Tribal Rose Tattoos
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Many people choose a rose or roses for their tattoo design.
Tribal rose tattoos can convey a different feeling than traditional rose artwork that can make your tattoo different from the typical.
The rose's reputation for love, purity and beauty make it a popular image for women and men who wish to show these sentiments in their body art.
Tribal roses can be done with all black ink, maybe a little colour added as highlights. A black tribal rose can look very striking with a deep red outline.
Alternatively you could start with a traditional rose image and merge tribal work with it. This tribal work can be delicate and intricate, or heavy, bold and black producing a harsh contrast to the delicate rose.
I believe that the reason the rose is one of the most popular tattoos requested lies in its symbolic meaning, which can vary depending on the colour and other elements portrayed in the design.
Rose tattoos, which can include hearts, skulls and crosses can be seen in most body positions.
The rose itself can be shown in full blossom, as a small bud, as a single rose or in a group, with or without leaves, stems and thorns.
- Red - True Love
- Pink - Grace and Gentleness
- Lavender - Love at First Sight
- White - Innocence, Purity, Virtue
- Black - Death
- Orange - Desire
- Yellow - Friendship and Happiness
- Burgundy - Beauty
When mixed, red and white roses symbolize unity.
However, roses are classic.
They are beautiful and they never go out of style,
O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love...
'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet...
Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II
With the rose the butterfly's deep in love,
A thousand times hovering round;
But round himself, all tender like gold,
The sun's sweet ray is hovering found.
~Heinrich Heine, "New Spring"
Oh, no man knows
Through what wild centuries
Roves back the rose.
Walter De La Mare
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