People have been using their bodies, as living canvases, almost since the day they discovered that plants made some really cool inks.

The reason they painted their bodies varied widely throughout the ages and between cultures. Some used body ink to show affiliation within their tribes; some for strictly decorative purposes, and still others as a form of punishment.

 

Today, tattoos are regarded as simply another form of self expression.

While there are tons of different tattoo designs you can get, such as skulls and cats, floral tattoos are extremely popular in the industry. If you are thinking about getting a floral tattoo, here are a few tips to help you pick the right one for you.

 

Determine Why You’re Getting the Tattoo

The first step to getting a floral tattoo, or any tattoo really, is to understand why you want one in the first place. Are you getting it to make a statement, to memorialize someone you loved and lost, or simply because it seems like a fun thing to do?

Thanks to our ancestors, flowers have symbolic meanings and you can increase your tattoo’s significance by using specific flora as vehicles for your thoughts and ideas. For example, yellow roses are associated with friendship and would be great as part of a tattoo celebrating your relationship with your best friend.

Thanks to our ancestors, flowers have symbolic meanings and you can increase your tattoo’s significance by using specific flora as vehicles for your thoughts and ideas. For example, yellow roses are associated with friendship and would be great as part of a tattoo celebrating your relationship with your best friend.

 

Here are some common reasons people get tattoos:

  • To celebrate milestones such as reaching the age of majority
  • To commemorate anniversaries
  • As a symbol of romantic love
  • To symbolize life experiences
  • As a memorial to someone that died
  • To show affiliate with a group

 

No matter the reason, it should be your own. Don’t let others pressure you into getting a tattoo. That is a recipe for a lifetime of regret.

 

Find the Right Flower and Color

There are thousands of flowers in the world whose beauty range from the mundane to the truly unique. It may be tempting to follow fads, but resist the urge. Fads fade; tattoos don’t.

Instead look for flowers you really like. Walk through gardens and search the Internet for images. Consider your personality and look for flora that speaks to who you are as a person.

Another thing you need to consider is the color of the design. Although there are millions of ink colors, not all of them look good on every skin tone.

Pick your favorite color and a couple of backups. Take the pictures to the tattoo artist and make sure the colors in the images will show up on your skin. You want the tattoo to grab attention, not fade into the background of your body.

 

Standalone or Part of a Mural

Floral tattoos look great on their own, but they can also be incorporated into a bigger picture. For example, many people in Japan get tattoos of Samurais that include cherry blossoms because the historical significance of the two is deeply intertwined.

Other people will have the face of someone that passed away surrounded by lilies, which is a flower typically seen at funerals.

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As noted before, however, flowers work as standalone designs too. They can be placed anywhere on the body and made as small or large as you desire.

For instance, some women get small roses tattooed on their breasts. Others will have a winding chain of flowers tattooed from the middle of their backs to their belly buttons. No matter what type of floral design you ultimately decide to get, make sure it is something you will enjoy looking at and showing off for years to come.