Rose tattoo ideas

60 Gorgeous Rose Tattoos that will Turn Heads – Meanings, Designs and Ideas

Roses are not just a beautiful flower but are popular choice for both women and men for a tattoo since the 1930’s; however what exactly does the rose represent. Your first thought could be in respect to its pure attractiveness or its representation of love, outer and inner beauty and although you would be right there also is a lot more to this beautiful and lovely flower.

Rose tattoo ideas

Rose tattoo symbolism and meanings

As a symbol of love it can be a representation of being in love especially when the rose has no thorns, or even as something to remind you that love will never come without some sacrifices while the thorns exist. Therefore even the thorns have their indicating, some state that when thorns can be found on the tattoo it signifies the person does not put a great deal of focus on outer beauty and attractiveness, whilst for other people the tattoo represents unending beauty with the thorn indicating you can look however you can’t touch it.

Red roses are in past times having been regarded as the sign of true love or passionate love particularly when offered as one stem, but they also can represent memorial or sacrifice.

  • Pink roses will represent grace, healing, gentleness, virtue, and elegance.
  • Coral roses mean your heart’s desire.
  • Blue rose tattoos were for the impossible, unattainable, or fantasy.
  • Black roses are a represent of death, darkness, and farewell.
  • Light peach ones were for friendship and modesty.
  • Orange roses were a symbol for fascination for life, excitement, and enthusiasm.
  • Purple roses were for love at first sight and enchantment.

The history of rose tattoos

Sailors selected the rose tattoo for an honorary intent, as its willowy build becoming linked to femininity, to symbolize, their mother, their wife, or their girlfriend. Life was tough on the seas for these wonderful brave men and women and their rose tattoo can bring calmness to them in a symbolic manner.

The amount of petals on a rose is usually connected with numerology. The Aphrodite (the goddess of love of Greek) was often shown with roses adorning her neck, feet, and head. And is thought to be associated with the rose bush and her blood that her slain lover’s, Adonis, spilled and this rose grew in a pool and so a popular interpretation is that the rose represents an immortal love that endures time as well as death.

In tarot, the rose is recognized as a representation of balance. The great beauty of this flower communicates promise, new beginnings, and hope. It is contrasted by thorns representing thoughtlessness, defense, and loss.

What the number of petals on roses symbolize?

Are you aware that the number of petals on a rose is related to numerology, and no matter if your rose is still in bud or has opened. The colour you select for your rose will get a unique interpretation; the Victorians adored roses and designated various meanings to the diverse colours.

Whilst it is fascinating to find out more on the importance of certain images useful for tattooing you have to choose the colour you want to see your rose; and understand that your rose has precise meaning for you.

Check out the best rose tattoos here!

1. Led Coult Rose Tattoo

Led Coult Rose Tattoo

The idea for this tattoo combines music roses and a waist clock. This tattoo can depict the passage of time. A tag like this can be used to express some much. The music notes combined with the clock could mean tragedy and with the rose it could signifies the loss of a love one or reminiscences.

2. Noire Ink Rose Tattoo

Noire Ink Rose Tattoo

This tattoo combines a ship’s anchor and roses. This could signify the love of the sea or ocean or to express you marital state. Your love has been anchored. The flowers and red mist of the back ground may suggest some secrecy between loved ones. It also may signifies uncertainty and the fear of the unknown.

3. Times Craft Rose Tattoo

Times Craft Rose Tattoo

This is also a tattoo that depicts flowers and a clock. You can be certain that the clock in this tattoo signifies time and the flowers can be a representation of love. The tattoo gives the feel of love over a long period of time. The design of the tattoo looks like a picture for the early nineteenth century which may indicate a time only some can remember.

4. Black rose tattoo on back of girl’s right shoulder


This tattoo is designed to have the appearance of an actual rose. It is designed to appear as if the rose is actually a three dimensional item. The tag is designed to look as if there are multiple levels of this tattoo. It appears as though the rose is magically attached to the body or the layer below it is that which keeps it floating in place.

5. Rose tattoo on the back of wrist

Rose vine tattoo

This tattoo idea is to give the appearance of a three dimensional rose as an actual part of the arm. The rose is wet weather from rain or the morning dew form. This tag can be used to signify a bit of a rainy spell in the romance.

6. Black and gray rose tattoo in the center of the back


This tattoo signifies a love that is hard if not impossible to see. This can signify a love that is always there but you are never able to fully face for whatever reason. This is a tattoo that anyone can get because of the location. This is a tattoo that can only be seen if the wearer decides it.

7. Small Rose tattoo on woman’s shoulder

Rose tattoo on woman’s shoulder

This is another version of the rose with the droplets of water on it. This tattoo only has three water droplets on it petals. The design of the tattoo is to give the appearance of an actual three dimensional image.

