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Flower Tattoos - What Do They Mean?

Oct 22, 2007
As a general rule, flower tattoos are more popular with women than with men. Perhaps it's due to their vibrant color, their delicate design or maybe it's the fact that it's like a beautiful fashion accessory. Whatever the reason, women with beautiful tattoos are often considered to be more confident, more feminine and more attractive.

One of the best aspects of flower tattoos is the massive choice of designs that are available. And each flower design has a different symbolic meaning, giving you a wide range of beautiful ways to express your individual personality.

For example, you could mix hollyhock (ambition) with heather (dreams come true) to signify your hopes and dreams of future success. Or how about combining narcissus and violet? That provides a contrast of both color and attitude. White and purple, arrogance and humility.

Alternatively, you could add flowers to other tattoo designs. For example, if you want a tattoo that represents someone special in your life you could get the design of a heart surrounded by symbolic flowers, such as roses (love), lavender (devotion), tulip (declaration of love) etc.

And that's just the start. You can combine any number of different flowers to create virtually any message.

So before you choose the flowers that you want to appear in your tattoo design, it's best to find out the meanings and symbolism of different varieties of flower. That will allow you to mix and match the flowers in your design until they convey the exact message that you want. So with that in mind here's a list of the most popular flowers used for tattoo designs and what they mean.

1) Cactus: Endurance

2) Carnation: Fascination, distinction, mother's love, I'll never forget you, admiration, broken heart, innocence, sweetness, pure love, faithfulness

3) Chrysanthemum: Truth, optimism, cheerfulness, loyal love, unrequited love

4) Daffodil: New beginnings, chivalry, unrequited love, joy, happiness

5) Daisy: Innocence, loyalty, purity

6) Dandelion: Happiness, faithfulness

7) Forget-me-not: Hope, remembrance, true love

8) Freesia: Thoughtfulness, innocence

9) Gladiolus: Remembrance, strength of character, infatuation

10) Heather: Dreams come true, protection

11) Holly: Enchantment, foresight, domestic bliss

12) Hollyhock: Ambition, fruitfulness

13) Iris: Wisdom, faith, hope, valor

14) Jasmine: Sensuality, grace, elegance, amiability

15) Lavender: Devotion

16) Lilac: Confidence, humility, youth

17) Lily: Wealth, innocence, purity, modesty, virginity, pride

18) Magnolia: Nobility, dignity, love of nature

19) Mimosa: Sensitivity

20) Mint: Virtue

21) Mistletoe: Affection, overcoming difficulties

22) Moss: Charity, maternal love

23) Narcissus: Self admiration, conceit, egotism

24) Nasturtium: Conquest, victory

25) Olive Branch: Peace

26) Orchid: beauty, Long life, charm, refinement, love

27) Periwinkle: Friendship

28) Poppy: Wealth, success, imagination, pleasure, consolation

29) Rose: Love, passion, courage, beauty, prosperity

30) Rosemary: Purity, rebirth, remembrance

31) Sage: Virtue

32) Sunflower: Adoration, haughtiness

33) Sweet William: finesse, gallantry

34) Thyme: Activity

35) Tulip: Declaration of love, beautiful eyes, perfect lover

36) Violet: Faithfulness, risk taking, youthful innocence, modesty, understated beauty

37) Water Lily: Purity of heart

38) Weeping Willow: Mourning

These are the most popular flowers that appear in tattoo designs, and as far as I'm aware these are the most common meanings attached to them. However, as tattoos should be regarded as permanent, please make sure you research the official meaning of these flowers before you go ahead with your flower tattoo.
About the Author
Gustavo Gomez runs SuperTattooDesigns.com. For more information about flower tattoos and a wide range of other tattoo related issues, check out Super Tattoo Designs.
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