people like having the skull wearing the rose on its head.
- Anchor and Rose: This is a classic nautical tattoo that represents the commitment to a loved one.
- Rose and Dagger: These two contrasting elements can make for a visually striking tattoo that is imbued with profound meaning. The dagger stands for betrayal, ruthlessness, and death. A tattoo design that depicts a dagger stabbing a rose could represent the wearer’s belief that evil always conquers innocence. It could also symbolize heartbreak, especially if you add a few blood drops falling from a drooping rose. A dagger tattoo with rose vines wrapped around it represents the duality of human life and our constant struggle with good and evil. A tattoo of a rose’s thorny vines choking a dagger means that good always trumps evil or that true love is possible after a heartbreak.
- Rose and Clock: A tattoo design that has a clock with no hands and a rose symbolizes endless love. Combined with the rose, this design could be a symbol of a certain romance in your past. Or it could represent an anniversary date.
- Rose and Dove: Dove tattoos are usually tributes to someone who has passed away. A rose and dove tattoo design can serve as a tribute to a loved one who has gone.
Symbol of balance
A yellow rose symbolizes joy, protection against envious lovers, and a mature love.
White roses symbolize purity, mysticism, and a secret admirer.
Red roses symbolize romance or passionate love, also represent sacrifice or memorial.
Pink roses are representative of healing, first love, and innocence.
Blue roses signify the unattainable or the impossible.
Black roses are a symbol of death and farewell. (This is not necessarily morbid; it can carry a message of a memorial.)
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