8. Yellow rose tattoo

Yellow rose tattoo

This is an excellent tattoo idea. It is the tag of a rose but not the conventional red or white rose tattoos. It is a tattoo of a yellow rose. This is a tat that may be suitable for someone looking for a unconventional but traditional tattoo.

9. Black and white rose bush body art


This tattoo idea incorporates not just a single rose but a portion of a rose bush. It is not colored and could be used to signify the loss of love or a relationship that is empty of love and or happiness.

10. Led Coult yellow rose bush


This is also a unique but very common tattoo. It is a rose bush with yellow roses. This tattoo is located on the entire calf of the left foot. This is a big tattoo that take up a lot of skin space and may have its own meaning depending on who wears the tag.

11. Flat black and gray rose bush


This tattoo has a very elegant appearance. It has a flat design with the body art style that makes the entire image look like it belong in eighteen century France. The lines of the tag are long and elegant and give the tattoo a luxurious appearance, if possible.

12. Piranha Studios Rose Tattoo

Piranha Studios Rose Tattoo

The design of the tattoo make it look like someone painted a rose bud on the shoulder. The tag itself looks like it could be washed off with a good bath or shower. The idea of this tag must have been thought up by a teen o someone with reasons to trick someone about whether or not their tag is real.

13. Side black rose tattoo

Side black rose tattoo

The tattoo is located on the right side of a female’s torso. This is a flat tattoo that is very sexy and one that will bring attention to the smoothness of the tummy skin and the sexiness of the tummy itself.

14. Painted red rose tattoo with water droplets

Painted red rose tattoo with water droplets

This is also a tattoo that is of a rose with water droplets on it but this one is not a three dimensional image. The tag is designed to look like a painting that was simple drawn on or painted on the skin instead to being drawn in.

15. Three dimensional comic rose shoulder tattoo

Three dimensional comic rose shoulder tattoo

This tattoo looks like a rose from a comic book or some other illustrated book but it is not a two dimensional image. This tag is designed to look like a three dimensional comic rose. This tattoo appears to be floating in the thinnest layer of top skin.

16. Back arm rose tattoo tribute to grandpa

Back arm rose tattoo tribute to grandpa

This tattoo has a design that serves only the purpose of showing love and respect to grandpa. This is a tag that was specifically designed and created with the love for grandpa in mind.

17. Black and red rose tattoo


The tattoo is designed to look like the red rose is actually inside the area. It is like a reverse of the tags that look like they hover above the skin. The appearance of the tag suggest a rose embedded in the tagged area.

18. Rose moon body art

Rose moon body art

This design is a flat design that incorporates certain shapes and images that may be associated with the religious practices of the Middle Eastern Indians. The tag gives of the feel of traditional India.

19. In loving memory


This is a rose bush that is designed to look like a rete. This tattoo is designed to represent the love you have for someone you loved but lost.

20. Compass rose


This tattoo incorporates a compass and a rose. It may depict the love that one has finally found or the indicate that you have already found love and it serves as a reminder.

21. Simple Rose Tattoo For Guys


This rose tattoo is of a black and white color. The tattoo includes a single rose which appears to be sitting amongst some leaves. The rose appears to be right in the middle of these leaves and even has different shades of black to show its layers of petals.

22. Single Rose Tattoo On A Guys Foot


This rose tattoo again is a tattoo which does not employ the use of vivid colors, instead it uses only color black. Different shades of black are employed to show layers of the flowers petals. The name riles has also been written in calligraphy just below the flower.

23. Thorn Detailed Rose Vine Tattoos

Thorn Detailed Rose Vine Tattoos

This tattoo of a rose is best placed on fisted part of a hand. The tattoo depicts a rose uni-colored rose flowers together with thorn details. Some dew or water droplets appear to be on some parts of the rose’s petals.

24. Sexy Rose Tattoo On A Lady’s Thigh


This is the perfect rose tattoo idea for any lady who wants something sexy on her thigh. The tattoo depicts two rose flowers on a lady’s thigh. One rose is slightly larger than the other. Each rose appears to be surrounded by a few leaves.

25. Detailed Uni-colored Rose Tattoo On A Guys Fist


This is the perfect rose tattoo idea for anyone who wants something on their hands that is going to speak volumes about them. The tattoo has been drawn in such a way that it fits comfortably atop a clenched fist. There also appears to be water droplets on the rose’s petals.

26. Cool Rose Tattoo On A Guys Back


This is the perfect rose tattoo for any man who wants to leave everyone in awe when they remove their shirts. A large tattoo has been drawn on a guys back, with massive petals. There tattoo clearly shows the single colored tattoo with water droplets on some of the rose’s petals.

