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The Importance of Floral Design in Tattoo History

Across the history of tattoo art, men and women have enjoyed the beautiful and abstract intricacy of floral designs. For many people, a flower symbolizes many things, primarily any powerful emotion, whether that be love, pride, or a profound sadness. This malleability of the many different kinds of flowers across the world means that there is a design and type of floral art for everyone, regardless of their taste.

Across all cultures, the flower has been present in art since art began. Symbolic of the seasons, many flowers offered a way to express the varying emotions of the way the weather changed the behavior of people in the area. Throughout history, flowers have offered us a glimpse into the health of the landscape as well as its people.

Color Across the World

As well as this, the varying colors of flowers around the world mean that there are some that have incredibly personal meaning for the areas that they are native to. Whether eastern or western in scope, each natural symbol is representative of the climate it stems from, as well as the people that inhabit the area. Many countries have national flowers that offer tourists a glimpse at what to expect from the national landscape, and create an environment where they can appreciate the differences no matter where they travel.

Colors are important to every culture, whether in the deep, romantic reds or chilly, colder blues. Every color we can name is found in nature and made even more symbolically relevant by the blooming of a flower.

Floral flower

The Symbolism of the Lotus Flower

The lotus flower has long been seen as a symbol of purity across the world, but also of spirituality and the elusiveness of enlightenment. Many cultures have used the lotus as an emblem of a personal, spiritual journey that someone has undergone. While their trials may be over, the lotus represents that accumulation of time and energy spent getting to where they want to be.

The open design of many lotus tattoos means that they can be represented a ton of different ways. The flowering open lotus is at once pure and powerful, with a sort of transparent emotional state that only someone comfortable with their emotions can share.

Roses and Their Meaning

Rose tattoos are incredibly popular across the world, as the symbolic nature of the red rose is something that is ubiquitous across all cultures. Love, romance, and compassion are all words that adequately describe how the rose is represented in art, and each one is unique to its wearer.

Even though the rose might seem simple or easy to understand, each design is personal and carries a weight to it that is only found on the person bearing the art.

On the other hand, black roses offer a more forlorn look at reality, symbolizing the inevitability of death or mourning someone we have lost. Despite this, black roses are a wonderful way to represent how we mourn those who have gone, by both grieving over them as well as remembering them through a poignant piece of permanent art.

The Fragile Yet Humble Power of the Lily

Lily flowers have long been representative of various anniversary dates for marriages, namely the second and thirtieth. Not only this, but they are also emblematic of death by being the most popular funeral flower, so they have two separate remembrance aspects to them. Even though it might seem morbid, there is a lot to be said about the power of memory.

Thus, a lily tattoo offers the symbolism of remembering a loved one in a way that showcases just how important they are to us.

The Delicate Beauty of the Hibiscus

The hibiscus flower has long had a solitary symbolism: that of beauty and the intangible virtue of it. While we can have beauty for a moment, it does not last, and thus we must appreciate it when it is in front of us or present. The Victorians used this flower to appreciate the beauty of a woman, perhaps someone that a man was courting at the time.

The Chinese also have a long standing relationship with this flower, seeing it as the recognition of fleeting fame or power that is soon to be lost. Thus, we can use it to represent our knowledge of everything that is inevitable with hibiscus tattoos, whether beauty or certain aspects of our lives that we may not immediately notice.

Japanese Flower Culture in Tattoo Design

The Japanese have a long history of tattoo design, one of the oldest in the world, and certainly the most emblematic of traditional design.

The cherry blossom is Japan’s national flower, and rightfully so. These delicate and beautiful blossoms offer a seasonal change that can’t be found anywhere else in the world, and it represents the ever-changing climate and how we should appreciate the bounty of nature. Cherry blossoms typically only last in full bloom for a couple weeks at most, so we have to be sure that we enjoy them versus take them for granted.

In Japan, cherry blossom season is met with much joy and celebration. As such, this flower is a powerful reminder of all of the good things in life, whether they are right in front of us or are coming to us in the future.

Cherry Blossoms

Floral Tattoo Ideas

Once you find the perfect flower to represent your art, you’ll need to figure out exactly how you want your flower tattoo idea to look. Whether you want a colorful sleeve tattoo or a starker black and white version of what you’ve decided, you’ll have time to talk with your artist and sketch out exactly what you want beforehand. A beautiful yet simple idea is a floral tattoo with the stem being a script piece!

After that, the only step you have to take is to make an appointment and finally get that piece you’ve been waiting for.

Ready to Explore Your Own Floral Tattoo?

At Chronic Ink Tattoo, our talented artists are ready to help you explore Floral and other tattoos to make sure you find something you’ll want to show off for decades to come. If you’re in the Toronto, Markham, Mississauga, Kitsilano Vancouver area drop by our shop and check us out for yourself.

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