The rose is the flower of love: Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love is often depicted with roses adorning the head, feet and neck, or resting on a bush grown in a pool of blood of Adonis, her lover who was killed. It can be shown with or without thorns, and can mean very different things. A rose without thorns is the highest degree of purity. With thorns it reminds us that love cannot exist without sacrifices.

The tattoo rose is perhaps the most common design in Old school tattoos, not as the main subject, but in addition to another figure. Sailors choose to honor the memory of their girlfriends (or their mothers) during a long journey.

In the world of tarot cards it is considered a symbol of balance, the beauty of this flower expresses the promise and hope of a new beginning. Even the color of the petals has a different meaning depending on the case:

- the yellow rose is a symbol of jealousy.

- the white rose of purity and spirituality.

- the red rose of passionate love, or in the opposite direction, of sacrifice.

- the pink rose represents grace, virtue and elegance.

- the blue embodies the unattainable fantasy.

- black roses are a symbol of death and darkness.

Discover within the tattoo-world gallery all the different styles of rose tattoo: realistic, figurative, old and new-school.


Old School Flower Rose tattoo by Black Anvil Tattoo
Shoulder Flower Rose tattoo by Electric Anvil Tattoo
Snake Leg Side Rose tattoo by Electric Anvil Tattoo
Arm Snake Rose tattoo by Electric Anvil Tattoo
Arm Rose tattoo by Electric Anvil Tattoo
Arm Old School Rose tattoo by Electric Anvil Tattoo
Flower Rose Thigh tattoo by Good Kind Tattoo
Arm Rose Woman tattoo by Good Kind Tattoo
Arm Flower Rose tattoo by Good Kind Tattoo
Chest Lettering Rose tattoo by Kings Avenue Tattoo
New School Snake Flower Skull Back Butt Rose Body tattoo by Kings Avenue Tattoo
New School Tiger Belly Rose tattoo by Kings Avenue Tattoo
Arm Flower Rose tattoo by Saved Tattoo
Flower Hand Rose tattoo by Logia Barcelona
Arm Clock Flower Rose tattoo by Logia Barcelona
Arm Flower Rose tattoo by Bang Bang
Arm Flower Rose tattoo by Bang Bang
Arm Geometric Rose tattoo by Bang Bang
Arm Realistic Flower Rose tattoo by Voice of Ink
Leg Flower Rose tattoo by NR Studio
Arm Flower Rose Diamond tattoo by NR Studio
Arm Old School Flower Anchor Rose tattoo by Sorry Mom
Arm New School Flower Rose tattoo by Blessed Tattoo
Shoulder New School Flower Microphone Rose tattoo by Solid Heart Tattoo
New School Flower Skull Rose Candle tattoo by Solid Heart Tattoo
Arm Old School Rose Compass tattoo by Solid Heart Tattoo
Shoulder Realistic Rose tattoo by Nemesis Tattoo
Hand Rose Woman tattoo by Nemesis Tattoo
Arm Realistic Flower Hand Rose tattoo by Sam Barber
Finger Flower Rose tattoo by Parliament Tattoo
Old School Skull Rose Thigh tattoo by California Electric Tattoo Parlour
Shoulder Chest Old School Bear Rose tattoo by California Electric Tattoo Parlour
Shoulder Flower Dotwork Rose tattoo by Luciano Del Fabro
Arm Flower Dotwork Rose tattoo by Luciano Del Fabro
Flower Side Dotwork Rose tattoo by Zmierzloki tattoo
Shoulder Flower Back Rose tattoo by Secret Tattoo & Piercing
Portrait Flower Rose Thigh tattoo by Michael Litovkin
Realistic Calf Flower Skull Rose tattoo by Alex de Pase
Arm Flower Skull Dotwork Rose tattoo by Ottorino d'Ambra
Flower Women Rose Thigh tattoo by Nik The Rookie
Arm Flower Rose tattoo by Providence Tattoo studio
Shoulder Flower Rose tattoo by Silence of Art Tattoo Studio

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