Flower tattoos are often just categorized as beautiful designs placed on beautiful women’s bodies. But, symbolically the flower tattoo is much more than that. It’s symbolic significance depends on the culture of the bearer and also on the type and color of the flowers depicted. For example, in Asian cultures the lotus flower is highly prized for it’s deep spiritual significance. In Western cultures the rose is valued, it being the symbol for undying love and faithfulness. Similarly, the tremendous spectrum of colors present in flowers can have symbolic importance; white for purity, purple for nobility and red for passion, or lust. And flowers are often seen as being purely feminine because their cup like shape resembles a uterus and their passive role in fertilization reminds us of the female role in reproduction. But not all flower tattoo designs are of a feminine or pleasant nature. The Anemone and Poppy are two more flowers associated with death and sleep. The latter, of course, has come to symbolize fallen soldiers of the two World Wars. The Anemone is featured in the myth of Aphrodite mourning the death of her lover Adonis. The flower sprung from her tears where it hit the fertile ground.
This girl has one of the very large flower tattoos on her back. This is a very well done piece of artwork with a very realistic look to it. Can it be that this girl wanted it to represent abundant life on fertile ground or is that she just likes flowers? Very possibly I think that it is both. Either way, nice tattoo.
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