Flower tattoos are for the most part a development of the past few decades, and testimony to the fact that it is now acceptable for a woman to get tattoos ( it wasn't always like this). Flower tattoos can be pretty and rather feminine looking, but all the same there is considerable variety with regard to the style and overall look of the tattoo. Flower tattoo designs are also popular amongst men, but then they are usually incorporated in a tribal design, or combined with a skull, cross or dagger. A lily as a flower in general denotes purity, but there are many different kinds of lilies and lily tattoo designs.
In ancient Egypt, the lily was a symbol for fertility, while in medieval times it symbolized innocence. Lotus flower tattoos are amongst my favorite tattoo designs because of their symbolic meaning. The lotus flower is seen often in Indian and Chinese mythology, where it is a symbol for spiritual awakening.


Flower tattoos are an attractive option for women who want a discreet and feminine tattoo, but they are more than that. A floral tattoo is often a good first tattoo for a woman who wants something fairly subtle. Roses mean very different things for different people, but there are some traditional meanings as well.
The cherry blossom is a symbol for female beauty and love (in China), but also for the transience of life (in Japan) because the cherry blossom blooms for a very short time only. Just like the beautiful lotus flower floats on the muddy waters of a pond, it is a symbol for purity floating on the dirty waters of our society. Just as the sunflower itself is bolder and more impact than most other flowers (due to its size and color), a sunflower tattoo is generally bigger and bolder than most other flower tattoos. They are very much in keeping with a feminine, ladylike appearance (Daisy is also a common girl's name) and are usually small.


Flower tattoos can convey a variety of looks, images and styles, from old school to tribal.
They are more than a pretty image on a pretty girl though, flowers are full of age-old symbolism (see further).
You can have just a single flower or a chain of flowers, or you can combine them with vines, butterflies, hummingbirds and ladybugs.
They are timeless and very attractive, and because they can be quite small, they can work in a variety of places and designs.



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