27. Sexy Rose Tattoo On A Girls Hand


This rose tattoo design is suitable for anyone who wants something sexy on their hands. The rose easily sits on a lady’s hand clearly showing its petals and some leaves leaving from below the rose flower.

28. Cool Skull-rose Combination Tattoo On Guys Back

Cool Rose Flower Tattoos

This tattoo is one of a rose flower that is shown to be joined onto a skull. The part of the skull that should be the forehead, has been merged to show a rose flower instead complete with water droplets that seem to be slowly dripping onto the skull tattoo.

29. Cool Bush Of Roses On A Girls Arm


This rose tattoo design shows several rose flowers drawn on a girls arm. The rose tattoos and leaves are all different shades of black in color. In the midst of these roses, is a red heart shaped jewel.

30. Several Rose Tattoo Flowers On A Girl’s Arm


Of all the rose tattoos that one might decide to draw their inspiration to ink their arm, this one is by far one of the best that anyone can opt for. The tattoo shows several rose flowers close together with different kinds of leaves in their midst.

31. Tiny Bright Colored Rose Tattoo Idea Behind A Girls Ear

Bright Colored and Small Rose Tattoo

This tattoo is of a tiny bright colored rose that has been carefully drawn behind a girl’s ear. The rose itself is red in color while its stalk has a bright green color.

32. Tri Rose Flower Tattoos On A Girls Arm


This tattoo shows three rose flowers each of about the same size, on a girl’s arm. The tattoo has been inked in very heavy dark color and its detail has even go as far as to include leaves sprouting from below the rose flowers.

33. Tiny Rose Flower On A Girls Arm


This is one of those rose tattoos that isn’t conspicuous, and can easily be hidden. The tattoo is of a small rose flower complete with its own stalk with two leaves on the stalk.

34. Cool Colored Red Rose Tattoo Just Below A Guys Upper Arm


This is the perfect idea for a rose tattoo that is meant to be inked just below the upper arm. The tattoo consists of a brightly colored rose flower that has a light shade of red with a faint white color on the edge of its petals.

35. Bright Colored Rose Flower On A Guys Upper Arm


This is the best flower tattoo to have on a man’s upper arm. The tattoo consists of a bright red colored rose flower complete with its own stalk. It also has a ship’s anchor with the name ‘JoJo’ written on it, intertwined with the rose’s stalk.

36. Tiny Rose Flower On Guys Under Arm

Small Rose Tattoos On Guys Under Arm

This is the perfect flower tattoo for anyone who doesn’t want a conspicuous tattoo on them. The tattoo is that of a rose flower without any shade or coloring. All it has is its outlines.

37. Clear Rose Flower Outlines Tattoos On A Girls Side


This simple tattoo shows only the outlines of a rose flower on a girl’s side, slightly above her waist. The tattoos shows two rose flower outlines attached to each other with each flower showing their own layers of petals.

38. Sexy Rose Vine Tattoo On A Girls Back


This tattoos show a several rose flowers attached to several vines lining a girls back all the way down to her waist. The tattoo is detailed, showing the rose’s petals and the vines the roses are attached to.

39. Sexy Rose Flower On A Girl’s Shoulder


This is the perfect rose flower tattoo that should go on a girls shoulder. The tattoo is of a simple rose resting on the shoulder blades of a girl. The tattoo comes complete with detailed show of its petals.

40. Sexy Brightly Colored Rose Tattoo On Girls Thigh


This sexy tattoo goes against the norm of being either bright red or black to embody a color purple. The tattoo comes complete with intricate details of its blackish-yellow leaves and even water droplets.

41. Basic Rose


Sometimes simple and elegant is all you need. This simple outline of a rose done in black is the perfect rose tattoo idea for your new tattoo. This rose tattoo features a single rose blossom accent by two single leaves.

42. Red Long Stem Rose Neck Tattoo

Red Long Stem Rose Neck Tattoo

A single long-stemmed rose neck tattoo is a thing of beauty. Inked on a woman’s neck, this elegant long stemmed rose features a bright red bloom, and long stem with green leaves. This rose tattoo idea is offers inspiration for your next tattoo.

43. Abstract Neck Rose Tattoo


This tattoo of a single red rose in bloom is proof that you don’t have to stay in the lines in order to create an exciting and beatutiful tattoo. The bold bright colors that are inked outside of the outline give this rose tattoo design a unique look, and offer some inspiration for your next tattoo.

44. Roses in Bloom


This simple rose tattoo is elegantly shaded. Brilliantly and beautifully shaded and inked only with black and a very light pink this tattoo features the blooms of three roses in a circle and one long stemmed rose that ekes out from the top of the boquet of roses. The brilliant shading and unique design are sure to give you some great rose tattoo designs.

