Rose tattoos are one of the most popular types of tattoos to get. Sailors would get rose tattoos with names of their wives or girlfriends back home, or simply say "Mom" or "Mother." These old school or traditional rose styles are still popular today. They are a recognizable icon for the tattoo in media. Below is an example of the old school rose tattoo with "Mama" in the scroll:
Other very impressive tattoos are realistic tattoos. These are extremely detailed and require a highly skilled tattoo artist to achieve this effect. Sometimes roses can even look like they have fresh dew on the petals.
Rose tattoos can be very sexy. They can also be mixed with other elements such as tribal lines, skulls, animals, butterflies, and anything else the wearer would like.
Rose colors have different meanings as well. Red is of course the color of love and romance. Red roses are the most commonly tattooed color and are usually people's favorite. Other colors are pink, which is a color of joy and admiration. Yellow symbolizes friendship because of it's warm and friendly color. White is a color that symbolizes purity and innocence, but also can be a memorial color for someone who has passed. A white rose tattoo is the perfect choice for a memorial tattoo.
Who says rose tattoos have to stick to natural colors? New school, unnatural colors can be used to create a shockingly beautiful effect.