Tattoos with images of certain colors are among the most popular in the world. The queen among these tattoos is, of course, a rose pinned to the body. The choice of this theme is almost unlimited: the variety of types and shapes, as well as the rich color range, are simply amazing! By the way, a rose is not only a woman's tattoo. Men can do it too.
The meaning of a rose tattoo
In general, a rose tattooed on the body is a multi-valued symbol, personifying youth and carelessness, beauty and love, holiness and purity, rebirth and purification. In other words, a rose tattoo encompasses almost all the positive properties of a person. Even in the culture of Western civilizations, the rose was considered a sacred flower (however, like the lily). In Europe, the rose is akin to the lotus revered in the East. At that time, she generally embodied everything divine that is in the world.
Curiously, the meaning of a rose tattoo differs in one religion or another. For example, in Ancient Greece and Egypt, the rose remained and remains a symbol of pure and sincere love, but in Islam it personifies the shed blood of the prophet and his sons. Buddhists see in a pricked rose the trinity of truth, and for Christians it is the embodiment of mercy, God's mercy, forgiveness.
A rose tattoo is a symbol of death
There is no need to be intimidated by such a gloomy headline. It's just that sometimes a rose tattoo is applied to your body to express your humble attitude towards the potential end of earthly life. Often this meaning is put into their tattoos with roses by adherents of the Gothic subculture (Goths). The fact is that reflections on death and the mystery of the resurrection of a person in the second coming are correlated with the image of a rose on a human body. This is one of the sacred meanings of this tattoo.
It is curious that the ancient Romans painted a withered rose, thus denoting a reminder of the existing kingdom of shadows: such a rose personified the transience of human life. William Shakespeare generally said that the scent of a withering (dying) rose is the best, and Dante in his "Divine Comedy" linked the rose with the end of the spiritual path.
What do the shades of the roses depicted on the tattoos mean?
The shades of the inflorescences pricked onto the body of roses certainly have their own meaning. For example, a tattoo with a white rose means fidelity, purity of thoughts, virginity and innocence, spiritual revelation and radiance. Tattoos with red roses speak of a passionate nature, sexual desire, and the desire to be a lover.
If the rose, impaled on the body, has a golden color, then we can talk about the perfection of the nature of its mistress. It is not for nothing that the Pope chose such a rose as an emblem. A yellow rose is a symbol of sadness and separation, and a blue one is a symbol of something that is not unattainable and impossible. Speaking about the symbolism of certain roses tattooed on the body, I would like to note that their leaves personify joy, and thorns represent sadness or even the fall!