45. Pair of White Rose Tattoos

Pair of White Rose Tattoos

This rose tattoo idea is simple, and has rather minimal shading. It features two single rose blooms surrounded by expertly drawn leaves. This simple tattoo is clean and crisp, which is sure to provide some great inspiration and rose tattoo designs.

46. Small Rose in Bloom

Beautiful Rose Vine Tattoos

This simple single rose tattoo tucked behind the ear is more proof that sometimes, less is more. This rose tattoo features a single rose in full bloom, complete with stem and leaves. Simply shaded with only black ink, this single rose tattoo is both elegant and beautiful, with its winding stem and leaves.

47. Four Pink Roses


This rose tattoo on a man’s arm features four intricately detailed pink roses with green leaves scattered throughout. There are some good rose tattoo designs in the placing of the roses and the way the third rose from the bottom steals focuse by being the largest. The detailed shading adds a nice touch and makes this tattoo more impressive.

48. Guitar with Long Stemmed Rose


The main focus of this tattoo is the intricately detailed black acustic guitar, but the red long stemmed rose intertwined around the stem of the guitar gives it a nice touch. The red long stemmed rose is expertly shaded, and has very detailed green leaves around the stem.

49. Simple Black and White Bloom


This rose tattoo idea is a perfect example of how a simple tattoo can still be beautiful. This tattoo features a single rose that is shaded and outlined in black ink. It features two simple leaves that have also been shaded in black ink.

50. Single Pink and Purple Rose


This rose tattoo is proof that not all roses have to be the traditional red or pink. The coloring on this rose tattoo really stands out and offers some great rose tattoo ideas. This elegantly shaded rose tattoo features a bright purple rose with pink shading. It also has a bright green stem and white accents.

51. Single Rose on Shoulder

This rose tattoo features a simple single large rose. The large rose takes up the entire shoulder and is only lightly outlined with black ink. The leaves that are on either side of this simple rose tattoo are much darker. They are almost completely filled with black ink.


52. Arm Sleeve Tribal Rose Tattoo

Arm Sleeve Rose Tattoo Designs

This very detailed black an white tattoo of two roses is very detailed and fills up the entire top half of the woman’s arm. The rich detailing offers some great rose tattoo designs. This tattoo has very faint, light pink accenting, but is otherwise inked entirely in black.

53. Simple Black Outilined Rose on Shoulder


This tattoo stands out because of the sharp black outlining on this rose tattoo. It has a smooth, almost decopaged look that makes this tattoo stand out on the woman’s shoulder. Despite being inked entirely in black, this simple rose tattoo with a few leaves really stands out.

54. Etched Single Rose


This simple, tattoo of a a single rose features a long stemmed single rose. The rose tattoo is very simple. It is inked on the person’s finger with a very thin deep line of black ink that makes it appear as this tattoo has been etched into the person’s skin.

55. Sun Shining on Rose


This highly detailed tattoo takes up almost the entire bottom half of the man’s forearm and wrist. The sun shining down on the rose is a great rose tattoo design that can give you some great tattoo ideas. The dark, detailed shading help to make this a very impressive tattoo that stands out.

56. Long Stemmed Neck Rose


This bold neck tattoo of a long stemmed neck provides some great inspiration for your next tattoo. Inked entirely in black, this highly detailed tattoo is a remarkable image of a rose. It has lots of highly detailed leaves both surrounding the bud of the rose and on the stem of the rose.

57. Single Bright Rosebud

Blue Rose Tattoos

Rosebuds come in many different colors, even purple. This colorful rose tattoo offers great inspiration because of the detailed shading and large variety of bright colors. The single, large rosebud has a pink center and purple petals on the outside. You can also see a green stem peeking out from the bottom of the rose.

58. Single Rosebud with Waterdroplet


The detailing of this rosebud tattoo is so intricate that the water droplets that have been inked onto one of the petals look as if they could roll off the rosebud. The simple black outline of this rose tattoo is so detailed that it looks as if this tattoo could be picked right off the person’s hand.

59. Three Rosebuds


This simple rose tattoo features three single rosebuds that have been shaded and drawn in black. The rosebuds are very highly detailed and they almost look as if they could be real. The leaves that surround each bud give the tattoo a highly stylized look and offer great rose tattoo ideas.

60. Two Roses With Butterfly

Tribal Rose Tattoo

This intricately detailed tattoo of two rosebuds and a butterfly is a perfect example of a great tattoo design. The detailing of the water droplets on the roses make this tattoo look almost real, and the subtle butterfly in the top right corner really adds something unique.

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