Not all rose tattoos are created equal. This one, as you can see, is a very large one that not only includes the entire plant but also includes a couple of butterflies. It is a well drawn image and well executed by the tattoo artist though I would certainly like it better if it had a little color to it. But don’t get me wrong I still like it and it certainly looks provocative going down the side of this girls body like it does.
This particular rose tattoo would seem to be one that wants to symbolize more than a simple ‘I love you’ like most single roses would. This one seems to want to stand for nature and freedom and a general celebration of life itself. Unlike other rose tattoos I have seen this one seems to be telling us what is stands for and what it is supposed to mean. I would be curious to ask the owner and see if that is it, but I would be surprised if my definition is not very close. But one never knows. A rose by any other name is still a rose, unless of course we’re talking about rose tattoos. That can be something quite different.
Pretty much everybody knows that the red rose symbolizes love. If a man gives a girl a single red rose it is the same as saying I love you. And so rose tattoos can have that same effect. The only thing that occurs to me is how is one to tell who the person is saying it to? If this tattoo belongs to a girl, she’s going to tell her boyfriend its for him, but isn’t that what she is going to tell the next guy too? And of course, a guy might get a tattoo like this and have ten girls out there believing he got it for them, all at the same time. Maybe that’s why a red rose always has thorns. Because love doesn’t come cheap and there is always going to be some complications.
The truth is things don’t have to be that complicated although it always seems that love is at one time or another. The time of the rose and getting rose tattoos should be the time of love that is simple and pure and beautiful. A time with hearts that are over flowing with love and simply want to share that joy with their better half.
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