The symbolical meanings of flower tattoos vary from culture to culture. Here are just some of them.
The lotus flower is one of the most popular choices for flower tattoos because of what they symbolise and the cultures to which they are tied. This flower represents knowledge, enlightenment, understanding and life.
Cherry blossoms are commonly seen in Japanese style tattooing. It is often depicted as falling petals carried by the wind. They are beautiful and delicate. The blossoms are blown from the trees with the slightest wind. The Japanese people see this as a metaphor for life, a reminder of their own mortality.
Another popular flower is the chrysanthemum which is also associated with Japanese art. In Japan, it is associated with royalty, more specifically, the emperor who sits on the Chrysanthemum Throne. It represents perfection. It also symbolises joy and longevity.
Perhaps the rose is one of the top choices for flower tattoos. Both men and women ask for this flower, especially in traditional American tattoo culture. It represents love and beauty. This flower tattoo has a very deep meaning and a very long history in tattoo art. It also symbolises an undying hope and new beginnings. By adding the stem and thorns, it symbolises loss, defence and thoughtlessness.
In Japanese culture, the hibiscus has one of the simplest meanings of all the flowers in the country. It means gentleness. In Hawaii, it symbolises power, royalty and respect so it is associated with the ruling class.
Another popular flower in Japanese tattooing is the peony. In Japan, it is referred to as the King of Flowers. It symbolises elegance and wealth. It is commonly seen as red in tattoo art but it can be in any colour.
In China, the orchid flower is a symbol of prosperity, refinement and fertility. In Japan, it represents bravery. In Aztec culture, it is associated with strength and power. There are over 25,000 kinds of orchid flowers so there is definitely one for you. Keep in mind that the meaning of the orchid can be tied to its type so choose carefully.
The poppy flower is associated with death in Greek and Roman tradition. Sleep is a universal meaning for the poppy flower but it can also mean peace. However, both meanings make subtle reference to death. Some people ask for this tattoo as a remembrance of a lost loved one.
Lilies appear in many cultures that is why it has varied meanings. For the Greeks, it represents the Divine Feminine. It is commonly associated with purity, virtue and perfection. Compassion and mourning are also associated with this flower.
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