A rose is a perennial flower belonging to the genus Rosa. There are about 100 species of roses which are found all over the world. Most of the species are native to Asia, and a small percent are native to Europe, North America, and northwest Africa. These flowers have always been valued for their beauty, and have a very long history of symbolism. In the 16th century, roses were given to prisoners who were given a death sentence. Among all flower tattoos, roses are the most popular. However, the meaning attached to them has undergone an enormous change from what it used to be. When you decide to get inked, you need to remember that each color has its own importance and significance. Although tribal designs are normally made in a monotone black, they can also be made to be more colorful. Also, different types of roses have special meanings attached to them.
When we think of a rose, it is natural to think of love, purity and beauty. This is precisely the reason why these tattoos are popular among women. Tribal patterns add a twist to the meaning of the flower. For the Romans and the ancient Greeks, the flower symbolized love and beauty, and it was associated with Aphrodite, the Goddess of love. For the Christians, the mystical flower symbolized Virgin Mary. Like the Romans and Greeks, the ancient Egyptians worshiped the Goddess Isis with these flowers.
Today, different colors of the flower stand for different attributes. Red roses symbolize true love, passion, and romantic feelings, while the pink ones represent grace, gentleness, and admiration. Love at first sight is denoted with a lavender-colored flower and with a thornless rose. A white rose stands for innocence, purity, and virtuous living, whereas a burgundy one is known to represent beauty. The yellow ones have eternally represented friendship and joy, orange roses symbolize desire and fascination, while the black ones stand for death. Different combinations of these flowers also have different meanings. For example, red and white together represent unity. However, if you choose to get only a single blossom, it means 'I love you'.
Although these designs have a distinctive feminine appeal, there are also masculine aspects which are intertwined with the image. Hence, you will very often come across people who opt for tribal patterns as opposed to the more traditional depiction of the flower. The dark colors, such as black, along with the sharp edges make this body art a great unisex choice. These designs can also be combined with crosses, skulls, angels, fairies, and koi fish.
If you are looking for striking images, then you can have a monotone scene where you can depict a person and a scroll with stylized writing along with a large, bold tribal red rose growing on the side. In case you want to depict a yin and yang equilibrium, then choose to get the flower with thorns. The flower is a symbol of femininity, while the thorns on the other hand are seen as a symbol of masculinity. The other variation in yin and yang symbolism is to have dark and light thorn roses intertwined together. The black rose is also becoming popular for body art.
They can be big, bold, and colorful, or they can be small and monotone. You can get an intricate or a simple design. You can get inked depending on your choice, and it will certainly have a meaning and a lot of emotion attached to it.