The art of inking, which has its origins in most ancient cultures of the world, is witnessing a resurgence of late. While in the past only soldiers, sailors, and members of youth subcultures were the ones who sported tattoos, these days it is just as likely that the girl or boy next door will have one as any punk rock musician.
While there are practically endless designs that are abound in the world of body art, one of the most enduring design is that of flowers. Flowers, in all their myriad diversity and color - yellow, pink, red, purple, blue - have always held a special place in our hearts.
We have used them through the ages in our religious customs, to decorate our bodies and our homes, and to give to other people as an expression of our love and affection. Hence, it is not surprising that flower tattoos have been in use almost as long as body art has been in existence.
Of course, when people choose tattoo designs, they primarily want to express their own unique individuality. Tattoo artists understand this need and have been creating endless varieties of flower designs, so much so that you will find even the common rose in innumerable sizes, shapes, and depictions.
For example, a feminine armband can be created by designing a vine made up of roses and exotic orchids, interwoven with water lilies, leaves, and little fairies. For males, body art can be created using the geometrical and symmetrical patterns of either the Celtic style or tribal artwork.
Apart from their beauty, flower tattoos also connect us to the natural world, as they symbolize fertility, procreation, death, and rebirth - the endless cycle of life. Plus, the various colors of flowers used in body art are also symbolic of different things.
For example, the color red can mean passion, while a white flower signifies purity. Here are few popular flowers that are chosen as tattoo designs, along with what they symbolize:
White roses convey simplicity and charm; pink roses whisper of clandestine love; yellow roses, rather morosely, communicate the waning of love, or warn of jealousy, or to let bygones be bygones; rosebuds portray innocence and youth; while red roses, of course, are the eternal symbol of love and passion.
The calla lily bespeaks beauty and maidenly modesty; frog lilies depict disgust; water lily is a sign of the purity of the heart; day lily signifies coquetry; yellow lily portrays flirtatiousness and coquetry; white lily, sweetness and purity; while tiger lily urgently whispers a challenge to be loved.
Daisies generally symbolize innocence, although the various types of daisies are associated with their own unique significance. For example, the Michaelmas daisy is used for bidding farewell; colored daisies depict beauty; while white daisy that grows in the wild whispers about thinking about matters.
This flower has come to mean a wide variety of meanings over centuries, some of which are unrequited love, hope, deceitfulness, and even regard.
According to ancient Greek legend, it is said that Clytia, who was a lovely water sprite, fell hopelessly in love with Apollo, the sun deity. Clytia stood tall and straight for nine days, in admiration of her love and hoping for his attention.
But Apollo did not notice her, hence she was transformed into the sunflower, which continues to have her face upturned towards the Sun God, following him as he crosses the firmament. Thus, the sunflower depicts the splendor of ardor.
Of course, there are many, many more flowers, each with a different meaning. When you get a flower body art, it can be either as bold and large as you want it to be or dainty and small. Irrespective of the flower you choose, your tattoo will signify something special and unique about you.