Roses are one of the most symbolic flowers found in nature. A red rose can represent love, passion, beauty or romance. A dark red rose illustrates unconscious beauty. Yellow roses often symbolize joy or friendship. Black roses are known to demonstrate the passing away of a loved one or death in general. It is difficult to find a flower with as many symbolic representations as roses.
Due to their varied meanings, rose tattoos are incredibly popular, especially among women. In addition to the color-themed symbolism described above, roses can also represent a person’s rank, religious or spiritual affiliation, fertility or bravery. They are often given to another person as a pledge of love. Sometimes they are even handed out as symbol of punishment.
Tattoos of roses continue to gain traction because of these different meanings. More representative meaning allows more people to find something they identify with in the symbol.