Roses in Tattoos

Roses are one of the most popular subjects in tattooing and have been around almost forever. They make for great tattoos by themselves, or could be added to a piece to fill it out. They work great almost anywhere on the body including arms, legs, shoulders and even the chest.

The piece below has a dagger going through a rose, done in a more traditional style, a contrast of sharp and soft with excellent shading.

by Reardon (tumblr)

by Reardon (tumblr)

This dagger is similar but adds color and a snake to the mix. Here we see the rose with yellow added to the petals instead of a simple red or pink, which I find myself preferring over a monotone palette. Shading my Life Owl’s petals with blue gave them a mysterious-vibe. I really like the reflections on the blade of the dagger, reflective of the brights colors in this tattoo.

 by Gregor from gurutattoo.pl

by Gregor from gurutattoo.pl

At one point I contemplated getting a vocal-related tattoo, so the tattoo below speaks to me (no pun intended). The red roses frame the chrome microphone nicely and are accented by some cloud-blue shading. This piece sits well on it’s own but would also be a great starter to a full sleeve design.

by Mike Johnston at Sin Alley Tattoo in Pawtucket, RI (tumblr)

by Mike Johnston at Sin Alley Tattoo in Pawtucket, RI (tumblr)

Black and white may make things simpler in terms of color-choices, but greyscale tattoos can be every bit as detailed as a full color version. These are shaded so smoothly that they appear life-like. The dark leaves and thick outlines give the realistic flowers an art-deco feeling, reminiscent of Mucha’s works.

Tattoo by Kim Saigh at Memoir Tattoo in Los Angeles, CA (via TattooSnob)

Tattoo by Kim Saigh at Memoir Tattoo in Los Angeles, CA (via TattooSnob)

Whether highly detailed, or simple and pretty, roses are a great choice for a tattoo design. They will age well (provided they’re well done in a clean/professional manner) and always be a classic.

by @sinister_apples (via HighVoltageTattoo)

by @sinister_apples (via HighVoltageTattoo)

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